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El Chico Cafe

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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45 Charles Blackburn Dr, Mountain Home, AR 72653-9271
+1 870-492-4700
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Foristell, Missouri
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

Really good food!!!! We loved the guacamole that was made right in front of us. The salsa was good. I had a great salad! Service was great!

Thank annettesundberg
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

Seated quickly, served quickly, friendly staff. Food was cold. But on Thor behalf they were working a high school reunion at the same time. Refills on chips and drinks very prompt. Much better organization that I have seen in the past. Improved!!

Thank Lisa C
Fayetteville, Arkansas
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2016

Visited this location while on flyfishing trip in Mountain Home area and was greeted warmly. The waiter, James, introduced himself and the "trainee" with him.James patiently described all the specials and discount options for the night. Both of our servers were very friendly and attentive to our requests and refills. The fajitas were well seasoned and the meats plentiful. Will... More 

Thank Evelyn J
Harrison, Arkansas, United States
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74 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

We are here for lunch. I ordered the chicken quesadilla my husband ordered a beef burrito. His burrito only has seasoned meat inside. Served with Spanish rice and retried beans. My meal was served with soupy beans in a bowl and a mixture of guacamole and sour cream. I had to ask what it was since it wasn't a familiar... More 

Thank Anne S
Bellevue, Nebraska
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90 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

This was by far the nicest El Chico's that we've been too. Additionally, our food was great! Hot, made to order, plentiful, and great tasting. Felt good to be back in the south, always get more bang for your buck! Staff was very courteous and polite. Great experience!

Thank GTXC4
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221 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

I'v tried this restaurant before in the past and wasn't to happy. Thought I'd give it another try since its been awhile. Didn't start good. Had to wait for someone to come out to seat us. They where not busy at all. Maybe 5 tables is all. Our waitress took our drink order and disappeared. After finally taking our order... More 

Thank SJOE69
Mountain Home, Arkansas
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81 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2016

We went here with friends. The food was good but not great. The proprietor was very outgoing and friendly.

Thank NorforkFisherman
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54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2016

It was really busy Mother's day evening, we got seated, had our drink order taken, got our drinks and salsa with chips. Our waitress informed us that the kitchen was busy and it might take alittle longer than usual. Several large groups got their meals while we were waiting but we thought our food can out sooner than we expected.

Thank Kathy3
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56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2016

We've eaten here on several occasions. They have a nice room with a large tv for families with children. Every Thursday kids 12 and under eat for a dollar with each adult purchase. Great chips and salsa! Queso also rocks!! Other than this, the food isn't all that good. The last time we ate there I swore it off for... More 

Thank avidtraveler72653
Mountain Home, Arkansas
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

The Resturant is easily accessed from Hwy 62B On the north side of town (like coming from Lake Norfork) at the stop light to Lowes and Home Depo. The food is typical of a Tex-Mex blend, with serving sizes expected from a chain establishment. A plus is that you can order guacamole dip and its prepared fresh at your table.... More 

Thank mtnmikerx

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 45 Charles Blackburn Dr, Mountain Home, AR 72653-9271
  • Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Mountain Home
  • Phone Number: +1 870-492-4700
We are open late and can easily accommodate large groups. We have ample parking (boats, buses, RV's welcome)and have a great kids menu selection (Mac and Cheese, chicken strips, burgers, etc.) and a many American items to please everyone in the group. We have a full bar with the best margaritas in town. We hope you'll join us!El Chico Cafe provides an upscale dining experience, serving top-quality Mexican food favorites with fresh, new specialties of today. Conveniently located on Hwy 412/62 bypass in front of Home Depot and across from WalMart Supercenter.A Mexican food tradition since 1940 has grown into more than 75 restaurants, including more than 25 franchise locations. The El Chico story began when Adelaida Cuellar's homemade tamales drew huge crowds at a small county fair in 1926. Her sons opened a cafe in Dallas,following their mother's recipes for enchiladas with chile con carnesauce. Today, El Chico is still serving top-quality Mexican food favorites with fresh new specialties of today.

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