Any decent Mexican restaurant will offer menu combinations in the hundreds, presenting cuisine so authentic you'd think you're sitting down to family dinner south of the Rio Grande. A great one will compose these concoctions with fresh ingredients at the speed of a steer on stampede.

Any decent Mexican restaurant will offer menu combinations in the hundreds, presenting cuisine so authentic you'd think you're sitting down to family dinner south of the Rio Grande. A great one will compose these concoctions with fresh ingredients at the speed of a steer on stampede.

El Vaquero has been doing it right from the beginning, which is why they now have a dozen locations to show for it, including four outside the Columbus area. Yup - they've tossed their lasso outside I-270, exporting the Mexican food this city loves best.

Runners-up: La Fogata, Cuco's Taqueria