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El Porton

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901 N Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701
(309) 820-1625
Today
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Thu - Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Love their food

This is a nice ordinary Mexican restaurant. It is like you are family when dining. My husband and I usually go at least once a month and we have enjoyed everything we've ordered.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
iluvshoes2
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frankfort, il
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frankfort, il
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39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This is a nice ordinary Mexican restaurant. It is like you are family when dining. My husband and I usually go at least once a month and we have enjoyed everything we've ordered.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Horribly slow service, our appetizer came at the same time our entree did. The waitress checked on us once, when she brought our food and then never came by again. I had to go up to get us refills on our drinks since she never came by again. My boyfriends food, enchiladas, was bland and tasteless and extremely mushy. The... More 

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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Seriously the best tacos ever! Their chorizo is amazing. Their carne asada reminds me of what you get in Mexico. So good. Their salsa is hot hot hot but very tasty. One of our favorite spots for lunch! Inexpensive, fresh and always good!

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Ottawa, Illinois
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85 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I always have to make a pit stop to El Porton when I am in the B-N area. This time I ordered two burritos to go to travel home for my husband and my dinner. We keep it simple: veggie and steak burritos. The burritos were fresh, even after an hour and a half car ride. I wish this were... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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63 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nothing really stood out to me. The dishes I tried were pretty plain tasting. I much prefer La Mexicana's restaurant on South Main.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I had the enchiladas Verde's and it was as good if not better than what I get in Chicago.The panaderia is a bonus you have to try.

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Ottawa, Illinois
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85 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This is hands down the best Mexican food around. My husband and I frequented the restaurant when we lived in the B-N area and whenever we go back we always stop, either to dine in or carry out. I got the vegetarian burrito which is absolutely delicious, I don't know what kind of seasonings they use but they definitely work.... More 

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Bloomington, Il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

If you find yourself here in Bloomington, Illinois, like Mexican, and good service, then you have to stop here! The service is great and the food even better and the price and portions are not even an issue. This is better then a LOT of places I've eaten in Tucson, AZ and elsewhere- for twice the $. Stop in with... More 

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Normal, Illinois
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66 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Great, authentic Mexican food served here. Yes, the place is small. Yes, the decor is dated. Yes, the service could improve. However, they are always smiling, happy to serve and it is perhaps one of the only places in BloNo (at least that I have found...and believe me, I've looked) that serves up traditional Mexican, not tex-mex, taco bellish food!... More 

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Dahlonega, Georgia, United States
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87 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The great reviews on this restaurant already tell the tale; this is a truly authentic, family-style Mexican restaurant. Small, unassuming, with everything made from scratch and prepared to order, OMG, delicious. Central Mexico style - no chain restaurant Tex-Mex buried in fake cheese here. My son had the quesadilla dinner, which he loved. My wife had the shrimp a la... More 

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Additional Information about El Porton

Address: 901 N Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701
Phone Number: (309) 820-1625
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 901 N Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: (309) 820-1625

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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