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“I was disappointed (but willing to give it another try)” 1 of 5 stars
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El Durango's
1404 8th Avenue West, Palmetto, FL 34221
(941) 723-9530
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Ranked #26 of 58 Restaurants in Palmetto
Cuisines: Mexican
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Toronto
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“I was disappointed (but willing to give it another try)”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We pulled into the parking lot at Alvarez Mexican Restaurant but didn't like what we saw - the place was deserted except for 2 elderly white people picking at their plates. (For the record, I'm not biased against old people or white people - it's just that whenever we drive through Palmetto we get the impression there are lots of Mexicans living there, and therefore there must be good authentic Mexican restaurants somewhere in town. Alvarez just didn't give that impression.) We saw the sign for El Durango across the street, an unattractive cinder block rectangle with a completely full parking lot. We decided to check it out.

When we opened the door we found the place was jam packed full of Mexican families. We didn't hear a word of English, no other gringos in the place, and we gave ourselves a self-satisfied smile - this had to be a great Mexican restaurant. The waitress was friendly and polite, the menu looked good. It was before noon, so we got breakfast-y dishes: huevos rancheros for my wife, chilaquiles for me. I was extremely disappointed with what I got: a plate of scrambled eggs with the standard American-Mexican accompaniments of refried brown beans and that reddish-orange rice. Is there some parallel universe where chilaquiles means scrambled eggs? And what is it with beans and rice as a side dish? Is there anywhere in the United States where you can go into a Mexican restaurant and not get that? Those things don't exist in Mexico, at least not as an unavoidable blob on whatever meal you order.

Anyway, I'm willing to give this place another try. The service was friendly, the vibe was authentic Mexican, the fresh juices (jamaica, horchata, etc.) were home made and delicious, the salsas were spicy and delicious, and they must be doing something right to be pulling in the crowds. But I was sorely disappointed. I'm still jonesing for chilaquiles, and scrambled eggs ain't it (even if they were pretty good scrambled eggs).

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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69 reviews 69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Really Good Real Mexican Food in Palmetto!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Went to this little Mexican restaurant as we were looking for something authentic and better then some of our previous choices. Loved the fresh flavors and lovely waitress she was very helpful! Salsa yum, ask for the hotter sauce to add to it and the chips fresh made, meat on Carne Asada tacos was perfect. We loved this place and look forward to going back.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great fresh authentic food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

Went here today based on reviews on another site and was not disappointed. The food was excellent and very authentic and fresh.
If you want great Mexican food in the Bradenton/Palmetto area, then this it!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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