Southern California's close proximity to Mexico has blessed the region with exceptional authentic Mexican cuisine, ranging from traditional hearty plates of comfort food to modern Baja-inspired bites. Local favorites like Mario's Mexican Food & Cantina, Las Barcas Gourmet Mexican Food, Pete's Mexican Food, Avila’s El Ranchito, and Fred's Mexican Cafe serve up classic plates smothered in cheese, sauce, and beans—just how we like it. If you've never tried a chile relleno—a poblano pepper stuffed with cheese, dipped in batter, and fried with love—we highly suggest you try one here in Huntington Beach. Mix-and-match taco plates are also aplenty at go-tos like Sancho's Tacos, solita, and Ola Mexican Kitchen—the latter two serving more sophisticated and fusion takes on the venerable street taco and other South-of-the-border dishes. Wrap your hands around another local Mexican staple—the burrito—at joints like Fiesta Grill, a prized hole-in-the-wall preparing savory wet burritos, and Secret Spot, a casual not-so-secret eatery sending out daydream-worthy breakfast burritos. Visiting during the week? Get your Mexican fix courtesy of one of many Taco Tuesday deals, like $2 tacos at Sancho's, $2 tacos and $5.50 cans of Corona and Tecate at Fred's, or $5 guacamole and margaritas at Ola. Wherever you go, it'll be delicioso.