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Carlos' River Cafe

1707 Nesh Road, Crystal Lake, IL (Formerly Carlos' Riverside Cafe)
815 444 9024
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Ranked #28 of 118 Restaurants in Crystal Lake
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English first
Cary, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This is our go to place for great Mexican food. Whether you eat in or carry out, the service is always friendly and quick. The food is fantastic! The torta sandwiches, tacos, enchiladas, nachos, fajitas, are all so delicious! And oh my gosh the guacamole is awesome as is the salsa! Great place for families or to meet friends.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

I'm going to keep this review very quick. Just try the food here. For McHenry County, there are not many good choices for good/great tasting Mexican food. Sure, lots of old establishments that people like. But this one, in particular, offers wide authentic selections and great prices. Its more a take-out kind of place - but there are a few... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

The correct name for this cafe is “CARLOS RIVER CAFE". It serves authentic Mexican food, great hamburgers and fries and the best chilaquiles anywhere. Carlos used to work at (the now closed) Main Street Cafe in Wauconda, where he learned to make the chilaquiles (and other great dishes) from Fae, Mary Ann and Mike. Nice atmosphere and Carlos is the... More

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

One of our fav Mexican restaurant stops. Casual, very friendly service, super Quacamole & always good food.

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