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Top 5 Mexican Restaurants in Hamilton

Mexico is a popular place with amazing beaches, resorts, and of course incredible food.

I have been to Mexico once in my life and have been thinking about the food ever since (keep in mind that I went years ago … and I am still thinking about the food!). And while Hamilton may not be famous for its beaches or resorts, the city is quite popular for its growing food scene. And Hamilton is home to a few Mexican restaurants that will make customers feel as if they just got transported to the land of the sand!

Here are the top five Mexican restaurants in Hamilton.


5. Marias Tortas

This take-out restaurant located in Stoney Creek serves up Mexican classics such as tortas Jalisco (a classic Mexican sandwich), and burritos (one of my fave menu options), and so much more.

If you’re not in the mood to go to this location but still in the mood for Marias Tortas offers, you can have it delivered through Skip the Dishes (one of the greatest inventions ever).

In addition to the typical menu, there are also daily specials at Marias Tortas some of which include tamales, Chile Rellenos, and huaraches.


4. Market Mexican Kitchen

This staple at the Hamilton Farmer’s Market is among the most celebrated establishments in the city for its authentic, affordable, fresh and gluten-free offerings.

Their daily selection of tacos, soups, burritos, tamales and so much more are prepared fresh and served up with a smile by the always-helpful and informative staff.

Want to try your hand at cooking Mexican at home? The Mexican Kitchen also doubles as a small grocery store featuring items not commonly found in grocery stores to help you recreate those authentic Mexican culinary delights from the comfort of home.


3. The Mule

I never hesitate to say yes when someone asks me to go to The Mule. In fact, I will almost always drop any previous plans I had in order to make a trip to one of downtown Hamilton’s finest restaurants.

This unique restaurant is best known for its incredible taco menu (note that the menu is subject to change). After being seated, customers can choose from a wide variety of taco choices (some of my favourites in the past have included the ginger carrot taco and the fish taco). Of course, the ingredients inside the tacos are mouth-watering, however, most conversations I’ve had with people about The Mule’s tacos consist of how incredible and fresh the tortillas are.

If tacos aren’t your thing, The Mule also dishes out a divine watermelon salad, fried calamari, mango shrimp ceviche, and whitefish ceviche.

One of the best parts about The Mule is that anyone can eat here – all of the restaurant’s food is 100 per cent gluten-free. The restaurant also offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan menu options!


2. Ole Gourmet

This lovely little restaurant in Stoney Creek is second to none when it comes to customer service and value. They’ve topped several IntheHammer Top 5 lists in recent years and they continue to wow us with their commitment to serving some of the most delicious and fresh Mexican food in the city.

They offer incredibly affordable daily specials and seeing as how their menu offers quite a few selections, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask the very friendly and knowledgeable staff who with a few quick questions can steer you in the right direction.

Everything is fantastic here and I cannot stress how truly efficient and lovely the staff are. This restaurant is a must for Mexican food lovers.


1. Mesa

Mesa is a small but cosy restaurant located on James Street North that caters to all of those who love authentic Mexican food!

The menu at Mesa features anything you could ever want when you’re craving Mexican food, however, a few of our favourite choices include the nachos, the quesadilla dish (four corn wedges filled with cheese and a choice of meat, and topped with lettuce, sour cream, zesty salsa and pico de gallo) served with rice, beans, and salad, and the taco dish (this one may seem like a no-brainer but you must try it).

The cover shot of the article is the grilled panela with oaxaca cheese topped with beef.

Although, no matter what you order at Mesa, you’ll want to come back for more!

— with files from Amy Kouniakis

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