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Original Mexican Cafe

1401 Market St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-2532
409-762-6001
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Ranked #29 of 258 Restaurants in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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Huntsville, Alabama
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Had lunch here and the food was very good. I had chicken enchiladas with rice and beans. It was all fresh tasting and I really liked the rice. The chips were just right with good salsa. Would definitely go here again

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starrville
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Went in for breakfast on Sunday morning. Not many in there when we arrived. Took quite a while to get our drink order then another while to get our food order. People who came in after us wetter served before us. When our food arrived it was cold. Disappointing.

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Nicholas S, Owner at Original Mexican Cafe, responded to this review

My sincerest apologies for your experience....I can not explain why that happened nor do I have any excuse. We obviously try to get everything to our customers in a timely (and hot) manner, but obviously, this time we goofed. I hope you'll give us a second try to make things right. Thank you again for letting us know..... More

Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

It was a nice atmosphere & good service. The food was good except that the chalupa shell and CCQ shell were stale (tough). The taco was excellent (including the shell) as was the tamale. I will give them another try as I prefer to eat local than at a chain.

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Houston
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

We were in the mood for Mexican, so chose the Original Mexican Cafe since it was the top rated one in Galveston on TA. We read all the reviews, so always wonder if we will have the experience of those with 5 stars, or those problems seen by others who gave it 1 star. Well, our experience was great! Liked... More

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Waco, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Unable to get seated the night before we tried again for lunch and our group was seated right away. A lot of fajitas were ordered and everyone liked them. The enchiladas and even a combination plate were also ordered and we all found it very comforting food as we were from central Texas. Service was average but we enjoyed all... More

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Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A little off the beaten track in the medical center area, the Original is a very good Tex-Mex style restaurant. Extensive menu including the usual enchiladas (very good), tacos, chalupas, and sizzling fajitas. Service is very good and friendly. Very satisfying for that Mexican food craving.

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New Lenox, Illinois
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101 reviews 101 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Off the beaten track, the outside of this restaurant is not fancy, but that's what we were looking for. Our party of 7 was seated quickly for lunch. The waiter was friendly and soon caught our party mood. Two of us ordered and shared fajitas and brought home the leftovers. Others were also well pleased with their choices. The chips... More

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Colorado Spring
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180 reviews 180 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Fantastic! The food and environment was awesome. I loved the scenery. Fajitas were good. Do not miss. Service was fantastic.

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Dewey, Oklahoma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We went to the Original Mexican Cafe on the advice of a local. We had dinner and drinks. The food was excellent. Prices were good. We were very full and satisfied.

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Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I've been going to the Original for 20 years and it's still one of the best Mexican restaurants in a town with plenty of good ones. The food is consistent in quality and taste, their salsa and chips are fantastic (fresh salsa, crispy chips), and the wait staff are efficient, even if not always smiling. The only slight downside is... More

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