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Taqueria El Porton

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901 N Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701
+1 309-820-1625
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Thu - Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This was the freshest, most excellent authentic Mexican food I have had since living in Bloomington. The place is always packed but the servers are friendly and the food is delicious, so it is worth the wait.

Thank 599cynthiajc
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110 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

I love that this is a no frills restaurant that being your food very quickly. The soft corn tacos are also good. But that's about all I enjoy about this restaurant. The parking lot is tiny, but so is the restaurant. You seat yourself but the tables are small so our family of 5 was crammed together. The chips are... More 

Thank TLH_mom_of_3
Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

Authentic Mexican homestyle cooking. The restaurant is small and no frills but the food is excellent! Good selection of Mexican beers and soda. We usually get the taco and 3 tacos plus splitting rice & beans is plenty. As is typical, a basket of chips and salsa are offered before the meal. This is a small family enterprise that is... More 

Thank Patricia S
Bloomington, Illinois
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

the "Taq" is our neighborhood Mexican stop for great food at a great value. Authentic dishes that aren't stingy on portions!

Thank John K
Omaha, Nebraska
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113 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

This wonderful little restaurant near downtown Bloomington, IL. is right on Main Street. Great take-out. Tacos are particularly great. Get some guacamole, chips and a couple of tacos to go and have an at-home party. The tacos are soft-shell corn and larger than you would think at the price. My particular favorite is the Chili Renano (sp) taco.

Thank genefk
Zurich, Switzerland
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

To wrap it up we liked the food. The service was friendly and helpful but definitely understaffed. I do not like to see several dirty tables that have not been cleared when I enter a restaurant. The price is reasonable but not cheap - the austere functional style is ok - improvement on the cleanliness would make me give them... More 

Thank 519andreass
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102 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

This place does not do fancy. But it is great for bringing family or friends for authentic Mexican food in a comfortable, casual environment. Everyone in my group thoroughly enjoyed their meals. The portions were quite generous, with most people bringing home leftovers. And the prices are great. Warning: this location is vegetarian friendly, but NOT celiac or vegan friendly.

Thank azsuma
Champaign, IL
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

This is a very small, cozy restaurant. Everything is great here. Especially love the chilaquiles - you can very large portioned meals here, but also can get smaller items ($3 and up), and there is a children's menu. I'm a vegetarian so I get options with eggs and beans. The staff is very friendly and welcoming, and they are even... More 

Thank ProfessorMommy
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166 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2016

Great salsa. hotter than other restaurants. great tacos.good tortas, I enjoy the guaq too.the rice and beans are average.My favorite place in town for Tex/Mex food

Thank Jeff M
Bloomington, Illinois
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128 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2016

I reviewed this a little over a year ago and thought the food was rather bland. I tried again yesterday and ordered their chicken enchilda dinner. They absolutely stuff their enchiladas! No searching for meat here! The sauce red sauce and accompanying beans and rice were fresh, hot and very tasty. Four huge enchiladas with all the fixin's was only... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$2 - $25
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Television
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 901 N Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: +1 309-820-1625

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?