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317 Haywood RoadGreenville, SC 29607
Papas and Beer offers Cal-Mex cuisine, and although the difference between Cal-Mex, Tex-Mex and plain old Mexican can be fuzzy, Cal-Mex cuisine tends to focus more on fresh herbs, avocado and seafood dishes like fish tacos. The fajitas get high marks, as do the sizzling enchiladas with grilled chicken and steak along with two kinds of cheese, tomatillo sauce and guacamole served on a sizzling skillet. Other popular items are the enchiladas poblanos, taquitos de camaron and fish tacos.
929 S. Main St.Greenville, SC 29601
Neighborhood: West End
This bustling spot is on the way to Fluor Field at the West End, making it a great place to drop by for some Mexican and margaritas or mojitos when you're on the way to a Greenville Drive game. Some of their signature dishes that are a little more off the average Mexican restaurant's radar are ceviche and fish tacos.
109 N. Main St.Greenville, SC 29601
The third addition in the Upstate Mexican restaurant chain, Guadalajara opened on Main Street in Greenville in June 2009. Unlike it's sister restaurants, Guadalajara's downtown location has more of a Latin nightclub feel and attracts a late-night crowd, keeping its kitchen open till 2 a.m. But the menu is as packed as the other locations with Mexican dishes you know and love. Metromix readers voted Guadalajara Best Mexican Restaurant 2010.
1124 N Pleasantburg DrGreenville, SC 29607
Rosalinda's serves unamericanized Mexican cuisine unlike anything in the Upstate. They have a wide variety of vegetarian Mexican dishes, as well as all-time favorites. The bar serves homemade margaritas with the traditional flavors of Mexico, plus there's a full bar. And don't forget to try the tea or one of the seafood dishes.
10 S. Main St.Greenville, SC 29601
Attention vegetarians and vegans. Attention Mexican food lovers. Cantinflas needs to be on your shortlist for downtown dinners. The menu has a list of dishes you know and love like burritos and quesadillas, but just about anything you can order with meat can also be ordered vegetarian or vegan style.