restaurant interior with chairs lined up at bar
Las Chidas, Orleans

I love telling my husband that growing up in Austin, Texas has given me license to know good Mexican (and Tex-Mex!) food, as well as how to spot a great margarita. When I first came to the Cape, I’ll admit that I was skeptical about the Mexican food offerings. But in the last few years, we’ve been fortunate to have some great Mexican restaurants open on Cape Cod. 

Anejo :: Hyannis and Falmouth

A fan favorite, Anejo offers a Cape Cod-style twist on Mexican food with chipotle-stung lobster bisque and quahog rellenos. They have two locations, Falmouth (the OG) and Hyannis, both with indoor and outdoor seating options. I love sipping on a prickly pear margarita outside under the Hyannis location’s enormous weeping beech tree, which was planted in 1776. This is one of my top places to eat!

El Mariachi :: Yarmouth

El Mariachi is classic Tex-Mex food done well. Their frozen margaritas are generously sized. If you’re with a large group (or even a family with picky eaters), you can’t go wrong with the fiesta sampler. El Mariachi is big, so even during the summer you won’t be waiting too long to get a table. They also have some of the kindest staff around. We went recently and found it to be a very accommodating family-friendly restaurant, and that’s saying a lot considering I have three kid ages 4 and under.

Golden Jalapeno Tex Mex :: Yarmouth Port

Now in its second year of business, Golden Jalapeno is small but mighty. Its cozy atmosphere sets the stage for their very welcoming, clean, and kid-friendly atmosphere. Their fajitas stand out as a crowd favorite, as does their homemade guacamole.  

La TacoDilla :: West Dennis

Born out of Covid, La TacoDilla is the brainchild of Chef Jason Montigel, who also runs renowned restaurant Clean Slate. His tagline, “tacos make people happy,” couldn’t be a truer statement. Serving out of a food truck, with picnic tables for dining, they’re famous for the sauces you can dip your griddled tacos in. My personal favorite is the vegan brussels sprout taco with ancho chili almond coconut sweet potato puree for dipping (say that five times fast…).

Las Chidas :: Orleans

Las Chidas is SoCal Mexican food at its finest. They have an eclectic atmosphere and a creative menu that serves delicious cocktails, surf-style tacos, and positive vibes. Their buttermilk fried oyster taco screams that you’re right near the ocean. Paired with a spicy margarita, you’re in for a rockin’ meal!

Ashley Flanagan
Ashley Yehl Flanagan has lived in Dennis, MA since 2017, when she and her husband Chris moved from Washington, DC. While on Cape, Ashley has been an active part of the Cape community, including participating as board member of Friends or Relatives with Autism and Related Disabilities (FORWARD) from 2020-2022, member of Cape Cod Young Professionals, and as a parishioner of Our Lady of the Cape. Ashley met her husband Chris Flanagan in 2014, and after four years of dating, tied the knot in 2018. Ashley and Chris are raising three children on the Cape, their daughter and twin boys. During Ashley’s senior year of college, she started a career in the federal government, which led her to travel to 106 countries doing public affairs work. For the past six years, Ashley has been a senior member of press operations at a federal agency, where she leads public communications on global issues. Growing up, Ashley aspired to be a journalist and while in middle school, wrote movie reviews for her local paper, The Hill Country News. She graduated from American University in Washington, DC and lived in London during her junior year.

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