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“One Word” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Mexicali Cafe II

El Mexicali Cafe II
Ranked #15 of 135 Restaurants in Indio
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
San Bernardino, California, United States
1 review
“One Word”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

YUM!!!!! Been here a couple of times and it is on my to visit list when or near indio. People are kind, Food is tasty and its a reasonable on the pricing.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Irene311
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laquinta
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A plus”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2012

Happy,friendly service combined with great food. Chili rellenos are the best. Reasonably priced. Excellant chips and salsa. I will become a regular.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank patrick r r
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Indio, California
Level Contributor
48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Almost As Good As Mom's Without the Train”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2012

The El Mexicali Restaurant at Indio and Oasis is owned by the parents. This is owned by the kids. Same great food and reasonable prices. Same Shrimp Gerrero. Located on Monroe.

Very good food and service. Some nights, there is a harpist playing Mexican and show tunes. Really nice atmosphere.

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Thank therealOracle
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Amboy, California
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106 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Not the Best”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2012

Service was very bad and slow. I was told they didn't have the chile verde after waiting 20 minutes and received no apologizes for not having it available. I also asked for a lime with my Corona, but never got one. The servings were small and the food was not that great in my opinion. My wife is Mexican, and believe me, we have been to a lot better Mexican restaurants than this one.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank HarryHendo
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Lake Country, Canada
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122 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Very good food, higher prices than similar places.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2011

Nice atmosphere, clean and friendly place. Generous seating and not overcrowded. Open kitchen.

The chips and salsa they bring are good. We found the salsa to be quite hot on its own with the chips, however when placed on the food it was fine. We had the chile gueritos (shrimp stuffed jalapenos) which we really enjoyed, weren't sure what to do with the soy sauce, lime and mayo but we made it work and they tasted good. We then had some shredded beef tacos and a chicken burrito. The tacos were ok, crunchy and fresh, but the meat was dry and they needed salsa to make them taste good.

The chicken burrito was so simple, but so delicious. The tortillas they use are the best we have had, soft, slightly chewy, light but strong enough not to fall apart and perfectly tasting. The fresh chicken, peppers and onion mix in the burrito was beautifully spiced, piping hot and delicious. We used salsa and a little sour cream to top it and it was probably the best we've ever had - nothing fancy, very simple but extremely delicious.

We shared deep fried ice cream for dessert and it was good (pre made from a factory we think), but it was decent and we'd probably have it again.

One of us had a margarita which was average at best, and one had a chevalas which was decent. (If you really want a great chevalas check out Taqueria Tlaquepaque in Palm Springs).

Overall it was quite good, and if in the area we would go back but we wouldn't go out of our way to go here in the future.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank strattc
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