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“American Style Mexican Food In San Jose”
Review of Jalapenos Central

Jalapenos Central
Ranked #1 of 183 Restaurants in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $9
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Open 7 days a week. Mon- sat 11:30-9:00 pm Sun 11:30-8:00 pm Accept credit cards except American express
Eugene, Or
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167 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“American Style Mexican Food In San Jose”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

As the title says this is not Costa Rican food - it's Mexican. Small and cozy - quality - average, portion sizes modest, service good. Pretty good value. Ambiance - feh.....the owner spent the entire time basically yelling across the room conversing with other guests at other tables. While I appreciated the friendliness, we were anxious to finish out food and leave to get away from the very loud noise of his voice and the folks he was talking to.

  • Visited April 2013
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Jay, New York
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Loved this place!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This restaurant has the "whole enchilada" ( I know, bad pun) with its really tasty tex-mex food, great owner and staff, and fun, informal decor. We went there on a recommendation from an employee at our hotel (1915 Hotel, which is a charming place) and the restaurant's location was very convenient -- only a couple blocks away by foot. We liked the food and the personable owner so much that we went back again the next night for dinner... and it was just as good the second time around!

  • Visited February 2013
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Amazing place. An absolute must visit!!!”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Don't let the size of this place fool you. The owner Norman is a great guy with fantastic staff, and oh yeah - the food is incredible. Flavourful, reasonably priced, and a great atmosphere. Fantastic margaritas. Will definitely be back next time I'm in Costa Rica!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Kevin D
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Agar, South Dakota, United States
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165 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Great Food”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

The owner speaks excellent English, which is nice since my Spanish isn't good. I got to visit with him for a bit and he continued personally checking on me while I was there. I had the enchilada plate, it was delicious. A giant enchilada with rice, beans and yummy guacamole. The salsa they have is really hot!! The price was more than fair and I loved the decor! Jalapenos everywhere and license plates from the states and other random countries. I loved the big opening in the front because it was nice to look out and people watch! Definitely would eat here again!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Kaic_Camp
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Madrid
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good food at good price”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

If you like Mexican food, then this is a great place to go. Great value for money. But take a fan with you as gets a bit hot inside.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Hazel F
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