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“Not the worst Mexican food I've ever had, but pretty darn close!!” 1 of 5 stars
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El Imperial
523 Main Street, Cabool, MO
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Ranked #1 of 9 Restaurants in Cabool
Cuisines: Mexican
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Not the worst Mexican food I've ever had, but pretty darn close!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Recently had the occasion to visit friends in this small town. On a Sunday, there aren't many choices and this place was (unfortunately) the only one open at the time. The premises were reasonably cheerful and the menu seemed pretty varied from steak to chicken on the "American" fare and standard "Mexican" fare. Not wanting to wander thru the list, I settled on a favorite of mine...tamales. BIG MISTAKE! While they may have been "home made", I was unsure exactly WHEN they were made!. Stale, overcooked, flavorless and tough. The refried beans tasted as if they'd been sitting in the pan all day and were stale and dried out. The rice? Also lacked flavor (although it was the least "overdone" thing on the plate. Would I eat there again??? Not on a BET!!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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72 reviews 72 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
“Good food at better prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Finding ourselves in Cabool, MO, and needing a place to eat we found El Imperial and Subway open. So the choice was easy but, frankly, our expectations were low. We entered just before closing time but were greeted pleasantly. We found a nicely decorated restaurant avoiding the cliches of most. Our visit was more to eat than to dine and we chose fajitas -- chicken and beef and among the more expensive items available. The menu was extensive and contained most of the item expected in Mexican resataurants. We were served chips and salsa while waiting. Our dinners arrived quickly and were way over expectations: the portions were huge and the tast was excellent. The accompanying tortilla were nicely warmed. Sour cream, gaucamole, and salsa were served on the side. The total for two entrees, two soft drinks, and tax, but excluding tip was $23. Good food, great prices....what's not to love????

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Mountain Grove, Missouri, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

This is a very nicely decorated Mexican restaurant in a small town with great food. We go there often. Very clean with a friendly staff.

Visited November 2011
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Cabool, Missouri
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Very good.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Best Hamburger in town. The Mexican food is very Americanized but quite good. Very nice place. Easy to find and not far off of the four lane. No Beer or margaritas available in this place. Food is just a little pricey..

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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