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“Adorable location, fabulous food and drink” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Camino Real

El Camino Real
Ranked #944 of 4,318 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
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Good for: Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Princeton, NJ
Level Contributor
29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Adorable location, fabulous food and drink”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

Was brought to the Northern Liberties area for a training/certification on Saturday, and had the opportunity to eat al fresco at this excellent corner locale Folks at another picnic table invited us under the awning when it started to drizzle and shared their pitcher of jalapeno maragitas - who knew sliced jalapenos floating in my glass would be so tasty?? We also ordered chips con queso and a burrito topped w/guac - faaaantastic. Going to bring my hubby and some friends here over the summer!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
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English first
Barcelona, Spain
Level Contributor
61 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Dude, I miss ya”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012

I moved from Philly this winter and I used to live right across from it. usually Fridays were labeled Camino Real. The smoked meats were a delight, and you would know just by how the air would smell outside the joint at 10 in the morning, smokin it up.
I almost always got the Big *ss burger (thats the name of the burger!!); the poppers were the real deal. That chutney that they come with is a perfect complement to the crispiest hottest jalapeno.
And whatever the spice is that they put on the fries...its making my mouth water even though my last meal there was more than 6 months ago.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank dianazi
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Philadelphia, PA
Level Contributor
37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Always a good meal/drink”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2012

Great spot to get together with friends. Margaritas are typically song and their menu has something to appeal to anyone. I'd recommend the mac and cheese, pickle chips, veggie wings or the chicken fried seitan. For the vegan stick with the chips and salsa and some quac. No other options on the menu.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Erin J
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
147 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Ehhh”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2011

I've given this restaurant numerous opportunities to "wow me". I've come away only partially satisfied. Most important suggestion to the property.... Get ahold of your fly problem. Brunch, lunch, or dinner, the one thing I remember about each meal is that I'm constantly swatting flies away from my dish. That is absolutely unacceptable. The brunch menu is definitely not for any on a calorie conscious diet.
While all the dinner meals are flavorful and rich, most will destroy any diet. My Favorite item on the menu and probably the healthiest is the chicken taco salad with freshly smoked chicken and verdant greens. This salad is the main reason i have returned.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank World_Traveler83
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Seattle, Washington
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Amazing smoked meat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2011

Had the mixed BBQ plate (pork shoulder, pork belly & beef brisket). It was amazing, perfectly smoked.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Matt J
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