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Best of Pittsburgh: Mexican Madness

If you are a fan of Mexican food, there are plenty of places to grab some authentic Mexican bites to eat while in the city of Pittsburgh. Below is a list of the top three spots for your Mexican go-to’s, whether they be burritos, tacos or enchiladas!

  • Las Velas: Located in the heart of Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh, Las Velas is a well known Mexican restaurant in the area. It has a beautiful upstairs lookout to the hustling and bustling of Market Square, and a huge bar both upstairs and downstairs as well. A favorite on the menu are the Tacos del Paisa, which are fish tacos made with freshly breaded tilapia and topped with cabbage, pico de gallo and a creamy chipotle sauce. Another favorite is the Burrito Cozumel, which is stuffed with chorizo sausage, potatoes, shredded lettuce, sour cream and fresco cheese. Everything on the menu is made with the freshest and most authentic ingredients. There really isn’t a bad item to choose from on the menu. Be sure to stop for a nice bite while in the downtown area.
  • Steel Cactus: Known for their rooftop deck, Steel Cactus, located in Shadyside, is a fairly new establishment in the neighborhood, serving up some of the most authentic Mexican eats you can find on the East End. Whether you are looking for burritos, tacos, enchiladas, taquittos – you name it, Steel Cactus has it. They are also known for their fabulous late night happy hour from 10-midnight, where you can score tacos, burritos and quesadillas all ranging from $2-5. How can you beat those prices?
  • Finally, how could we write about Mexican food in Pittsburgh and not include Round Corner Cantina? Located in Lawrenceville, the small joint is authentic and known for their delicious and spicy eats and drinks. The tacos are out of this world and great to share a few orders with a friend. My favorites are the Pescado Tacos and Al Pastor Tacos. The Pescado Tacos are tempurad mahi-mahi topped with crema, cabbage, radish and cilantro. As for the Al Pastor Tacos, they consist of spit-roasted pork topped with pineapple, onion and cilantro. All of the tacos are made with fresh and authentic ingredients, and are tasty beyond belief. Also, don’t forget to try their housemade margaritas, shaken right on the spot with your favorite flavors, fruits and tequilas. 

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