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“Mario is the best waiter in the business! Been going here for 20+ years. Great food with solid Rita's and great Michelada's,”

El Palenque Mexican Restaurant
Ranked #794 of 8,149 Restaurants in Houston
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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“Mario is the best waiter in the business! Been going here for 20+ years. Great food with solid Rita's and great Michelada's,”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2011

Fajitas, quesadillas, nachos, everything is great!

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  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Houston, Texas
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Consistently good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2011

This is our "go to" Mexican restaurant. It's in a strip mall and isn't the fanciest place in the world, but the food has always been good, hot, fast and very reasonably priced. We will often share the fajitas (for one!) and still have left overs. We just order an additional side of rice and beans. We've also had the shrimp, carne asada and a few of the other offerings. We're not real big on just plain old burritos, tacos or the like, but the daughter always gets quesadillas and loves them. Abundant chips (ask for salsa verde) and free soft serve ice cream for dessert.

  • Visited July 2011
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Austin, TX
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Just Ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2011

The queso tasted like velveeta and the salsa tasted like tomato soup with jalapeños added to it. My tamale was really good though. Margaritas were ok and the enchilada was ok. Won't be back though.

  • Visited September 2011
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texas
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Hummmmmmmmmm”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2010

Friendly staff, nice family ambiance, delicious food. The portions are huge, the selection is great, the food is very tasty. We ordered mixed fajitas, beef tacos, and queso for the chips. All was great, I highly recommend. Free soft-serve ice cream to top it off. Will definitely go back. A+

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New Orleans
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25 restaurant reviews
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“My favorite Mexican restaurant in Houston!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2009

This is my absolute favorite Mexican restaurant in all of Houston... The margarita's are AWESOME, the food is great, and I am convinced that they have the best salsa in the city... The atmoshphere is that of a mediocore Mexican restaurant (very simple, but nice), the restaurant is always clean, and the rest of the experience is fantastic! If you have room, the soft serve ice cream on the way out is a nice touch too. In a city that seems to have more Mexican restaurants than gas stations, this one really stands out. You can't go wrong at El Palenque...

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