1. La Charreada, Lima
Location: 3355 Harding Highway and 1448 Cable Road, Lima
Phone: Harding Highway: 419-224-3831; Cable Road: 419-221-1678
Hours: Harding Highway: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 am. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday; Cable Road: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday
Highlights: With a four-page menu, La Charreada has something for every taste, including combination platters, lunch specials, and vegetarian options. If you’re not sure what to try, the chimichangas and the arroz con pollo, a chicken dish featuring cilantro, cheese sauce and rice are one of the most popular items on the menu. Their fresh, homemade salsa is a favorite for many in the area. If you are in a hurry, be sure to check out their carry out.
2. Bandido’s, Lima
Location: 2613 Elida Road
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
Highlights: With authentic Mexican recipes, Bandido’s delivers atmosphere and taste. The restaurant always uses fresh ingredients including never-frozen ground beef and quality sirloin steak for their sizzling steak fajitas. Stop in for one of the 10 different $5.99 lunch specials 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Don’t forget to stop in on your birthday because your dinner, up to an $8 value, is free. Just be sure to bring your identification.
3. El Azteca, Wapakoneta
Location: 1345 Bellefontaine St., Wapakoneta
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday
Highlights: After 14 years in business, area residents make the trip to El Azteca for the authentic, delicious food. Everything is made fresh. The chimichangas, fajitas, and the chicken dish pollo azteca are all popular menu items. The margaritas are also very popular with customers. Take a ride to Wapakoneta for some authentic Mexican dining.
Honorable Mentions: Cabo, Delphos; Chipotle, Lima; Taco Bell, various locations