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Brian Ethridge
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I'm partial to a great greasy plate of enchiladas and a crispy taco while in town. El Conquistador and the El Con Deluxe usually fits the bill when I'm needing to just bury in and chow down. I know some are partial to La Fiesta, Trujillo's, and more. Don't want to hear about a chain like Rosa's in the discussion, but what are your favorite places and dishes around town.
MrGolfguy
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Newish place called El Paso took over where BWW was on Franklin (across from Cheddars). Appears to be pretty good, something new to try anyway.
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Coyote Bear
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MrGolfguy said:

Newish place called El Paso took over where BWW was on Franklin (across from Cheddars). Appears to be pretty good, something new to try anyway.


Really? I'd say it's one of the worst restaurants in Waco. Of course, Tex Mex done by folks from Louisiana just doesn't jive.
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Anybody else remember Pico's (fajitas) on Valley Mills? Killer good fajitas, Queso, and hot sauce. Was owned/run by the kids of the East Coast guy who married into the La Fiesta family. Was quite successful until the kid snorted all the profits up.

Man I used to go there ALL the time!!
Old300Bear
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My favorite is Mi Casita next to the Dominos on Hewitt Drive. Just good texmex like you get in small town Texas. Also pretty cheap.
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baylrballa
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we like mi casita for quick tex-mex.
CammoTX
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Casa de Castillo was popular when I was a student because they would serve you margaritas underage.

El Con has the best salsa and has family owned charm.

Ninfaritas used to be really strong and quite a bargain for HH back in the day.
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El Con

No contest
Bear Doc
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We are partial to Los Cucos. Good margaritas and an expansive menu including a good bit of fish/seafood options.

I personally like Don Carlos too, but my wife does not, so we hardly ever eat there.

Margarita wise, the Purple margarita at La Fiesta has still yet to be beaten in my mind...
Gold Tron
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My son and his friends like El Charro Tapatio off 17th and Waco Dr. It is inexpensive and good quality authentic Mexican food. They go there after Church frequently.
canoso
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Gold Tron said:

My son and his friends like El Charro Tapatio off 17th and Waco Dr. It is inexpensive and good quality authentic Mexican food. They go there after Church frequently.
What you said. Another place near there is El Ranchito on out Waco Drive at about 23rd Street.
Joe Waco
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My go to in college was the taqueria arandas. It was really cheap, but tasted pretty good I think?

Been so long ago that I may be wrong on the taste. I do remember having to order in spanish though.
canoso
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Joe Waco said:

My go to in college was the taqueria arandas. It was really cheap, but tasted pretty good I think?

Been so long ago that I may be wrong on the taste. I do remember having to order in spanish though.
It was a good place imo.
Gruvin
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El con is our go to for tex mex... we frequent all 3 locations but my wifes favorite is the bellmead location. She likes the queso and salsa the best at that location.
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canoso said:

Gold Tron said:

My son and his friends like El Charro Tapatio off 17th and Waco Dr. It is inexpensive and good quality authentic Mexican food. They go there after Church frequently.
What you said. Another place near there is El Ranchito on out Waco Drive at about 23rd Street.
Ranchito is legit. El Con's enchiladas set the standard for good ol' greasy Tex-Mex imho. The fajitas cucos at Los Cucos are really good. Big fan of the pork carnitas and bean dip at Hecho en Waco. The fish dishes at Sergio's are fantastic, although the atmosphere is horrible. The plato pacifico is my personal fave. Don't forget Leal's (off Estates in Woodway). The chili topper was roughly 85% of what I ate in high school, and their queso is my favorite in Waco. Finally, the elefante at Lolita's...mmmmmm...
BaylorHistory
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You people like some terrible Mexican food.

1.) El Crucero just off the Circle on Robinson Dr
2.) Rufi's Cocina on 35th
3.) Valles on Valley Mills


For to go orders you have to hit up 3 specific locations for three different types of food

1.) Taqueria Zacatecas (LaSalle) for barbacoa torta or cabeza tacos
2.) La Milpa (LaSalle) for barbacoa nachos
3.) Taqueria Mexican Taco (Speight) for al pastor tacos

Obviously some of these aren't TexMex but that's the good stuff right there.
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Brian Ethridge
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canoso said:

Gold Tron said:

My son and his friends like El Charro Tapatio off 17th and Waco Dr. It is inexpensive and good quality authentic Mexican food. They go there after Church frequently.
What you said. Another place near there is El Ranchito on out Waco Drive at about 23rd Street.
Are these Tex-Mex or Mexican?
Brian Ethridge
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Joe Waco said:

My go to in college was the taqueria arandas. It was really cheap, but tasted pretty good I think?

Been so long ago that I may be wrong on the taste. I do remember having to order in spanish though.
Like Taqueria Arandas chain in Houston?
Brian Ethridge
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BaylorHistory said:

You people like some terrible Mexican food.

1.) El Crucero just off the Circle on Robinson Dr
2.) Rufi's Cocina on 35th
3.) Valles on Valley Mills


For to go orders you have to hit up 3 specific locations for three different types of food

1.) Taqueria Zacatecas (LaSalle) for barbacoa torta or cabeza tacos
2.) La Milpa (LaSalle) for barbacoa nachos
3.) Taqueria Mexican Taco (Speight) for al pastor tacos

Obviously some of these aren't TexMex but that's the good stuff right there.
I was trying to limit to Tex-Mex, but El Con is good for a greasy plate of enchiladas and crispy taco.

If I want to do Mexican or Salvadoran I don't expect El Con to have that.
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Brian Ethridge said:

Joe Waco said:

My go to in college was the taqueria arandas. It was really cheap, but tasted pretty good I think?

Been so long ago that I may be wrong on the taste. I do remember having to order in spanish though.
Like Taqueria Arandas chain in Houston?
It was the same chain. I liked the cabrito, but overall it was just ok to me. The sign says it's going to be turned into a Golden Chick, but it's been a bus stop for a while now.

Have to mention Panaderia Jimenez (Dutton) when talking Mexican even if it's only for pan dulce. Honestly my favorite Mexican food in town might be a combo chicken from El Norteno at Dutton and 18th (whole chicken, + beans, +rice, +tortillas, + grilled cebolla + magical jalapeno green sauce for $15) with a stop to get some pan dulce at Jimenez' on the way.




Sorry for ruining the TexMex thread with all of this Northern Mexico food, but it's my favorite.
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CammoTX
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RIP Siete Mares. That place was really good.
WILLIS
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Casa de Castillo for greasy beef enchilada and guacamole salad old school style. Sanger Avenue. Family owned for 100 yrs or whatever
MrGolfguy
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Coyote Bear said:


Really? I'd say it's one of the worst restaurants in Waco. Of course, Tex Mex done by folks from Louisiana just doesn't jive.
Sorry that you have personal issues with the owners and that seems to warp your opinion of the place.
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FirmBear24
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Carne Guisada at Casa de Castillo
WILLIS
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I am partial to the Antonio combination plate. Nice people there.
Brian Ethridge
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FirmBear24 said:

Carne Guisada at Casa de Castillo
Can't beat Guisada if done right.
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BaylorHistory said:

You people like some terrible Mexican food.

1.) El Crucero just off the Circle on Robinson Dr
2.) Rufi's Cocina on 35th
3.) Valles on Valley Mills


For to go orders you have to hit up 3 specific locations for three different types of food

1.) Taqueria Zacatecas (LaSalle) for barbacoa torta or cabeza tacos
2.) La Milpa (LaSalle) for barbacoa nachos
3.) Taqueria Mexican Taco (Speight) for al pastor tacos

Obviously some of these aren't TexMex but that's the good stuff right there.


The Diablo Tacos at Taqueria Mexican Taco are the best preemptive and morning after hangover taco on earth. They are very spicy, but full of flavor.

El Paso is not very good in my opinion, at all.

Zacatecas still has some of the best tacos around.

I like El Ranchito as well.

I won't make comments about some of the other family owned restaurants, as I'm acquaintances with a lot of them and like and dislike various ones
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CammoTX said:

RIP Siete Mares. That place was really good.
It's basically still there. Sergio's on Austin Avenue between 6th and 7th is where they are now. Different name but same owner/chef, same family, 90+% the same menu. Even the same furniture, I think reclaimed from an old Chili's. Only open on Friday and Saturday night, BYOB. It's still good. We go once or twice a month.

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BaylorHistory said:

You people like some terrible Mexican food.

1.) El Crucero just off the Circle on Robinson Dr
2.) Rufi's Cocina on 35th
3.) Valles on Valley Mills


For to go orders you have to hit up 3 specific locations for three different types of food

1.) Taqueria Zacatecas (LaSalle) for barbacoa torta or cabeza tacos
2.) La Milpa (LaSalle) for barbacoa nachos
3.) Taqueria Mexican Taco (Speight) for al pastor tacos

Obviously some of these aren't TexMex but that's the good stuff right there.
Rufi's is legit. Best in town! (It's at 25th and Lasker, not 35th.) It's pretty much a dive as far as location and buidling. Sometimes the a/c has trouble handling dinner time when it's 100 degrees. The aporreado de res are fantastic, so it's still worth it.
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Wineguy89 said:

Anybody else remember Pico's (fajitas) on Valley Mills? Killer good fajitas, Queso, and hot sauce. Was owned/run by the kids of the East Coast guy who married into the La Fiesta family. Was quite successful until the kid snorted all the profits up.

Man I used to go there ALL the time!!


Funny, I mentioned this place to my wife yesterday and was wishing they were still in business. They had the best chicken in the city and a tortilla machine in the front.
DubDub
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Any one remember el Colorado?

Is it still around?
FirmBear24
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Brian Ethridge said:

FirmBear24 said:

Carne Guisada at Casa de Castillo
Can't beat Guisada if done right.


I I try it at every Tex-Mex joint because it's different everywhere. Casa has some of the best IMHO.
Joe Waco
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Brian Ethridge said:

Like Taqueria Arandas chain in Houston?


Honestly no clue. Houston chain logo doesn't look familiar but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.

And I just checked google earth? It doesn't exist anymore. Sad day . May have been taqueria Mexicana, but I coulda sworn it was Arandas. Pretty sure it even had a playground lol
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Joe Waco said:

Brian Ethridge said:

Like Taqueria Arandas chain in Houston?


Honestly no clue. Houston chain logo doesn't look familiar but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.

And I just checked google earth? It doesn't exist anymore. Sad day . May have been taqueria Mexicana, but I coulda sworn it was Arandas. Pretty sure it even had a playground lol
Yeah, would have been surprised to see them in Waco, but Los Cucos has made it's chain up to Waco.
canoso
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Brian Ethridge said:

canoso said:

Gold Tron said:

My son and his friends like El Charro Tapatio off 17th and Waco Dr. It is inexpensive and good quality authentic Mexican food. They go there after Church frequently.
What you said. Another place near there is El Ranchito on out Waco Drive at about 23rd Street.
Are these Tex-Mex or Mexican?
Depends on what you order. Frustrating answer, I know, but true nonetheless.
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