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“Best most authentic Mexican food in East County”

La Palapa Mexican Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 65 Restaurants in Lakeside
Cuisines: Mexican
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Reviewed June 16, 2019

I've been looking for good authentic Mexican food where they have a full bar and you sit down & are waited on, in East County for YEARS! So many BAD Mexican restaurants around. Best food, try the chile relleno's, they are fabulous ! Love the carrots they serve with the chips and salsa. Great service. Family owned and been there for over 30 years. Only bad thing is parking. Small lot and hard to find when they're busy.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Thank Annette L
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Reviewed June 4, 2019

Make no mistake, this is a little hole in the wall but the food is good. The bar is always a local favorite for sure! The booths are crowded and the tables are jammed but this is a local favorite and a place everyone goes to meet others. Have one of their great margarita and you just won't care! Enjoy the food and don't be uptight!

Date of visit: May 2019
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Thank momtks
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

it may be a small place, but the quality is very good. The food has great authentic flavors. Prices are pretty decent and service is normally quick

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank TrojanmanB
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

Great and authentic Mexican food in a strip mall sounds like an oxymoron, but this is a gem. La Palapa has been a go-to for locals since I moved out here 25 years ago. Super small business with a nice, cozy, casual atmosphere that serves very generous portions of delicious, flavorful foods from south of the border. Great margaritas, taco salads, enchiladas, and tacos. A go-to for my family too!

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank cydburrows
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Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

To be avoided. Hostile white-trash waitresses and owner. Overpriced bland food. Loud. I felt like we were at a loud truckstop or some biker bar instead of a restaurant.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Aaron B
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