13 places for Mexican food

Each week Neon spotlights a different cuisine in the Dining Guide, with Mexican restaurants this week. Restaurants are rated on a letter-grade scale, from A to F. Opinions by R-J critic Heidi Knapp Rinella (H.K.R.) are indicated by initials. Price symbols are based on the cost of an average entree: $ = entrees less than $10; $$ = entrees $10 to $20; $$$ = entrees $20 to $30; and $$$$ = entrees more than $30.

BAJA MIGUEL’S

South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 702-797-8075

Signature dishes: Avocados Baja Miguel’s, Burrito El Patron.

CASA DON JUAN

1204 S. Main St.; 702-384-8070

Signature dishes: Mexican breakfast, carnitas.

DONA MARIA TAMALES

910 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 702-382-6538 (also at 3205 N. Tenaya Way)

Signature dishes: tamales, queso fundido.

EL BURRITO

8508 Del Webb Blvd.; 702-255-1069

Signature dishes: machaca, chicharrone burrito.

FRANK &FINA’S COCINA

4175 S. Grand Canyon Drive; 702-579-3017

Signature dishes: charbroiled dishes, chile relleno, nachos.

GARDUNO’S

Fiesta Rancho, 2400 N. Rancho Drive; 702-631-7000

Signature dishes: Sunday margarita brunch, handmade tamales.

GONZALEZ Y GONZALEZ

New York-New York, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 702-740-6455

Signature dishes: fire-roasted fajitas, red chile shrimp tacos.

JAVIER’S

Aria’s, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 702-590-3637

While we wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to dine at Javier’s the restaurant does most things right, including a stretchy Queso Fundido with lots of flavor from pasilla peppers, mushrooms, chorizo and onions, plus seafood enchiladas, a classic, deeply flavored Mole Poblano and a nice selection of interesting margaritas. (3/1/13 H.K.R.)

Overall: B+

$$$

LA COMIDA

100 Sixth St.; 702-463-9900

La Comida is yet another great addition to the array of dining choices in Downtown Las Vegas (specifically Fremont East) for its fun, funky vibe and for food such as queso fundido, elotes asados (street corn), puerco ahumado (smoked pork shoulder) and the multitude of flavors and textures, such as butternut squash and roasted corn, of the Camaron del Golfo (Gulf shrimp). (10/18/13 H.K.R.)

Overall: A-

$$

LETICIA’S MEXICAN COCINA

7585 Norman Rockwell Lane; 702-445-7722

Signature dishes: Chile relleno, Mexican street corn.

LINDO MICHOACAN

645 Carnegie St., Henderson; 702-837-6828 (also at 2655 E. Desert Inn Road and 10082 W. Flamingo Road)

An extremely broad menu of the familiar and the not-so-familiar sets Lindo Michoacan apart from most other Mexican restaurants in the valley, as does the quality of the food, the service and the view from the La Loma (“the hill”) location in Henderson. Worthy of note: Sopitos, Camarones a la Mostaza, Carnitas a la Coca-Cola and sopapillas. (4/4/14 H.K.R.)

Overall: A-

$$

MUNDO

495 S. Grand Central Parkway; 702-270-4400

Its see-and-be-seen popularity with the power-lunch crowd makes Mundo a bit of a tough (and noisy) ticket at midday, but go for dinner and it’s an island of serenity, complete with twinkling lights. The fish tacos were far removed from the norm (which is a good thing) and both they and the shrimp diablo had a great little kick. A shared starter of queso flameado was a gooey, mellow delight. (12/26/13 H.K.R.)

Overall: A-

$$$

NACHO DADDY

9925 S. Eastern Ave., Henderson; 702-462-5000

As you might expect from the name, Nacho Daddy offers a long list of creative nachos. While our Nacho Average Burger Nachos were a challenge to take apart they were a pleasure to eat, with the beef and queso sauce layered throughout the pile of chips, crowned by lettuce, tomato, red onion and applewood-smoked bacon. We also liked the fish tacos and the chicken fajitas. (6/14/13)

Overall: B+

$$

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