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“Best Mexican food for your dollar” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Border Cafe

Border Cafe
Ranked #8 of 110 Restaurants in Saugus
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Cajun & Creole
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Kids, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Best Mexican food for your dollar”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

Authentic Mexican cuisine for reasonable prices. The chips are freshly made and scrumptious! Fajitas are always a best bet. Chimichangas are also a treat. If your looking for food on the lighter side they have an amazing blackened salmon salad. Only drawback is that the restaurant can be very loud. And drinks are not very strong. Try it out today.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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“The best food for the money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

The Border Cafe has never disappointed. The beer is always ice cold and the chips and salsa are tasty and free. The Tejas chicken appetizer is the star of the app menu. My only complaint is that the four pieces are never enough. The Jim Bowie filet mignon is by far the best entree. It's comes with fries, but I always ask for rice and beans instead. It's really a delicious meal. Fajitas are fresh, tasty and delicious. The wait staff is always top notch. It's noisy atmosphere is part of its charm. I found it humorous that other people complained about the noise level. It's a Mexican restaurant!!!!! They're supposed to be loud and chaotic. I also saw that a person complained about a salad. Who goes to a tex-mex restaurant and orders a salad?? The place is consistently awesome and you always leave with a full stomach and not an empty wallet.

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Salem, Massachusetts
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88 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“More than wonderful margaritas!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

This is one of my husband's favorite places so he was thrilled that we were going for a late lunch yesterday! As always, they did not disappoint! The margaritas are made to order and delicious. They also immediately bring salsa and hot wonderfully crispy chips to you while you scan the menu. They will also bring you more of both without charge!

My husband always orders the blackened chicken which is nicely spicy and moist on the inside. I ordered the blackened chicken faitas that were served with carmelized onions, sour cream, a fresh pico, black beans and rice...all Yummy! their jambalya is also delicious but we didn't have that yesterday.

The service is personal and outstanding and the prices are amazingly reasonable....we had 3 margaritas between us, two helpings of chips and salsa and two main dishes and the bill was about 50.00 before tip....if you haven't been yet...GO!

Visited January 2013
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65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Inexpensive, great service, excellent quality!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

My boyfriend and I sat at the bar on a busy Saturday night because the wait was too long. I realized after we ate there why there was such a long wait. The food is great and the prices even better. Our bartender, Luba, treated us like we were regular Sat. night customers who stopped by to pay a visit. She was so friendly and answered our many questions as if she had never heard them before. She never rushed us even though there were people waiting to sit at the bar. She recommended an appetizer that was excellent. We will go back!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Delicious but worrisome.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

We came here to have a fun outing with family and friends. We were all having fun and enjoying our meals when all the sudden my youngest pulls out a chicken bone from her chicken taco! We waited for the waiter to come by the table and told him about it. He went and found the manager and brought him over. The manager apologized and offered her a new meal for free, but at that point we were already more than halfway through our meal so we asked for the check instead. But I would say we were really happy with our service!

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