Mexican Restaurants in Burlington, NC

Welcome to Elon University. Shortly after your arrival on campus, you will realize there are limited food options within walking distance of campus. In a week you will have tried all the restaurants in Elon and you may find yourself saying, “Yo quiero…Mexican food.” Fortunately for you, Burlington has many options for authentic Mexican food along with popular chain Mexican restaurants. After five years at Elon, I have had the opportunity to try these Mexican restaurants once or …ehh I can’t keep count… and know some of the tastiest and cheapest options. Below are reviews based on my own personal experiences and preferences.
La Cocina
309 Huffman Mill Rd.
La Cocina is located in the Holly Hill Mall off of Huffman Mill in Burlington, a short three miles from Elon University’s campus. The restaurant has a friendly and comfortable environment conducive to college students, large groups, and families. Before you even open your menu, warm tortilla chips and homemade salsa is placed on the table. If you are looking for a frugal meal, try the Grilled Chicken Soft Taco located under the ‘A La Carte’ section. This large taco filled with chicken, cheese, and lettuce along with unlimited chips and salsa is sure to fill you up for only $4 with tax. There are also daily drink specials including $1.99 margaritas on Monday and Tuesday and $0.99 draft beers on Wednesday and Thursdays. They also have special offers and coupons.
Food Recommendations: Cheese Dip (queso), Pollo Chipotle, Burrito Mexicano

La Fiesta
1824 S Church St
La Fiesta is located on South Church Street, about four miles from campus. The restaurant is located in a commercial house that has a small, comfy feel for diners. The bar is located in a separate room from the restaurant, but the smell and sound of sizzling fajitas fills the whole house. La Fiesta serves unlimited homemade chips and salsa and has daily food and drink specials. La Fiesta has been voted best Mexican restaurant every year since 1999 by readers of the Burlington Times News. A popular menu item is Arroz Con Pollo which is a combination of rice, queso, and grilled chicken. Birthdays are fun to celebrate at La Fiesta, complete with waiters placing a sombrero on the head of the birthday boy/girl, singing, and a shot of tequila for those of age.
Food Recommendations: Fiesta Burrito, Fajitas Nacho, Chimichangas
3153 Garden Rd
Cancun Restaurant is located on Garden Road, in the Walmart shopping plaza, three miles from campus. It is a newer Mexican restaurant in town, opening in August 2011. The space that Cancun is located used to be home to the popular restaurant that is now La Cocina. Cancun has yet to live up to the popularity of the predecessor, despite the same features of a Mexican restaurant. Cancun serves chips and salsa and has daily specials featured on their Facebook page.
Food Recommendations: Steak and Cheese Quesadilla, Enchiladas
El Palmar
3409 S Church St
El Palmar is the newest Mexican restaurant addition in Burlington, a quick two miles from Elon. They pride themselves on serving authentic Mexican dishes made fresh throughout the day. Lunch specials are offered Monday through Friday until 3pm and Tuesdays are designated Taco Tuesdays, serving $0.99 tacos all day. More specials can be found on their website, including a coupon for a free menu item.
Food Recommendations: Arroz Con Pollo, Chicken Tacos
Fast/Casual options:
3128 Waltham Blvd.
The popular ‘fast food’ restaurant, Qdoba is located in Alamance Crossing. You can sign up for a rewards card that earns members a free entree after the purchase of ten entrees. Qdoba also has a texting program that sends weekly deals to your phone such as $1 tacos (number is located within restaurant).
Moe’s Southwest Grill 
1449 University Dr.
Moe’s is located within the Target shopping plaza and is home to the college student’s favorite deal, Moe’s Monday. Every Monday, any burrito, chips & salsa, and a drink is for only $5.55. There are also other daily $5.55 deals throughout the week and specials provided through foursquare. (This month is $2 off a Joey burrito on Wednesdays when you check in!)
Panchero’s Mexican Grill 
210 Huffman Mill Rd.
Panchero’s is located across the street from the Holly Hill Mall. The burritos are the most popular menu item and everyone loves the free chips and salsa with any entree purchase. * Panchero’s has recently changed ownership and is now going to be called Pico’s Mexican Grill.

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