Lots of choices — and we're not just talking about the menu. Mexican restaurants are easy to find in Chattanooga and serve everything from simple fare to more upscale meals.
2102 Hamilton Place Blvd.
Found throughout the South and Midwest, Abuelo's takes Tex-Mex to a new level. Pescado Guerro, wood-grilled mahi-mahi with shrimp, scallops, mushrooms, spinach, roasted peppers and avocado in wine sauce, is a house specialty. But try the crab-stuffed poblano pepper with lobster sauce for a taste sensation. $$
5450 Highway 153, 875-8049; 5874 Brainerd Road, 499-5435; 3805 Ringgold Road, 624-4345; and 1906 Dayton Blvd., 870-9928.
Great selection of Mexican favorites. Quick, friendly and reasonably priced, with servers who keep the hot chips and spicy salsa flowing. $
1809 Broad St., 266-1461, and 7010 Lee Highway, 894-1942
Authentic Mexican fare. The parilla for three comes with five meats, including shrimp and chorizo. Selection of beers. $
1861 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe
Menu includes Mexican items such as burritos, fajitas, chiles poblanos and queso, but also includes Hawaiian chicken, baked potatoes, chicken soup and shrimp cocktail. Accepts competitors' coupons and on Sundays, you can get 10 percent off with a church bulletin. $
105 Porter St., Soddy-Daisy.
The menu is a blend of Tex-Mex standards, such as quesadillas and chimichangas, as well as more adventurous dishes, such as mojarra, a whole-fried tilapia. $
2233 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe
Mexican favorites in chicken, steak, pork, seafood or vegetarian varieties prepared in fajitas, burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, quesadillas and nachos. The frozen margaritas get rave reviews. $
1800-A Rossville Ave. (Loose Cannon Gallery)
A pop-up restaurant with luxurious, upscale takes on traditional Mexican fare. Ceviche and chipotle griddle cake offer a tasty way to ease into entrees such as seared sea bass or pork tamales. BYOB friendly. $$$
2204 Hamilton Place Blvd., 894-8726, and 248 Northgate Mall, 710-1201
Varied menu of south-of-the-border fare. Go on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a family brunch when kids eat free from 11 a.m. to noon. $
5922 Hixson Pike, 842-1400; 9322 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, 332-3190; and 16952 Rankin Ave., Dunlap, Tenn., 423-949-6132
Enormous menu offers traditional Mexican favorites, sometimes with a twist. Friendly service and plenty of options from which to select. $
314 W. Main St., 266-7595; 8644 East Brainerd Road, 893-9047; and 615 Commercial Lane, off Mountain Creek Road, 877-1447
South-of-the-border dishes often said to be the most authentic in town. Try washing down a torta with a tamarind soda or horchata. $
8523 Hixson Pike
Mexican fare and more. The house specialty is fajitas, made with shrimp, beef or chicken. Steak taquitos are a favorite. $$
1101 Hixson Pike, 756-3332; 4604 Skyview Drive, 892-3065; and 3100 Cummings Highway, 825-0304
Mexican specialties include enchiladas, burritos and tacos. Great atmosphere for a big party. Margaritas naturally a specialty. $
1331 W. Walnut Ave., Dalton, Ga.
Tasty, fresh Mexican creations such as Fajitas Texanas, Fiesta Quesadilla and Hidalgo Chicken. Guacamole is made at the table. $
5773 Brainerd Road
Mexican and wings? Yes. Ginormous menu offers a variety of specials, New California Burritos, American dishes, vegetarian combinations, a la carte items, drinks and a kids menu. $
1820 Gunbarrel Road, 553-6930, and 5510 Highway 153, 875-8757
A great variety of create-your-own Tex-Mex favorites. Dieters, try the Close Talker Lite, made with organic tofu. A salsa bar and cold beer or frosty margarita complete the experience. $
3210 Broad St.
Don't expect the usual burritos and tacos at Ovalle's. This is more upscale Mexican food such as Chipotle Braised Short Ribs and Sopa Azteca with chicken, pasilla chile and avocado. $$
551 River St.
Authentic, made-to-order Mexican dishes using fresh, local ingredients. Really hungry? Try the super burrito packed with your choice of meats and topped with melted queso and mango pico de gallo. $
1634 Rossville Ave.
A tiny, Southside taqueria offers quesadillas, sinchronizadas, burritos, tortas, tacos and more. Meat choices include pastor (marinated pork) and barbacoa (braised beef). Wash it down with a Mexican coke. $