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“Great food and cheap”

Restaurant El Mexicano
Ranked #7 of 60 Restaurants in Matagalpa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $4
Cuisines: Mexican
Description: Chef 100% Mexicano Autentic Mexican Food
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Description: Chef 100% Mexicano Autentic Mexican Food
Reviewed April 24, 2013

The tacos are excellent, the mole sauce is absolutely outstanding and it's very inexpensive since its mostly vegetarian; but if you want to drink an alcoholic beverage with your meal get take out, they don't sell them or even permit them on their premises. (A taco without a beer?!)

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viajero1510, Propietario at Restaurant El Mexicano, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2013
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Muchas gracias por tu opinión, te recuerdo como una persona muy amable. Espero nos visites cuando regreses a Matagalpa. Con gusto te atenderemos.

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

This restaurant is only a couple of years old, but it already has made a name for itself. The menu is extensive and most prices are under U$5, so its a great deal! The owners are sweet people and provided really good service, and they even opened on a holiday to accommodate our group of 27 people when I called ahead with a reservation. And the owner is Mexican, so the food is all authentic! Definitely stop here to grab some grub while in Matagalpa

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eduars e, Propietario at Restaurant El Mexicano, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2014
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Muchas gracias por su visita. Cuando regresen a Matagalpa los esperamos.

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

This place has a very nice atmosphere, is clean and the staff very friendly. This is different than Mexican food I am used to in Tucson but very fresh and tasty. Most dishes are made with chicken but they can prepare vegetarian as well. The prices are cheap - just over $2 for enchiladas and about $2.50 for quesadillas. This was a nice change from street food.

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viajero1510, Propietario at Restaurant El Mexicano, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2013
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Muchas gracias por tu opinion y cuando vistes Matagalpa te esperamos.

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

I traveled to Nicaragua with 22 of my HS students and we were looking for a nice place to eat lunch before driving back to the airport. Based on reviews we chose El Mexicano, and it exceeded its reviews. The owners were extremely gracious and welcoming, the food was excellent and very reasonably priced. We have added it to our database of lunch stops for our trips.

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viajero1510, Propietario at Restaurant El Mexicano, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2013
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Muchas gracias por su opinion cuando regresen a Matagalpa los esperamos y que bien que nos agregaron a su lista.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

I've been living in Nicaragua for close to a year now for school and have travelled the country extensively. As a result I've ate at a lot of restaurants here. I take food very seriously and put a lot of effort into finding quality. When all the elements are taken together, it's easy for El Mexicano to be my absolute favorite, especially since it's almost impossible to find real Mexican food here.

First off, as far as the flavor vs. price for a meal ratio this place cannot be beat. The ingredients are fresh and the dishes are extremely tasty. They have a rotating menu that changes depending on what's in season, so you'll often be surprised by new dishes they've added. The thing that endears me the most about this place is the owners' ethic of their business: create delicious meals with a working-class price tag. The most expensive dish on the menu is ONLY $3 US DOLLARS. That's affordable even for many Nicaraguans. They aren't catering only to tourists or those with fat wallets, although they easily could. I'd be willing to pay three times more their asking price to eat at this restaurant. And all of this comes from from the owners themselves. They told me personally that they wanted to run a restaurant that anybody could afford to eat at. The common people, not just upper-crust.

Aside from this, the family that runs it is fantastic. They're extremely friendly and will do anything they can to accentuate your experience. The decor is very simple and tasteful. It has a warm, welcoming ambiance to it.

If you guys take anything from this review, please let it be this: disregard those who claim that this isn't real Mexican food. THE HUSBAND OF THE FAMILY (who is also the head cook) IS MEXICAN. I have Mexican friends, have traveled Mexico extensively and the food here easily holds its own against other genuine Mexican cuisine.

The mole, tacos al pastor, pollo Jalisco, haraches and chilaquiles all taste authentic and satisfying. Final verdict? You're doing yourself a disservice not eating at this restaurant.

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viajero1510, Propietario at Restaurant El Mexicano, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2013
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Fue un gusto poderlos atender a Ustedes son una pareja muy amable y amigable cuando regresen a Matagalpa los esperamos. Gracias por su opinion.

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