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“The real thing!”
Review of El Mexicali Cafe

El Mexicali Cafe
Ranked #4 of 139 Restaurants in Indio
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $18
Cuisines: Mexican
Description: We specialize in serving authentic Mexican food from secret family recipes, including seafood specialties, plus cocktails from a full bar! Our Chiles Gueritos are a popular local favorite - shrimp stuffed yellow peppers topped with mayo and soy sauce. Our restaurant offers a unique dining experience that's just like eating at home with family and friends. The "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" of the trains passing by on the train tracks behind us is also something you'll never forget! Opened in 1981, El Mexicali Cafe on Indio Blvd. Is one of the longest-running woman-owned eateries in the Coachella Valley. El Mexicali Cafe Day was establishes on March 19 in the City of Indio, and you can typically count on something special at the restaurant to celebrate the occasion.
Restaurant details
Description: We specialize in serving authentic Mexican food from secret family recipes, including seafood specialties, plus cocktails from a full bar! Our Chiles Gueritos are a popular local favorite - shrimp stuffed yellow peppers topped with mayo and soy sauce. Our restaurant offers a unique dining experience that's just like eating at home with family and friends. The "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" of the trains passing by on the train tracks behind us is also something you'll never forget! Opened in 1981, El Mexicali Cafe on Indio Blvd. Is one of the longest-running woman-owned eateries in the Coachella Valley. El Mexicali Cafe Day was establishes on March 19 in the City of Indio, and you can typically count on something special at the restaurant to celebrate the occasion.
Des Moines, Iowa
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“The real thing!”
Reviewed January 21, 2012

We were drawn to this place by all the good reviews on Trip Advisor for an authentic Mexican place in Indio. We were not dissappointed. Our server was a young lady named Anabel who, it turns out, also made the delicious, authentic Flan. Good value.

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Indio, California
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“1 = Restaurant; 2 = Cafe II”
Reviewed January 19, 2012

They had harp Mexican and movie tunes at 5:30 for dinner. The specialty is the Shrimp Geurero appetizer. The food is second generation; the first generation's store is down Indio Blvd. at Oasis, so take your pick. If you're a train buff, you can get the rumble of the 8 pm long train during dinner. Cool. Who eats out in Indio? We do!

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Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
706 reviews
498 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 366 helpful votes
“Best flautas since Mexico”
Reviewed January 14, 2012

When we pulled up to this place I was like, hmmmmm. It's a little cafe next to the train tracks in an industrial area. The decor and layout isn't that great either. But the waitress was friendly and the checken flautas were the best I've had outside of Mexico.

Parking: plenty
Bathrooms: clean, outside on side of bldg
Service: quick
Decor: eh
Food: great
Cost: cheap

Oh, and don't be alarmed when the bldg shakes, it's just the trains!

  • Visited January 2012
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La Quinta, CA
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Authentic”
Reviewed December 27, 2011

As authentic as it gets. Good, fast, clean and leave full. Nice choice for Mexican.

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Rosarito, Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
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“El Mexicali Cafe is the BEST Mexican food in the Coachella Valley, hands down!”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

These people make Mexican food RIGHT! We've lived south of the border and know good Mexican food when we taste it. This is the BEST Mexican food in the entire Palm Springs area, hands down. I highly recommend the Chili Gueritos appetizer ($13.95), 6 yellow peppers stuffed with shrimp. It's a little pricey but worth every savoy bite. My husband, Tom, ordered their mixed seafood Campechana (Reg. $12.95/ Large $16.00). He's very picky about his Campachana and so I was hesitant because $16.00 is a lot to spend when we were used to $11.95 at La Vaquita's Restaurant in San Felipe, Mexico. However, Tom says the El Mexicali's version was every bit as good, and a whole lot cheaper when you considered the cost in gas for the four hour drive south of the border to the Sea of Cortez, and an overnight room rate. Yes, you'd have to drive that far to find food this good, so if you're afraid of traveling to Mexico but want the authentic flavors, then go to El Mexicali Cafe located at 82-720 Indio Blvd., in Indio, CA. It's a hole-in-the-wall and you could drive right past it if you don't look towards the railroad tracks between Oasis and Civic Center. I've reviewed a lot of restaurants over my 25 year career in Journalism and learned that some of the best food comes out of little places like this. Everything on their menu is good here because Carmen and Monica Murguia have been making everything from scratch for the past 30 years. This place is a local landmark. People drive out of their way to eat here, so if you're ever in Indio, or even closeby, check it out. You'll tell all your friends about it.
BYW, their service is excellent and everyone in the place has smile on their face. Also, they opened a sister restaurant, El Mexicali II on Monroe Street and I hear the food is just as good but I haven't eaten there yet. Maybe I'll try them on my next trip to Indio.

  • Visited November 2011
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