BEST OF COLUMBUS • DINING • BEST MEXICAN

Best Mexican: El Vaquero

From the Best Mexican: El Vaquero edition

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