1. Chilango Burritos
Elected by Conde Nast Traveller as The Best Chain Restaurant Around the World, Chillango is one of the newest Mexican hotspots in town. The London-based joint has more than 10 branches across the UK and is well known for their vibrancy and buzz.
Expect eye-catching interiors, graffiti murals inspired by Nacho Libre comics and neon artwork which pretty much resumes the startup DNA.
Besides tacos, nachos and nudos (a mix of coriander-rice, beans or peppers, your choice of meat, fresh salsa, cheese and sour cream) get ready for monstrously huge lageritas and a exclusive selection of craft and lager beers. Their burrito is the go-to classic that everyone’s gotta try (once chosen as London’s Best Burrito by Time Out.)
Opening times: Mon – Sun 11am- 10pm.
2. Luck, Lust, Liquor and Burn
If you’re a massive fan of Nachos, Tacos and Quesadillas the hip Northern Quarter’s Luck, Lust, Liquor and Burn is the trendy tex-mex in town promising to knock your senses into overdrive with foodie-licious guilty pleasures and amazing cocktails.
Their specialties are Volcano Nachos with melted cheese, chorizo and jalapeños and Truck Tacos, a bombastic mix of BBQ pulled pork, chorizo, red onion and bacon.
Ran by the same guys as Almost Famous it’s no wonder they can cook up one incredible (not to mention instagrammable) burger.
When to go: Taco Tuesday = £1 tacos!
Opening times: Mon -Thu & Sun 12am-12pm; Fri & Sat 12am-11pm.
3. El Capo
When it comes to Mexican food & drinks it’s impossible to forget about Tequilas! The famous Latin American drink has a very special home in Manchester: El Capo.
Nestled on the Tariff Street end of the Northern Quarter, the restaurant and bar offer a range of 200 tequilas which are combined in amazing craft cocktails!
Their menu features authentic South American Tapas as well as traditional Mexican street food.
When to go: Wing Wednesday = 50p wings!
Opening times: Sun- Wed 12pm-12am; Thu 12pm-1am; Fri & Sat 12pm- 2:30am
4. Panchos Burritos
Served out of a truck in Arndale food market, Panchos Burritos has quickly become a huge local success with street food enthusiasts and Mexican-spice lovers a-plenty!
The recipe for its success? A mix of quality ingredients, service and tasty food. Recently they extended their food stall to a proper restaurant on Oxford Road where you can expect a burrito bar with a street twist serving up their classics: tasty burritos, tostadas, quesadillas, enchiladas and their signature chilli dish.
And if you’re one of those folks who can’t live without a hint of spicy food you can actually take away their amazing flavours – they’ve opened a mini Mexican food store alongside the restaurant.
Opening times: Mon-Wed 11am-10.30pm; Thu-Fri 11am-12am; Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-10.30pm
5. Bar Burrito
Probably the oldest Mexican eatery in town Bar Burrito opened their first branch in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens in 2005. Since then they’re taking over the UK with three branches now in the city as well as in London, Liverpool, Nottingham and Leeds.
The Manchester-based chain quickly became famous for it’s extra special gusto burritos. It’s not just about fast-food here, it’s about building your own burrito, there’s a do-it-yourself convenience to it which gives the joint a down-to-earth and lovable USP.
Expect a highly food-conscious menu with special vegetarian and allergen options to-boot.
Located in the city’s historic Corn Exchange building Wahaca is one of the top options for a spot of Mexicana in Manchester’s bustling new quarter. It’s easy to see why too…spreading over two floors with an incredibly ambient cocktail bar the food is awesome and you don’t even feel you’re in a chain.
Now to the specials – try the Sashimi Tostadas and Sweet Potato and Feta Blue Corn Tacos – just a few of the food-market inspired sharing plates.
You can even download Wahaca’s quick pay service to save time getting your bill at the end. The app offers an option to split the bill with friends and connects you to google maps and city mapper to discover what post-eat bars are cool near you.
Opening times: Mon-Sat 12am- 11pm; Sun 12pm-10.30pm.
The take-away burrito bar is open also open Mon-Fri 12pm- 3pm.
7. Panama Hatty’s
Tradition and fashion meet and marry in this unique, iconic eatery. Tucked away in Manchester’s designer district and neighbouring Vivienne Westwood and Agent Provocateur, the restaurant certainly deserves its title of Manchester hidden gem.
The menu offers plates from all over the world including a range of succulent and spicy Mexican dishes which invite your mouth to experience some truly explosive flavours.
A great place to celebrate special occasions – you can hire a VIP area to get a proper high-end food experience.
Expect bourbon cocktails and a variety of international beers such as Erdinger, Duvel and Peroni.
Opening times: Tue-Sat 12pm-12am.
8. Changos Burrito Bar
Changos is a quick and easy option on Oxford Street if you’re rushing around desperately craving a classic no-fuss know-what-you’re-getting Mexican burrito.
It’s not too far from the uni so expect young and hipsterish crowds queuing at lunch time.
The food is a great price and the staff are super friendly.
Opening times: Mon-Sat 11.45am-9pm.
9. Las Iguanas
Specialising in Latin American food, Las Iguanas is the perfect spot for a tasty tropical bite and after-work drinks. Inviting interiors, reasonably priced and honest grub.
The tortillas are highly recommended, but you can’t go wrong with their enchiladas or fajitas either.
If you’re up for trying something new they also serve amazing Brazilian food and drink. In fact it’s impossible to pop your head into the place without being seduced by their famous caipirinhas (accompanied by crab and prawn bolinhos, of course.)
When to go: Tortilla Tuesday = 2 for 1.
Opening times: Mon- Thu 10am-11pm; Fri & Sat 10am-11:30pm; Sun 10am- 10:30pm.
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10. The Beagle
The Beagle is one of Manchester’s top 5 pubs, as voted by Creative Tourist, and it’s the sort of place where you can pop in any time of the day for great beer, food and a comfortable environment that feels just like home.
During the weekends they serve an amazing brunch with a special option for kids, as well as american pancakes and incredible Bloody Mary’s. They also serve up some rip-roaring Mexican tacos (try the fish ones), burritos and nachos topped with fried chicken -their perfect-for-cheat-day burgers are pretty damn good too.
Expect an impeccable beer and wine selection and an amazing feel-good terrace to chill out with mates.
When to go: Tuesday Double Burger = buy one get one free.
Opening times: Tue-Thu 4pm-12am; Fri 2pm-1am; Sat 10am-1am; Sun 10am-12am (food served up to 10pm)