Ogden's 5 best Mexican restaurants, according to TripAdvisor

Wednesday , October 26, 2016 - 7:58 AM18 comments

BRETT HEIN, Standard-Examiner Staff

Have the itch for some good chili verde or just need some homemade chips and fresh salsa?

The Ogden area has plenty of choices for Mexican restaurants, but if you need help deciding on the best options, we have a few suggestions for you.

According to reviewers on TripAdvisor — a website dedicated to providing reviews of restaurants and more — the locations listed below are Ogden’s highest-rated, sit-down Mexican food restaurants with at least 15 reviews. (Just note, this does not include drive-thrus or fast-casual chains.)

1. SONORA GRILL

Rating: 4 stars with 319 reviews

Address: 2310 Kiesel Ave., Ogden

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

User review: “The Sonora Grill is not the place you go to for Mexican food you can get everywhere else ... I love that their chips and salsa are big round, crisp tortillas, that you can break in several pieces ... Their salsas have a wonderful citrus base flavor to them that adds a wispy freshness to the joy of eating them. We also had the fresh, made-at-the-table guacamole and it was an excellent touch ... I had beef enchiladas with a splash of Chile Verde and I was not disappointed ... Our service was good, and the wait staff was knowledgeable of the menu.” — Vic S.

2. BELLA’S FRESH MEXICAN GRILL

Rating:4 stars with 108 reviews

Address: 2651 N. 1850 West, Farr West

Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday.

User review: “I do not give out 5 stars often. Here is why I gave it for Bella's: Décor is splendid. Service was top notch ... The salsa was the 'house mild'. Absolutely perfect with a dash of salt added. Here is where it gets out of sight: This place offers NINE different salsa flavors simply for asking ... Not long and here were the fajitas. Sizzling with four tortillas. Sides were amazing! ... Meat was well-marinated and very ample amounts of meats ... Only one time in my 75 years have I had better fajitas.” — Larry P.

3. TACO TACO

Rating: 4 1/2 stars with 25 reviews

Address: 2931 Washington Blvd., Ogden

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday.

User review: “My first time here. My boyfriend brought me. He's been before since he works in Ogden. Don't let the exterior fool you! Very good customer service. Salsa is hot and flavorful. I got the enchiladas swizas, so good. The chili verde had excellent flavor. My boyfriend got breakfast huevos rancheros...delicious! Authentic flavor. I will be back.” — Michaela M.

4. EL MATADOR

Rating: 3 1/2 stars with 83 reviews

Address: 2564 Ogden Ave., Ogden

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

User review: “I use the term old-fashioned here affectionately. I learned what salsa was in the El Matador restaurant in Bountiful 35 years ago and they still have combo dish I ordered that day (the Mamacita) on the menu. I later figured out that warm salsa with finely grated cheese isn't the norm but at El Matador that's only way I'd have it. This Ogden location is the original and it's still family owned with quality food at very fair prices.” — MrStUterr

5. JAVIER’S

Rating: 3 1/2 stars with 20 reviews

Address: 4874 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, is the joint’s top-reviewed location. Also locations at 703 Washington Blvd. and 205 W. 29th St.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday.

User review: “This is probably our favorite Mexican restraunt in Ogden. All the locations are good but this one seems the best. Never had a bad meal here and I've been to this place at least 50 times over the years.” — John H.

Top drive-thrus and fast-casual restaurants

1. Costa Vida, 334 23rd St — 4 1/2 stars with 21 reviews

2. Cafe Rio, 4015 Riverdale Road, Riverdale — 4 stars with 32 reviews

3. Beto’s, 1015 Washington Blvd. — 4 stars with 15 reviews

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