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“Always the same~Yummy!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Amigo Restaurant

El Amigo Restaurant
Ranked #77 of 154 Restaurants in Valparaiso
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Always the same~Yummy!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2010

El Amigo has been a favorite for many years. We are from Texas, so good Mexican food is a staple in eating out.

The building is newly remodeled and furnished (2010). The same owners and cooks are there, thankfully. The menu is varied and authentic. The salsa is 'just right hot'.
We prefer thinner chips, but these are crispy and never stale.

The sope is piled with beans, meat, avocado, sour cream, lettuce and cheese. Ask for extra cilantro chopped on top. All for under $3.00.

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2 Thank jlsdds
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2010

This is our favorite authentic Mexican food choice in Valparaiso!
My husband and I are frequent patrons......like once every 7-10 days!
They have recently done some remodeling, (which it needed), inside
and out.

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2 Thank IrishAmma
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Valparaiso, IN
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55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Another one of my all time favorites!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2010

I've always liked this place, but when I'd go in for carry out I wouldn't look around because it wasnt pretty. However, they just re-did the restaurant and what a change! It looks great! I'd actually even eat in now.

The food has always been good - I highly recommend the tostada dinner or the nachos, both are excellent. Service is great, the guys behind the counter are so nice and always have been.

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1 Thank rjamcfan
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Valparaiso, IN
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“much better option than el salto”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2009

who doesn't like el amigo? it can get a little bland sometimes but thats why they give you the badasss salsa to pour over it. at least the people in there are actually mexican so you know it has to be somewhat authentic. who hasn't made their sober driver take them to el amigo at 3am haha. its not a place to take a date its the place you go if you want to get some tasty mexican take-out and sit down on the couch. love the nachos with meat, sour cream, cheese, beans, jalapeno. ask them to put some lengua on it.

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Thank jamzimme
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Valparaiso, IN
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34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Avoid this place”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2009

This place has gotten consistently worse in the last year. Recently, I bought two carry out burritos that were saturated in grease and were impossibly bland. The food had absolutely no taste other than grease. If you want Mexican I would recommend El Salto and then El Charro. Any money spent at El Amigo is money wasted.

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3 Thank VincentVega09
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