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  • Chirag P.

    What a gem in the quad cities! I used to drive to Chicago for real Mexican food but I see I no longer have to do that. In my prior life I probably was of Hispanic heritage. I'm a big foodie and food pretty much gets me excited when I find something that is great. This "hole in the wall" local place and like no other. It's attached to a grocery store. I got 5 tacos: ground beef, steak, chorizo. Steak was the best. 3 tacos could have sufficed but I like to go big! $1 tacos on Fridays!!Cheap and outstanding. They have specials everyday. I uploaded pictures to yelp. All other Mexican places in the Qc should be ashamed and take notes. Update. Pastor and carnitas best in the world

  • Jason Y.

    An Hispanic person in the area told me that El Mexicano was his favorite Mexican restaurant because it reminded him of his mother's home cooking. That was all I needed to try it out on my quest to find my favorite Mexican food in the Quad Cities. My friend's favorite Mexican food is carnitas (pork tacos), so she tries them at every Mexican restaurant we visit (and we've been to many in the Quad Cities). These were her favorite. The waitress gave her the option of getting the meat just by itself or also having it mixed with pork fat--the traditional way. I ordered the largas dinner, which included two largas, beans and rice. Largas are essentially large tostadas but instead of fried tortillas they feature unfried thick homemade flour tortillas, refried beans, meat (optional), lettuce and Mexican cheese. I chose steak (asada) and seasoned pork (al pastor) for my meat toppings. I favored the pork, but both were delicious. Our meals were just $6 each, portion sizes were generous, and each order comes with a free cup of noodle soup. The food arrived quickly, too. El Mexicano offers a very relaxed atmosphere and features a big screen television where you can watch Spanish-language TV while you eat. The best, most authentic and least expensive Mexican restaurant in the Quad Cities. Salud!

  • Lucas W.

    Easily the best Mexican food I have ever had. Even better than the food I had when I was in Mexico! The prices are insanely good as well. It is hands down the best Mexican restaurant in the Quad cities.

  • Jessica S.

    This place lived up to the reviews. We came in for lunch and ordered our fill of tacos, tamales, and horchata. While the parents were a little put off by the somewhat divey style (it's a little place attached to an equally small market), we were invited to sit down in a warm, sunlit booth, and they immediately loosened up. First, the service was friendly and prompt. Second, the chips and salsa (served in squeeze bottles) were crunchy and warm; the two salsas were fabulous. Some of the group thought that the verde was too spicy, but I thought it was just right. The horchata was sweet and delicious, and we were offered a refill, to my delighted surprise. We ordered three of the taco platters--3 tacos each with rice and beans--and two of the tamales platters--3 tamales each also with rice and beans. We tried the steak, chorizo, and carnitas. These came quickly and they did not disappoint. The only negative thing I could say is that the carnitas, likely due to being prepared in large quantities for the daily special, was a little dry. I suggest getting it topped with the cheese. The chorizo was my favorite, topped with cilantro and onion. It wasn't excessively greasy, but was still moist and incredibly flavorful. The tamales were topped with gooey cheese, sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes. I don't want to overlook the rice and refried beans. I usually don't touch these ubiquitous items, but here it was hard to resist. The beans were creamy and topped with mini-morsels of queso fresco. And the rice was well seasoned. Everyone was blown away with their meal. For entirely too much food (we ordered five entrees for four petite people, and we took a full meal home in leftovers) and two horchatas, we got out of their for $25 plus tip. So this was most assuredly worth the price. In a nutshell: fantastic food, underpriced, with friendly service.

  • Brandon C.

    Sesos Tacos = Amazing Giant burrito for $6.50 = Amazing Food served on paper plates = Amazing Drinks served out of red solo cups = Amazing Best carnitas in the QC. Best Mexican food in the QC. End of story.

  • AJ B.

    Great & authentic!! Plastic silverware, paper plates, solo cups... no dishes!! Great atmosphere & better green sauce.

  • Andrea T.

    Two co-workers and I went there for lunch today. Food was really good, however, there seemed to be an ant infestation along their food prep counter and all three of us were sick in the bathroom within an hour.

  • Sand O.

    Small place. Great food. The Mexican sweet bread is fantastic. Also fantastic prices.

  • John S.

    Totally overrated. The burrito is mostly filler - rice and iceberg lettuce. The chile rellenos are quite good, the salsa and guac are strictly average. Also, because they use styrofoam, my food melted the sides a bit. And I could taste some plastic in the tortillas which were otherwise very good.

  • Christopher G.

    I really dont want to get into what I like about this place. I dont have enough time to do so. Best damn authentic mexican food in the area and a grocery store that has it all...

  • Scott F.

    You know you've found authentic Mexican when you can get brain tacos, enough said. I'm addicted to carne asada burritos, so that's what I always have, and theirs are very good. The prices are very reasonable.

  • Kati S.

    We have never had anything from here that we didn't like!! Absolutely fantastic food at equally great prices!! Make sure you stop in the grocery store to pick up some Mexican sweet bread and Tajin seasoning, like I always do!!

  • L D.

    My husband and I love this place! We go about once every week or two. A year or so ago they moved the restaurant portion into the smaller side of the building so they could expand their store and butcher shop and have scaled back the restaurant hours to closing at 6pm most days. A previous reviewer mentioned that the meals come with soup, but this stopped when they remodeled and switched to using paper plates and cups. Either way, this place still has great food and it is so inexpensive. And it does have the best carnitas in the Quad Cities!

  • Ethan R.

    The food is really good. Top 3 Mexican spots in the Shire. Reminds me of the taqueria inside Chedraui in downtown Cancun. When you're done, pick up some chicharones from the butcher next door to take home.

  • B I.

    el mexicano is great, and is as cheap as you can possibly run a restaurant. the dinners here are almost all $6 or less, which includes chips, salsa, beans & rice, & tortillas. unbelievable. I usually get the mole con carnitas which is really incredible & biggg. i dont think any other restaurant around here has mole with carnitas, only chicken. the mole makes the carnitas moist & saucy & terrific. I've also gotten the lomo, costillas (ribs) in red or i think green sauce also, & others, & everything here is great & extremely inexpensive. there are 3 salsas - red, green, & a red/orange pepper version - that is the best & it is pretty spicy. you can also get a plate of guacamole for $1.50, & you can get breakfast any time of day also. Go support this restaurant!!


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  • Takes Reservations : No
    Delivery : No
    Take-out : Yes
    Accepts Credit Cards : Yes
    Good For : Lunch
    Parking : Street
    Bike Parking : Yes
    Good for Kids : Yes
    Good for Groups : Yes
    Attire : Casual
    Noise Level : Average
    Alcohol : Beer & Wine Only
    Outdoor Seating : No
    Wi-Fi : No
    Has TV : Yes
    Waiter Service : Yes


Mexican Cuisine

If you enjoy Taco Tuesday, then you have officially fallen in love with the Mexican Food. The main grain of Mexican cuisine is maize. Also known as corn, maize is grown for the past 9000 years after the crop was discovered by the people in Mayan civilization. Mexican empire flourished when they started growing beans, tomatoes, chili pepper, sweet potato and cactus. Till this date these ingredients are used in cooking authentic Mexican dishes and drinks.

Great use of spices, fresh chili pepper dishes like fajitas, tortilla chips, corn chips, salsa, chimichangas, burritos, nachos and quesadillas are invented in America. But when you are looking for authentic Mexican food then you must find a restaurant in the city that serves Rajas con Queso, Garbanzo in a Guajillo Chile Sauce, Pork Filled Chiles Rellenos, Chiles en Nogada, Molcajete Salsa, Pico de Gallo and Frijoles de la Olla. An eye-opening fact – Mexican don't like their food hot. They use fresh chili and other spices to create a flavor that lingers in your mouth.

Mexican food is great for those who are Gluten Intolerant as they use Corn instead of wheat in most of their dishes. Also, you can easily find many beans based Mexican dishes. Another dish which didn't get similar glory as tacos or nachos is the Mexican hot chocolate. If you love something hot on a chilly day, then go for Mexican Hot Chocolate. On merry days, you can enjoy the authentic Mexican Drinks like Tequila, Mezcal, Tecuí, Sotol, Bacanora, Charanda, Posh O Pox, Puebla and Pulque. Mexican Cuisine is for people who enjoy strong drinks and hearty meals.

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