El Vaquero

Multiple locations

Web: elvaquerorestaurants.com

Chips and salsa. Giant frozen margaritas. Burritos and enchiladas and tamales smothered in cheese. Mariachi music. These are the familiar, Tex-Mex-style offerings the El Vaquero chain specializes in, and the very reasons we love it so. The Cowboy is guilty-pleasure dining at its cheesiest (in other words, yes, we fully endorse ordering the Queso Fundido melted-white-cheese-and-sausage dip).

Runners-up: La Fogata, Cuco's Taqueria