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“Too much fun!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of L & J Cafe

L & J Cafe
Ranked #1 of 1,526 Restaurants in El Paso
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Seattle WA
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Too much fun!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

I loved this place, walk in to a oval bar that everyone sits around (bartenders in middle) like all bars should be. Just a place from the past... pictures of it with model T's out front. Opened in 1927.Had the chile relleno was good I like mine a lot more spicy but still was tasty and fresh. I think everyone should try this place they are remodeling will be twice the size. I told them not to touch that bar! The neon sign out front is a classic! If you like old things you will love this funky place!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Gatlinburg
2 reviews
“Best authentic Mexican ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

Best authentic Mexican ever! Enchalidas are killer especially if you like green chilies for your topping. Bar and grill atmosphere was as expected and service was excellent. Would highly recommend.



  • Visited August 2013
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Arlington, Virginia
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107 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“It's a dive bar that serves food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

We went here because it was recommended by a friend who had recently been here while on vacation in ELP. We live in Virginia and came to ELP on business so it was easy to stop by and see what the commotion was about. I gave it a "very good" because of the atmosphere and the memories it brought back from when I was a young kid. One can never expect much from a dive bar that happens to serve food,food that is pretty decent like your mom used to make (yes I went there). This is not Mexican food from Cali, AZ, or some deep place in Mexico, this is border Mexican food. The plates are full, the quality of the food (today) was good, the waiter made sure we had everything we asked for and ensured our drinks (soda/coffee/water) were always full. We went there for breakfast on a Saturday and had to sit out by the bar. The place is next to the Concordia cemetery and has been in business for 4 generations so it must be doing something right. According to the waiter the restaurant will get bigger after the remodel is complete later this year. Like I posted above I gave it a "very good", but I wouldn't go back as the food is not as great as people make it out to be.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great local hang out !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

Really enjoyed this place ! Very local, nothing fancy. Service was great and quick. I had the chicken fajita that was really good and I loved their green salsa to dip the chips...spicy and addictive ! Great view of the El Paso star at night ! The only little thing is that it was a bit loud, just because the bar is right next to the tables, and it was Saturday evening....add on the juke box playing...well...overall, liked the food and the atmosphere !

  • Visited August 2013
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Amarillo, Texas
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Green Chile Heaven”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is such a great place...a real, authentic Mexican food delight. Try the queso. White cheese and long strips of green chiles make this the best anywhere. It's amazing. Try the green chile enchiladas...simply wonderful. I always eat here when I come to El Paso.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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