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“Great and authentic”
Review of El Tapatio

El Tapatio
Ranked #4 of 29 Restaurants in Gatesville
Cuisines: Mexican
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

You cannot hope to make this or buy the same quality Mexican food in a store. Service is always prompt and friendly

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We were visiting the area due to some extended family. After a brief visit w/ them, we realized that the breakfast bars were not enough and we saw the busy restaurant El Tapatio! What a great find! We literally figured that if they were as crowded in the parking lot compared to the surrounding shops and other fast food joints around, they must be good, and they are!
They offer a drive through for tacos and a sit down restaurant option. We chose to stay a while and enjoy. The inner restaurant itself is small and busy, but we were quickly seated and drink options provided. The place is nothing fancy and the staff shuffle past tables to pick up orders for delivery to the table. You can see into the kitchen and their drinks and storage area are just behind a wall next to the seating areas. Now, I don't say all this necessarily to complain, just prepare visitors for its tight quarters and the hustle atmosphere.
The food is a healthy variety of really authentic Mexican style food and American options. Several kids with families ordering pancakes and other standard breakfast options. We visited at breakfast but got to view the rest of the menu and will look forward to returning and perhaps trying so of their lunch or dinner plates. The staff is attentive and we really liked seeing that customers were greeted and kids finishing pancakes, were offered another if they wanted. Our food did seem to take longer than we thought necessary and we began to wonder if the kitchen was cooking one table order at a time, but in the end the wait was worth the piping hot and really bold flavors of our chosen breakfast options: Migas plate and papas con ranchero plate, both with bacon, refried beans and tortillas. We were offered salsa served hot or cold, we asked for both. This is not a usual option to be offered, but a nice thought considering you have a piping hot platter and then you dash its comforting warmth with a cold plop of salsa. The salsa appears to be the same mixture just one bowl heated. We tried both options just for the experiment, preferring the better spice content of the cold. Really good salsa, really good! The plates are not served in any fancy manner and are not overly packed to appear getting more than expected, but it seems to be all just enough to satisfy.
Prices are extremely reasonable, both plates were $4.50 each, totaling just $9.00! That is an amazing bargain for sure! Checks are provided but you pay at the cashier on the way out.
We really think this place is worth the stop should you be wandering through the Gatesville area. Just look for the really packed parking lot and busy little restaurant place. One thing to pay attention to; DON'T confuse this restaurant with La Tapatia, down the street (which appears to be closed though). Gatesville is made of one really long main street hwy and then the small older homes for residents and small businesses surround it, so the restaurant should not be hard to find. Enjoy!

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