Eats & Drinks: Mexican
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Al Carbon
1817 Seminole Trail (Woodbrook Shopping Center across from Lowe's)

Slow-cooked charcoal-roasted rotisserie chiken and unique sides.

Aqui es Mexico Faculty Fave Student Favorite
295-4748, Fax 975-3863
221 Carlton Road, Suite 12

Easily the most authentic Mexican and El Salvadoran food in town. Everything from pupusas to huevos rancheros to tamales.

Baja Bean Co.
2291 Seminole Lane

Also has locations in Richmond and Staunton. The C'ville location is "Baja Norte."

Brazos Tacos
925 2nd St. SE

953 Emmett St. N. (Barracks Road Shopping Center)

Order Online so it's ready for pick-up (lines can get long at prime lunch time). You can also order with your iphone or ipod touch once you download the app here.

Extremely popular burrito chain providing food that is addictively tasty. Chipotle features naturally-raised meat and poultry and sources local meats when feasible. For Charlottesville, this usually means carnitas made from sustainable and local pork from the Polyface, farm near Staunton. The restaurant is walking distance from the Law School in Barracks Road Shopping Center.

Cinema Taco
110 E. Main St.

Informal place to grab a bite, often combined with seeing a show at the Jefferson.

Continental Divide Student Favorite
811 W. Main Street

Many brands of tequila flow freely (but not free) at this lively place for creative tex-mex. Look for the neon sign that says "Get in Here."

El Jaripeo
1750 Timberwood Blvd.
1202 W. Main St.

Tex-Mex. The Main Street restaurant opened in 2012.

El Puerto Student Favorite
2045 Barracks Road (near the Tavern and ALC Copies, across from the main Barracks Road Shopping Center)

Closest Mexican sit-down restaurant to the Law School. Burritos, enchiladas, tacos, combo meals. Ask for their hot tomatillo salsa (it's free).

805 E. Market St. 977-2676 (Downtown location, off the Downtown Mall)
395 Greenbriar Drive 978-4313 (off 29 South)
2206 Fontaine Ave. 979-2424 (near the UVA Football stadium)

Average Mexican food. Call ahead for large groups. Takeout available.

La Michoacana Deli Faculty Fave Student Favorite
1138 High St.

This place offers authentic tacos. Stick with takeout; there is little indoor seating.

Mono Loco Faculty Fave
200 W. Water St. (off of the Downtown Mall)

Casual Nouveau-Latin. Seafood, burritos, tamales, margaritas. Local and whenever possible, organic.

Plaza Azteca
101 Seminole Court

Started in Virginia, this mexican chain restaurant offers a delicious menu including fresh tableside guacamole, fajitas, enchiladas and margaritas.

1416 University Ave. (the Corner)
Charlottesville, VA 22903

National Chain Tex-Mex food in wrapped burritos (or "naked" burritos in a bowl with a tortilla on the side), tacos, nachos, chips and salsa; food is customized to your taste while you watch; big-screen TV in back. Popular with students.

Two Guys Tacos
101 14th St. (the Corner)

Casual, affordable, fresh Mexican fare. Patio-style seating. Salsas made in-house daily.

Yearbook Taco
223 W Main St.


Restaurants come and go. For the latest on Charlottesville restaurants, publications like C-Ville Weekly will keep you in the know.


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