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El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

900 South Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville, TN
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Ranked #12 of 136 Restaurants in Cookeville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Aug 27, 2014
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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Typical mexican style you see in the midwest outside of Texas or So. California. Quick service, always tasty and insanely large beers. Get a small or medium if you are having a cerveza.

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

If you are ever in Cookeville, driving near it, or just out for a road trip with good food, you need to go to this restaurant. The food was wonderful, the people a pleasure, and you won't get sticker shock at the end of the meal. We visited after a grueling soccer event and the staff took great care of... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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62 reviews 62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

This location was near my hotel, and I thought I would give it a try. Service was excellent in all regards. I enjoyed the chips and salsa, chips were light and crispy and salsa well seasoned. I had chicken fajitas that were wonderful! Be sure and bring a big appetite!

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Greenville, South Carolina
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103 reviews 103 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Having spent years in the Texas Hill Country and dined often in the area around San Antonio, generally avoid Mexican restaurants anywhere East of the Mississippi River. Being long overdue for s TexMex "fix" I followed the advice of several business associates and tried this place. I'll have to admit that it was pretty darned good. My combination plate satisfied... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Whenever we drive on Interstate 40 and pass through Cookeville, TN we stop at El Tapatio for a delicious lunch or dinner. I absolutely love their Chilis Rellenos, although it is under a different name on their menu. They serve huge portions. The service is friendly, attentive and efficient.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Its not a bad place to eat but really.....they could use something other than staples to keep the pictures on the wall from falling off. At one point I was expecting to see Gordon Ramsey to jump out and say F&%king donkey you can let that F*&#king food leave the kitchen looking like that but it was never to happen.... More

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Monterey, Tn
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

the El Tap off Willow has nice ambience the food is good not too spicy that it drowns the other flavors. It is always busy so arrive before the actual time you want to eat

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TN
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

If you pass this up...you'll be sorry. You will eat some the most delicious Mexican food you've ever had . Their servers are efficient and very attentive. Their prices are very reasonable and the food portions large.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

El Tapatio provides great service and good food for a very economical price. The chicken fahitas are served with very healthy portions and the chips and salsa just keep coming.

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North Carolina, USA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

i really like Mexican food, so will grade this one against another El Tapatio in Rocky Mount, NC. I'd give that one an eight, but this one I'd have to give it a 5/10. It wasn't bad..very edible, but just average. The one thing I can complain about was the salsa. It was like tomato paste with a pile of... More

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