El Campesino

★★★★☆
  • 4063 William Penn Hwy

    Monroeville, PA 15146

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  • 412-373-1772

About El Campesino

Hours
Mon. - Thu. 11:30am - 10pm;Fri. 11:30am - 10:30pm;Sat. 12am - 10:30pm;Sun. 12am - 9pm

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Started going here when it 1st opened. Food was very good, however since right befor their expansion, the quality of food dropped and the service became horrible. I decided to try it again and that was a mistake I will not make again.

3
★★★★★

Started going here when it 1st opened. Food was very good, however since right befor their expansion, the quality of food dropped and the service became horrible. I decided to try it again and that was a mistake I will not make again.

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Greeted by a man who grunted at me as if I were bothering him by wanting a table. I told him "1 for lunch" to which he turned and walked towards the booths. He threw the menu onto a table and kept on walking. I assumed this was my table

3
★★★★★

Greeted by a man who grunted at me as if I were bothering him by wanting a table. I told him "1 for lunch" to which he turned and walked towards the booths. He threw the menu onto a table and kept on walking. I assumed this was my table

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how do you mess up a tamale and enchilada? They seem to have no basic cooking skills. All the fake "Mexican" atmosphere in the world can't make up for a basic lack of a decent edible dish.

3
★★★★★

how do you mess up a tamale and enchilada? They seem to have no basic cooking skills. All the fake "Mexican" atmosphere in the world can't make up for a basic lack of a decent edible dish.

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This place was horrible. The food was 3 ingredients slopped on a plate and not even cooked through. I sent it back. I told the server I'd like to pay for my drink and leave, but another man came out and I was threatened with a "fight" if I

3
★★★★★

This place was horrible. The food was 3 ingredients slopped on a plate and not even cooked through. I sent it back. I told the server I'd like to pay for my drink and leave, but another man came out and I was threatened with a "fight" if I

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This mexican food restaurant is the best I've found in this area. The pricing is reasonable while the food is very good. The service is generally fast and has been a favorite for awhile

4
★★★★☆

This mexican food restaurant is the best I've found in this area. The pricing is reasonable while the food is very good. The service is generally fast and has been a favorite for awhile

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I first went to this restaurant about 3 years ago and remembered it as being very good, as close to authentic as it could be here in PA, Mexican food. I'm not in this area of town often and had the opportunity to have lunch at El Campesino a couple of days ago. I don't know if the food quality has really gone downhill, or if I remember the food as being better than it really was, but we went with another couple and we all were disappointed. The food was truly uninspired. The sauces were bland and thin, the enchilada, burrito, and taco fillings just drive-through restaurant ordinary, there were frozen mixed vegetables in the rice (!), even the obligatory chips and salsa were not very good (the salsa think and watery, the chips greasy). Even the more "special" entrees, a cheese-stuffed chile poblano and a meat-filled chile relleno , were blah. What has happened? Well, whatever it was, we won't be returning. I can do better at home with a can of tomatillos, some chicken, a bunch of cilantro, and a package of commercially-made tortillas!

If you don't really know what Mexican food is like, you probably will like this restaurant. But if you want really good, authentic Mexican food, buy a good cookbook (any of Rick Bayless') and stop by Reyna's in the Strip for groceries.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I first went to this restaurant about 3 years ago and remembered it as being very good, as close to authentic as it could be here in PA, Mexican food. I'm not in this area of town often and had the opportunity to have lunch at El Campesino a couple of days ago. I don't know if the food quality has really gone downhill, or if I remember the food as being better than it really was, but we went with another couple and we all were disappointed. The food was truly uninspired. The sauces were bland and thin, the enchilada, burrito, and taco fillings just drive-through restaurant ordinary, there were frozen mixed vegetables in the rice (!), even the obligatory chips and salsa were not very good (the salsa think and watery, the chips greasy). Even the more "special" entrees, a cheese-stuffed chile poblano and a meat-filled chile relleno , were blah. What has happened? Well, whatever it was, we won't be returning. I can do better at home with a can of tomatillos, some chicken, a bunch of cilantro, and a package of commercially-made tortillas!

If you don't really know what Mexican food is like, you probably will like this restaurant. But if you want really good, authentic Mexican food, buy a good cookbook (any of Rick Bayless') and stop by Reyna's in the Strip for groceries.

Pros: menu prices

Cons: just about everything else

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Awesome food. I've been to all of the El Campesino locations but the Monroeville location takes the cake. Everything on the menu is fantastic. Enchilada and burrito sauces, salsa, and refried beans are some of the best I've ever had. Super fast service. If you're worried about authentic, some of the employees barely speak English! All the employees ARE authentic. The only down side is this location is BYOB, if that's something you're worried about.

2
★★★★★

Awesome food. I've been to all of the El Campesino locations but the Monroeville location takes the cake. Everything on the menu is fantastic. Enchilada and burrito sauces, salsa, and refried beans are some of the best I've ever had. Super fast service. If you're worried about authentic, some of the employees barely speak English! All the employees ARE authentic. The only down side is this location is BYOB, if that's something you're worried about.

Pros: Lots of food for the $

Cons: BYOB

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Mexican food? Not even close. Let us start with the beginning~ when you are eating GOOD Mexican food NO one cares how the place looks... Ever been to a taco stand on the corner? But this might as well been McDonald's.
Salsa? I can't believe they have the nerve to call it that.
Ground beef in tacos, with BOXED shells, go to Taco Bell.
I have had better beans out of a Rosarita can.
The enchilada sauce tasted like ketchup gone wrong. The cheese tasted like it was given out for free! If this is one of the "best" Mexican food restaurants in Pittsburgh, the city is in for a real treat when you can find salsa verde and tacos de lengua. How about some pico de gallo? How about some SPICE? I won't even get into the service, or lack thereof.
Call this place what it is BAD fast food, where they don't even give you the option of a drive-thru! I rather go to Taco Bell any day.
I guess I must mention that I was born and raised fairly close to the Mexico/Arizona border and would love to bring the food from there to here. You'ins would LOVE it!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Mexican food? Not even close. Let us start with the beginning~ when you are eating GOOD Mexican food NO one cares how the place looks... Ever been to a taco stand on the corner? But this might as well been McDonald's.
Salsa? I can't believe they have the nerve to call it that.
Ground beef in tacos, with BOXED shells, go to Taco Bell.
I have had better beans out of a Rosarita can.
The enchilada sauce tasted like ketchup gone wrong. The cheese tasted like it was given out for free! If this is one of the "best" Mexican food restaurants in Pittsburgh, the city is in for a real treat when you can find salsa verde and tacos de lengua. How about some pico de gallo? How about some SPICE? I won't even get into the service, or lack thereof.
Call this place what it is BAD fast food, where they don't even give you the option of a drive-thru! I rather go to Taco Bell any day.
I guess I must mention that I was born and raised fairly close to the Mexico/Arizona border and would love to bring the food from there to here. You'ins would LOVE it!

Pros: Can't find a one. The ice tea was okay.

Cons: Too many to mention, seriously go get a ten pack of tacos from Taco Bell, much better!

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I used to love this restaurant but lately, it's slipping. The service isn't so friendly as it used to be (it depends on who you get) the food quality has become very inconsistent, and the prices are climbing as the quality goes down. I wouldn't mind paying more, really I wouldn't, because when it's good it's great! I'm practically a weekly regular but am beginning to re-think regular lunches there. Lately, it's been very disappointing. And you think they would be friendlier to customers they see over and over again. I once complained that our food took forever to arrive, was cold when we got it, and the server was rude. I got "sorry to hear that" and then was rung up and charged the full amount for our dinners. And still I came back for more, thinking they were busy and any restaurant can have a bad day but it's been inconsistent the last few months. C'mon guys! Don't go down the tubes now! And hey, it pays to give a little extra attention to your regulars, we are the ones who reccomend your place to other potential regulars! And if a customer had a legitimate complaint, don't you think you should give a discount on the meal or offer a free one next time we come in? A sincere apology with a bit of a price break for bad service or bad food goes a loooong way in chalking up a bad experience in a place you once loved. I sincerely hope things improve in the near future to the top notch food and service we USED to get there.

2
★★★★☆

I used to love this restaurant but lately, it's slipping. The service isn't so friendly as it used to be (it depends on who you get) the food quality has become very inconsistent, and the prices are climbing as the quality goes down. I wouldn't mind paying more, really I wouldn't, because when it's good it's great! I'm practically a weekly regular but am beginning to re-think regular lunches there. Lately, it's been very disappointing. And you think they would be friendlier to customers they see over and over again. I once complained that our food took forever to arrive, was cold when we got it, and the server was rude. I got "sorry to hear that" and then was rung up and charged the full amount for our dinners. And still I came back for more, thinking they were busy and any restaurant can have a bad day but it's been inconsistent the last few months. C'mon guys! Don't go down the tubes now! And hey, it pays to give a little extra attention to your regulars, we are the ones who reccomend your place to other potential regulars! And if a customer had a legitimate complaint, don't you think you should give a discount on the meal or offer a free one next time we come in? A sincere apology with a bit of a price break for bad service or bad food goes a loooong way in chalking up a bad experience in a place you once loved. I sincerely hope things improve in the near future to the top notch food and service we USED to get there.

Pros: Parking always available, prices very reasonable, food usually fresh

Cons: Servers tend to get rather unfriendly when rushed, when the place gets busy your server should smile even more, not stop smiling altogether.

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Pittsburgh Mexican food = combo plates, period. Hopefully someday that will change.
In the meantime, far as combo-plate joints in Pittsburgh go, El Campesino is above average. The one thing they do better than anyone else is chilaquiles.

2
★★★★☆

Pittsburgh Mexican food = combo plates, period. Hopefully someday that will change.
In the meantime, far as combo-plate joints in Pittsburgh go, El Campesino is above average. The one thing they do better than anyone else is chilaquiles.

Pros: Chilaquiles

Cons: Nobody in this town makes good guacamole... how can that be?

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I was born and raised in south Texas.. the birth place of Tex-Mex.
El Campesino upholds the Tex-Mex Standards 100%.
The nachos are to die for!
The fajitas are heavenly!
The salsa is nice and spicy..
Though you can request the mild stuff
Thats what we get for my 4 year old daughter..
hee hee hee
All in all.. a VERY pleasing experience!

Only 1 complaint...
The place could be a bit bigger..

2
★★★★★

I was born and raised in south Texas.. the birth place of Tex-Mex.
El Campesino upholds the Tex-Mex Standards 100%.
The nachos are to die for!
The fajitas are heavenly!
The salsa is nice and spicy..
Though you can request the mild stuff
Thats what we get for my 4 year old daughter..
hee hee hee
All in all.. a VERY pleasing experience!

Only 1 complaint...
The place could be a bit bigger..

Pros: Ambience, Service, Attitude

Cons: Size of the place

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I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, than relocated to LA... Strange thing was I was expecting to find all this great Mexican food on the west coast, when In actuality I found myself missing El Campisinos It's true Folks... The closer you get to Mexico, it doesn't get any better!!! I found out that so many places are about the "Hustle" and not about the quality. In Pittsburgh, this is as close as your going to get to authentic without travelling across the border yourself. Mind you all Mexican food in America is Americanized ~ But here you will get the most original elements available. Particular things I would like to note are the combination fajitas (Bien Cosidas) which means "cooked well done"~ it's big enough for two people, and the Tamatio Salsa ~great on steak/meat (ask for it). They also cook the tortilla chips at the beginning of everyday unlike other places that get them precooked in bags. Eat up, and take my word for it ~ don't take it for granted, great mexican food is hard to find... even in California!

2
★★★★★

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, than relocated to LA... Strange thing was I was expecting to find all this great Mexican food on the west coast, when In actuality I found myself missing El Campisinos It's true Folks... The closer you get to Mexico, it doesn't get any better!!! I found out that so many places are about the "Hustle" and not about the quality. In Pittsburgh, this is as close as your going to get to authentic without travelling across the border yourself. Mind you all Mexican food in America is Americanized ~ But here you will get the most original elements available. Particular things I would like to note are the combination fajitas (Bien Cosidas) which means "cooked well done"~ it's big enough for two people, and the Tamatio Salsa ~great on steak/meat (ask for it). They also cook the tortilla chips at the beginning of everyday unlike other places that get them precooked in bags. Eat up, and take my word for it ~ don't take it for granted, great mexican food is hard to find... even in California!

Pros: Taste Par None

Cons: Blink and You might Miss the Location

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I have been eating here for years. I was a little reserved the first time, but after that, I was hooked. The food is homemade and nothing beats it. The service is friendly and quick. I get the chicken burritos and a side of rice. I've tried other things, but that is my favorite and it's delicious every time. I've eaten at Mad Mex and Cozumel and they do not come close to El Campesino. Great food, great service, great price! What more could you ask for!

2
★★★★★

I have been eating here for years. I was a little reserved the first time, but after that, I was hooked. The food is homemade and nothing beats it. The service is friendly and quick. I get the chicken burritos and a side of rice. I've tried other things, but that is my favorite and it's delicious every time. I've eaten at Mad Mex and Cozumel and they do not come close to El Campesino. Great food, great service, great price! What more could you ask for!

Pros: service, parking, prices

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I had ordered the Special to try several things. The little round thing was very good, but that was the only food that was. The hamburg was DRY with NO taste. I thought you could get chicken. For 11.95 for the meal I expected to possibly like it. The rice was also very DRY there. The chips and salsa were excennent as well as my Fried Ice Cream. I will go back there Just for the fried Ice Cream. Odoba up the road had a much better Burrito for my husband and was less expensive too.

2
★★★★☆

I had ordered the Special to try several things. The little round thing was very good, but that was the only food that was. The hamburg was DRY with NO taste. I thought you could get chicken. For 11.95 for the meal I expected to possibly like it. The rice was also very DRY there. The chips and salsa were excennent as well as my Fried Ice Cream. I will go back there Just for the fried Ice Cream. Odoba up the road had a much better Burrito for my husband and was less expensive too.

Pros: good parking, friendly, NON smoking area

Cons: Language barrier

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Probably the best non-corporate place to eat in the city.

2
★★★★★

Probably the best non-corporate place to eat in the city.

Pros: Menu , Protions, Free Chips & Salsa

Cons: Friday - Busy!

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The food and the staff are great here. It has been a while since I have been to Mexico - but I never forgot what the tastes like!

I have not had a Margarita yet (yes they are serving!) but I hear they are fantastic. Chi Chi's was fresh from the freezer to the fryers and microwaves. Don Pablos has great fajatias. Mad Mex is all about California.

El Campesino es muy bueno!

2
★★★★★

The food and the staff are great here. It has been a while since I have been to Mexico - but I never forgot what the tastes like!

I have not had a Margarita yet (yes they are serving!) but I hear they are fantastic. Chi Chi's was fresh from the freezer to the fryers and microwaves. Don Pablos has great fajatias. Mad Mex is all about California.

El Campesino es muy bueno!

Pros: Inexpensize, Flavorful, Comfortable

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I'm from LA where great mexican food lurks behind every corner. Can't really say that about Pittsburgh. But among the places I've tried here, this comes the closest. The food is as authentic as it gets in the Burgh. It's very reasonably priced. I go there everytime I get an itch for great Mexican. Also great for large groups and kids. The only drawback is that they need a liquor licence to start dishing out the margaritas. But at least you can bring your own which I recommend.

2
★★★★★

I'm from LA where great mexican food lurks behind every corner. Can't really say that about Pittsburgh. But among the places I've tried here, this comes the closest. The food is as authentic as it gets in the Burgh. It's very reasonably priced. I go there everytime I get an itch for great Mexican. Also great for large groups and kids. The only drawback is that they need a liquor licence to start dishing out the margaritas. But at least you can bring your own which I recommend.

Pros: Great food, Inexpensive, Always parking

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I lived in San Antonio, Tx Where I got the oppurtunity to get to know what authentic Mexican food can be like. I loved it. Before Elcampesino came I couldn't find anything close. My search has ended. Thier food and variety is better that any others in authenticity, quality, price, and quanity ( I always need a doggy bag). Try and enjoy.

2
★★★★★

I lived in San Antonio, Tx Where I got the oppurtunity to get to know what authentic Mexican food can be like. I loved it. Before Elcampesino came I couldn't find anything close. My search has ended. Thier food and variety is better that any others in authenticity, quality, price, and quanity ( I always need a doggy bag). Try and enjoy.

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After trying several lame "Mexican" restaurants in Pittsburgh, we stumbled on to El Campesino. THis is dirt-cheap, delicious Mexican food. Pretty authentic, great chiles and chicken and BYOB. If you are searching for Mexican, look no further.

2
★★★★★

After trying several lame "Mexican" restaurants in Pittsburgh, we stumbled on to El Campesino. THis is dirt-cheap, delicious Mexican food. Pretty authentic, great chiles and chicken and BYOB. If you are searching for Mexican, look no further.

Pros: great food, friendly service

Cons: no alcohol

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One day I was given guacamole that was substandard. The avocado was clearly underripe. When I asked for an explanation, I was told "No, the avocado's weren't ready, but we served it anyway, because you ordered it" I told them I would not pay for anything this poor. I also complained about the continuing poor quality of the salsa, and was told "That's how it comes out of the can". A Mexican restaurant that can't make its own salsa is beneath contempt. I have not returned since.

0
★☆☆☆☆

One day I was given guacamole that was substandard. The avocado was clearly underripe. When I asked for an explanation, I was told "No, the avocado's weren't ready, but we served it anyway, because you ordered it" I told them I would not pay for anything this poor. I also complained about the continuing poor quality of the salsa, and was told "That's how it comes out of the can". A Mexican restaurant that can't make its own salsa is beneath contempt. I have not returned since.

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The Mexican food here is different from I am used to having recently moved from west Texas and eating Tex-Mex all the time. I don't like chain restaurants Mexican food very much, I prefer the smaller, family owned type places and this restaurant only has four locations across Pittsburgh. The Monroeville location is the kind of small "hole in the wall" location being in a strip mall, which is fine with me! The red enchilada sauce is somewhat sweet, the salsa mild, the restaurant itself small with little waiting time though it was full to the brim when we went, not too noisy for the size. The salsa, chicken enchiladas, chicken burrito, or beef enchilada are all reccommended.

2
★★★★☆

The Mexican food here is different from I am used to having recently moved from west Texas and eating Tex-Mex all the time. I don't like chain restaurants Mexican food very much, I prefer the smaller, family owned type places and this restaurant only has four locations across Pittsburgh. The Monroeville location is the kind of small "hole in the wall" location being in a strip mall, which is fine with me! The red enchilada sauce is somewhat sweet, the salsa mild, the restaurant itself small with little waiting time though it was full to the brim when we went, not too noisy for the size. The salsa, chicken enchiladas, chicken burrito, or beef enchilada are all reccommended.

Pros: Inexpensive, Authentic, Small

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There still isn't a Mexican restaurant in Pittsburgh. But, for "North Mexico" (i.e. combo plates), this is as good as it gets in Pittsburgh.

Somebody please give me a quarter million so I can start a joint that serves food that the campensinos a tomar south of Monterrey. Having lived in el D.F. for awhile, I miss the real thing.

2
★★★★☆

There still isn't a Mexican restaurant in Pittsburgh. But, for "North Mexico" (i.e. combo plates), this is as good as it gets in Pittsburgh.

Somebody please give me a quarter million so I can start a joint that serves food that the campensinos a tomar south of Monterrey. Having lived in el D.F. for awhile, I miss the real thing.

Pros: honest food, limited, but good

Cons: limited menu, only north mx food

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This place is a rare gem in Western PA.

Salsa and guacomole is fresh and authentic, as are the freshly made chips.

Meals are generously portioned, with superb fresh ingredients also.

This is the true traditional mexican style - simple basic flavors, with the occasional boldness of the different chiles, including traditional queso blanco and a fabulous mole sauce.

If you want the real deal, or want to find out what that's like, come to this place!

The only criticism is they are occasionally inconsistent - like one time in 10 or so the chips might not be fresh as they should be. But a polite request is all it takes to correct any problem, their service is very good.

P.S. they recently remodeled and it's a much more attractive place to be (though still not intimate and somewhat noisy during busy hours)

2
★★★★★

This place is a rare gem in Western PA.

Salsa and guacomole is fresh and authentic, as are the freshly made chips.

Meals are generously portioned, with superb fresh ingredients also.

This is the true traditional mexican style - simple basic flavors, with the occasional boldness of the different chiles, including traditional queso blanco and a fabulous mole sauce.

If you want the real deal, or want to find out what that's like, come to this place!

The only criticism is they are occasionally inconsistent - like one time in 10 or so the chips might not be fresh as they should be. But a polite request is all it takes to correct any problem, their service is very good.

P.S. they recently remodeled and it's a much more attractive place to be (though still not intimate and somewhat noisy during busy hours)

Pros: Authentic, Fresh, Inexpensive

Cons: Occasionally Noisy

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After moving from California in '93, I had despaired of finding a traditional Mexican restaurant -- El Campesinos fits the bill! I especially like the chicken mole, and the homemade tamales are fantastic! Worth the drive from wherever in the 'burgh you're at!

2
★★★★★

After moving from California in '93, I had despaired of finding a traditional Mexican restaurant -- El Campesinos fits the bill! I especially like the chicken mole, and the homemade tamales are fantastic! Worth the drive from wherever in the 'burgh you're at!

Pros: Great food!, Friendly service, Great value!

Cons: Sometimes crowded, No alcohol license

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Probably the second best mexican restaurant in Pittsburgh, after La Fiesta in Oakland. The food was good and very reasonable priced and you get a good amount of it.

2
★★★★☆

Probably the second best mexican restaurant in Pittsburgh, after La Fiesta in Oakland. The food was good and very reasonable priced and you get a good amount of it.

Pros: Good food, Cheap

Cons: Not very intimate

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Great lunch bargains! Ask for shredded beef! Chips and salsa to keep you occupied while your food is prepared especially for you!

2
★★★★★

Great lunch bargains! Ask for shredded beef! Chips and salsa to keep you occupied while your food is prepared especially for you!

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If you crave authentic Mexican cuisine and you're on a tight budget then this is the place to go!! Not only is the food outstanding, the service is great, and you can bring your own alcohol! Think of the money you're saving. With so many selections to choose from, you can't go wrong here!! This place is a definite must for any Mexican food lover!

2
★★★★★

If you crave authentic Mexican cuisine and you're on a tight budget then this is the place to go!! Not only is the food outstanding, the service is great, and you can bring your own alcohol! Think of the money you're saving. With so many selections to choose from, you can't go wrong here!! This place is a definite must for any Mexican food lover!

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THIS IS A VERY AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT AND THE PRICES ARE JUST RIGHT. THE WORKERS ARE VERY FRIENDLY AND THE FOOD IS SERVED PROMPTLY.
SINCERELY,
REBECA BARONA

2
★★★★★

THIS IS A VERY AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT AND THE PRICES ARE JUST RIGHT. THE WORKERS ARE VERY FRIENDLY AND THE FOOD IS SERVED PROMPTLY.
SINCERELY,
REBECA BARONA

Pros: INEXPENSIVE, FRIENDLY, CLEAN

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El Campesino has the best Mexican in town. The food is great and it's cheap. They also have great guacamole.

2
★★★★★

El Campesino has the best Mexican in town. The food is great and it's cheap. They also have great guacamole.

 

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