Best Mexican Food? Your Winner is ...

We asked, you answered! Here are the results of our latest Readers' Choice Awards contest to name the best Mexican restaurant in Napa.

More than 200 people voted in our latest Readers' Choice Awards poll of Mexican restaurants in the city of Napa.

The resounding favorite emerged as an early leader and finished with 18 percent of poll votes and two glowing, five-star reviews: According to you, Napa's best Mexican restaurant is  in the Bel Aire Plaza shopping center:

Not only is the ambience incredible, but the service and customer services is outstanding. Throw that in with the best burrito in town and how can you not be a repeat customer. Order the Super Steak Burrito with green sauce and white cheese and you won't be disappointed. ()

I love this place. I have been eating there ever since I used to work in the Bel Aire Plaza (almost 18 years). I am glad it is still around and doing great. My favorite is the chicken burrito or carnitas tacos. On Fridays in Lent I like their bean and cheese burritos. Good Stuff. ( —proprietor of , which recently won the

Other great places for Mexican food:

Your runners-up begin with  (recent winner of the ), which snared 13 percent of poll votes and one five-star review:

We really enjoy going to Compadres and patronizing a business who gives so much back to the Community! They support the kids - I've seen them at elementary school fundraisers, at Kiwanis events, at Rotary events, at numerous golf tournaments, and at many non-profit food and wine events. I have to say that their food is wonderful! They have the best menu, the best staff and a very nice location right on the river. They serve breakfast on the weekends, too! If you've never been, you should go - and if you haven't been in a while - go back! Great food, great community supporters! ()

Third place in the poll with 11 percent of votes, received no customer reviews during the contest period, although last August a user rated the restaurant four stars for take-out and lunch.

Downtown favorite  received 8 percent of poll votes and a five-star rating from Vanissa Struven, who called it "one of my favorite Mexican Food places in the Napa Valley. Great customer service, great food, and your food comes out very fast. I love their shredded beef tacos combo with rice and beans . Also I love their chips and sasa, they are the best that I have had in Napa. This is truly a great local's dining spot."

Rounding out your favorite Mexican restaurants in our contest:  got 7 percent in the poll, but no ratings or reviews;  received 6 percent of votes with no ratings or reviews;  got 5 percent of the votes and one five-star review.

See the complete poll and reader comments.

Thanks to everyone for taking part!

Next week's contest is a little different:

We need your advice on where to get our taxes done. At the last minute.

Here are the nominees at present. If you know a local tax preparer we should add to the list, please let us know in the comments ASAP. The next contest begins Monday at 5 a.m.

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David Ryan March 30, 2012 at 07:45 PM
This article made me hungry as I recalled eating at some of the contenders' places. Unfortunately, my new diet prevents me from eating Mexican food. Low fat = Low flavor. Bummer!
Rick Enos March 30, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Thank you to all of you who voted for Compadres. Although, with our wide variety of menu options, we think of Compadres more as a contemporary restaurant, we are pleased to be considered among your favorites along with other businesses that we regard highly in this category. Join us for Easter Sunday Brunch - over 20 items, including our Spring Lamb BBQ, an omelette station, and many specialty Mexican and Southwestern dishes. P.S. Ryan - we feature a wide variety of vegetarian dishes with low fat but big flavor!
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) March 30, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Compadres is a strong contender in many categories, Rick! Are you also planning a Mother's Day brunch? We are running a contest on that very topic in just a few weeks.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) March 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Compadres is a strong contender in many categories, Rick! Are you also planning a Mother's Day brunch? We are running a contest on that very topic in just a few weeks.
Rick Enos March 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Yes, we do two brunch buffets during the year - Easter Sunday and Mothers' Day. Mothers' Day is very similar to easter except that we will have a Pollo BBQ instead of the lamb. On Mothers' Day, we also hire a local charaicature artist, Rene Pulido - our gift to moms is a charicature of their children. He is at the restaurant 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Roger Bubel March 31, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Tacqueria Maria is the Bomb - Best Chicken, Steak & Shrimp Fajitas in Napa
Varda April 01, 2012 at 02:53 AM
This is by far our very favorite Mexican spot in Napa! Always fresh ingredients and good food, and on a nice day sitting on the patio is a real treat. Varda (Napa Newbie)
phillip Snyder April 19, 2012 at 05:59 AM
How about vegan dishes, my wife's a vegan and it's hard to find restaurants that work with us for her. I have to say that our favorite's are Mini Mango and Bistro Sabor as they cater to vegans and carnivores alike and they're food is delicious and reasonable to boot. Philip & Cynthia
Paul Woodward, MD June 02, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Michael Hinton, CPA in St. Helena. Very knowledgeable, very dedicated to customer service, very reasonable fees, very dependable, not afraid of the IRS! 707 963-7827 1030 Main St. Suite 207 St. Helena, CA 94574-2056


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