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“Some extraordinary, some so-so food”
Review of El Rayo Taqueria - CLOSED

El Rayo Taqueria
Price range: $6 - $12
Cuisines: Latin, Mexican
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Takeout
Maine
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Some extraordinary, some so-so food”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

Spur of the moment cravings for margaritas on a Saturday late afternoon brought us here so we figured we'd have an early supper (4:00 pm) and try out their food. We were directed to the only remaining single high-top table in corner, one of three or four. Other seating is 2 long picnic tables and a few seats at kitchen counter. The place was nearly full when we arrived and had people waiting for seats within a half hour.
Appetizer of guacamole & salsa had some of the best guacamole I've ever had: nice chunks of avocado, lots of lime flavor. House salsa was incredibly boring, finely minced; really expected more. Thick, crispy chips were good; a different take on the very thin tortilla chips you often get these days.
My companion ordered two fish tacos (two, as opposed to one, on recommendation of server.) they were highly disappointing. Served open on small, soft tortilla, they were impossible to eat neatly and the fish was very "fishy". The side of rice & beans, however, was SO good. I, fortunately, had ordered a rice & bean bowl with grilled portobellos. The favors were just amazing; the rice was cooked to perfection and the mushrooms, cilantro, etc., made me want to lick the bowl.
The House margaritas were surprisingly good. The mix they use is not at all sweet like so many; made us hunger to be in Key West where we taste similar versions.
Service was excellent, with any available staff member bringing out things as they're ready. Would've been a very reasonable meal without the liquor (no Happy Hour pricing on Saturday); rice bowl was $7.95, our three drinks were $24.

  • Visited March 2013
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English first
South Portland, Maine
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Real Mexican”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

I am thrilled to say they have Tacos el pastor! I was treated to these while living in Cancun for year and have craved them ever since. Now I can have them anytime. The Mexican style corn on the cob is a must- you have to try it.

Visited November 2012
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Topsham, Maine
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nothing compares”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

El Rayo has the BEST fish tacos I've ever had. I've tried them at many other restaurants but still nothing compares. Fast service. Great quality food & ingredients. Friendly waitstaff.

  • Visited August 2012
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Topsham, Maine
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192 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“So-so food, small portions, overpriced”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

How many Mexican restaurants do you know that charge for ordinary chips and salsa? $2.75 for a small bowl of chips and about 1/2 cup of an OK salsa. Want a refill on chips? $1.10. Both of us had two Tacos Americanos, recommended in other reviews. They were tasty, but $7.90 for two tacos with no side dishes is not consistent with competition within a few miles. Seating is cramped and uncomfortable - you can choose tall small-seated stools at tall tables, or communal seating with strangers. Service was friendly enough, but just not up to the level one would expect for the price and location in Portland.

  • Visited December 2012
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yarmouth maine
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“best fish tacos and corn on the cobb with cheese”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

the above says it all. Homemade deserts basic but good. Happy hour mix drinks good but a bit small-stick to the different types of Mexican beers.Place very small come early or call for take-out order.

Visited October 2012
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