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Seven great places to get Mexican food in and around Norwich

PUBLISHED: 12:32 21 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:11 04 October 2016

Blue Agave Mexican restaurant in Tombland, Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Blue Agave Mexican restaurant in Tombland, Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Looking for somewhere to curb your Mexican and Tex-Mex cravings? Here are eight tasty places within a 40-minute drive of the city centre where you can do just that.

Recipes by Zena Leech-Calton - Fajitas with refried beans and baked courgettes quesadilla ideas Mexican salsa and healthy sour cream.  Photo: Angela SharpeRecipes by Zena Leech-Calton - Fajitas with refried beans and baked courgettes quesadilla ideas Mexican salsa and healthy sour cream. Photo: Angela Sharpe

• Smokey Joe’s American Bar and Grill, 8 Norwich Road, Ditchingham

This family-run business is roughly a half-an-hour drive from the city, but is well worth making the journey for. Their large menu boasts a whole range of both American and Mexican inspired goodies, including sizzling fajitas, chilli nachos and chimichangas with a choice of fillings. If you visit this restaurant, expect large portions (they’re about to introduce Man v. Food style challenges), lots of spice and a lively atmosphere.

• Mambo Jambo, 14 Lower Goat Lane, Norwich

Set in the heart of the Lanes, Mambo Jambo is serving up a range of Mexican and South American inspired dishes such as tacos, chilli, enchiladas and a unique dish they call a ‘Mexican Blanket’, which is comprised of a 12 inch flour tortilla, two different fillings, enchilada sauce, plus plenty of cheese and sour cream.

• Pedro’s Tex-Mex Cantina, Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich

Pedro’s has been providing an authentic Tex-Mex experience in the city for over 25 years and thus has become a firm favourite with locals. Their menu offers a wide choice of food, from traditional soft corn enchiladas to their own combo meals like the ‘bad hombre’ which features a bowl of chilli topped with cheese, onion, a seafood enchilada and BBQ tomatilla rib. If these aren’t enough to entice you, they’ve also got all of the tequila and sangria you could ever want.

• The Mustard Pot and Granddano’s Restaurant, Dereham Road, Whinburgh

Just over a half an hour drive away from Norwich is The Mustard Pot, a traditional looking English pub on the outside with a secret hidden on the inside - Mexican style food is their speciality! Visit between Monday and Saturday and don a sombrero as you sample their range of chimichangas, nachos and chilli con carne.

• Lust and Liquor, 2-4 St Benedict’s Street, Norwich

Craving tacos? Head to Lust and Liquor Cocktail Bar and Kitchen in the Lanes to get your fix. Their menu boasts a choice of nine different taco fillings including chilli salt squid, pan fried chorizo, feta and sweet potato, Mexican chilli, crispy fried sea bass and garlic cream mushrooms. If that’s not enough, they also make burritos and loaded nachos with homemade guacamole and salsa.

• Chiquito, Riverside Retail Park, Wherry Road, Norwich

Don’t disregard this chain restaurant too quickly, the Tex-Mex style bar and grill has a large menu that offers something for everyone, from Mexican paella to quesadillas and spiced salad, and unlike other restaurants the theme is continued through to the dessert menu where you’ll find a Mexican take on Eton Mess, Churros and fruit taquitos.

• Chihuahua Burritos, The Mash Tun, 16 Charring Cross, Norwich

If you haven’t heard of Chihuahua Burritos yet, then you’re missing out. The street food company are currently operating in The Mash Tun in Norwich between Tuesday and Saturday (times vary each day) serving up 12-inch flour tortilla burritos, as well as naked burritos (served without the tortilla) which come with a choice of four different but equally tempting fillings: shredded chicken, pulled beef brisket, sweet potato and feta and vegan with sweet potato, red onion, black beans, rice, Pico de Gallo and lettuce.

• Where’s your favourite place to go for Mexican food? Let us know in the comments below.

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