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Mexican, Fast Food, Southwestern
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed July 2, 2020

I got a taco salad and a machaca taco and they did not disappoint. The taco salad was almost the size of my head and the taco was super flavorful and the shell was a fresh made hardshell. Added bonus: Everybody that was working was...super sweet. Absolutely worth the wait in the heat. I'll be back again for sure.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed January 29, 2020

We live almost 30 minutes or so from El Norteno but the drive is most definitely worth it. Not only is the food affordable, but it's also some of the best that we have ever eaten. It has quickly become my family's go-to and favorite...place to eat. All of their food is cooked to order instead of being left under a heat lamp. While they may only take cash for payment, the prices definitely make up for any possible inconvenience. The cashiers and cooks are friendly and when I missed a bag, one of them ran to catch up to me so I wouldn't have to come back for the food I left behind. Love this place!More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

What can I say that hasn't been said already. This is a great food fix, for sure. The price is right. The food is is hot. Seating as well if you like. Nothing fancy! Just basic good Mexican food for a great price. We keep...coming back when we come to town.❤More

Date of visit: March 2018
Reviewed February 16, 2018

Found a bug in my burrito. Told the workers but they did not compensate.Disgusted and will not return!

Date of visit: February 2018
Reviewed February 3, 2018 via mobile

The meals were very good and great size portions. The service was fast and friendly. My husband did not like the Sonora enchilada but only because it was not what he was expecting; I am sure they are very good for a Sonora enchilada. Cash...only. They are closed on Sundays.More

Date of visit: February 2018
Reviewed January 29, 2018

Soooo Goood!! Just the right amount of heat! Flavorful and delicious, Meals truly made to order. I get exactly what I ask for, every time.Homemade taste. Reminiscent of a favorite grandma's cooking in the area. Yes, her... Red Burrito Mixed With Cheese, Enchilada Style, No...rice, Double beans, No garnish, extra sauce & extra cheese.More

Date of visit: January 2018
Reviewed January 1, 2018

There's no better place to meet your craving for Mexican food than El Norteno. It's not fancy, but the food, and service, are exceptional. The red chile is wonderful, and where else can you get a red chile burro for $3.50? The chilaquiles, topped with...an egg or two with a side of refried beans, will stay with you throughout the day. Their salsa is enough to stop for, as are their tacos and gorditas. Thank goodness places like this are still around. Give this place a try. You won't be sorry.More

Date of visit: November 2017
Reviewed July 15, 2017

The seating if one decides to stay is in a covered patio style building with basic picnic style seating. Despite the summer heat at 105 degrees just after noon, there were about half a dozen diners seated and chowing down. Dedicated customers who love the...food! i decided to pick up some food to take home, knowing 25 minutes of travel time with the food in the trunk would result in piping hot food. And, it was. Their enchiladas are very tasty, full of cheese, lightly sauced, covered with melted cheese, shredded lettuce and cut up tomato. A huge portion of nicely flavored beans and a more normal portion of rice came with. While the sauce had a slight bit of heat to it, it never really went anywhere near on the heat scale, perhaps a 2 on the 10 scale. i also got 3 tacos to really get a taste of the family recipes: a ground beef with hard shell (best of the 3), machaca ( very good flavor) in hard shell and carne asada (lots of meat with cilantro and onion) in soft shell. All 3 tacos were very tasty, and had plenty of ingredients. Really got my money's worth and enjoyed everything. Will likely revisit when temps return to decent after October cool returns. These are very good recipes. If You like Mexican food, You will not be disappointed with their food. Total came to just under $15.More

Date of visit: July 2017
Reviewed April 26, 2017

You can beat the lunch specials. Great food, great prices! Only draw back is they only accept cash. Taco Wednesday and Taco salad Tuesdays are my favorite. It's like your grandma is in the back cooking with love.

Date of visit: April 2017
Reviewed April 10, 2017 via mobile

Been coming here since 1997 from time to time I'll order various items and I swear everything is fantastic but the Red chili burrito with or without beans is always my favorite until one day last month I tried the Green and now I have...no idea how to choose either so I get both! Yes they are that good!!More

Date of visit: April 2017
Reviewed March 8, 2017

Arrived on a "Taco Wednesday" and had the special...tacos, of course. Two home-made hard-shell tacos, rice, beans and a small drink for under $6!!! The food was fantastic, and the price was right. Come with cash...and a little patience. Seating is limited, so get there...early (lunch starts at 10:30am) if you plan to eat there, otherwise take it to go. Daily specials can't be beat.More

Date of visit: February 2017
Reviewed February 13, 2017

The food here is legit, Make sure you have cash when visiting this mom and pop shop. They have the most delicious and feeling combinations ever.

Date of visit: November 2016
Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

Love this place for many yrs. As do my Co workers. Need to go here for best food. Especially chili relleno. Best ever had.

Date of visit: January 2017
Reviewed September 12, 2016

Small outside dining area but this is primarily a to go restaurant. Very modest tiny ordering area, lots of construction workers, locals go here. I have never had a bad meal. Prices are very very reasonable. Just a simple gem of a take out Mexican...restaurant. Daily specials.More

Date of visit: September 2016
Reviewed August 26, 2016

it sits on the corner of roosevelt and 7th ave. ..upcoming neighborhood the place is filty and unkept......will not return

Date of visit: August 2016
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They don't take credit cards, but there is an ATM at the Circle k directly across the street.
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Yes, El Norteno offers takeout services.

El Norteno is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5