Jacala Mexican Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 606 West Ave

    San Antonio, TX 78201

    Cross street: Hilderbrand St

    Map & Directions
  • 210-732-5222

About Jacala Mexican Restaurant

Hours
Sun-Thu 11am-9:45pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10:45pm

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I haven't been in a long time but I loved their cheese enchiladas yum!

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★★★★☆

I haven't been in a long time but I loved their cheese enchiladas yum!

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This USED TO BE a family favorite restaurant for years but the food is now just ""EH"". Jacala's has ordinary everyday Mexican food you can get at any of the 100s of other Mexican restaurants in this city. The margaritas are so-so & overpriced. We had a large group for dinner - as it's a favorite place for the guest of honor but I hope I never have to go back there again. \nWhat made the experience worse was our server was really bad or just totally inexperienced. So much so that it necessitated a conversation with the manager. Drink orders were taken promptly but ordering dinner was another issue. When we told her we were ready to order she said ""I can't take your order because the kitchen is backed up & busy"". WHAT!!?? The manager's excuse was that several large groups arrived that they weren't expecting. Considering it was a holiday weekday - between Christmas & New Years - this seemed like a lame excuse. We had called the day before & made a reservation. \nBy the end of the evening we had 8 waiters but this was because we had been waiting so long we were the last customers in the place!! \n

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★☆☆☆☆

This USED TO BE a family favorite restaurant for years but the food is now just ""EH"". Jacala's has ordinary everyday Mexican food you can get at any of the 100s of other Mexican restaurants in this city. The margaritas are so-so & overpriced. We had a large group for dinner - as it's a favorite place for the guest of honor but I hope I never have to go back there again. \nWhat made the experience worse was our server was really bad or just totally inexperienced. So much so that it necessitated a conversation with the manager. Drink orders were taken promptly but ordering dinner was another issue. When we told her we were ready to order she said ""I can't take your order because the kitchen is backed up & busy"". WHAT!!?? The manager's excuse was that several large groups arrived that they weren't expecting. Considering it was a holiday weekday - between Christmas & New Years - this seemed like a lame excuse. We had called the day before & made a reservation. \nBy the end of the evening we had 8 waiters but this was because we had been waiting so long we were the last customers in the place!! \n

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Hi: My Husband just returned from Iraq. He wanted some good Tex Mex. Looked to City Search as we normally do. Found Jacala's phone number called to ask questions about menu and pricing.\n\nLady who answered the phone around 4:15PM or so, was rude and not very friendly. We had the phone on speaker so that we could both deside on what we wanted to eat.\n\nI can hear my husband being so very nice to a not so very pleasant person on the phone at Jacala. My husband stated that he was just getting back from overseas, and wanted some mexican food. \n\nWho would have thought that the person who answered the phone at Jacala could be so very rude to a returning military person who has been overseas fighting for her freedom?\n\nI'm seeking another place to feed my warrior for America's freedoms.\nGod bless you woman who answered the phone around 4:15pm

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★☆☆☆☆

Hi: My Husband just returned from Iraq. He wanted some good Tex Mex. Looked to City Search as we normally do. Found Jacala's phone number called to ask questions about menu and pricing.\n\nLady who answered the phone around 4:15PM or so, was rude and not very friendly. We had the phone on speaker so that we could both deside on what we wanted to eat.\n\nI can hear my husband being so very nice to a not so very pleasant person on the phone at Jacala. My husband stated that he was just getting back from overseas, and wanted some mexican food. \n\nWho would have thought that the person who answered the phone at Jacala could be so very rude to a returning military person who has been overseas fighting for her freedom?\n\nI'm seeking another place to feed my warrior for America's freedoms.\nGod bless you woman who answered the phone around 4:15pm

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I grew up in San Antonio and throughout my lifetime have lived all over the world; but when I come home to Texas I have to have my Jacala. \r\n\r\nJacala has been in business since 1949 and their food and service has ALWAYS been consistently great!! You will not find a better plate of Tex-Mex anywhere in the world. I assure you!! \r\n\r\nI'm living in the virgin islands but will be home in a couple of weeks and Jacala will be my first stop.\r\n\r\nLOVE YOU JACALA FAMILY!! Keep doing what your doing.....it has worked for over 60 years..... and still going strong!

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★★★★★

I grew up in San Antonio and throughout my lifetime have lived all over the world; but when I come home to Texas I have to have my Jacala. \r\n\r\nJacala has been in business since 1949 and their food and service has ALWAYS been consistently great!! You will not find a better plate of Tex-Mex anywhere in the world. I assure you!! \r\n\r\nI'm living in the virgin islands but will be home in a couple of weeks and Jacala will be my first stop.\r\n\r\nLOVE YOU JACALA FAMILY!! Keep doing what your doing.....it has worked for over 60 years..... and still going strong!

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WHEN A RESTAURANT GETS TO BIG THEN THEY LOSE TASTE AND PORTION SIZES THERE PLENTY OF OTHER MEX ICAN RESTAURANTS OUT THERE TRY THE MOM AND POPS LOT BETTER TASTEING FOOD MORE FOR THE MONEY

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★☆☆☆☆

WHEN A RESTAURANT GETS TO BIG THEN THEY LOSE TASTE AND PORTION SIZES THERE PLENTY OF OTHER MEX ICAN RESTAURANTS OUT THERE TRY THE MOM AND POPS LOT BETTER TASTEING FOOD MORE FOR THE MONEY

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My husband and I ate at Jacala over the Christmas holidays and discovered our favorite mexican restaurant in town! We have already been back for another dose of their tasty enchiladas. We learned on our first visit the restaurant has been in business for over 60 years and is the oldest family owned mexican restaurant in San Antonio. When we entered, we were immediately greeted by one of the owners and she promptly seated us. We started off with a round of their house margaritas and some chips and queso. The server suggested some of their signature dishes and my husband, a large man, ordered the #3 platter which included 3 cheese enchiladas, rice & beans with 2 puffy tacos. Needless to say, he was full by the end of the meal! I ordered, the #4A, the 'Ladies Special' which includes 2 cheese enchiladas, rice & beans, and 1 beef puffy taco. Our dishes were delicious and service was great! A five star recommendation whenever you are in the area!!

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★★★★★

My husband and I ate at Jacala over the Christmas holidays and discovered our favorite mexican restaurant in town! We have already been back for another dose of their tasty enchiladas. We learned on our first visit the restaurant has been in business for over 60 years and is the oldest family owned mexican restaurant in San Antonio. When we entered, we were immediately greeted by one of the owners and she promptly seated us. We started off with a round of their house margaritas and some chips and queso. The server suggested some of their signature dishes and my husband, a large man, ordered the #3 platter which included 3 cheese enchiladas, rice & beans with 2 puffy tacos. Needless to say, he was full by the end of the meal! I ordered, the #4A, the 'Ladies Special' which includes 2 cheese enchiladas, rice & beans, and 1 beef puffy taco. Our dishes were delicious and service was great! A five star recommendation whenever you are in the area!!

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We had our Wedding Reception at this restaurant. Things were rocky from the beginning and kept getting different responses to our questions. We treated all our guests to dinner and after paying the bill, I realized that we were not credited for our $50 dep!! Then i realized that we were over-charged by $122!! I was upset, but had to wait til Monday because ONE of the owners graciously left word with the Hostess to KEEP our deposit and NEVER had the decency to come speak with me or my husband about it before leaving for the night!!! Monday came around and I never received a phone call, so I called around noon, the OTHER owner said she would give me my deposit back, but of course i had to go pick it up. I continued to tell her that we were over-charged and she continued to give me the run-around for two days and basically told me that I should have checked my bill thoroughly before we left the restaurant. I thought they would be honest about this whole thing, I knew EXACTLY how many guests I had and the bill did not add up!! SHe tried to tell me that her staff said people were coming in before my dinner started and were eating and leaving, which was a crock, little did she know one of my aunts was confused with the time and showed up 1.5 hours before the dinner and stayed in the area with the obvious white linens....no one EVER sat at the white linen tables before we got there!!! I NEVER received an apology!! These women have no customer service or even TRY to be the least bit accommodating, are rude and one says one thing and the other says another!!! I left a review on another web-site and received a ""nice"" phone call from one of the owners this morning, calling my husband a liar, calling me a liar and was furious about my review!! She continued to hang up on me twice, would not let me talk and advised me to NEVER step foot in her restaurant again, which if she would've thoroughly read my review, would know that I WILL NEVER or any of my guests or their friends or family, EVER go to that restaurant. I did receive some of my money back, again with no apology, but i'm still out $84!! STAY AWAY!!

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★☆☆☆☆

We had our Wedding Reception at this restaurant. Things were rocky from the beginning and kept getting different responses to our questions. We treated all our guests to dinner and after paying the bill, I realized that we were not credited for our $50 dep!! Then i realized that we were over-charged by $122!! I was upset, but had to wait til Monday because ONE of the owners graciously left word with the Hostess to KEEP our deposit and NEVER had the decency to come speak with me or my husband about it before leaving for the night!!! Monday came around and I never received a phone call, so I called around noon, the OTHER owner said she would give me my deposit back, but of course i had to go pick it up. I continued to tell her that we were over-charged and she continued to give me the run-around for two days and basically told me that I should have checked my bill thoroughly before we left the restaurant. I thought they would be honest about this whole thing, I knew EXACTLY how many guests I had and the bill did not add up!! SHe tried to tell me that her staff said people were coming in before my dinner started and were eating and leaving, which was a crock, little did she know one of my aunts was confused with the time and showed up 1.5 hours before the dinner and stayed in the area with the obvious white linens....no one EVER sat at the white linen tables before we got there!!! I NEVER received an apology!! These women have no customer service or even TRY to be the least bit accommodating, are rude and one says one thing and the other says another!!! I left a review on another web-site and received a ""nice"" phone call from one of the owners this morning, calling my husband a liar, calling me a liar and was furious about my review!! She continued to hang up on me twice, would not let me talk and advised me to NEVER step foot in her restaurant again, which if she would've thoroughly read my review, would know that I WILL NEVER or any of my guests or their friends or family, EVER go to that restaurant. I did receive some of my money back, again with no apology, but i'm still out $84!! STAY AWAY!!

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It's disappointing to read such negative reviews about a San Antonio landmark. If you are a true Mexican food aficionado, like myself, then you don't expect a clean five star restaurant or excellent service typically because there is a language barrier. Instead, you expect great homemade food authentic ingredients. Mexican food is GREASY and if made correctly will not be with CHEDDAR cheese but creamy goat cheese. That is the way Mexican food, or should I clarify, authentic Tex-Mex food is made. I have been a loyal patron for my entire life. I am a fourth generation customer and have celebrated every birthday at Jacala. This restaurant is not located on the best side of town and typically I drive 30 minutes to get there, but it is worth the drive every time! If you want great Mexican/Tex-Mex food, then you'll overlook these reviews and find a true local gem. I will be a loyal patron for life!

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★★★★★

It's disappointing to read such negative reviews about a San Antonio landmark. If you are a true Mexican food aficionado, like myself, then you don't expect a clean five star restaurant or excellent service typically because there is a language barrier. Instead, you expect great homemade food authentic ingredients. Mexican food is GREASY and if made correctly will not be with CHEDDAR cheese but creamy goat cheese. That is the way Mexican food, or should I clarify, authentic Tex-Mex food is made. I have been a loyal patron for my entire life. I am a fourth generation customer and have celebrated every birthday at Jacala. This restaurant is not located on the best side of town and typically I drive 30 minutes to get there, but it is worth the drive every time! If you want great Mexican/Tex-Mex food, then you'll overlook these reviews and find a true local gem. I will be a loyal patron for life!

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I have been there before, and not been impressed, but this last time I went (about 2 weeks ago) was awful. The grease tasted old, and our server confirmed this by telling us that our tortillas were ""fresh from 2 weeks ago."" The food is terrible. We tried to talk to the owner but she was too busy on the phone. Then, on the way out, we almost got mugged. Some random person followed my husband, CHILDREN, and myself to the parking lot and was yelling at us, and we were only ok due to the fact that Jacala keeps a sheriff's deputy on site. DO NOT EAT HERE.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been there before, and not been impressed, but this last time I went (about 2 weeks ago) was awful. The grease tasted old, and our server confirmed this by telling us that our tortillas were ""fresh from 2 weeks ago."" The food is terrible. We tried to talk to the owner but she was too busy on the phone. Then, on the way out, we almost got mugged. Some random person followed my husband, CHILDREN, and myself to the parking lot and was yelling at us, and we were only ok due to the fact that Jacala keeps a sheriff's deputy on site. DO NOT EAT HERE.

Pros: can seat large parties

Cons: bad food, bad area

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We love to eat here. Yes they have a revolving door when it comes to wait staff but that has not affected the taste of their food. Their novelty drinks are fair enough but we loooooove their Salsa!!! Keep up the good work!

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★★★★☆

We love to eat here. Yes they have a revolving door when it comes to wait staff but that has not affected the taste of their food. Their novelty drinks are fair enough but we loooooove their Salsa!!! Keep up the good work!

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Out of a family of 5, no one was impressed with their food. The cheese was not real cheddar. The chili rellano grease tasted old. The service, chips and salsa were fine.

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★★★☆☆

Out of a family of 5, no one was impressed with their food. The cheese was not real cheddar. The chili rellano grease tasted old. The service, chips and salsa were fine.

Cons: Old grease, uses cheese product

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I've been going since 1974. Have ordered the same meal all these years, the #7 or ""Ladies' special."" This would be the last meal I would ask for if I was ever on death row. However, they are not the best place for grilled meats. Therefore, get your fajita fix someplace else. Any special event in my family, college graduation, somebody bought a new car, we went to La Jacala. It's simple, a true ""greasy spoon"" type of place, nothing fancy, don't have to get dressed up, but if you do, it's ok. Sometimes the wait staff doesn't live up to the reputation; if you go often enough, you'll notice that they don't last long.

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★★★★★

I've been going since 1974. Have ordered the same meal all these years, the #7 or ""Ladies' special."" This would be the last meal I would ask for if I was ever on death row. However, they are not the best place for grilled meats. Therefore, get your fajita fix someplace else. Any special event in my family, college graduation, somebody bought a new car, we went to La Jacala. It's simple, a true ""greasy spoon"" type of place, nothing fancy, don't have to get dressed up, but if you do, it's ok. Sometimes the wait staff doesn't live up to the reputation; if you go often enough, you'll notice that they don't last long.

Pros: City's Best Puffy Tacos

Cons: Occasionally a Bad Waiter will Get Hired

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The experience was embarassing, awkward and humiliating to me and the lady I was with. When I complained the waitperson went to get the manager but the manager never showed up. The food was highly salted to the point that it was inedible and unhealthy. My companion also ordered some sides that at first were not served with the entree and when asked for them were served in rude and sultry manner. I paid for my food and I cannot express how glad I was to get out of that restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

The experience was embarassing, awkward and humiliating to me and the lady I was with. When I complained the waitperson went to get the manager but the manager never showed up. The food was highly salted to the point that it was inedible and unhealthy. My companion also ordered some sides that at first were not served with the entree and when asked for them were served in rude and sultry manner. I paid for my food and I cannot express how glad I was to get out of that restaurant.

Pros: Nice environment

Cons: Bad service, rude servers, bad food, bad management

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This was our first visit to Jacala. My boyfriend and I came to SA for the weekend and stayed on the River Walk. By the time Sunday came we were tired of the commercialized restaurants and blah food on the River Walk.\n\nAs a person who loves to cook and has a deep appreciation for food, I was impressed with everything at Jacala. We were seated immediately and drink orders taken right away (Sangria and House margarita). We ordered the Mole Chicken and the Jacala plate but not before tasting the mole sauce as suggested. The mole sauce ranks on my top five list and the chicken was falling off the bone. The cheese enchilada with carne, puffy taco, and queso were quite tasty. I am not normally a fan of refried beans but wrapped up in one of their homemade corn tortillas with some salsa they were perfect. We liked the flour tortillas so much we asked for some to-go!\n\nOur service was spot on. We didn't have to ask for anything and our chips, salsa, and drinks were always full.\n\nI can already tell you I will be craving the chicken mole and the tortillas, so we'll definitely be back! Thanks to the Jacala family for a great dining experience.

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★★★★★

This was our first visit to Jacala. My boyfriend and I came to SA for the weekend and stayed on the River Walk. By the time Sunday came we were tired of the commercialized restaurants and blah food on the River Walk.\n\nAs a person who loves to cook and has a deep appreciation for food, I was impressed with everything at Jacala. We were seated immediately and drink orders taken right away (Sangria and House margarita). We ordered the Mole Chicken and the Jacala plate but not before tasting the mole sauce as suggested. The mole sauce ranks on my top five list and the chicken was falling off the bone. The cheese enchilada with carne, puffy taco, and queso were quite tasty. I am not normally a fan of refried beans but wrapped up in one of their homemade corn tortillas with some salsa they were perfect. We liked the flour tortillas so much we asked for some to-go!\n\nOur service was spot on. We didn't have to ask for anything and our chips, salsa, and drinks were always full.\n\nI can already tell you I will be craving the chicken mole and the tortillas, so we'll definitely be back! Thanks to the Jacala family for a great dining experience.

Pros: Food, Sangria, Waitstaff

Cons: My tummy isn't big enough!

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Tried it for the first time after reading the reviews to form my own opinion. Family loved it. We found it moderately priced and extremely tasty and family oriented. Best kept secret in San Antonio! Ask for the flour tortillas because they won't bring them unless you ask. Try the platter! Best deal.

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★★★★☆

Tried it for the first time after reading the reviews to form my own opinion. Family loved it. We found it moderately priced and extremely tasty and family oriented. Best kept secret in San Antonio! Ask for the flour tortillas because they won't bring them unless you ask. Try the platter! Best deal.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Ask for flour tortillas if you want them

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We are 3 GENERATIONS of Jacala diners and the food is simply the best we have found anywhere in San Antonio. Living here gives us the opportunity to try many different Tex Mex eateries but we ALWAYS return to Jacala. The flour tortillas are made fresh everyday (in fact you can watch them being made at any given hour) and the puffy tacos may be petite but don't let their size fool you,,,,they are delicious and filling. The chips and salsa are always fresh (the salsa can be shipped anywhere in the continental US) and at Thanksgiving and Christmas we always order our TAMALES (our favs are chicken tomatillo, pork, bean & cheese) from Jacala's own kitchen. Super Bowl just would not be the same without Jacala TAMALES. The cheese enchiladas are my personal favorite (nothing else compares) and the Green Enchiladas are excellent and the sauce is awesome. In all the years we have been dining at Jacala we have never ever had a bad meal. The waitstaff is always friendly and there is almost always an OWNER on the scene to ensure you have the best dining experience possible. The ladies go way out of their way to accomodate their customers (reservations are appreciated but not required) and large parties are welcome. Weekends can get busy but with some of the best Margaritas in town to drink, it makes the wait worthwhile. It just doesn't get any better!!!! \r\n

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★★★★★

We are 3 GENERATIONS of Jacala diners and the food is simply the best we have found anywhere in San Antonio. Living here gives us the opportunity to try many different Tex Mex eateries but we ALWAYS return to Jacala. The flour tortillas are made fresh everyday (in fact you can watch them being made at any given hour) and the puffy tacos may be petite but don't let their size fool you,,,,they are delicious and filling. The chips and salsa are always fresh (the salsa can be shipped anywhere in the continental US) and at Thanksgiving and Christmas we always order our TAMALES (our favs are chicken tomatillo, pork, bean & cheese) from Jacala's own kitchen. Super Bowl just would not be the same without Jacala TAMALES. The cheese enchiladas are my personal favorite (nothing else compares) and the Green Enchiladas are excellent and the sauce is awesome. In all the years we have been dining at Jacala we have never ever had a bad meal. The waitstaff is always friendly and there is almost always an OWNER on the scene to ensure you have the best dining experience possible. The ladies go way out of their way to accomodate their customers (reservations are appreciated but not required) and large parties are welcome. Weekends can get busy but with some of the best Margaritas in town to drink, it makes the wait worthwhile. It just doesn't get any better!!!! \r\n

Pros: Fresh & Hot

Cons: Busy on weekends

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I read the reviews posted and could not believe some people did not like the Green Enchiladas. It is a required taste, but I have to have them at least once/week. I have been eating there for over 30 years and come in from Bulverde just for the Green Enchiladas! My wife loves the cheese enchiladas with the # 4B. I can't get that cheese anywhere else and I 've tried lots of Mexican restaurants. It is busy sometimes, but it is authentic and ""old San Antonio"". If I ever have a problem, they are ready to fix it. Try not to sit by the kitchen doors, just like any other restaurant. When you look around, you realize most of those people have been eating there for years because they usually know what they want. It has to be great to survive that many years!

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★★★★☆

I read the reviews posted and could not believe some people did not like the Green Enchiladas. It is a required taste, but I have to have them at least once/week. I have been eating there for over 30 years and come in from Bulverde just for the Green Enchiladas! My wife loves the cheese enchiladas with the # 4B. I can't get that cheese anywhere else and I 've tried lots of Mexican restaurants. It is busy sometimes, but it is authentic and ""old San Antonio"". If I ever have a problem, they are ready to fix it. Try not to sit by the kitchen doors, just like any other restaurant. When you look around, you realize most of those people have been eating there for years because they usually know what they want. It has to be great to survive that many years!

Pros: Great cheese enchiladas

Cons: Ask for a ""good waiter""

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I have never had Mexican food this bad. I am new to San Antonio and I was expecting to get great Mexican food here. This place is not it. I chose this place because I wanted to try a puffy taco & the description on CitySearch was appealing. We were seated right away but the Customer Service was not impressive. They were not rude, but not welcoming or friendly at all. I ordered the chicken enchiladas with green sauce & an order of puffy tacos. The chicken enchiladas were not edible. The green sauce was very sour, even bitter. The puffy tacos were a disappointment as well. I was looking forward to the fresh tortillas but was surprised when I opened the warmer to find corn tortillas. The corn tortillas had an odd smell as well. My son ordered chicken enchiladas with chile & was also disappointed. I informed the waiter that I did not like my food & he offered to bring me another plate...of the same dish. I explained that I did not like the taste of the sauce & the taste would not change with the next dish. He apologized but never offered to replace it with another dish or comp my dinner. I have never been to a restaurant that made me pay for a meal that I could not eat before. Not good business; I won't be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have never had Mexican food this bad. I am new to San Antonio and I was expecting to get great Mexican food here. This place is not it. I chose this place because I wanted to try a puffy taco & the description on CitySearch was appealing. We were seated right away but the Customer Service was not impressive. They were not rude, but not welcoming or friendly at all. I ordered the chicken enchiladas with green sauce & an order of puffy tacos. The chicken enchiladas were not edible. The green sauce was very sour, even bitter. The puffy tacos were a disappointment as well. I was looking forward to the fresh tortillas but was surprised when I opened the warmer to find corn tortillas. The corn tortillas had an odd smell as well. My son ordered chicken enchiladas with chile & was also disappointed. I informed the waiter that I did not like my food & he offered to bring me another plate...of the same dish. I explained that I did not like the taste of the sauce & the taste would not change with the next dish. He apologized but never offered to replace it with another dish or comp my dinner. I have never been to a restaurant that made me pay for a meal that I could not eat before. Not good business; I won't be back.

Pros: Low prices

Cons: You get what you pay for...YUCK.

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We used to dine at this restaurant maybe once a month, forgiving the tasteless beans 'n rice, and greasy, mushy ""puffy tacos"" because the cheese enchiladas w/carne were so delicious. We started ordering ala carte. But the last time we visited on a weeknite, it was a little busy so we ended up seated right in front of the swinging kitchen doors. Bad start. But we were hungry enough to stay. Bad decision. My date ordered the cheese enchiladas & I ordered the chile relleno. Bad choice. The cheese enchiladas were the same, at least they have that part right. My dish however was overly greasy, the picadillo needed salt or more flavoring as well as those same tasteless beans 'n rice. I wish they could get that Mexican restaurant staple down. Thank God for their hot sauce! That nite we were also so distracted by the swinging doors, I don't even know why they put a table there in the first place, that our total dining experience was terrible & made it the last time we visited this place. Even our server seemed to be sympathetic w/our seating arrangement but the owners comfortably seated at the register could'nt have cared less. We no longer live nearby & this is San Antonio so there are plenty of really good Tex-Mex restaurants (and bad) to visit.

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★★☆☆☆

We used to dine at this restaurant maybe once a month, forgiving the tasteless beans 'n rice, and greasy, mushy ""puffy tacos"" because the cheese enchiladas w/carne were so delicious. We started ordering ala carte. But the last time we visited on a weeknite, it was a little busy so we ended up seated right in front of the swinging kitchen doors. Bad start. But we were hungry enough to stay. Bad decision. My date ordered the cheese enchiladas & I ordered the chile relleno. Bad choice. The cheese enchiladas were the same, at least they have that part right. My dish however was overly greasy, the picadillo needed salt or more flavoring as well as those same tasteless beans 'n rice. I wish they could get that Mexican restaurant staple down. Thank God for their hot sauce! That nite we were also so distracted by the swinging doors, I don't even know why they put a table there in the first place, that our total dining experience was terrible & made it the last time we visited this place. Even our server seemed to be sympathetic w/our seating arrangement but the owners comfortably seated at the register could'nt have cared less. We no longer live nearby & this is San Antonio so there are plenty of really good Tex-Mex restaurants (and bad) to visit.

Pros: hot sauce

Cons: tasteless rice 'n beans

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Thanks to citysearch, my boyfriend and I wasted a meal on Jacala. The food was tasteless and gross. The enchiladas were disgusting, the meat tasted like it had been sitting in the back for days. The only cool thing was our waiter. He was entertaining, but not enough to EVER go back to this terrible place.

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★☆☆☆☆

Thanks to citysearch, my boyfriend and I wasted a meal on Jacala. The food was tasteless and gross. The enchiladas were disgusting, the meat tasted like it had been sitting in the back for days. The only cool thing was our waiter. He was entertaining, but not enough to EVER go back to this terrible place.

Pros: the hot sauce, the waiter

Cons: food was gross, tasteless and too expensive for what you get.

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I have eaten here since the mid-70's...I love it! The cheese enchiladas (minus the carne topping, just go for the gravy) are the best I've ever had. The puffy tacos are different and yummy. The staff is usually pretty nice and the speed of the meal from the time you order is, for the most part, very quick. I have to pace myself on the corn tortillas, brought fresh from the cooker to your table. yum!

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★★★★★

I have eaten here since the mid-70's...I love it! The cheese enchiladas (minus the carne topping, just go for the gravy) are the best I've ever had. The puffy tacos are different and yummy. The staff is usually pretty nice and the speed of the meal from the time you order is, for the most part, very quick. I have to pace myself on the corn tortillas, brought fresh from the cooker to your table. yum!

Pros: usually quick service, tortillas

Cons: sometimes the wait is too long

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We were extremely disappointed after reading all the rave reviews. We were visiting from St. Louis and could find nothing great about this restaurant. Give me the riverwalk any day. My fajita's were blah and the rice and beans were cold. It was a wasted vacation meal and out of the way. I did not even like the chips or salsa. My husband loves pork carnitas and there was not any pork on the menu. If you are vacationing- don't waste your time.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were extremely disappointed after reading all the rave reviews. We were visiting from St. Louis and could find nothing great about this restaurant. Give me the riverwalk any day. My fajita's were blah and the rice and beans were cold. It was a wasted vacation meal and out of the way. I did not even like the chips or salsa. My husband loves pork carnitas and there was not any pork on the menu. If you are vacationing- don't waste your time.

Cons: atmosphere, food

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I've dined at this family restaurant since the '60's and have never, never, been disappointed at the great quality of the food or service. Jacalitos, enciladas, puffy tacos, fresh tortillas are just wonderful. As a former restaurant owner and operator I can attest that this is one place you will not want to miss when in SA. It's hands-down one top 2 or 3 Tex Mex restaurants in a town that boasts some of the best in Texas. Sit in a booth in the old part of the place or bring an army. They can handle about any group size. I would never waste my time eating on the ""touristy"" River Walk when a 15 min cab ride will get me to this place. My wife and I make it a point to stop at Jacala every time we're in SA even if just passing through town on a trip.

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★★★★★

I've dined at this family restaurant since the '60's and have never, never, been disappointed at the great quality of the food or service. Jacalitos, enciladas, puffy tacos, fresh tortillas are just wonderful. As a former restaurant owner and operator I can attest that this is one place you will not want to miss when in SA. It's hands-down one top 2 or 3 Tex Mex restaurants in a town that boasts some of the best in Texas. Sit in a booth in the old part of the place or bring an army. They can handle about any group size. I would never waste my time eating on the ""touristy"" River Walk when a 15 min cab ride will get me to this place. My wife and I make it a point to stop at Jacala every time we're in SA even if just passing through town on a trip.

Pros: Hard to beat food & service. Can't miss. Reasonable prices, casual.

Cons: Have to drive 185 miles to dine here.

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I have been eating at Jacala since I was 15 years old...nearly 35 years and the food has remained constant in quality and quantity. The flour tortillas are made fresh daily and served piping hot. The puffy tacos are some of the best in San Antonio and while they are small and delicate, you'll never leave Jacala hungry. My family lives out of state but a trip home would not be the same without at least one dinner at Jacala and sometimes two! Great food ladies...keep up the tradition!! \r\n

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★★★★★

I have been eating at Jacala since I was 15 years old...nearly 35 years and the food has remained constant in quality and quantity. The flour tortillas are made fresh daily and served piping hot. The puffy tacos are some of the best in San Antonio and while they are small and delicate, you'll never leave Jacala hungry. My family lives out of state but a trip home would not be the same without at least one dinner at Jacala and sometimes two! Great food ladies...keep up the tradition!! \r\n

Pros: Very Good Service and Food

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The VERY best in service, and taste in San Antonio. I always leave here stuffed, and within a day or two, I want more! I LOVE this place! Wish they had one closer to me.

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★★★★★

The VERY best in service, and taste in San Antonio. I always leave here stuffed, and within a day or two, I want more! I LOVE this place! Wish they had one closer to me.

Pros: The best I've EVER had

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Maybe far for some people, but totally worth it.\r\n\r\nEnchiladas the bomb.\r\nPuffy tacos the bomb.\r\n2 of J's Margaritas and you are bombed.\r\n\r\nI have been eating at this place since I was a kid. I have been to the finest restaurants in San Antonio, and this is definitely in my top five. I love Jacala!

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★★★★★

Maybe far for some people, but totally worth it.\r\n\r\nEnchiladas the bomb.\r\nPuffy tacos the bomb.\r\n2 of J's Margaritas and you are bombed.\r\n\r\nI have been eating at this place since I was a kid. I have been to the finest restaurants in San Antonio, and this is definitely in my top five. I love Jacala!

Pros: Food

Cons: Loud

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I have been a patron of Jacala Mexican Restaurant since I was 15 years old. I now have children and grandchildren who also patronize the business when they visit. In fact, it's the first place they stop when in San Antonio.\r\n\r\nThe ""ladies"" (all 3 of them) who own and operate the business are very hands on and care very deeply about their customers and the quality of the products they serve. The staff has always been friendly, accomodating and have always gone the extra mile to make our dining experience a pleasurable one.\r\n\r\nThe prices are very reasonable and Mmmm, the Margaritas are some of the best I've ever had! The enchiladas and puffy tacos are also the absolute best in my view.\r\n\r\nKeep up the great work ""ladies"". It has served you very well over the last 50 years and the food has been as consistently good as your committment to the business and to your loyal customers!!!

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★★★★★

I have been a patron of Jacala Mexican Restaurant since I was 15 years old. I now have children and grandchildren who also patronize the business when they visit. In fact, it's the first place they stop when in San Antonio.\r\n\r\nThe ""ladies"" (all 3 of them) who own and operate the business are very hands on and care very deeply about their customers and the quality of the products they serve. The staff has always been friendly, accomodating and have always gone the extra mile to make our dining experience a pleasurable one.\r\n\r\nThe prices are very reasonable and Mmmm, the Margaritas are some of the best I've ever had! The enchiladas and puffy tacos are also the absolute best in my view.\r\n\r\nKeep up the great work ""ladies"". It has served you very well over the last 50 years and the food has been as consistently good as your committment to the business and to your loyal customers!!!

Pros: Great Service and prices

Cons: There are none.

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I have eaten at this restaurant several times. I can honestly say it is better than most large Mexican restaurants. The law of the popular restaurant jungle is: when a restaurant becomes so popular that it struggles to maintain the food quality simply because of the sheer numbers of people asking to be fed on time it is a sign of things going wrong for the right reasons. Pretty decent quality and prices are reasonable. Four stars out of five. Mybeef is, try it you might like it.

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★★★★☆

I have eaten at this restaurant several times. I can honestly say it is better than most large Mexican restaurants. The law of the popular restaurant jungle is: when a restaurant becomes so popular that it struggles to maintain the food quality simply because of the sheer numbers of people asking to be fed on time it is a sign of things going wrong for the right reasons. Pretty decent quality and prices are reasonable. Four stars out of five. Mybeef is, try it you might like it.

Pros: Pretty good food quality. Decent hot sauce

Cons: Simply too popular to always be the best

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KEEP DRIVING FOOD HAS NO FLAVOR SMALL PORTIONS BIG PRICES I WILL TELL AS MANY PEOPLE AS I CAN NOT TO GO .

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★☆☆☆☆

KEEP DRIVING FOOD HAS NO FLAVOR SMALL PORTIONS BIG PRICES I WILL TELL AS MANY PEOPLE AS I CAN NOT TO GO .

Pros: CLEAN PARKING LOT

Cons: FOOD

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Someone told us about Jacala and we tried it for the first time. Food was great and it felt like a ""hometown restaurant"" plus all the frills! You can tell it is family owned and fun to look at all the celebrity pictures on the wall! Great margaritas too...

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★★★★☆

Someone told us about Jacala and we tried it for the first time. Food was great and it felt like a ""hometown restaurant"" plus all the frills! You can tell it is family owned and fun to look at all the celebrity pictures on the wall! Great margaritas too...

Pros: Great enchiladas

Cons: Very popular, so you might have to wait

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After seeing the user reviews on Citysearch, my husband and I went tonight becasue we were in the mood for Mexican, I am glad we did! \r\n\r\nAlthough it's not in the greatest of neighboorhoods, Jacala's is housed in a very nice brick building just off West Avenue and Hildebrand. We walked in expecting some little hole in the wall and we were pleasantly suprised to find a very nice place. We were seated immediately and the server came to ask for our drink order within seconds. My husband ordered a house margarita and I ordered a Blue Caraco margarita. Both of our drinks were nice and strong - not watered down at all - and delicious! We ordered chicken flautas and an enchillada plate and both were just outstanding. The chicken was very soft and flavorful, the guacamole was just sweet and spicy enough, the enchilladas were filled to overflowing with beef and the rice and beans were definitely not out of a can. Our meals came with homemade flour & corn toritllas on the side and our entire dinner was under $30 with the drinks. It was utterly fantastic and we'll definitely go again, depsite the neighboorhood!

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★★★★☆

After seeing the user reviews on Citysearch, my husband and I went tonight becasue we were in the mood for Mexican, I am glad we did! \r\n\r\nAlthough it's not in the greatest of neighboorhoods, Jacala's is housed in a very nice brick building just off West Avenue and Hildebrand. We walked in expecting some little hole in the wall and we were pleasantly suprised to find a very nice place. We were seated immediately and the server came to ask for our drink order within seconds. My husband ordered a house margarita and I ordered a Blue Caraco margarita. Both of our drinks were nice and strong - not watered down at all - and delicious! We ordered chicken flautas and an enchillada plate and both were just outstanding. The chicken was very soft and flavorful, the guacamole was just sweet and spicy enough, the enchilladas were filled to overflowing with beef and the rice and beans were definitely not out of a can. Our meals came with homemade flour & corn toritllas on the side and our entire dinner was under $30 with the drinks. It was utterly fantastic and we'll definitely go again, depsite the neighboorhood!

Pros: Strong margaritas and authentic foods

Cons: Location

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Our family has been going to Jacala's for 40+ years because the food is consistently delicious. You can't find a better value for authentic mexican food. When my husband and I divorced about ten years ago, the only irreconcilable difference was ""Who gets to keep Jacala's?"" ... so we did the only reasonable thing ... we decided to share joint custody! The food here is so good that neither one of us could bear the thought of giving it up. Yes, it's THAT good. We just smile and wave when we bump into each other at Jacalas. Grand-parents, parents, our generation, our kids and our grandkids have all enjoyed the ""just too good to forget"" food at Jacala's. Birthdays, christenings, graduations, holidays, family reunions, and a host of other family gatherings have been held there, and gift certificates always make a welcome holiday treat. We love this place. No kidding. If you try it once, you'll be back again.

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★★★★★

Our family has been going to Jacala's for 40+ years because the food is consistently delicious. You can't find a better value for authentic mexican food. When my husband and I divorced about ten years ago, the only irreconcilable difference was ""Who gets to keep Jacala's?"" ... so we did the only reasonable thing ... we decided to share joint custody! The food here is so good that neither one of us could bear the thought of giving it up. Yes, it's THAT good. We just smile and wave when we bump into each other at Jacalas. Grand-parents, parents, our generation, our kids and our grandkids have all enjoyed the ""just too good to forget"" food at Jacala's. Birthdays, christenings, graduations, holidays, family reunions, and a host of other family gatherings have been held there, and gift certificates always make a welcome holiday treat. We love this place. No kidding. If you try it once, you'll be back again.

Pros: exceptional taste, excellent value, casual atmosphere, ample parking

Cons: service has deteriorated a bit in recent years, but still overall good service

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You couldn't get a more authentic Mexican resturant. Jacala is a great resturant to have parties or have lunch. Their prices are very affordable and the quanitity is perfect. I suggest the swirl sangria margarita pitcher, it is delicious!

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★★★★★

You couldn't get a more authentic Mexican resturant. Jacala is a great resturant to have parties or have lunch. Their prices are very affordable and the quanitity is perfect. I suggest the swirl sangria margarita pitcher, it is delicious!

Pros: great for lunch or large parties

Cons: busy on weekends

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My favorite there is the #3 dinner platter. It's almost more than I can handle, but I do my best. It's a great bargain and there's nothing in San Antonio any better!!! I wish I could get there more often.

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★★★★★

My favorite there is the #3 dinner platter. It's almost more than I can handle, but I do my best. It's a great bargain and there's nothing in San Antonio any better!!! I wish I could get there more often.

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I was introduced to Jacala in 1962, and became a regular till I moved away in 1963. I came back to San Antonio for a school in 1984 and the food was just as good as I remembered it.\r\nEvery time I visited San Antone, Jacala was a mandatory stop for dinner. Now that I live here, Jacala is still my favorite Mexican restraurant in the San Antonio area.

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★★★★★

I was introduced to Jacala in 1962, and became a regular till I moved away in 1963. I came back to San Antonio for a school in 1984 and the food was just as good as I remembered it.\r\nEvery time I visited San Antone, Jacala was a mandatory stop for dinner. Now that I live here, Jacala is still my favorite Mexican restraurant in the San Antonio area.

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The other reviewers are spot-on. I lived in San Antonio from the late 1960s until about 10 years ago, and I can tell you with authority: BETTER TEX-MEX FOOD DOES NOT EXIST ANYWHERE, AT ANY PRICE! And as for the price, well - just this past weekend my fiancee ordered tamales there. $3.99 gets you four of the best tamales you've ever eaten along with a generous topping of 'autentico' chile con carne. The #3 Platter, my favorite, is more food than anybody should eat at one sitting (but I do anyway)... for $6.99. \n\nIf you're in San Antonio and like Tex-Mex... Just. Go. There. Viva Jacala!

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★★★★★

The other reviewers are spot-on. I lived in San Antonio from the late 1960s until about 10 years ago, and I can tell you with authority: BETTER TEX-MEX FOOD DOES NOT EXIST ANYWHERE, AT ANY PRICE! And as for the price, well - just this past weekend my fiancee ordered tamales there. $3.99 gets you four of the best tamales you've ever eaten along with a generous topping of 'autentico' chile con carne. The #3 Platter, my favorite, is more food than anybody should eat at one sitting (but I do anyway)... for $6.99. \n\nIf you're in San Antonio and like Tex-Mex... Just. Go. There. Viva Jacala!

Pros: authentic Tex-Mex, Price, Service

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It was a pleasant dining experience. The service was fast and friendly and the margaritas have a good buzz factor. The $14.99 pitcher was just enough for my friend and I. Jacala has expanded the dining area and has enough room for parties.

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★★★★★

It was a pleasant dining experience. The service was fast and friendly and the margaritas have a good buzz factor. The $14.99 pitcher was just enough for my friend and I. Jacala has expanded the dining area and has enough room for parties.

Pros: price, taste, service

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We decided to take a trip to San Antonio Labor day weekend. After fighting traffic the whole way from Houston, we were starving. I remember someone talking about this fabulous restaurant by the name of Jacala on West Avenue. We walked in to not only find a beautiful atmosphere, but the greeting we received when we arrived was just so warm. I told my husband I wish they had a hotel connected because I'd found my vacation spot. Thank you Jacala for such a wonderful experience at your restaurant...

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★★★★★

We decided to take a trip to San Antonio Labor day weekend. After fighting traffic the whole way from Houston, we were starving. I remember someone talking about this fabulous restaurant by the name of Jacala on West Avenue. We walked in to not only find a beautiful atmosphere, but the greeting we received when we arrived was just so warm. I told my husband I wish they had a hotel connected because I'd found my vacation spot. Thank you Jacala for such a wonderful experience at your restaurant...

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I am always searching for the best Mexican food, and believe me if you are a food purist, this place cannot be beat! Perfection-no frills-none needed-just plain great food. The only thing I didn't like, is that I didn't find it a long, long time ago. \n Service and price just an added plus.

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★★★★★

I am always searching for the best Mexican food, and believe me if you are a food purist, this place cannot be beat! Perfection-no frills-none needed-just plain great food. The only thing I didn't like, is that I didn't find it a long, long time ago. \n Service and price just an added plus.

Pros: inexpensive

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The best mexican food I've EVER tasted!!! I've lived all over, and I have NEVER had any better than Jacala!!

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★★★★★

The best mexican food I've EVER tasted!!! I've lived all over, and I have NEVER had any better than Jacala!!

Pros: The food, The Price, Promptly served

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I have eaten at this Restaurant since I was a young\nkid. They have been in business for 50 years, I can't believe that it didn't make your top 20. Oh, well, here's my review. \n\nGood Luck, Jacala's, keep serving great Mexican Food.\n\nDennis R. Korona\nPurchasing Agent\nSIMS-RSP, Inc.\n\n\nSan Diego,Ca.\n

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★★★★★

I have eaten at this Restaurant since I was a young\nkid. They have been in business for 50 years, I can't believe that it didn't make your top 20. Oh, well, here's my review. \n\nGood Luck, Jacala's, keep serving great Mexican Food.\n\nDennis R. Korona\nPurchasing Agent\nSIMS-RSP, Inc.\n\n\nSan Diego,Ca.\n

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great food, great service, great price......awesome.i would tell you to go try and see for yourself.

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★★★★★

great food, great service, great price......awesome.i would tell you to go try and see for yourself.

 

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