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.
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.
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.
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.