Craving Mexican food in the city of Scottsdale tonight? Think you have to make the six-hour round trip to the border to experience the authentic tastes you desire? Think again. Here are just a couple great options only minutes from your Scottsdale vacation rental.

Los Sombreros Café & Cantina: Located on North Scottsdale Road, this family-owned Mexican café and cantina is dedicated to serving traditional meals that are as flavorful and nuanced as any of the world’s most sophisticated cuisines. Named “Best Modern Mexican Restaurant” by the Phoenix New Times, Los Sombreros is a Scottsdale dining must.

Los Olivos Mexican Patio: For over 60 years, Los Olivos has been dishing up family favorites like their special Los Olivos fajitas, marinated in Nana Elena’s delicious special sauce. Passed down through three generations, what used to be a small adobe eatery in Old Town is now one of Scottsdale’s top restaurants.

Frank & Lupe’s: Boasting the largest selection of fine tequilas in town, Frank & Lupe’s is the place to be for happy hour every weekday with half-off margaritas and appetizers from 4 to 6 p.m. With dinner options that include their famous “Holy Mole” chicken with homemade mole sauce, you might just show up for a single drink and end up spending the evening.

Old Town Tortilla Factory: The atmosphere is casual and inviting at this Old Town favorite, a 75-year-old adobe home in the city of Scottsdale’s delightful art district. With a menu described as “Southwestern with a Mexican twist” and a 1400-square-foot flagstone patio, it’s the perfect location for an intimate date or a large gathering of friends.

You don’t have to point the car south from your Scottsdale vacation rental to experience genuine Mexican fare. Great tastes from south of the border abound in the city of Scottsdale no matter which direction you’re headed. And you won’t even need to show your unflattering passport photo to an intimidating border guard.