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“Extremely welcoming, with good (Florida) Mexican fare” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Texano

El Texano
35903 Us Highway 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684
7279347289
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Ranked #65 of 157 Restaurants in Palm Harbor
Cuisines: Mexican
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Bermuda
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“Extremely welcoming, with good (Florida) Mexican fare”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Came in on a neighborhood coupon book special (which, being new to Florida, is how we chose most of our dining). It was Wednesday and we were deliberating between which of the two Mexican restaurants on Hwy.19 who had coupons to try. El Texano's 'buy one, get one' Fajitas had the most appeal. the pleasant young woman who came to take our order said they offered a free margarita since this was our first visit. we pointed out that their coupon says, 'not to be combined with other offers' and said we'd prefer the BOGO Fajitas and would order beers instead. she insisted and brought two delicious Margaritas along with tasty chips and salsa, gratis, that we had to refrain from eating in order not to ruin our appetite. The fajitas were good and well-presented, our only complaint being that, while they came with beans and rice, there was no guacamole or sour cream served alongside. This may have been an oversight we should have mentioned to our server, but hey, it would have been awkward if these, then, had cost extra. My husband DID ask, as he always does, for jalapenos to be brought on the side and there was no charge for these (as there often has been). The restaurant is spacious and even if crowded would be conducive for conversation. The bill was delightfully under $10, but one could see from the menu that even without the aforementioned specials, a meal with a couple of beers would also be reasonable. We tipped on the value of two fajita meals and two margaritas, polite where coupons or specials are involved; considering the warm and pleasant service it was more than warranted. While Florida's fare isn't as good as that we found while living in Texas, we would return to El Texano in the future when we have a craving for Mexican food.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New Port Richey, Florida
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“Good food. Wonderful, friendly service.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

On the recommendation of a friend, we decided to stop by after a day in St Petersburg. The dining room is large, the tables spaced far enough apart so you don't feel crowded.

We were greeted by a very pleasant hostess, who also served as our waitress... and cashier. Service was good, food arrived promptly, but not too promptly. We were not rushed, or left waiting.

The restaurant does not have a full-service bar, but serves beer. I'm not sure if wine is available. The iced tea tastes like it is made with our local water, and tasted of the sulfur that most of our tap water has. And that's the last of my complaints.

The food is very good. We were first served complimentary chips (freshly made) and a salsa verde that packed a bit of a kick. The Chimichangas were a special, and two in our party of six ordered them. They were good-sized, topped with sliced avocado, sour cream, and shredded cheese. I had the Chile Relleños, which were excellent. Two large poblamo peppers, lightly breaded, stuffed with queso blanco and topped with a red sauce. Encheladas can be ordered with chicken, beef, pork, or plain cheese, and your choice of salsa verde or rioja. Our party ordered them both ways. A couple thought the tortillas were soggy, but the one I tried was perfect.

These people aim to please, and certainly deserve a try.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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