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“Delightful new Mexican restaurant in State College”
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Don Patron Mexican Grill
Cuisines: Mexican
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

For quite a few years, Mexican dining options in State College were limited at best. This college town that is home to Penn State University draws more than 40,000 students to its campus every year, including a small but growing population of Latino/Latina students. For this reason, it is surprising how few Mexican restaurants could be found here. For many years, the only Mexican-food option in town was a downtown restaurant located in a hotel one block from the PSU campus; its large outdoor patio means that students gather there on nice spring and summer days to drink margaritas, and the food, while pretty good, seems to take second place to the drinks. But a couple of years ago, a new Mexican restaurant opened on the Benner Pike, on the eastern outskirts of town; and now Don Patron Mexican Grill has opened on North Atherton Street, in a residential area on the northern edge of State College. And while it took a while for Don Patron to get here, the restaurant is worth the wait.

Don Patron is a chain, with a number of locations throughout western Pennsylvania and western New York State. This restaurant's location in a nondescript corner of a suburban strip mall, not far from a Wal-Mart, means that it's easy to overlook; but if you like good Mexican food, you should make sure not to overlook Don Patron. Once you are inside, you will find that the ambiance is authentically Mexican, with brightly colored decor -- this is the kind of Mexican restaurant that one might find in San Antonio, or Albuquerque, or Tempe, or San Diego. One of the large-screen TV's was even showing a soccer game between the Mexican football clubs America and Puebla! The service is characterized by the same kind of serious and earnest courtesy that I have always experienced at Mexican restaurants in Mexico, and in the Southwestern United States. My wife had a margarita, and when I tried it I found that it was excellent (I settled for white wine). The shrimp dishes are particularly good; I enjoyed the shrimp fajitas on one visit, and the camarones al mojo de ajo (rich garlic flavor) and camarones a la diabla (very spicy) are also very much worth your time.

Another Mexican restaurant is currently under construction, in the old Otto's Pub and Brewery building farther up on North Atherton; but while its "Coming Soon" sign has been up for some time, and the restaurant has a fresh coat of tropical green-yellow-and-red paint, that restaurant still shows no signs of opening up anytime soon. They had better hurry up and open, or else Don Patron may take away their business before their business gets started.

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Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Nice mexican restaurant .The food was very good. The prices are also reasonable. I like it!!!!!! I will go again!!!:))

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

The menu is pretty extensive. Lots of options for any taste, including vegetarian. The menu provides descriptions of each choice if you're unfamiliar with Mexican cuisine.

Portions are big, and prices are pretty reasonable.

There is lots of room, plenty of televisions to watch and a ton of drinks to try.

Service is helpful and fairly responsive.

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

The North Atherton Street corridor has been badly in the need of a Mexican restaurant, and now "Don Patron" has finally opened - to be followed by another Mexican eatery soon. "Don Patron" is very conveniently located in the Walmart Shopping Plaza. The site was formerly occupied by a "CiCi's Pizza Buffet", and the decorating options were somewhat limited. The owners did the best they could by adding a few colorful murals and ornamental booths.
"Don Patron" has a liquor license, and we enjoyed having very low priced Margaritas ($4.25) with our meals. The menu is big and most meals are rather inexpensive. The food seems to be the American version of Mexican dishes, and should appeal to nearly everybody. Explanations of the dishes are also offered on the back of the menu.
We were quite happy with the service and the quality of the food. and plan to return. This is just the right place to recover from a lengthy shopping trip at Walmart!

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Reviewed January 13, 2016
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