Non Chain Mexican Food?


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Fantastic idea;) Miss POI

Fantastic idea;)

Miss POI

I know you asked for non-chain Mexican restaurants

I know you asked for non-Chain Mexican restaurants but I can't help but list a few of my favorites and you can decide if you think it is a chain or not.

Pro's Ranch Markets has one of the finest “Las Cocinas” I have been in this side of the border. Many specialties, some of which I have only seen in Mexico and ordered from a line then you sit at picnic tables to eat.

The attached restaurant to Pro's Ranch Market is
1602 E Roosevelt,
Phoenix, Arizona
-112.0247 33.2734
Tradiciones is an exceptional non-chain that serves Carne Asada and other grilled specialties along with traditional Mexican fare.

There is one other non-chain I recommend called:
Rito's Market and Take Out
907 N 14th St
Phoenix, AZ 85006
-112.0307 33.2728
The downside to Rito's or maybe it is a positive is that the hours and menu are extremely limited. Rito's only has about four or five items on the menu and only serves from about 11:00am until about 1:30 or 2:00pm weekdays.

The business crowd from the city and state offices in Phoenix frequent the place for lunch and it is crowded but moves well. The only place to sit is outside on picnic tables, but well worth the trip and wait. The Green Chili Burrito is absolutely wonderful. I have never had one anywhere else to match the quality and taste and I have been to so many Mexican places both North and South of the border and none can match this burrito.

Hi Vegasbound, I guess I

Hi Vegasbound,

I guess I consider "chain" to be Taco Bell, Pepe, ChiChi's, etc.

Your suggestions are perfect and I will add them.

Local or reginal chains work for me!!!

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I could get...

cpjanda wrote:

What do you guys think?

very excited about this! cool

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Just a few words of thanks to garmin

Vegasbound wrote:

I know you asked for non-Chain Mexican restaurants but I can't help but list a few of my favorites and you can decide if you think it is a chain or not.

On a recent Phoenix/Tuscon trip my brothers and I decided mexican food was our menu of choice for the entire week. Out came the gps. We picked several nearby non chain restuarants each meal, driving past those looking like a shed or having poor patron turn-out. Had some amazingly good food. Wish I had saved to locations.

Had a great time in Arizona.


Sounds good to me.

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. - Herm Albright

Well in that case...

El Rodeo is a fav of mine in Central PA. I love their chimichangas!

853 North Hanover Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
(717) 241-6288

1130 Carlisle Street
Hanover, PA 17331
(717) 646-0611

4659 Jonestown Road
Harrisburg, PA 17109
(717) 652-5340

1441 Manheim Pike
Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 509-7955

921 Market Street
Lemoyne, PA 17043
(717) 737-6559

4956 Carlisle Pike
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
(717) 730-4401

6417 Carlisle Pike
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
(717) 791-0617

724 Louck Road
York, PA 17404
(717) 845-1341


Don't forget the Latitude and Longitude....

Let's make it easy on the manager of this project by geocoding the data for him;)

Post the Longitude and Latitude with the rest of the data please.

Miss POI

Lupe's Tex Mex

Just off of Highway 121 (Airport Freeway) in Bedford Texas, Lupe's Tex Mex Grill, 2200 Airport Fwy #505, Bedford, Texas 76020.
-97.132701 32.834854

Family owner with outstanding food. We try to visit once a week.

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Here are a few...

4190 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 574-4420
-122.809967 45.490261

6141 SW Macadam Ave # 100
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 244-0520
-122.673088 45.479156

Mexicali Express
12950 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 643-3739
-122.809929 45.488014

El Sol De Mexico
7028 SW Nyberg St
Tualatin, OR 97062
-122.74852 45.382656

El Sol De Mexico
15961 SW 72nd Ave
Tigard, OR 97224
(503) 624-8865
-122.749222 45.404366

Sol Jalisco
311 SW 17th Ave
Hillsboro, OR 97123
(503) 844-0668
-123.007957 45.519478

14775 SW Teal Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97007
(503) 590-7668
-122.828308 45.440865

Tapatio Mexican Restaurant
18617 SW Farmington Rd
Aloha, OR 97007
-122.868935 45.474533

Here is one that I know of

El Sombrero
1397 Olney Ave. SE
Suite 101
Port Orchard,
Washington 98366
Tel: 360-895-1315
Fax: 360 895-4136

2nd location (El Sombrero - I have not eaten at this location)
15611 92nd St.Kp N,
WA 98349-9626
Tel: 253-884-3707

Pretty mild for mexican food, but it's the pacific northwest.

Is this going to turn into a big project??

The Nuvis already have what I'd describe as a fairly decent Mexican (and Spanish) sub section in the food POI. I'm fairly certain the places we prefer are all listed there...

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uber360 wrote:

The Nuvis already have what I'd describe as a fairly decent Mexican (and Spanish) sub section in the food POI. I'm fairly certain the places we prefer are all listed there...

You could say that about a lot of the POI files here!!

I also look at these POI files as recommendations by users. I would rather go to a place listed from a custom POI than one from the unit.

So don't worry about it, I will create/maintain it. You can choose, if you want, to download it or not.

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You're correct, it will offer a more personalized view of this category. And I'll certainly offer up a few favorites around the country that we love!


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I love it!

Every time I travel, I'd rather go to a local, unique, one-of-a-kind place than any chain that I can go to near my house. That applies not just to Mexican, but any kind of food. Even if the food isn't any better than 3 Margaritas, Olive Garden, or Red Lobster, there's something different that adds to a nice experience.

Last time I was in Maine, I searched for a locally owned and operated lobster place. mrgreen

cpjanda wrote:

I also look at these POI files as recommendations by users.

A short blurb on the fourth column might be useful here. smile

cpjanda wrote:

I would rather go to a place listed from a custom POI than one from the unit.

This might be a good project for other kinds of restaurant, too.

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Version 1 has been uploaded

Version 1 has been uploaded with everyones suggestions to this point.

Keep an eye out for it.


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El Zarape Fox River Grove Illinois

great cheap eats

El Zarape
314 Lincoln Ave
Fox River Grove IL 60021
LAT. 42.198763
Lon. 88.219991

Flip Garmin Street P.330 Garmin 255WT Garmin LM50

I'll add this one since I

I'll add this one since I noticed an error in my original upload.

Thanks for all the contributions!!


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Best non-chain mexican in Oakland CA

Mexicali Rose Restaurant
701 Clay St
(between 7th St & 8th St)
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 451-2450

Chi Chi’s and El Torito

Chi Chi’s and El Torito exited our local area long ago This seems to have paved the way for new Mexican restaurants. This cuisine seems to be popular regardless of the season or location - - Mexican is always a big favorite in my area judging by the crowds at these establishments.

Here’s a small “chain” in our area consisting of 13 locations. We like this place as the food is decent and we don’t have to ride far. Quite popular and predictable.

Acapulco’s Restaurant and Cantina

88 Macy Street (Rt. 110), Amesbury, MA 01913
Phone: 978-834-0000 Fax: 978-834-0785

900 Cummings Center, Beverly, MA 01915
Phone: 978-232-0100 Fax: 978-232-0155

61 Palomba Dr., Enfield, CT 06082
Phone: 860-763-5000 Fax: 860-763-5008

1656 Worcester Road (Rt. 9), Framingham, MA 01701
Phone: 508-875-1188 Fax: 508-875-1199

15 Main Street (Rt. 140), Franklin, MA 02038
Phone: 508-520-0696 Fax: 508-520-0697

231 East Main Street, Milford, MA 01757
Phone: 508-478-7197 Fax: 508-478-7592

118 Needham Street, Newton, MA 02464
Phone: 617-332-9888 Fax: 617-558-9888

500 Boston-Providence Hwy, Norwood, MA 02062
Phone: 781-762-4440 Fax: 781-762-0400

1388 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-479-1900 Fax: 617-328-7620

2419 Main Street, Stratford, CT 06615
Phone: 203-378-7900 Fax: 203-378-7906

694 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA 01776
Phone: 978-443-3970 Fax: 978-440-9412

1073 Main Street, Weymouth, MA 02190
Phone: 781-331-3770 Fax: 781-331-3772

W. Yarmouth
416 Main Street (Rt. 28) W. Yarmouth MA 02673
Phone: 508-771-6531 Fax: 508-418-5062


We visited this gem last year while in Tucson. We liked it best of all the places we sampled during our visit. Of note were the hand prepared salsa (WOW !!!!) and great margaritas. This is a busy and popular spot -- we barely got in the evening we visited. We’ll certainly return on our next trip to AZ. We really had a great meal there, quite a memorable experience.

Guadalajara Grill

1220 East Prince Rd Tucson AZ 85719
32.271993, -110.953468
Phone: 323-1022


I never go to L.A. without visiting this location. It’s probably our all- time favorite Mexican inside the USA. You’ll feel like you’re being welcomed into somebody’s home. It’s a quieter dining experience and there are no menus. The wait staff ask what you like and bring out several courses. I think this cuisine is a bit more representative of what you’d find in Mexico versus the Tex-Mex most are familiar with in the USA.

The Gardens of Taxco

1113 North Harper Avenue West Hollywood, CA 90046
323.654.1746 Fax: 323.654.1747


Sol Azteca has two locations in the Boston area. They’ve been doing Mexican for years, always a good meal.

Café Sol Azteca

914A Beacon St Boston MA 02215

75 Union St Newton MA 02459


Here’s another spot that’s been around forever. I haven’t been recently, but have had some very good food here. Listed in Zagats guide:

La Paloma

195 Newport Ave, Quincy, MA‎
617 773-0512‎

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Santa Maria, CA

Thanks. This is a great idea!

California's Central Coast is packed with excellent Mexican restaurants. Here's a couple of our favorites:

Casa Manana serves traditional Mexican meals and has been family owned and operated for over 25 years. Most combination dinners range between $6 and $9. The place is small so a long wait can be expected on Friday or Saturday evenings. Note: No credit cards accepted. Cash or checks only.

Lo Mejor de Jalisco serves authentic cuisine from the Jalisco region of Mexico. The restaurant is clean and the food is great. This is another small restaurant so Fridays or Saturdays can get crowded and loud; especially when the Mariachi band shows up! You'll find a large selection of seafood selections along with traditional Mexican fare. We love everything we've tried here. Credit cards accepted.

Casa Manana Mexican Restaurant
1640 S. Broadway
Santa Maria, CA 805-925-8519
-120.435804, 34.930802

Lo Mejor de Jalisco
116 S. Blosser
Santa Maria, CA 805-925-0194
-120.453542, 34.953003

Thanks for the

Thanks for the additions!!

Updated and uploaded.

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Non-chain Mexican Restaurant

I'm new, but thought I'd add my favorite non-chain Mexican restaurant to the table.
Los Tres Amigos
2606 Lebanon Rd
Nashville, TN 37214
36.169894, -86.674831

Their salsa is AMAZING, their food is delicious, their service is impeccable and very friendly, and it's easy to find. How many big lime-green stucco buildings do you come across in Nashville?

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Don't have coordinates but

Don't have coordinates but here are a few places I know of that are great:

El Botijas Mexican Restaurant

210 S Main St
Ottawa, KS 66067

* (785) 214-4065

Really good chimichangas here.. the queso blanco on top was great.


Mi Fiesta

957 Hebron Rd
Heath, OH 43056
(740) 522-0691

Best Mexican around that area..

I have 2 ...

Chapala Mexican Resturant
811 route 33
Hamilton, NJ 08619
40º13'46.80 74º40'31.64

Tortugas Mexican Village
44 leigh ave
princeton, NJ 08542
40º21'21.60 74º39'52.68

It's a good thing that there's GPS systems or I would be ... always lost!

Mexican Grill

Chilli Peppers Fresh Mexican Grill
869 E185th Street
Cleveland, OH 44119
(216) 531-2300

41.583804 -81.549834

Experience fresh Mexican fare, prepared just for your tastes. With 30 items to choose from, every meal is made to order.
Don't forget to have your frequent customer card stamped. 10 stamps=free food. FRESH FOOD FAST! No Lard, No MSG All Natural!

Using Android Based GPS.The above post and my sig reflects my own opinions, expressed for the purpose of informing or inspiring, not commanding. Naturally, you are free to reject or embrace whatever you read.

Mexican POI's

Is there a link yet to download resturants. I hope I'm not that blind but I can't find one in the post here.

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I'm in!

. . . well almost. My daugher and I ate at a "hole-in-the-wall" place in Chicago a couple weeks ago. We were the only ones in the place on a snowy Sunday afternoon, but the food was great and reasonably priced. I'll get the coordinates (I did save as a favorite) and get them to you soon.

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Harpo66 wrote:

Is there a link yet to download resturants. I hope I'm not that blind but I can't find one in the post here.

Harpo the direct link is:

I will add the additional entries in a few days, just in case we get any more.

Thanks again for the contributions,

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La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant - Spring City, TN

Here is another addition to the POI file. When posting additions to the file, do you have a requested format?

-84.86158, 35.69267
La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant
178 Piccadilly Ave
Spring City, TN 37381
423) 452-0008

One of my favorites in Los Angeles...

El Conquistador
3701 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 666-5136
-118.277832, 34.090635

It is terrible to speak well and be wrong. -Sophocles snɥɔnıɥdoɐ aka ʎɹɐƃ

Taqueria El Favorito #2 6466

Taqueria El Favorito #2

6466 Redwood Dr
Rohnert Park CA 94928
(38.346811, -122.716297)

38.346811 °

-122.716297 °

Taqueria El Favorito #3
250 S Main St
Sebastopol CA 95472
(38.400865, -122.823426)

38.400865 °

-122.823426 °

Good prices and the portions are HUGE!!! I dare ANYONE to finish one of their super burritos or super nachos. Oh and the enchiladas are killer as well.

You can read a review of the place here:


Your Portion Of Light Whether you are a brilliant flame or but a tiny spark matters not-for the world needs whatever portion of light is yours to give.

All added and

All added and updated!!

(Had some free time today...)

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two more

-89.030973,42.642854,El Jardin Mexican Restaurant,"2533 Center Ave, Janesville, WI (608)741-8917"

-88.978988,42.719929,Cozumel Mexican Restaurant,"2900 Deerfield Dr, Janesville, WI (608)756-9442"

Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

Mercado Juarez in DFW Area

Here's a local chain in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that my family and I enjoy.

Mercado Juarez
2222 Miller Rd, Arlington, TX 76006
32°46'6.29"N 97° 4'14.02"W

Mercado Juarez
1901 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75220
32°52'9.73" N 96°46'64"W

Mercado Juarez
125 I-20, Arlington, TX 76018
32°40'44.87"N 97° 6'49.78"W

Mercado Juarez
1651 E Northside Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76106
32°47'3.84"N 97°19'23.76"W

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Great Idea

its a great idea but having just moved to NW Ohio, I'm at a loss to offer anything. Growing up in florida, Taco Bell doesn't cut it for authentic mexican.

Here's the place

This is the place my daughter and I ate at a couple weeks ago. The decor is nothing special . . . It's truely a "hole in the wall" but the food was reasonably priced and really good!

-87 41.395,41 59.887
Restaurant El Col Demexico
6418 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645

Also, FYI, I tried to load the csv file with POI loader and it gave me an error . . . I think this is because there are extra lines between the entries (I've had this same error before).

Good luck with the project. We'll send more sites as we find them! Thanks!

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The tomtom file doesn't seem

The tomtom file doesn't seem to be updated

La Morenita

Locally owned and operated, Awesome food.... in fact its making me hungry right now!! grin

242 Livingston Cressey Rd.
Livingston, CA 95334
PH 209-394-3349
Lat 37.388954
Lon -120.721337

1352 W. 13th St.
Merced, CA 95340
PH 209-723-5636
Lat 37.301735
Lon -120.498646

If you dont know where you're going, any road will get you there!!

Osuna's Restaurant

Osuna's Restaurant
18746 Amar Road
Walnut, CA 91789
(626) 810-4101

34.02826, -117.893214

They have great food at great prices.

La Esperanza Restaurant

La Esperanza Restaurant
40 E Gibbsboro Rd
Lindenwold NJ 08021


Casa Fiesta

Casa Fiesta
200 Wayne Dr
Richmond, KY 40475
(859) 623-8582


About 1/4 mile from I-75. I suggest the Pollo Monterey.

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All added and file

All added and file updated.

Think I fixed the problem that was mentioned.

As for the TomTom file, that is created by this site. I'm not sure if it is automatic or done by the POI Factory staff.

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Tom Tom file is

Tom Tom file is automatic.

Miss POI

Mexican Restaurants Sarasota, FL area

El Adobe
4023 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231 941-379-2880
-82.53090 27.29645

Burritos Fresh Mexican Food
2700 Stickney Pt. Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34231 941-922-3888
-82.51637 27.26772

El Toro Bravo
2720 Stickney Pt. Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34231 941-924-0006
-82.51367 27.26772

Mi Pueblo El Restaurante Mexicano & Cantina
530 US 41 Bypass South 2-A
Venice, FL 34292 941-486-0005
-82.43335 27.09529

498 W. Dearborn St.
Englewood, FL 34223 941-475-4010
-82.36316 26.96239

So much more yet to be discovered!

I still can't get the CSV to

I still can't get the CSV to load in POI Edit and the TomTom file still doesn't seem to be fully updated. I think the CSV has 82 places vs 80 for the TomTom OV2

Love the idea, can have real

Love the idea, can have real Mexican food, not something that is mass produced.

La Mexicana - Germantown MD

-77.271582 39.180876
La Mexican - Germantown
13016 Middlebrook Rd.
Germantown, MD
(301) 972-0500

Family owned with great food and low prices.
Located in the strip mall

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POI File problem

I just downloaded the file and saw the even numbered rows were empty. Delete the empty rows and the file should load.

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Thanks for the entries and

Thanks for the entries and the troubleshooting!!

I have uploaded a new version with additional entries and extra lines removed.

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