Best of CU: Best Mexican Food

By Raina Kutliroff, Staff Writer

With over 1,000 well-deserved positive reviews, Champaign’s Maize Mexican Grill is truly a not-so-hidden gem. Nearly quintessential to the C-U community, Maize thrives in its home-style cooked Mexican food that keeps customers returning for more. The casual restaurant specializes in recreating the flavors of Mexico City, Michoacán and Guerrero, Mexico. The traditional flavors are inviting for any customer looking for a great spot to dig into some delicious Mexican dishes. 

With an extensive menu, the restaurant caters to all with a wide range of options, including an option to substitute out any meat for vegetarians looking to dine. Maize is an excellent choice for anyone on a gluten-limited diet, with over 90% of its menu sans gluten. The restaurant is inclusive for many customers with dietary restrictions or diet preferences. All of its tortillas are made from corn and are handmade for every individual order, ensuring that each order is hot and fresh. 

Maize prides itself on connecting its love of Mexican food with its love for the local community. The restaurant’s ability to share Mexican cultural traditions through food is evident from the moment you walk through the door and take your first bite. Featuring not one, but three locations throughout the Champaign-Urbana area, including a traveling food truck, Maize is accessible to many residents and students. Maize continues to establish itself as the go-to place to grab a taco.

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