El Paisano Tamales

★★★★☆

About El Paisano Tamales

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daily, 11am-7pm. seasonal

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Good Tamales if you like them eat these ones! As close to home made as you can get! Even better and also try the house salsa as it is yummo! Did not like the fact that the serving spoon was cross used as I dont eat pork.

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Good Tamales if you like them eat these ones! As close to home made as you can get! Even better and also try the house salsa as it is yummo! Did not like the fact that the serving spoon was cross used as I dont eat pork.

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I went on vacation to san jose and we went shopping in santa cruz. I was told by every local to try this restaurant. It kinda like fast food but better quality food. They have great gauc and tortilla soup.

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I went on vacation to san jose and we went shopping in santa cruz. I was told by every local to try this restaurant. It kinda like fast food but better quality food. They have great gauc and tortilla soup.

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I make it through Santa Cruz once every couple of years and was hooked on the food at El Paisano the first time I visited 15 years ago. The restaurant is right across the street from the SC Boardwalk so does get fairly busy on weekends and some evenings. Going there during the week for lunch you'll almost never have a problem finding a table.

What keeps me coming back are three things. The food, the service and the very unassuming interior that just feels "right" for a home cooked Mexican meal. The food is exactly what you want in this sort of eatery; fresh, flavorful and solid portions. Over the years I've tried almost everything on the menu and have yet to be disappointed. The meats are well seasoned, vegetables fresh and tamales cooked on-site. Similarly the service is wonderful. The staff make you feel at home and are always quick to answer any questions you may have and willing to offer suggestions to the novice Mexican eater. The decor isn't anything special but the restaurant has always been clean with ample service and condiment items.

Enjoy!

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I make it through Santa Cruz once every couple of years and was hooked on the food at El Paisano the first time I visited 15 years ago. The restaurant is right across the street from the SC Boardwalk so does get fairly busy on weekends and some evenings. Going there during the week for lunch you'll almost never have a problem finding a table.

What keeps me coming back are three things. The food, the service and the very unassuming interior that just feels "right" for a home cooked Mexican meal. The food is exactly what you want in this sort of eatery; fresh, flavorful and solid portions. Over the years I've tried almost everything on the menu and have yet to be disappointed. The meats are well seasoned, vegetables fresh and tamales cooked on-site. Similarly the service is wonderful. The staff make you feel at home and are always quick to answer any questions you may have and willing to offer suggestions to the novice Mexican eater. The decor isn't anything special but the restaurant has always been clean with ample service and condiment items.

Enjoy!

Pros: the food!!!! service, good location if you're going to the boardwalk and did I mention the food

Cons: if you're just passing through SC its a bit of a side trip off of Hwy 1

 

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