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Best Mexican - Madera

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We'll be traveling along Highway 99 through Madera to145 and Friant and on to Mono Hot Springs. We should be in Madera around lunch time and we'd love to enjoy some good Mexican food for lunch. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. I hope this will be helpful which is the purpose of CH. I have found Madera to be a wasteland of decent food. If you can hold out until Merced I have found that Trevino's in downtown Merced more than adequate. Even though it is downtown parking is free and available on the street. It is only 30 or so minutes north of Madera.

    1. Even though I'm only 40 minutes from Madera, I only pass through on the way north. I can't imagine there isn't one decent place there. Come on Fresnans...there has to be some place!

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      1. re: mrsmegawatt

        Thanks for the shoutout mrsmegawatt. The thought of stopping at a Taco Bell as monta8 suggested is just so wrong. Merced is also an option if anyone has a recommendation. Please advise.

        1. re: Jim

          I interpreted the Taco Bell recommendation as a joke not serious and certainly not a help in answering your question.

      2. There is a Sal's in Madera, have never tried it but the ones in Fresno and Selma are excellent for either the braised short ribs or the Karl's Special Burrito (w/ rib meat), order it with extra basting, will easily feed two unless you're starving. Note that Sal's isn't the autentico small double corn tortilla type of place, if that's what you're looking for probably need to come down to Fresno another 20 min, or else hit the taco trucks in Modesto.

        Sal's Mexican Restaurant
        2001 W.Cleveland Ave, Madera, CA, 93638

        I have a note in my files to try Burrito King on Gateway N. of 4th, but only on the tip that they have pupusas. I'd play it on the safe side with Sal's.

        1. If it is still there, you might want to try the Azteca de Oro. It is a small, quaint restaurant on Yosemite Avenue (Hwy.145) near South D Street... right on your route. I can't remember what I ordered but I recall having a flavorful, satisfying lunch there 8 or 9 months ago. This is a very Hispanic part of the valley and you can't get away with mediocre, chain type fare.

          1. Here is another possibility for Mexican or Salvadoran cuisine (hey PB, I see pupusas on the lunch menu)... on Cleveland Avenue, west of Freeway 99, North Madera area.


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            1. re: fresnohotspot

              Going to have to make a special effort to stop in. Funny how we'll seem to travel 20-30 miles for hole in the wall Mex and never make the 15 min drive to Madera. I think it's because we're usually off on a road trip and barely have the seat belt buckled by the time we blow through. Thanks for the tip.

              1. re: PolarBear

                And to add to PBs notes, my problem is if I'm coming home from points north by the time I hit Madera I'm blowing through it to get home in the next 15-20 minutes. :) But hey, I'm always up for a challenge.

                I wish I could remember the name of it but there is a lunch time Mexican restaurant just north of Yosemite about two blocks east of the courthouse - the courthouse deputies are always in there. And there's Burrito Kings - above average.

                1. re: tavmark

                  Ran into an old pal who's a local, he suggested Azteca D'Oro and the Mayan Grill. Both on Yosemite ave. between "C" and "D" streets. across the street from each other. There is also an Italian restaurant that is owned by a Mexican family. It is on Howard Road and is called Edgar's.

            2. Just received this tip for great tacos from my dear SIL via one of her picky eater Hispanic co-workers.

              Tacos El Amigo.
              16885 Road 26 (N/B exit Cleveland E, N on Country Club aka Rd 26, just south of Ave. 17, S/B exit Ave. 17 east to Rd. 26, then turn right)
              (559) 674-4482

              Sorry, no other details at this point, I'm hoping they have al pastor.

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              1. re: PolarBear

                I am going to madera for the first time next week so would love any updates!