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Upgrade your next Taco Tuesday with these 15 Mexican Restaurants in Gaston County

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Queso lovers rejoice. It is officially the summer of the taco and Gaston County has you covered with multiple Mexican restaurants in every town. What’s not to love about Mexican restaurants? Daily drink deals offering discounted margaritas and Corona, enough sides to keep you feeling full the rest of the night, and festive interiors.

Authenticity, flavor, and a dash of spice are only a few blocks away with fifteen Mexican restaurants serving up tantalizing treats in Gaston County.

Agave Mexican Restaurant

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1414 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia

Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Your next Gastonia staycation just got more flavorful with Agave’s authentic Mexican-styled seafood. This seafood-focused restaurant provides unique twists to classic Mexican dishes in a fun and festive environment. Open for lunch and dinner.

Azteca Family Mexican Restaurant

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1863 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia

Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

There is never a bad time for a margarita at Azteca Family Mexican Restaurant. You will never leave on an empty stomach with their wide variety of authentic and fresh Mexican dishes, with vegetarian options available.

Casa Vieja Mexican Food

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6928 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont

Sunday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Casa Vieja is no stranger to flavor or authenticity. Make sure you have an empty stomach when you stop by for their large portions and a bit of room leftover for a margarita.

Doffer’s Canteen

Chris Rodarte, Gaston Outside

119 Center St., Cramerton

Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

A walk down Cramerton’s main street can quickly turn into a stop for delicious Tex-Mex classics at Doffer’s Canteen. Liven up your taco Tuesday with their unique take on street tacos and do not forget to take a look at their wide selection of craft beers and wines. This cult classic fails to disappoint.

Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant

3272 Union Rd., Gastonia

Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

A traditional Mexican dining experience may not be as far away as you thought, with Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant serving up classic Mexican dishes. Don Pedro’s offers both lunch and dinner, with vegetarian options included, just make sure you do not skip out on dessert.

El Lorito Mexican Restaurant

1002 Gastonia Hwy., Bessemer City

Saturday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

This family-owned restaurant’s daily drink specials make it the perfect place to celebrate your next birthday or special occasion and their lunch specials, offered Monday through Friday, are sure to impress your coworkers.

El Patron Mexican Restaurant

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3670 S. New Hope Rd., Suite 9 Gastonia

Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Grab a beer and take a seat at El Patron for their daily drink specials and lunch specials offered Monday through Friday. With an expansive menu, including vegetarian options and a kids' menu, you could try a new dish every day of the week.

El Rinconcito

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207 Rankin Ave., Mount Holly

Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

What’s the key to happiness? El Rinconcito believes it is their tacos. Take a seat at their Mount Holly location and see for yourself.

El Valle Mexican Restaurant

791 W. Charlotte Ave., Mount Holly

Sunday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Whether you are looking for a quick bite to eat during your lunch break, a sit-down dinner with your family, or a late-night cocktail with friends, Mount Holly’s El Valle Mexican Restaurant has you covered. Their menu options are expansive with everything from vegetarian dishes to twenty different premium tequila shots.

La Fuente Bar and Grill

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3070 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia

Monday-Sunday 12 p.m.-9 p.m.

This family-friendly restaurant is the perfect way to celebrate summer with your kids. Taco Tuesday just got more fun with their family pack taco bar, which serves up to five. They provide both carryout and delivery, and a mariachi band plays the last Friday of every month.

Los Arcos

300 N. New Hope Rd., Gastonia

Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Next time you are in Gastonia, stop by Los Arco’s Mexican buffet or try one of their traditional Mexican plates.

Los Tarascos

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706 York Rd., Kings Mountain

Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

With lunch and dinner options, there is never a bad time to stop by Los Tarascos in Kings Mountain. Their menu is sure to please anyone from a long list of tasty appetizers, authentic Mexican entrees made with only the freshest of ingredients, vegetarian options, and much more. You won’t want to miss out on these fresh flavors.

Taxco Mexican Grill

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6418 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont

New Location in Gastonia: 930 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

Sunday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Take your dining experience to the next level with margarita specials every Thursday and Sunday at Taxco. With vegetarian options, a separate menu for kids, and daily drink specials there is something for everyone at this authentic Mexican Restaurant.

Tex-Mex Back Road Grill

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5316 Union Rd., Gastonia

Monday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this Tex-Mex restaurant is the perfect place for your picky eater, with wings, burgers, and tenders available. For a taste of the southwest, be sure to try one of their Tex-Mex entrees or plates. Though their hours are currently limited due to understaffing, they hope to re-open on Mondays and Saturdays soon. If you are interested in a back-of-house position, reach out through their Facebook page.

Viva Tequis Taqueria and Cantina

Chris Rodarte, Gaston Outside

238 W. Main Ave., Gastonia

Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Originally known as Tequilas Mexican Grill and Taqueria, Viva Tequis serves fresh, delicious Mexican street food. Stop by next time you grab lunch with friends or surprise your family with a taste of the southwest. Check out their menu for plant-based options.

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