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Ay! Jalisco Tex-Mex Restaurant

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425 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-2326
240-631-6868
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Pupusas.

The pupusas with curtido that they serve here are simply amazing and as a bonus their kitchen closes late! Not a fan of the garlic shrimp. Stick to the traditional...fajitas, yuca con chicharron, sopa de mariscos (I ask for the cream on the side)!!!! TIP: They are usually on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 23, 2014
Cristine C
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Olney, Maryland
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Roanoke, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

My wife and I recently had lunch at Ay! Jalisco. They have a typical Mexican/Tex-Mex menu. The food was good but nothing special. Prices were reasonable but service was slow.

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Rockville, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

My enchiladas were OK, nothing special. Wife had Chimichanga which was about 50% diced potatoes. Will not go back.

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Olney, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The pupusas with curtido that they serve here are simply amazing and as a bonus their kitchen closes late! Not a fan of the garlic shrimp. Stick to the traditional...fajitas, yuca con chicharron, sopa de mariscos (I ask for the cream on the side)!!!! TIP: They are usually on www.restaurant.com...great deal!

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Randolph, New Jersey, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Food was not the best mexican I ever had, but very good. Portions were huge. Would eat there again. Service was very good

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Katowice, Poland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

I go there for lunch when I work on weekends. They show La Liga, mostly Real and Barcelona games. Good Salvadoran food. Try mixto from the appetizers.

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Damascus, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I am not versed enough in "authentic" Tex-Mex and Salvadoran food to say that this is the best. All I can say is that this place is terrific. I have enjoyed every meal I have had there, which has been many. I love the pupusas revueltas as a starter. Try horchata for a refreshing beverage that is not too familiar... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Cocktail Vuelve a la Vida is just the best. I really love this seafood mix, a delicious taste just like in Mexico. We also like Fajitas and Carne a la Parrilla.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

It is worth the trip just to try their pupusas which is a stuffed bread. The cheese stuffed pupusas is the best. The soups are great too. Their chile relenos are very good. One time there was a safety issue when a questionable person entered the restaurant. Service is ok, not anything special. The other Ay Jalisco near the airpark... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

My server was grumpy and did not refilk my water despite the fact that I was the only table in the restaurant. The tacos carbon were very good but the other food was average. The saksa was fair. I am not planning on comming back.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

I used to frequent Ay Jalisco all the time (like once a week). However, recently the food has not been as good. My wife's parents are both from El Salvador so I am very familiar with Salvadorean food. The papusas from Ay Jalisco can be good but are wildly inconsistent. I have had very good papusas and bad papusas here,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 425 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-2326
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Gaithersburg
  • Phone Number: 240-631-6868

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  • Cuisine: Mexican

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