Lalupe Restaurant

★★★★☆

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Mon. - Thu., Sun. 10am - 12pm;Fri. - Sat. 10am - 1am

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First of all, people need to stfu about "authentic" it's a hack phrase that doesn't mean a damn thing. Every village in said country has a different idea of "authentic" and as with almost any foreign food you would not like the actual authentic gopher guts in cactus-armadillo sauce. Secondly, chorizo will ALWAYS be good no matter who makes it. It's salty, fatty, pork. I love it, I've never had bad chorizo anywhere. But that's like adding butter to anything--it's automatically good. I must be seriously not understanding Philadelphia tastebuds because this place is pretty mediocre leaning on bad. ( I actually want to give it 2.5 stars, but you can't do halves).

La Lupe appears to be in a good location, with opened garage door indoor seating. The prices seemed reasonable and they had a few extra than usual tacos. I was feeling good, until I got the chips and salsa. Most Mexican restaurants take the 10 min to make their own chips. Not so. This place had cold bagged chips pretending to be homemade. Alright, I eat bagged chips at home, no big deal, right? I was eagerly awaiting my big bowl of salsa, when the waiter plopped some IHOP syrup dispenser on the table. No joke, they keep their disgusting salsa in syrup containers in the beverage fridge. Their salsa has no chunks of any kind, it is completely blended and obviously from a jar. It's slimy and thin, with no flavor other than slightly salted baby food. The only way to save it was to mix Yucateca with it, which luckily they have 2 bottles of.

Salsa aside, maybe the food is good. Between 2 people we ordered six tacos at $2.50 each--Barbacoa, Enchilada, Steak, Chorizo, Al Pastor, Grilled Pork. The tacos were presented in a cone gyro-like presentation with onions, lime, and a tsp of guacamole. The shells were very thin and flour based rather than corn. They were decent, but I suspect they were also prepackaged. The meats were fairly average, but i couldn't tell any of them apart, and neither could the waitress. The Al Pastor would have been ok, except for the bad quality pineapple which was mushy and disgusting. The meat seemed to be mostly trimmed of fat (although I still found some chunks), but decent fat-content for a Mexican restaurant. The saving factors were the Barbacoa (goat meat) and Enchilada tacos. Both are taco types I don't see in many places, and they were executed fairly well. The goat was tender and well cooked, and the enchilada was nicely flavored.

The tacos were just ok, but it's not worth going back. I can't get over that they could not even provide me with half-way decent salsa! Perhaps everything had to be mild and flavorless due to its proximity to the tourist locations of Pat's and Geno's, but this was not nearly as flavorful as Mexican food should be.

Bottom line: Never trust a Mexican place that doesn't have salsa!

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★★☆☆☆

First of all, people need to stfu about "authentic" it's a hack phrase that doesn't mean a damn thing. Every village in said country has a different idea of "authentic" and as with almost any foreign food you would not like the actual authentic gopher guts in cactus-armadillo sauce. Secondly, chorizo will ALWAYS be good no matter who makes it. It's salty, fatty, pork. I love it, I've never had bad chorizo anywhere. But that's like adding butter to anything--it's automatically good. I must be seriously not understanding Philadelphia tastebuds because this place is pretty mediocre leaning on bad. ( I actually want to give it 2.5 stars, but you can't do halves).

La Lupe appears to be in a good location, with opened garage door indoor seating. The prices seemed reasonable and they had a few extra than usual tacos. I was feeling good, until I got the chips and salsa. Most Mexican restaurants take the 10 min to make their own chips. Not so. This place had cold bagged chips pretending to be homemade. Alright, I eat bagged chips at home, no big deal, right? I was eagerly awaiting my big bowl of salsa, when the waiter plopped some IHOP syrup dispenser on the table. No joke, they keep their disgusting salsa in syrup containers in the beverage fridge. Their salsa has no chunks of any kind, it is completely blended and obviously from a jar. It's slimy and thin, with no flavor other than slightly salted baby food. The only way to save it was to mix Yucateca with it, which luckily they have 2 bottles of.

Salsa aside, maybe the food is good. Between 2 people we ordered six tacos at $2.50 each--Barbacoa, Enchilada, Steak, Chorizo, Al Pastor, Grilled Pork. The tacos were presented in a cone gyro-like presentation with onions, lime, and a tsp of guacamole. The shells were very thin and flour based rather than corn. They were decent, but I suspect they were also prepackaged. The meats were fairly average, but i couldn't tell any of them apart, and neither could the waitress. The Al Pastor would have been ok, except for the bad quality pineapple which was mushy and disgusting. The meat seemed to be mostly trimmed of fat (although I still found some chunks), but decent fat-content for a Mexican restaurant. The saving factors were the Barbacoa (goat meat) and Enchilada tacos. Both are taco types I don't see in many places, and they were executed fairly well. The goat was tender and well cooked, and the enchilada was nicely flavored.

The tacos were just ok, but it's not worth going back. I can't get over that they could not even provide me with half-way decent salsa! Perhaps everything had to be mild and flavorless due to its proximity to the tourist locations of Pat's and Geno's, but this was not nearly as flavorful as Mexican food should be.

Bottom line: Never trust a Mexican place that doesn't have salsa!

Pros: Hmm...they have goat meat?

Cons: Salsa, chips, tortillas

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I ordered takeout fajitas on Jan. 11, 2009 and I received the worst food that I have ever bought from a takeout place or eaten in a restaurant. There was very little steak and chicken and the meat that I got was very dry and overcooked. For some reason there were carrots and broccoli in the mix of fajita food. There was no cheese included and only 3 tortillas for the $15 fajita order.

I recommend for everyone to avoid this at any cost.

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★☆☆☆☆

I ordered takeout fajitas on Jan. 11, 2009 and I received the worst food that I have ever bought from a takeout place or eaten in a restaurant. There was very little steak and chicken and the meat that I got was very dry and overcooked. For some reason there were carrots and broccoli in the mix of fajita food. There was no cheese included and only 3 tortillas for the $15 fajita order.

I recommend for everyone to avoid this at any cost.

Pros: Fairly fast delivery

Cons: Food quality

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When this first opened I was there all the time. Unfortunately it has gone down hill in quality and service. The waitress is always rude when we come in. The meats in the tacos are fattier cuts than they used to be when they opened. The burritos are filled with more rice instead of quality meats. Its time for me to find a new mexican restaurant if they dont get it together soon. Dont get me wrong the food is still authentic and I hope the owners will not keep on sacrificing quality. the food is no longer cheap as well so if they are going to charge 12 dollars for chichen mole I dont want fatty chicken.

2
★★★★☆

When this first opened I was there all the time. Unfortunately it has gone down hill in quality and service. The waitress is always rude when we come in. The meats in the tacos are fattier cuts than they used to be when they opened. The burritos are filled with more rice instead of quality meats. Its time for me to find a new mexican restaurant if they dont get it together soon. Dont get me wrong the food is still authentic and I hope the owners will not keep on sacrificing quality. the food is no longer cheap as well so if they are going to charge 12 dollars for chichen mole I dont want fatty chicken.

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I consider myself to be part Mexican (even though I'm not) since I have lived there and visited so often and every time I come back I miss it, especially the food. While not the absolute best, it's still as authentic as you can get without actually crossing the border. I love that they have a varied menu of food from the different regions- (no, not all Mexican is the same.) and if you order the same dish more than once, it's always a little different- just like Mexico. The atmosphere is very casual and honestly, you just can't beat those prices. Great for us poor college kids.

Keep the following in mind: As previously stated, this is a pretty authentic place- and that?s in all aspects. If you go to a restaurant in MX, the service is very slow, you may get your entree waaayyy before everyone else, etc. In fact, it?s considered rude to ?bother? the customer while they?re dining or even to bring the check before it is asked for. Having said that about their customs, they?re just doing what they know - offering the complete Mexican restaurant experience. By American standards, the service might be poor, but then again, this is a little taste of Mexico, not a 5 star restaurant in Center City, or even a Denny's. If you can speak Spanish, I highly recommend doing so, or at least trying to order in Spanish. I've gone in every once in awhile and caught one or two in a foul mood, but they were all smiles as soon as I broke out in Spanish... and my acquired Mexican accent, which I'm sure helped.

I've tried some of the other more authentic Mexican places in the city, and I can honestly tell you that none of them have better quality, selection, taste or prices. Definitely give it a try, and if you have a bad experience, give it another shot, because it's worth it.

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★★★★☆

I consider myself to be part Mexican (even though I'm not) since I have lived there and visited so often and every time I come back I miss it, especially the food. While not the absolute best, it's still as authentic as you can get without actually crossing the border. I love that they have a varied menu of food from the different regions- (no, not all Mexican is the same.) and if you order the same dish more than once, it's always a little different- just like Mexico. The atmosphere is very casual and honestly, you just can't beat those prices. Great for us poor college kids.

Keep the following in mind: As previously stated, this is a pretty authentic place- and that?s in all aspects. If you go to a restaurant in MX, the service is very slow, you may get your entree waaayyy before everyone else, etc. In fact, it?s considered rude to ?bother? the customer while they?re dining or even to bring the check before it is asked for. Having said that about their customs, they?re just doing what they know - offering the complete Mexican restaurant experience. By American standards, the service might be poor, but then again, this is a little taste of Mexico, not a 5 star restaurant in Center City, or even a Denny's. If you can speak Spanish, I highly recommend doing so, or at least trying to order in Spanish. I've gone in every once in awhile and caught one or two in a foul mood, but they were all smiles as soon as I broke out in Spanish... and my acquired Mexican accent, which I'm sure helped.

I've tried some of the other more authentic Mexican places in the city, and I can honestly tell you that none of them have better quality, selection, taste or prices. Definitely give it a try, and if you have a bad experience, give it another shot, because it's worth it.

Pros: Great food, great prices, good place if you have kids, nice place to start or end your evening with a meal

Cons: Not good for a romantic night out, or if you're looking for more ambience. Service is touch and go by American standards.

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Excellent food, but at times has terrible service. Last time we waited 45 minutes for the food to come out after ordering it.

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★★★☆☆

Excellent food, but at times has terrible service. Last time we waited 45 minutes for the food to come out after ordering it.

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We wanted something quick and my girlfriend wanted Mexican so I thought we would try this place since it was close to my house. Our waitress seemed annoyed that there were people eating in the restaurant. When the waitress came to take our order she barely said a word to us. She was very short with us when we asked questions. The food took forever to come out and it wasn't even that crowded. While waiting I noticed that she had forgotten part of another table's order, which happens. However, she went behind the counter and took apart a takeout order and barley even bothered to put it on a plate for them. When our food did come out, it was cold. The waitress never came back to check on us or even see if there was anything we needed. I wasn't expecting four star service but I didn't expect customers to be treated as a burden to the business.

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★☆☆☆☆

We wanted something quick and my girlfriend wanted Mexican so I thought we would try this place since it was close to my house. Our waitress seemed annoyed that there were people eating in the restaurant. When the waitress came to take our order she barely said a word to us. She was very short with us when we asked questions. The food took forever to come out and it wasn't even that crowded. While waiting I noticed that she had forgotten part of another table's order, which happens. However, she went behind the counter and took apart a takeout order and barley even bothered to put it on a plate for them. When our food did come out, it was cold. The waitress never came back to check on us or even see if there was anything we needed. I wasn't expecting four star service but I didn't expect customers to be treated as a burden to the business.

Pros: Quick seating

Cons: Slow, Rude Service. Cold Food

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First thing I liked was the place - simple, very clean, open to the street with friendly people of all types coming & going, in a lively spot on S. 9th St - it felt like a warm summer evening south of the border. I wouldn't call it "atmosphere" but the unpretentiousness and liveliness of it made being there as enjoyable as the food.

And the food was excellent - simple and fresh, freshly prepared (everything recognizable without any of the awful American version of gloppy mexican food). The chorizo tacos were the best but everything was just right. Service was ok but the kitchen was a bit slow - though everything is freshly prepared and was worth it. This is my new favorite Mexican place!

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★★★★★

First thing I liked was the place - simple, very clean, open to the street with friendly people of all types coming & going, in a lively spot on S. 9th St - it felt like a warm summer evening south of the border. I wouldn't call it "atmosphere" but the unpretentiousness and liveliness of it made being there as enjoyable as the food.

And the food was excellent - simple and fresh, freshly prepared (everything recognizable without any of the awful American version of gloppy mexican food). The chorizo tacos were the best but everything was just right. Service was ok but the kitchen was a bit slow - though everything is freshly prepared and was worth it. This is my new favorite Mexican place!

Pros: Simple, fresh, tasty food with as authentic a Mexican taqueria atmosphere you'll find anywhere.

Cons: None (unless you are expecting something fancy - in that case this isn't the place for you)

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I never really liked Mexican food here on the east coast but was converted when I actually went to Mexico. When I came back nothing came close EXCEPT for La Lupe. Their burritos are by far the most solid item on the menu. And they have a good selection of mexican juices and sodas as well.

2
★★★★★

I never really liked Mexican food here on the east coast but was converted when I actually went to Mexico. When I came back nothing came close EXCEPT for La Lupe. Their burritos are by far the most solid item on the menu. And they have a good selection of mexican juices and sodas as well.

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very fresh, good food. love the tacos especially. can't beat the price.

2
★★★★☆

very fresh, good food. love the tacos especially. can't beat the price.

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I went to La Lupe, ordered take-out and was told to come back in 25 minutes (which is a long time for a few tacos but that's not why I'm writing this review). All was good. I came back about 30 minutes later, asked the lady at the counter if the order was ready, she said something like "it's coming" so I stepped to the side and waited. A half hour later I was still waiting. I asked for my money back and all I got was bad attitude and slowness from the lady behind the counter. All I wanted was my money and a simple apology for loosing my order and not owning up to it earlier -- "Sorry you had to wait" or "sorry we lost your order". If they can't manage that they deserve to go out of business tomorrow.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went to La Lupe, ordered take-out and was told to come back in 25 minutes (which is a long time for a few tacos but that's not why I'm writing this review). All was good. I came back about 30 minutes later, asked the lady at the counter if the order was ready, she said something like "it's coming" so I stepped to the side and waited. A half hour later I was still waiting. I asked for my money back and all I got was bad attitude and slowness from the lady behind the counter. All I wanted was my money and a simple apology for loosing my order and not owning up to it earlier -- "Sorry you had to wait" or "sorry we lost your order". If they can't manage that they deserve to go out of business tomorrow.

Pros: food looked good

Cons: horrible service, horrible service, horrible service

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The best home-made from scratch corn tortillas. I've been to other mexican resturants in the area and they seem to use packaged tortillas. I highly recommend there #49 Al Pastor tacos (pork) or #53 Pollo (chicken tacos). If you like guacamole then #28 Nachos (chips) con (with) Guacamole is exellent. On there platters #94 hands down Enchiladas De Mole Poblano are my favorite this is a platter with three chicken enchiladas with a special (spicy)sauce, and rice and beans. Tamales #19 or #20. If you try this place once you'll definately go back. Parking can be a little tricky but I learned that this will just benefit your metabolisom. Finally their (cocktails) # 102 or #101 the last time I had this was in cancun. This is not a alchoholic beverage but a great healthy dish, well good luck and good eating there is also free delivery.

2
★★★★★

The best home-made from scratch corn tortillas. I've been to other mexican resturants in the area and they seem to use packaged tortillas. I highly recommend there #49 Al Pastor tacos (pork) or #53 Pollo (chicken tacos). If you like guacamole then #28 Nachos (chips) con (with) Guacamole is exellent. On there platters #94 hands down Enchiladas De Mole Poblano are my favorite this is a platter with three chicken enchiladas with a special (spicy)sauce, and rice and beans. Tamales #19 or #20. If you try this place once you'll definately go back. Parking can be a little tricky but I learned that this will just benefit your metabolisom. Finally their (cocktails) # 102 or #101 the last time I had this was in cancun. This is not a alchoholic beverage but a great healthy dish, well good luck and good eating there is also free delivery.

Pros: Great Food, Free delivery, very reasonable

Cons: Parking

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la lupe is one of our favorite places to eat, when we're in the mood for mexican.they seem to do a lot of take out, so we never had to wait for a table.food is tasty, with fairly large portions,a variety of menu items,and the prices are reasonable.service is good, and its open late most nights, so if you get a craving at 10 or 11, this is a good stop.my only complaints at this time, would be that there are no condiments on the table. when i asked for s/p, i was bought 2 little dishes overfilled with both.what a waste as i only needed a sprinkling, and a few times when beef dishes were ordered, it was a little tough. cant go wrong with the chicken dishes..over all, it remains on our list for favorite places to dine in a pinch. nothing fancy, but basically tasty mexican food.

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★★★★★

la lupe is one of our favorite places to eat, when we're in the mood for mexican.they seem to do a lot of take out, so we never had to wait for a table.food is tasty, with fairly large portions,a variety of menu items,and the prices are reasonable.service is good, and its open late most nights, so if you get a craving at 10 or 11, this is a good stop.my only complaints at this time, would be that there are no condiments on the table. when i asked for s/p, i was bought 2 little dishes overfilled with both.what a waste as i only needed a sprinkling, and a few times when beef dishes were ordered, it was a little tough. cant go wrong with the chicken dishes..over all, it remains on our list for favorite places to dine in a pinch. nothing fancy, but basically tasty mexican food.

Pros: never that crowded, friendly staff, good value,open late

Cons: communication difficu, very bright, not much privacy

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I lived in Mexico one year, and loved it -- especialy the food. Lupe is the best Mexican place I have found north of the border. Truly Mexican, no dish is exactly the same on two different occasions. Best dish? She makes an incredible mole (made of mild pepper reduction -- not chocolate), and really fine seafood stew. Fahitas, rellenos, chipotles, all good. All sauces good. Oven goat, fantastic. Best, freshest tortillas anywhere.

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★★★★★

I lived in Mexico one year, and loved it -- especialy the food. Lupe is the best Mexican place I have found north of the border. Truly Mexican, no dish is exactly the same on two different occasions. Best dish? She makes an incredible mole (made of mild pepper reduction -- not chocolate), and really fine seafood stew. Fahitas, rellenos, chipotles, all good. All sauces good. Oven goat, fantastic. Best, freshest tortillas anywhere.

Pros: inexpensive, fresh, delicious, honest old fashioned

Cons: service? 1 waiter, no beer! BYO

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Take it from a Latin, if you are looking real and good mexican food: La Lupe is the place to go. Close to Patts and Ginos, therefore if somebody in your group wants to switch to a Cheesesteak can do it. However, if you tried the Carnitas and Chicken Tacos, you will forget at least for one day of a Cheesesteak.

2
★★★★★

Take it from a Latin, if you are looking real and good mexican food: La Lupe is the place to go. Close to Patts and Ginos, therefore if somebody in your group wants to switch to a Cheesesteak can do it. However, if you tried the Carnitas and Chicken Tacos, you will forget at least for one day of a Cheesesteak.

Pros: Price, Food, Real Mexican

Cons: Parking

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If you want authentic and inexpensive Mexican food (not more Tex-Mex!) this little taqueria offers the best you'll find east of the Mississippi. Their tamales are especially tasty--just like the ones chicanas sell outside supermarkets across the southwest--and probably the best value on the menu, along with their tacos (don't miss the chorizo or the tongue). Notable entrees include Puerno Adobado (tender pork in red chile sauce) and La Lupe Especial (spiced pork chop with fried egg and cactus). For drinks, try their eskimos in summer, or their chocolate mexicano in winter--or pick up a six-pack around the corner. If you really want to splurge, ask for the Mojarra Roja (a whole fish with veggies, herbs, and butter, wrapped in foil and grilled). It's not on the menu, and it's absurdly expensive by La Lupe standards, but it's delicious and worth every penny.

2
★★★★★

If you want authentic and inexpensive Mexican food (not more Tex-Mex!) this little taqueria offers the best you'll find east of the Mississippi. Their tamales are especially tasty--just like the ones chicanas sell outside supermarkets across the southwest--and probably the best value on the menu, along with their tacos (don't miss the chorizo or the tongue). Notable entrees include Puerno Adobado (tender pork in red chile sauce) and La Lupe Especial (spiced pork chop with fried egg and cactus). For drinks, try their eskimos in summer, or their chocolate mexicano in winter--or pick up a six-pack around the corner. If you really want to splurge, ask for the Mojarra Roja (a whole fish with veggies, herbs, and butter, wrapped in foil and grilled). It's not on the menu, and it's absurdly expensive by La Lupe standards, but it's delicious and worth every penny.

Pros: Delicious, Authentic, Inexpensive

Cons: Gotta BYOB

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Im not going to say it's the best Mexican food in the city, but the prices are hard to beat. They serve pretty good food tho. The imported colas from Mexico are sweet too. Serious. Sweeter than domestic.

2
★★★★☆

Im not going to say it's the best Mexican food in the city, but the prices are hard to beat. They serve pretty good food tho. The imported colas from Mexico are sweet too. Serious. Sweeter than domestic.

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Since it was our first time we asked the waiter for recommendation and he picked the spicy pork and the beef with sautee vegies. It took for ever for the food to get to us. As we took our first bite we were like oh my god this is sooo salty. We got the platter and even the rice and the beans were way too salty. I sent mine back and I declined to pick another one. When we got the bill they charged us for every thing!! I told the waiter and his respond was we don't care that you didn't eat . My husband was ready to pay,but I refused to pay for something that I didn't eat. After arguing with the waiter he left and after ten minutes he said OK. I would never go back to this place. Every thing looked second rate.

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★☆☆☆☆

Since it was our first time we asked the waiter for recommendation and he picked the spicy pork and the beef with sautee vegies. It took for ever for the food to get to us. As we took our first bite we were like oh my god this is sooo salty. We got the platter and even the rice and the beans were way too salty. I sent mine back and I declined to pick another one. When we got the bill they charged us for every thing!! I told the waiter and his respond was we don't care that you didn't eat . My husband was ready to pay,but I refused to pay for something that I didn't eat. After arguing with the waiter he left and after ten minutes he said OK. I would never go back to this place. Every thing looked second rate.

Pros: none

Cons: , bad service

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im from california and im stationed here and la lupe has the best mexican food ive had since being home. i make trips out there on a regular bases to pick up tamales for my hole shop and for my friends. all i can say is outstanding

2
★★★★★

im from california and im stationed here and la lupe has the best mexican food ive had since being home. i make trips out there on a regular bases to pick up tamales for my hole shop and for my friends. all i can say is outstanding

Pros: food, inexpensive, service

Cons: , one way street

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This place serves the best Mexican food I've ever had, in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Make sure to try the Mexican sausage (chorizo) tacos.

2
★★★★★

This place serves the best Mexican food I've ever had, in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Make sure to try the Mexican sausage (chorizo) tacos.

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Authentic, cheap, friendly on the college student budget. They have different kinds of dishes you can't find on more mainstream mexican restaurants. My favorites are their ensenada style tacos. The servers are very helpful and friendly if you're new to trying their dishes.

2
★★★★★

Authentic, cheap, friendly on the college student budget. They have different kinds of dishes you can't find on more mainstream mexican restaurants. My favorites are their ensenada style tacos. The servers are very helpful and friendly if you're new to trying their dishes.

Pros: open late, fast service

Cons: crowded street parkin

 

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