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L & J Cafe

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Mexican
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3622 E Missouri Ave, El Paso, TX 79903-4421
915-566-8418
Today
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 205
    Excellent
  • 121
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Not as great as its reputation

Several locals have told us this restaurant has the best Mexican food in El Paso, but I disagree. It is average at best, the service is slow, the place is old and overcrowded, and the parking is difficult at best.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
684AnnieG
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El Paso, TX
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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384 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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El Paso, TX
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Several locals have told us this restaurant has the best Mexican food in El Paso, but I disagree. It is average at best, the service is slow, the place is old and overcrowded, and the parking is difficult at best.

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Arlington, VA
Top Contributor
273 reviews 273 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

L & J offers reliable, standard Mexican food, with professional service and a nearly historic setting. The beer offerings were good and the Sangria was refreshing. We particularly enjoyed the fajitas. The soups were very poor, especially the Tortilla soup, which was bland with very few tortilla strips. The chicken with vegetables had a huge amount of white meat chicken... More 

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El Paso, Texas
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This is a typical Mexican restaurant that has been serving El Paso for roughly 60-70 years. It is located near I-10 at the edge of the central old cemetery in the city. Parking is hard to find, but this place has been supported by locals for a long time. The food is Mexican and family members will probably be in... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

L&J's is a must if you're visting El Paso. The green and red salsa are as authentic as it gets. I always order the desebrada tacos, they're my absolute favorite. The entire L&J's atmposhere is nostalgic and fitting of El Paso's long history. Its a great place to eat or just come in and have a cold beer and chat... More 

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El Paso, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Love their chicken tacos. L & J is a local favorite in El Paso. Thank you Mark for the great experience, you're awesome!!

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Cleveland, Ohio
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This authentic Mexican was recommended to us by the guide at the Magoffin House. We enjoyed being with the locals who really know their Mexican food. Very colorful decor and delicious food.

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Federal Way, Washington
Top Contributor
158 reviews 158 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Went here for dinner one night while in El Paso after reading reviews. The place was busy so I sat at the bar. The chips and salsa nothing special. I ordered a margarita with high hopes of perfection it was one of the worst I have ever had. Then I ordered the Mexican combo.... And that was why the place... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The taste of El Paso! It is a place that has had what El Paso is all about. It is a local institution that has served good food and good times.

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Hutto, Texas
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This restaurant has very good authentic mexican food. The place is an old bar that was established in 1927. It has since expanded to a restaurant. Besides the food being great & very good service, there are old pictures on the wall with good history about the old bar. It has quite a lot of military pictures on the wall.... More 

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Ansbach, Germany
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

If you are looking for a reasonably priced good authentic meal from a place that has been around forever and is frequented by locals this is the place to go.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3622 E Missouri Ave, El Paso, TX 79903-4421
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  El Paso
  • Phone Number: 915-566-8418

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?