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“Mexican is better than the Colombian”
Review of El Familiar

El Familiar
Ranked #26 of 297 Restaurants in Toms River
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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Good for: Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Barnegat, New Jersey
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169 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“Mexican is better than the Colombian”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Wonderful chips for the salsa, great guacamole, passable Mexican food, and simply awful Colombian deep fried everything. We tried a Mexican Combo meal and a Colombian Combo meal. The deep fried bacon included the outer skin so it was somewhat like southern cracklings. The place was clean and the staff helpful and knowledgeable. We observed other patrons who seemed to be enjoying their food.

  • Visited February 2013
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English first
Toms River, New Jersey
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415 reviews
368 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“Pork Tinga is the BEST!!”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Love this place, located in a strip mall it's a BYOB with a really great menu. Much variety and the pork tinga is one of the best things on the menu. Great service too. Prices are reasonable.

Visited July 2012
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Manchester Township, New Jersey
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70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Authentic Homestyle Colombian & Mexican Food”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

This is by far the best true Latin American-style food in the area - not Tex-Mex, not fast food. Not only is the food great but it is very inexpensive and you get a lot of it. We laugh at the people waiting in line at the nearby fancy Italian restaurant as we walk right into El Familiar for a fabulous meal at half the price! It's not fancy, but it's clean, the service is friendly and you can bring your own beer, wine, sangria or other spirits. Their traditional Colombian platters that can include sausages, pork rinds, fried eggs, beans, plaintains, rice are definitely not heart healthy but they are a really great treat on occasion. For healthier alternatives, they do wonderful things with fish and shrimp and make a great guacamole.

  • Visited September 2012
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New Jersey
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Delicious Every Time”
Reviewed June 16, 2012 via mobile

We come here all the time. If you are looking for delicious Mexican in the area then this is your place!

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Thank Sarah732
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Saratoga Springs, NY
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68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Solid place”
Reviewed June 10, 2012

We had some authentic Mexican and Colombian food here at a reasonable price. The service is pretty good and the food was tasty. Nothing spectacular but recommended if you want a casual and authentic dinner.

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