Yakima loves Mexican food.
A recent poll on the Yakima Herald Facebook page drew around 150 responses from readers, all shouting their favorite Mexican restaurant with multiple exclamation points.
I get it, guys. I’m really excited, too! I’m that girl with a heart-shaped keychain that just says “tacos,” and a tank top that says “Feed me tacos and tell me I’m pretty.”
(Also, shame on anyone who wrote in Taco Bell. Shame!) (And, um, for all those who said “My mom’s house”: Please tell me your address; I’ll bring the Juanita’s.)
Without further ado, here are the top 10 picks for Mexican restaurants you can’t miss in Yakima:
1. El Porton and El Porton de Pepe: With multiple locations in Yakima, Union Gap and Zillah, El Porton was at the top of the list for our readers. Everyone loves the salsa and the fact that the recipes never change.
Find it at: 4808 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98908 open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. most days; 15 S. Fifth Ave., Yakima WA 98902 open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. most days; 2512 Main St., Union Gap, open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. most days; and 905 Vintage Valley Parkway No. A, Zillah, WA, open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. most days.
2. Antojitos (My personal favorite sit-down restaurant): This spot focuses on Michoacan-style Mexican food, so you’ll get white cotija cheese instead of cheddar and your enchiladas won’t be drowning in grease.
Find it at: 3512 Summitview Ave., Yakima, , open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. most days, but closing at 4 p.m. Sundays and closed all day Mondays. Watch out for their annual summer vacation; this year, the restaurant will be closed the first two weeks of July.
3. Xochimilco (Zoh-chee-MILL-coh): Two locations; the site in Glenwood Square also features a tequila bar. Be careful with those giant margaritas.
Find it at: 2304 Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. most days; and 5110 Tieton Drive No. 270 in Glenwood Square, Yakima, open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. most days.
4. Mercedes & Family: Popular with Eisenhower High School students on their lunch break, and with anyone who’s craving a gigantic steak-stuffed taco that could feed a small army. Make sure to bring cash; they no longer accept cards.
Find it at: 5603 Tieton Dr., Yakima open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. most days.
5. El Pastor: This spot has more of a laid-back, old-school atmosphere, and is one of the few sit-down Mexican restaurants in downtown-proper.
Find it at: 315 W. Walnut St., Yakima, open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. most days.
Other great spots that didn’t get quite so much love on social media:
• El Mirador, now only in Terrace Heights: 1601 E. Yakima Ave., Yakima, open
from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. most days
• Tammy’s, 1009 N. First St., Yakima, open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except closed on Tuesdays.
• El Noa Noa, farther down the Valley: 4671 N. Track Road, Wapato, open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.
• Taqueria Los Primos: Several locations in Yakima and Selah, but my favorite Primos experience is at the truck in the parking lot of Delaney’s Lost Sock Laundromat, 404 N. First St., Yakima, open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.
• Los Hernandez Tamales, 3706 Main St., Union Gap, open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. most days.