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“If you miss Chi-Chi's...”

El Barrio Restaurant & Lounge
Ranked #42 of 109 Restaurants in Mundelein
Cuisines: Mexican
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

I'm surprised by the other reviews. We stopped in here on a recent Saturday for lunch and the place was pretty quiet. Haven't seen a Mexican place advise that they charge extra for a second basket of chips before ($1.25). The salsa had no heat, the guacamole didn't seem to have anything other than avocado and tomato. The hard shell tacos with cheese, tomato, lettuce should have been a giveaway that this is not "authentic" in any way shape or form. Nobody else at the table seemed to fare any better.

The service was friendly but the atmosphere was tired. Considering that we later discovered true authentic taquerias are just down the street, this was a real disappointment.

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Born and raised on the Texas / Mexico border. Moved up here for work and have never found good Tex-Mex in 5 years until I found El Barrio....I didn't want dinner to end. Outstanding!

And the service was excellent too.

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Reviewed March 5, 2012

I have been to tons of Mexican restaurants, and none come near the qualithy of El Barrio. Bar none, they have the best food around. Fantastic tacos, Enchilada's, etc. and awesome margaritas!

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Reviewed November 4, 2011

My wife and I had dinner here last week for the first time. She had the enchiladas and I had the Mexican platter. Both were very good. Good margaritas.

We would recommend El Barrio for authentic Mexican cuisine with good service.

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Reviewed August 15, 2011

I've had the pleasure of dining at El Barrio for almost 30 years. As noted in the title if you have a "hankering" for authentic Tex-Mex variety of Mexican food, you can't go wrong here. The chilli gravy in the cheese enchiladas are to die for! Been coming here for very long time and have never had a bad, let alone sub-par meal and experience. You owe it to yourself to try El Barrio!

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