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Branson Dining - Delicious Mexican Cuisine in the Music City!

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Branson Dining - Delicious Mexican Cuisine in the Music City!

A Dozen Options for Finding Your Favorite Food!

As we promised in our last post on international dining options in Branson, we’re coming back around to talk about all of the great Mexican restaurants in town!  We’re focusing an entire post on what may be Branson’s most popular cuisine; we’re making sure to include a variety of places, like those that serve Tex Mex-style cuisine, as well as those offering more traditional Mexican fare.  (For more international dining options, check this out: “Branson Has International Options for Dining? You Bet It Does!”)

There are plenty of wonderful reasons to spend time in Branson, and for many people, good food is on the list of their top five!  And, speaking of, make that fabulous, food, here are a few of the dining spots serving up Mexican cuisine:

1.  Arandas Tacos:  One of Branson’s best spots for authentic Mexican cuisine, Arandas is most popular for their salad and toppings bar, making it easy to guests to assemble their ideal taco.  They specialize in using the freshest vegetables and other toppings, as well as perfectly seasoned beef, pork, chicken, chorizo, and seafood.

Helpful Hints:  This restaurant is small, so stop in before or after traditional dining hours to eat inside - there’s an outside dining area for nice weather meals, or you can simply order take-out.  

Adult Beverages:  Beer and mixed drinks

Location:  2410 West Highway 76 (a.k.a. Country Music Boulevard or The Strip)

Hours:  Sunday - Saturday:  10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (hours and operating schedule can vary by season)

2. Botana’s Premier Mexican:  Offering casual dining with an upscale feel, Botana’s keeps loyal guests happy with authentic south-of-the-border cuisine.  The impressive menu offers familiar fare, as well as dishes that set them apart, like Huevos con Chorizo and Enchiladas Verdes, and featured meals like the Parrillada Feast for Two.  Unique desserts include a Cookie Monster Smoothie, and for guests with special dietary needs, the menu includes vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Helpful Hints:  Botanas offers daily and lunch specials - ask your server.

Adult Beverages:  Beer and mixed drinks

Location: 3515 West Highway 76

Hours:  Sunday - Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (hours and operating schedule can vary by season)

3. Cantina Laredo: This popular national name in Mexican cuisine enjoys a prime spot at Branson Landing, and patio dining makes it easy to take advantage of the Lake Taneycomo view.  The menu is substantial and offers a wide variety of what Cantina Laredo likes to call “modern Mexican dishes.” A guest favorite is the Top Shelf Guacamole; it’s made table-side to your liking.  There’s a private room for parties and other group gatherings, and a full bar that’s great for hanging out friends over drinks and munchies.

Helpful Hints:  If you opt for patio dining on a slightly chilly day, ask for a  table at the “fountain” end of the deck - the heat from the fire cannons during the fountain show will feel good!  (When it’s hot outside, go for the other end of the deck.)

Adult Beverages:  Full bar - mixed drinks, beer, wine, liquors

Location:  1001 Branson Landing

Hours:  Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Friday & Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

4. Casa Fuentes:  One of Branson’s longest operating Mexican restaurants, Casa Fuentes is best known for its homemade salsa and tasty margaritas!  A popular choice of residents for business lunches, favorite menu items include the Fuentes Burrito and the Street Tacos - and newer menu items include unique dishes like the Cochinita Pibil and the Baja Fish Tacos.  

Helpful Hints:  Their salsa is available for purchase by the jar - if you don’t see it near the register, just ask your server or cashier.

Adult Beverages:  Imported and domestic beers and margaritas

Location:  1107 West Highway 76

Hours:  Monday - Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Friday & Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

5. El Morro:  A delightful little food truck operation that never disappoints - just check out the glowing online reviews!  Everything from the Street Tacos to the Mexican Corn-on-the-Cob is popular and flavorful. The Posole - a Mexican soup made with hominy and pork - is a meal on its own.

Helpful Hints:  It is a food truck after all, so seating is outside only and limited - get it to go.  It can be a little hard to find - just travel down Highway 248 and start looking near O’Reilly’s Automotive.

Adult Beverages:  Not available

Location:  1818 Highway 248

Hours:  Monday - Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

6. Fajitas Locos:  One of those great “loved by locals” restaurants - good service, great food, and excellent Branson hospitality.  The menu is extensive and includes unusual, and unusually tasty, items like a Mexican Burger and Shrimp Nachos. And if you love to eat large portions of wonderfully spiced food, then you’re in luck at Fajitas Locos!

Helpful Hints:  Check out Taco Tuesday and fill up on cheap, but delicious, tacos!

Adult Beverages:  Not available

Location: 3015 West Highway 76

Hours:  Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.   Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

7. Little Hacienda:  With a beautiful, upscale restaurant location in Branson’s Shepherd of the Hills District, Little Hacienda has become a popular place for business lunches and family dinners, as well as friends gathering after work or just at the end of a day full of entertainment!  Enjoy authentic entrees and unique menu offerings, and make sure you add their Top Shelf Guacamole to anything you order.

Helpful Hints:  It can be hard to spot, but if you can find Red Lobster, just take the street beside it and you’ll find Little Hacienda right there behind it!  There’s also a second location on Downing Street in Hollister.

Adult Beverages:  Full bar - mixed drinks, beer, wine, liquors

Location:  3375 Little Pete’s Road

Hours:  Sunday - Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (operates on a seasonal schedule - currently closed until early Spring)

8. Moe’s Southwest Grill:  One of only three national chain eateries on our list, Moe’s stands out for its exceptionally fresh ingredients, and you get to select your own toppings.  The happily expected Mexican-style fare includes tacos, nachos, and quesadillas, and the delicious seasonal salsas and pico are made fresh in-house every day.  

Helpful Hints:  Part of a small strip plaza, parking for Moe’s looks limited, but there’s a sizable lot right behind the building.

Adult Beverages:  Not available

Location:  2212 West Highway 76

Hours:  Sunday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

9. Oaxaca:  Pronounced Wuh-hah-kuh, this fantastic new restaurant is the only Mexican dining spot on our list that’s located outside the city of Branson.  With incredible feedback on pretty much every restaurant review website, this one’s worth the 15 minute drive to nearby Forsyth. Oaxaca features an extensive adult beverage menu, and entrees that include fajitas, quesadillas, nachos, as well as a variety of steak and chicken dishes.

Helpful Hints:  From Branson, you can take the winding, scenic route from Highway 65 - F Highway to 160 East, or you can come through Historic Downtown Branson across either of the Lake Taneycomo bridges and take East Highway 76 to Forsyth.

Adult Beverages:  Extensive menu with wine, mixed drinks, and domestic and imported beers

Location:  15553 US Highway 160, Forsyth

Hours:  Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.   Friday & Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

10. Pancho Villa Tex Mex:  Another Branson dining institution, folks have been patronizing Pancho Villa’s for excellent Tex Mex cuisine for years.  The house specialties come highly recommended, as do the appetizers like the Jalapeno Poppers and Nachos. The colorful building makes the dining experience a bit more fun!

Helpful Hints:  The parking lot is shared with another busy eatery, so dining during off-hours might be a good idea.

Adult Beverages:  Domestic and imported beers and margaritas

Location:  2819 West Highway 76

Hours:  Sunday - Saturday:  11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

11. Qdoba Mexican Eats:  The last of our recommended national brands, Qdoba is always a good option for everyone who likes to select their own fresh toppings for tacos, burritos, and more.  And their Branson location enjoys a nice spot in Branson Landing’s Lakeside Shoppes - there’s even an outside back deck area overlooking scenic Roark Creek just before it runs into Lake Taneycomo.

Helpful Hints:  Pick a nice weather day to visit this Qdoba - you’ll want to enjoy eating outside on the deck.

Adult Beverages:  Not available

Location:  Lakeside Shoppes at 482 Branson Landing Boulevard

Hours:  Sunday - Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

12. Tequila’s 2:  Located in the Branson Meadows District, this is another Mexican mainstay for everyone who loves flavorful food.  Ordering your favorite meal for lunch or dinner is made easier by having numbered lunch specials and dinner combos.  There’s also a long list of sides if you want to build your own meal.

Helpful Hints:  It’s one of Branson’s largest restaurants, which means that, even on a busy night, you should still find seating. (There’s another location in nearby Kimberling City/Branson West.)

Adult Beverages:  Mixed drinks, beer, and wine

Location:  3300 Gretna Road

Hours:  Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.   Friday & Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

And there you have it, a nice selection of Mexican restaurants in Branson - you can try a different one (or two) every time you visit the area!  We might have missed some, but no worries, we know how important food is, so we’ll be posting more dining updates in the near future!