Ernesto's Mexican Food

★★★★★
Traditional Mexican meals and classy, tropical-tinged decor in the heart of Midtown.
  • 1901 16th St

    Sacramento, CA 95814

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  • 916-441-5850

About Ernesto's Mexican Food

Hours
Mon-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-10pm

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We love the food here. There is a great variety and the portions are good; prices are reasonable. On that note, the down side.....the service is and always has been terrible. We have made up our minds that if we eat here we are going to

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We love the food here. There is a great variety and the portions are good; prices are reasonable. On that note, the down side.....the service is and always has been terrible. We have made up our minds that if we eat here we are going to

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My wife and I were cruising around Downtown looking for a place to grab a nice dinner when we stumbled upon Ernesto's. We both love Mexican food, so we decided to give it a shot. The food was great! None of the small portions and artistic presentation we get at some other places. Our only issue was that it was so LOUD in there we couldn't hear ourselves think. Good margaritas though definitely.

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My wife and I were cruising around Downtown looking for a place to grab a nice dinner when we stumbled upon Ernesto's. We both love Mexican food, so we decided to give it a shot. The food was great! None of the small portions and artistic presentation we get at some other places. Our only issue was that it was so LOUD in there we couldn't hear ourselves think. Good margaritas though definitely.

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Great mexican food in Sacramento. We love the food there and we go there all the time. We love to sit outside when the weather is nice. It is the only mexican restrurant my husband will go to.

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Great mexican food in Sacramento. We love the food there and we go there all the time. We love to sit outside when the weather is nice. It is the only mexican restrurant my husband will go to.

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BEWARE! Waiter stole from us. We will never be back. Here's what happened. My wife and I went for dinner with another couple. We sat outside, it was a beautiful night. Mimo, our waiter was freindly and was always there to check up on us, our drinks were always full. Here's where the problem is. The bill was 50.00 for the four of us. My wife put in $25 cash( a 20 and a 5), the other couple used thier credit card for the remaining $25. We then left a $5 tip on the table(20%), the other couple left $6 tip on the card. We didn't realize until we left what Mimo our waiter had done. He must of pocketed our 5 dollar bill and charged our freinds an extra $5 on thier bill. So he made out with a 16.00 total tip. We are absolutely sure this is what happened. We didn't tell our freinds, because it would have ruined the night and the experience.

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BEWARE! Waiter stole from us. We will never be back. Here's what happened. My wife and I went for dinner with another couple. We sat outside, it was a beautiful night. Mimo, our waiter was freindly and was always there to check up on us, our drinks were always full. Here's where the problem is. The bill was 50.00 for the four of us. My wife put in $25 cash( a 20 and a 5), the other couple used thier credit card for the remaining $25. We then left a $5 tip on the table(20%), the other couple left $6 tip on the card. We didn't realize until we left what Mimo our waiter had done. He must of pocketed our 5 dollar bill and charged our freinds an extra $5 on thier bill. So he made out with a 16.00 total tip. We are absolutely sure this is what happened. We didn't tell our freinds, because it would have ruined the night and the experience.

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BEWARE! Waiter stole from us. We will never be back. Here's what happened. My wife and I went for dinner with another couple. We sat outside, it was a beautiful night. Mimo, our waiter was freindly and was always there to check up on

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★★★★★

BEWARE! Waiter stole from us. We will never be back. Here's what happened. My wife and I went for dinner with another couple. We sat outside, it was a beautiful night. Mimo, our waiter was freindly and was always there to check up on

Pros: Great food

Cons: Waiter stole from us

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Get the chimichanga with carnitas the best ever!!!!!!!! Also ask if you can get it with carne asada not on menu!!! They will hook you up. Very resonable prices and great service. They beans and rice are also very good. They will have

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★★★★★

Get the chimichanga with carnitas the best ever!!!!!!!! Also ask if you can get it with carne asada not on menu!!! They will hook you up. Very resonable prices and great service. They beans and rice are also very good. They will have

Pros: Best carnitas and carne asada ever!!!!!!!!!!!

Cons: Can't get there as much as I want to.

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GREAT tequila. the bartender did not know hwo to make a few drinks we asked for.It was really crowed and busy. Kind of expensive, we had a good time. Should hav Mariachi on SATURDAY/SUNDAY !

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★★★★★

GREAT tequila. the bartender did not know hwo to make a few drinks we asked for.It was really crowed and busy. Kind of expensive, we had a good time. Should hav Mariachi on SATURDAY/SUNDAY !

Pros: GREAT TEQUILA! We are at the bar last night!

Cons: No that much parking, kind of expensive

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You come here hungry and leave satisfied. I love the quality of authentic mexican food and the service is outstanding. There is some indoor and outdoor seating now and it has a festive feel. It does tend to get busy on evenings and weekends but it is worth the wait. The margaritas are terrific too--don't miss out on one of those!

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You come here hungry and leave satisfied. I love the quality of authentic mexican food and the service is outstanding. There is some indoor and outdoor seating now and it has a festive feel. It does tend to get busy on evenings and weekends but it is worth the wait. The margaritas are terrific too--don't miss out on one of those!

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We took a couple from out of town to Ernesto's on Friday Night andthe food was great. Drinks were to die for.I came home to do the Survey that was given to us and I can't find. We always take peopple from out of town to your Restaurant. It's always a good time and a crowd pleaser. ErnestosSurvey.com web sit. Can you help me wth the Survey.
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We took a couple from out of town to Ernesto's on Friday Night andthe food was great. Drinks were to die for.I came home to do the Survey that was given to us and I can't find. We always take peopple from out of town to your Restaurant. It's always a good time and a crowd pleaser. ErnestosSurvey.com web sit. Can you help me wth the Survey.
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Pretty good food. Can get very crowded and busy on weekends. Atmosphere is good, and can get loud at times. Margaritas from the bar are excellent. I would recommend this place to anyone.

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★★★☆☆

Pretty good food. Can get very crowded and busy on weekends. Atmosphere is good, and can get loud at times. Margaritas from the bar are excellent. I would recommend this place to anyone.

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I have never been more wonderfully surprised than the evening my family and I went to Ernestos! From the very start we were greeted by two beautiful women with great smiles. Although the wait was about 20 minutes it worth waiting every

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I have never been more wonderfully surprised than the evening my family and I went to Ernestos! From the very start we were greeted by two beautiful women with great smiles. Although the wait was about 20 minutes it worth waiting every

Pros: Everything. Treat yourself and your family to a fabulous evening

Cons: Parking but really no big deal

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I?ve eaten here several times. The food was alright, the signature drink was ok but what I remember most is the noise. It?s always loud in this place. I?ve only eaten inside so maybe its better on the balcony but even on days when the

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★★★★★

I?ve eaten here several times. The food was alright, the signature drink was ok but what I remember most is the noise. It?s always loud in this place. I?ve only eaten inside so maybe its better on the balcony but even on days when the

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Where do I even begin. First of all, when you first get there they ask "do you want guacamole?" and don't mention that its extra, you find that out when you get your tab. $6 dollars for a small plate of guac! We were a table of 5 with

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★★★★★

Where do I even begin. First of all, when you first get there they ask "do you want guacamole?" and don't mention that its extra, you find that out when you get your tab. $6 dollars for a small plate of guac! We were a table of 5 with

Pros: Mariachi

Cons: Bad service!!!!!!!!! Snippy waiters!

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Tried Ernestos for dinner, lovely restaurant, great atmosphere and the service was good. The food was disappointing. Sort of uninspired and bland. Sad!

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★★★★★

Tried Ernestos for dinner, lovely restaurant, great atmosphere and the service was good. The food was disappointing. Sort of uninspired and bland. Sad!

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I love this place. It has great food and I love the atmosphere. The drinks are also good and the service is good as well. A must try place for anyone living in Sac!

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I love this place. It has great food and I love the atmosphere. The drinks are also good and the service is good as well. A must try place for anyone living in Sac!

Pros: great food and atmosphere

Cons: wait time

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The husband and I have recently discovered the awesome experience that is the Ernesto's weekend breakfast. You start with chips, salsa, and bean dip (complimentary). The breakfast menu has a pretty wide range of choices. I whole heartedly

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★★★★★

The husband and I have recently discovered the awesome experience that is the Ernesto's weekend breakfast. You start with chips, salsa, and bean dip (complimentary). The breakfast menu has a pretty wide range of choices. I whole heartedly

Pros: Food is always great! Service is fantastic. Love the decor. All around great place!

Cons: None!

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ERNESTOS HAS BEEN A FAVORITE OF OURS FOR MANY YEARS, BUT SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED. WE THINK HE HAS TOTALLY FOCUSED ON ZOCALOS . THE LAST THREE TIMES WE HAVE BEEN THERE WE HAVE WAITED A VERY LONG TIME TO BE SERVED AND THE PORTION SIZE HAS

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★★★★★

ERNESTOS HAS BEEN A FAVORITE OF OURS FOR MANY YEARS, BUT SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED. WE THINK HE HAS TOTALLY FOCUSED ON ZOCALOS . THE LAST THREE TIMES WE HAVE BEEN THERE WE HAVE WAITED A VERY LONG TIME TO BE SERVED AND THE PORTION SIZE HAS

Pros: MARGARITA

Cons: SERVICE, VALUE

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(Before reading this, I will let you know that I am Mexican and have a life long experience with authentic Mexican foods. Now with that stated, here is the experience my significant other and I had recently at this establishment) We were

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★★★★★

(Before reading this, I will let you know that I am Mexican and have a life long experience with authentic Mexican foods. Now with that stated, here is the experience my significant other and I had recently at this establishment) We were

Pros: Quick seating, Polite service, Trendy

Cons: Food (taste and quality)

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Nice inside, loud chatter spot. I would say it caters to the stuffy type, that don't go for the food. We had 5 people eating all said the same thing, bland food, saving grace was the carnitas.\r
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Wait staff seemed like we were

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★★★★★

Nice inside, loud chatter spot. I would say it caters to the stuffy type, that don't go for the food. We had 5 people eating all said the same thing, bland food, saving grace was the carnitas.\r
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Wait staff seemed like we were

Pros: Nice inside

Cons: Bland food, snooty

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For high end Mexican food in Sacramento, Ernesto's is good, but not great. The service is fine, but think the menu is a bit uninspired. Decent food, decent prices, crowded at high traffic times.

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★★★☆☆

For high end Mexican food in Sacramento, Ernesto's is good, but not great. The service is fine, but think the menu is a bit uninspired. Decent food, decent prices, crowded at high traffic times.

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Ernesto's is a great restaurant to eat before a heavy night of drinking. Not expensive at all, and endless salsa and bean dip!

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Ernesto's is a great restaurant to eat before a heavy night of drinking. Not expensive at all, and endless salsa and bean dip!

Pros: Customer Service, Food, Location

Cons: Make a reservation, it's a popular restaurant

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I've been heading to Ernestos for years. Each experience drives a high tab because of their great margaritas... but, their food has always been bland. Their service is great, but I'm always disappointed by the food--even after a few

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I've been heading to Ernestos for years. Each experience drives a high tab because of their great margaritas... but, their food has always been bland. Their service is great, but I'm always disappointed by the food--even after a few

Pros: Margaritas

Cons: Bland Food

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This classy Mexican restaurant is not your Chevy's Mexican restaurant--this place has far more class and is much more upscale. The first time we tried to eat here the line to get a table was so long that we could not wait 90 minutes for a table. However, we did place reservations for the next weekend while we were still there. When we did get to eat there the next weekend the food was so freaking good. Better than any Mexican food I have ever tasted. Somehow they even make the dull chicken enchilada something special.

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This classy Mexican restaurant is not your Chevy's Mexican restaurant--this place has far more class and is much more upscale. The first time we tried to eat here the line to get a table was so long that we could not wait 90 minutes for a table. However, we did place reservations for the next weekend while we were still there. When we did get to eat there the next weekend the food was so freaking good. Better than any Mexican food I have ever tasted. Somehow they even make the dull chicken enchilada something special.

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I had an enchilidad combo with a tamale. The sauce that the poured all over the plate was to die for! It's one of those things where it tastes sooo good, that it HAS to be terribly bad for you. I would defeinitely go there again for the

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I had an enchilidad combo with a tamale. The sauce that the poured all over the plate was to die for! It's one of those things where it tastes sooo good, that it HAS to be terribly bad for you. I would defeinitely go there again for the

Pros: Good value, enchiladas, ambiance

Cons: loud, parking

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Ernesto's is one of the best Mexican restaurants down town. The food is great. They have many choices to satisfy your craving. The staff are very friendly and the service is great. Get there early on the weekend nights, it gets busy.

PROS: food and service
CONS: none

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Ernesto's is one of the best Mexican restaurants down town. The food is great. They have many choices to satisfy your craving. The staff are very friendly and the service is great. Get there early on the weekend nights, it gets busy.

PROS: food and service
CONS: none

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I had heard only good things about Ernesto's, however, the taco I ordered was awful. The chicken was dry and had no flavor at all. The atmosphere and the margarita's were good but did not come close to making up for the quality of the

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I had heard only good things about Ernesto's, however, the taco I ordered was awful. The chicken was dry and had no flavor at all. The atmosphere and the margarita's were good but did not come close to making up for the quality of the

Pros: margaritas, atmosphere

Cons: food

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Great food, Great Service, and Great Prices. Check out the Mariachi's on Friday Night!

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Great food, Great Service, and Great Prices. Check out the Mariachi's on Friday Night!

Pros: Great Food, Fun Atmosphere

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I have frequented Ernestos over the past few years, and I love it. The atmosphere is great, and even though the place can get loud and rowdy on mariachi nights, I've never found it too obnoxious. The food has never disappointed me, the

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I have frequented Ernestos over the past few years, and I love it. The atmosphere is great, and even though the place can get loud and rowdy on mariachi nights, I've never found it too obnoxious. The food has never disappointed me, the

Pros: Inexpensive, Food and margaritas, Quick service

Cons: Tight seating area

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Ernestos has great staff and service. I am always stuffed after eating there. The food is so good. Beware, if you go at peak times, there is a line and you have to wait -- outside. If the weather is hot - you'll be hot while you wait for your seating.

There is outside seating too, which is nice.

It's pricey.

Parking is on the street.

PROS: Good food
CONS: Pricey and busy

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★★★★☆

Ernestos has great staff and service. I am always stuffed after eating there. The food is so good. Beware, if you go at peak times, there is a line and you have to wait -- outside. If the weather is hot - you'll be hot while you wait for your seating.

There is outside seating too, which is nice.

It's pricey.

Parking is on the street.

PROS: Good food
CONS: Pricey and busy

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Years ago I got fed up with Chevy's and that other chain Mexican eatery and thought I'd give that Ernesto's a try. To my pleasant surprise, the food was great, the service was fantastic and the prices were better!

Jump to the

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Years ago I got fed up with Chevy's and that other chain Mexican eatery and thought I'd give that Ernesto's a try. To my pleasant surprise, the food was great, the service was fantastic and the prices were better!

Jump to the

Pros: chips n salsa, food, clean atmosphere

Cons: price, service

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NEEDED - IN EL DORADO HILLS - ERNESTO'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT
We drive from El Dorado Hills to downtown Sac for the most outstanding and flavorful carnitas for miles around. Not only the best tasting but generous portions. The margaritas

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NEEDED - IN EL DORADO HILLS - ERNESTO'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT
We drive from El Dorado Hills to downtown Sac for the most outstanding and flavorful carnitas for miles around. Not only the best tasting but generous portions. The margaritas

Pros: carnitas, margaritas, portions

Cons: parking, inconsistent service

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I love eating at Ernesto's. But I have noticed that the service has become worse. I last went there last Saturday, April 3, 2004. Our water and drink glasses went empty until we stopped the manager and asked for service. Our waiter was

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I love eating at Ernesto's. But I have noticed that the service has become worse. I last went there last Saturday, April 3, 2004. Our water and drink glasses went empty until we stopped the manager and asked for service. Our waiter was

Pros: Trendy, Inexpensive

Cons: , Food decline

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I have differing reviews of Ernesto's every time I eat there. Very inconsistent in the past year.

Intermittently the food is blander, the meat is fattier. But other times the food is how it used to be good and tasty.

I like the

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I have differing reviews of Ernesto's every time I eat there. Very inconsistent in the past year.

Intermittently the food is blander, the meat is fattier. But other times the food is how it used to be good and tasty.

I like the

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I have spent many, many good meals at Ernestos! The food is amazing and the staff is friendly and attentive. I tell everyone about Ernestos!

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★★★★★

I have spent many, many good meals at Ernestos! The food is amazing and the staff is friendly and attentive. I tell everyone about Ernestos!

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Ernestos used to be an awesome place! The food was so good my wife and I used to eat there every week, but at some time awhile back the taste of the food changed from superb to rather dull. The chips that were once hot are now cold and

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Ernestos used to be an awesome place! The food was so good my wife and I used to eat there every week, but at some time awhile back the taste of the food changed from superb to rather dull. The chips that were once hot are now cold and

Cons: Lousy parking, Food not appetizing, Poor service

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The food is fancier than Chevy's but not expensive. The portions are large and nicely presented. The chips come with salsa and awesome but fattening bean dip. It's really loud so be prepared to yell because every second someone is having a

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★★★★★

The food is fancier than Chevy's but not expensive. The portions are large and nicely presented. The chips come with salsa and awesome but fattening bean dip. It's really loud so be prepared to yell because every second someone is having a

Pros: serving size, price

Cons: loud, long wait (30 mins+)

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Contrary to popular belief, Ernestos is as Mexican as a Big Mac. Granted, it is a very popular place, but so is Taco Bell and Chevys. If you want Mexican, try Tacqueria La Favorita on Florin, Cien Años on Stockton, or even Centro.

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Contrary to popular belief, Ernestos is as Mexican as a Big Mac. Granted, it is a very popular place, but so is Taco Bell and Chevys. If you want Mexican, try Tacqueria La Favorita on Florin, Cien Años on Stockton, or even Centro.

Pros: Tequila

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