Where to eat Mexican food in Sterling: The Best Restaurants and Bars

September 3, 2019 Ying Subia

Discover Restaurants offering the best Mexican food in Sterling, Illinois, United States. Sterling is a city in Whiteside County, Illinois, United States. The population was 15,370 at the 2010 census, down from 15,451 in 2000. Formerly nicknamed "Hardware Capital of the World", Sterling has long been associated with manufacturing and the steel industry.
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6. Taco Bell

405 Locust St, Sterling, IL 61081-3540 Mexican, American +1 815-625-3144 https://locations.tacobell.com/il/sterling/405-locust-street.html?utm_source=yext&utm_campaign=googlelistings&utm_medium=referral&utm_term=036204&utm_content=website

Reviewed By hakudomaru

That's not why I'm rating it. I've been a customer there for several years, and every time I go it gets better and better. Everyone is polite and the orders are hot and accurate. So while the food is run-of-the-mill fast food, it makes a difference having that service there.

5. El Tapatio

1101 1st Ave, Rock Falls, IL 61071-1630 Mexican Dinner Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service +1 815-564-0510 https://www.eltapatiomexicanrestaurants.com/
El Tapatio

Reviewed By 65N20w

Was traveling I88 and needed some grub on a Saturday night. Was looking for a steakhouse, but stubbled in here. Clean and very good service Looks like a fav of the locals. Many customers that had families in tow The Juanita special was real good! Menu has breakfast, lunch and dinner

4. Taqueria El Carbon

1104 W 4th St, Sterling, IL 61081-3237 Mexican +1 815-622-9350 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Taqueria-El-Carbon/111561188881311

Reviewed By pwn2014

How to describe a restaurant that is genuinely Mexican however the food and menu are substandard in my opinion. The smell of heavy grease permeates your clothing as soon as you walk in and stays long after you leave. We were served a bowl of very spicy cut up peppers for an appetizer with no plates or utensils to eat with. My burrito was over $6 and it was very bland and tasteless. The waitress never asked if we liked our meal and didn't seem to care if we stayed or left. I would not go there again. It is a bad mark against good Mexican food.

3. Willy's

3210 W Lincolnway, Sterling, IL 61081-8934 Mexican Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service http://www.willysmexicanrestaurant.com/
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews


Reviewed By davidlI5106MM

We have enjoyed Willy's for years. My friends like their Mexican Buffet. But I enjoy the regular menu better. I find their authentic soft tacos, burritos, and enchiladas to be my favorites. They also have more exotic choices, but I stick with what I like. Their decor and atmosphere is fun and authentic and we have always had fast and accurate servers. It is worth a 30 mile drive for us to come here.

2. La Familia Restaurant

201 W 2nd St, Rock Falls, IL 61071-1247 Mexican Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol +1 815-626-0158 http://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Familia-Restaurant-Bakery/66391267907
Overall Ratings

4 based on 42 reviews

La Familia Restaurant

Reviewed By Melaney R

We enjoyed our lunch at the restaurant--the food was very good and authentic, the prices were very low, the service good, the restaurant clean.BUT the best part is that you are able to buy Dave's coffee cakes there! We had heard of the cakes and were very disappointed to find that the bakery is closed on Saturday.I e-mailed to the address on the website and received a very nice fast response (turns out that it was from the owner of the bakery and te restaurant) that I could purchase them at the restaurant.Our server was even so nice that she offered to run to the bakery if we wanted different flavors!

What to do and see in Sterling, United States: The Best Places and Tips

1. Kelly's Irish pub

218 Locust St, Sterling, IL 61081-3537 Mexican, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service +1 815-625-7969 http://www.kellysinc.com
Overall Ratings

4 based on 79 reviews

Kelly's Irish pub

Reviewed By Pottman

We started with a natcho appetizer....really good! There are several choices of natchos to choose from. We had the basic taco meat and cheese. We both ordered huevos rancheros...I had delicious corn beef and my guy had chorizo sausage. So good it was hard to stop eating it even when I was full.

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