Santa Fe Mexican Grill, Palacio Maya, Agave and Mariachi Restaurant: Best Mexican Restaurant in Delaware (readers & editors)

Santa Fe Mexican Grill, 190 E. Main St., Newark, 369-2500; 2006 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington, 425-5200,

We like Palacio Maya for authentic fare such as the nopalito salad of marinated cactus with avocado, queso fresco, cilantro and greens, and for poblanos stuffed with ground pork and beef, dried fruit and raisins, and almonds in a creamy walnut sauce. We like the cozy, cheerful feeling of the place. And we like the menu of Mexican standards, such as enchiladas and chimichangas, which are offered with all the expected fillings. Good shrimp ceviche clinches  it. 7288 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 239-5590,

Agave, 137 Second St., Lewes, 645-1232

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Mariachi Restaurant features the cuisine of Spain, Mexico and Latin America. We gravitate to seafood dishes like Paella de Mariscos: shrimp, mussels, squid, scallops, fish and clams sautéed with veggies and served on saffron rice. Enjoy it with a sangria or margarita on the patio. 14 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-0115,

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