Best Mexican Restaurant

Plaza Azteca

Readers' Pick

Various locations.

Second Place: Mexico

Third Place: Little Mexico

It isn't really about the food at Plaza Azteca. It's about the extras. Sure, the fajitas and tacos are good. The lobster enchiladas, with cilantro, green onions and spicy queso a la diabla, are a standout. But here's what we really love: A mariachi band roams the floor in the evenings, serenading diners. A chef will wheel a cart to your table and mash up some fresh guacamole. And did we mention the giant, color-changing Mayan pyramid in the back? Richmond has three locations of this Virginia Beach-based chain, in Short Pump, at Broad Street and Forest Avenue and in Midlothian. Second place goes to local chain Mexico, whose "Si Si Si" jingle makes us salivate for burritos. The third-place winner is Little Mexico on West Cary Street, which bends the laws of beans and time to deliver the fastest Mexican lunch in Richmond.

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