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“Small town, Big Bite”
Review of El Agave

El Agave
Ranked #8 of 24 Restaurants in Johnson City
Cuisines: Mexican
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Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Small town, Big Bite”
Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

We make it a point to eat breakfast here the times we come hiking out here. It's family friendly, clean, delicious and the value is great considering the large portions. The coffee is worth the stop alone. The staff is helpful and fast!!! Considering we're a gay family we really appreciate the hospitality, no discrimination here.

  • Visited April 2013
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Austin, Texas
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Nice Family Style Mexican Food”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

It's clean and friendly. Not expensive family casual and good food. I have eaten there many times when I lived in the area. I would again if near there.

1 Thank aislinghunter
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Houston, Texas
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“The Breakfast might be Good”
Reviewed October 19, 2010

El Rancho is the newer of the two Mexican restaurants in Johnson City on Hwy 281. When I dined there, the restaurant had been empty. The two service employees were playing loud Mexican Hip-Hop music from the jukebox. Competing on the noise level was an old large screen TV playing an evening Univision telenova. Luckily, the jukebox eventually played out and the noise level diminished. The salsa was a cooked then chilled mixture that was adequate. The marquee proclaims "homemade tortillas" and they may be made at the restaurant - but not daily. The menu has plain pictures of the food. The menu is divided between Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, but it appears that all items can be ordered at any time.

The restaurant has windows on two sides of the dining room. Ketchup and mustard bottles are on every table - which is something you don't find at many Tex-Mex restaurants. With the food, two squeeze bottles of salsa are brought to the table. The yellow bottle contains a jalepeno based salsa and the red bottle contains what tastes like the first salsa brought to the table, maybe made with more tomatillo.

The food itself is fairly standard Tex-Mex fare. Unusual is the ground beef mixture which contains capers. I have never seen capers in Tex-Mex food and it does not contribute to the taste of the food. If this restaurant were located in Houston, Dallas or San Antonio, it would be out-of-business fairly quickly. The high points of the meal were the relatively cheap dinner that can be had from the lunch plates and the refried beans (they had a good taste).

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2 Thank ZephyrTexas
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