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Although Pigeon Forge, TN isn’t remotely near the border, it is home to some excellent Mexican restaurants! Whether you’re looking for Tex-Mex or authentic Mexican cuisine, you are sure to find all of your favorite dishes while you’re on vacation. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Heritage Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to the top five Mexican restaurants in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains.
No Way Jose’s Cantina
With locations in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, you will never be far from a No Way Jose’s Cantina during your vacation. This restaurant specializes in mouthwatering Tex-Mex classics, including fajitas, enchiladas, burritos, and chimichangas. Even if you’re not looking to eat an entire meal, No Way Jose’s is a great place to relax with a margarita while munching on some tortilla chips and salsa. Be sure to try Jose’s cheese dip – it’s out of this world!
Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina
Dining at Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina is always a blast! This restaurant features rooftop seating with beautiful views, a mechanical donkey ride, and frequent live entertainment. Of course, Loco Burro’s delicious food is its main attraction. Guests will find a variety of spectacular Tex-Mex dishes, including quesadillas, burritos, fajitas, tacos, chimichangas, enchiladas, and carne asada. Although it’s not a traditional Mexican dish, Loco Burro’s Fried Banana Cheesecake is a can’t-miss dessert.
Cielito Lindo Mexican Grill
Cielito Lindo Mexican Grill is another one of the best Mexican restaurants in Pigeon Forge. If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food, Cielito Lindo never disappoints. Popular menu items include the lava bowls, fajitas, Mexican rice, burritos, and churros. The prices are very reasonable and the portions are large, so be sure to come hungry! In case you were wondering “cielito lindo” literally means “beautiful sky”, but it is also a term of endearment similar to “sweetheart” or “honey”.
El Ranchero Loco
El Ranchero Loco is known for its made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine. They use an authentic blend of fresh ingredients to create only the best dishes. Highlights of the menu include the Fajitas Nachos, marinated chicken or steak fajitas served on a bed of crispy tortilla chips and topped with sautéed onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and white cheese sauce, and the Tamales de Mama, 2 homemade tamales smothered with white cheese sauce. The food isn’t the only thing visitors love about this restaurant though! The friendly atmosphere and quality service are what keeps them coming back every visit to Pigeon Forge.
El Paso Mexican Restaurant
El Paso Mexican Restaurant provides a taste of Texas right in the Smokies! Everything at El Paso’s is superb, from their chips and bean dip, to their tacos and burritos, to their beers and margaritas. Guests can expect friendly service and very generous portions. The chicken, ham, and pineapple fajita is an especially popular dish at El Paso’s.
El Soñador is another one of the best Mexican restaurants in Gatlinburg. You can enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere. There’s even an outdoor patio if you’d rather dine outside! Some of the most popular items on the menu are their quesadillas and fajitas, but there is so much to choose from. They also have a menu just for the kids, and a special vegetarian menu!
If your family loves Mexican food, then you have to try Tequila Spice while you’re in town. This locally owned Mexican restaurant has all of the classics, from fajitas served with onions and peppers to enchiladas covered in red or green sauce. Some of the house specialties you may want to try include chimichangas, sopes, or mole poblano. You’ll find something for everyone at Tequila Spice.
Azul Cantina in Pigeon Forge
Azul Cantina puts a flavorful twist on traditional Tex-Mex dining using wood-fire grilling methods in traditional Mexican cooking styles with roots from South America to Texas. Recipes are made from scratch with authentic ingredients and pair well with homemade cerveza-style lager and handcrafted cocktails featuring top-shelf tequilas and their own Agave distilled spirits. The welcoming atmosphere is felt through bright decor, friendly staff, and beautiful views from the first rooftop bar in Pigeon Forge, TN.
2655 Teaster Ln, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
When you stay with My Bearfoot Cabins, you will be near all of the best Mexican restaurants in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains. Our cabins come with your choice of awesome amenities. To start planning your vacation, browse My Bearfoot Cabins
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