I cannot believe El Dorado has only one review.
I love El Dorado for may reasons...but the food is first.
Family run. Great service. Consistent food. Generous proportions. Moderate pricing.
I have been ordering the same few items for 15 yrs. Always good...never had a 'bad' meal or lousy service. EVER. I grew up eating Mexican, both in California & Arizona before moving here. It is like coming home.
Pretty standard fare...Americanized Mexican...nothing fancy. Try the Pollo Jalisco. Crumbled chorizo over a chicken breast and covered in molten Mexican cheeses.
Now my 11 year old son is hooked on their chicken tacos with crunchy shells.
Give it a try.
One more quick comment...
I am dubious of all the hype by the City Paper. Very enthusiastic & glowing early on.
Next time I will not give much weight to the CP opinion on Mexican food.
I can see the potential but very disappointing. I've waited about a month to cool down and post this.
I had a bad feeling when I walked in and was asked If I had 'reservations'. Place was maybe 1/2 full(or half empty).
Slow inattentive service, but friendly. Our wait person had a poor grasp of the English language. I inquired if meal came w/ rice, beans, or both, as the menu does not specify. Waiter had to go ask...tells me neither...so I order a side of rice. Lo & behold, I get a side of rice, and rice & beans on entree plate. Presidente Marg on menu is non-existant, they only have Jaurez tequila. Again, waiter had to go ask. We were never asked for fresh drinks after our initial order. Seems everything went that way. I can only say food was OK, my plate came out later than the other meals, was lukewarm, and dry...which pretty much killed it. I had chicken enchiladas. I've had better.
A highlight was the chips. Waiter set them on the table and pushed them towards wall where the candle ignited the wax paper liner. He had to throw them on the floor to put the flames out. Muy flammable.
They must have known we were unhappy as Management comp-ed our drinks. Still about $34...2 entrees, nachos, and a side o' rice. After 1st experience not too motivated to go back.
Best Mexican food in town.
Had the carne en su jugo and a wet burrito. Loved them. Service was enthusiastic and attentive. Got the check and had to pick my jaw up off the table. 2 entrees, a soda, margarita, and a kids meal for 25 bucks (tax included). The food was super, fresh and flavored so well. The price point is what takes this place from 4 to 5 stars on my scale. I will be back.
I desperately wanted to like this place but I would be lying if I said this was worth another trip to N. Charleston. It was una cocina mas autentica but slow, overpriced, and sort of meat-gruel based with poor quality vegetables.
The mole is one of the best I have ever had. Raul said it is a 90 year old recipe that has been refined by generations of his family. The carne in su jugo is deliciously soul-satisfying. I also appreciated that the salsa had some heat and wasn't bland. The shrimp ceviche is similar to a Jalisco-style shrimp cocktail and not a traditional Caribbean ceviche. I have been to Guadalajara and really like this, but some people might be put off that it's not like what you would get in, say, Puerto Rico.
There was one table for two when we arrived, and another single person came in while were eating. The kitchen was incredibly slow considering they didn't have much to do, but the food was delicious.
Went there for lunch today and this place really was outstanding. Neat atmosphere on the inside with beautiful, interesting paintings. The service went beyond my expectations. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. The food was so much better than what you find at most of the Mexican restaurants in this area. It tasted fresh and homemade. This location is super close to 526, so from where I live in West Ashley its considerably closer than going downtown. I was really impressed. I honestly do think that this is the best Mexican in Charleston and won't be going anywhere else.
@Francis - this is not the same Pollo Tropical chain as Miami.
So glad we finally have a Juanita's in Mt. P. Have always loved the downtown restaurant. Went for Happy Hour and Dinner last week and it was awesome! Great food, so inexpensive and a super cool atmosphere.
I was really excited to try this place as my family and I are always looking for good Mexican food and the reviews for Raul's have been good. We went there on a Saturday night and even though the place was only half full, the place was really disappointing. It took about 45 mins. for our food to arrive and we were ignored the whole time except for our initial drink order/chips. My rellenos were cold, my son's nachos had sour cream (which I asked them to leave off) and my husband's chicken enchiladas were dry. We were given all kinds of apologies and reasons as to why things were so screwed up, but who cares! The place has been getting good reviews and they can't have adequate staff at 7pm on a Saturday night? I think Raul's may have potential once they get their act together, but last night was a bummer. We were hungry and drove 15 mins. to get there in the rain and by the time the food came out I just didn't care anymore.
YES!!Excellent food. Don't miss the Chile Rellenos.
Don't miss out on this place! Some of the best Mexican food I have had in a loooong time!
I love Barberitos! I eat there at once or twice a week. Their chips and salsa are the best in town! For those on a diet, you can get a 10 inch wheat tortilla. All fresh ingredients and fast staff for a quick lunch. Prices are reasonable. One of the best Lunch/Dinner places on James island.
A welcomed guest to a strech of Rivers Ave that includes little more than fast food chains and terrible chinese buffets. The decor is very cozy and colorful. Food is on point and delicious. Service is provided by some of the nicest people. with $5 amazing burritos it's a must for a quick lunch or a margarita at happy hour. Don't forget to try the horchata during a work lunch when the boozing is frowned upon.
Pollo tropical is not usually a Mexican chain. There are more Latino foods to enjoy that are not Mexican. Pollo tropical would be more carribean like Dominican or Cuban cuisine. At least that's what it is in Miami. I haven't visited the one in Charleston but if its anything like the chain in South Florida, then its great latino(not Mexican) cuisine. Much better than the fake Cuban Bohio in James Island.
Excellent food for a real value.
My Daughter and I tried it after soccer practice. The server prompt and knew her stuff. The food came quickly and tasted fabulous. The street corn and the black bean and corn salad as sides hit the spot. The general homeboy may not taste like Mexican food, but who cares, it was GREAT and bursting with flavor. A perfect casual affordable place to eat, and it is on Sullivan's Island.
Zocalo is back open for lunch! just had the braised goat burrito, it was absolutely delicious! The goat was so tender it melted in your mouth. Sat at the bar and Kelly (bartender) was a pleasure to spend an hour with. If you're in park circle i highly recommend Zocalo. And if you're not, i suggest you make the trip. Prices are incredibly reasonable too.
This is the real stuff exactly like I get in Mexico. I don't like menudo but I could actually eat theirs. The coctel de camaron was a touch sweet for my taste, but it was the closest of anywhere in Charleston to what I get in Guadalajara. The huarachas and tacos were outstanding, especially the lengua and cabeza. The two salsas they provided were both delicious. One was a smoky tomato and chili, the other was a tamatillo and jalapeno. Both had a nice amount of heat.
Even though it's Mexican home cooking everything is clearly made with finesse and skill. It makes me so happy having something this delicious and authentic available here.
Lots of staff to be sure and a bartender with social skills were pluses here (no mock on Poes or Home Team).
We got a queso appetizer that was advertised as made in a cast iron skillet. It was not, but it was good and emough for at least 3 people.
Ordered 2 tacos and a side, and a single taco. previous poster mentioned a side with a taco, you do not get a side with a single taco.
Sloppy Jose- cheesy and tasty could use more fritos for the crunch.
Jerk Chicken- salso was good, chicken lacked jerk flavors though
Royale- probably my favorite of the three, standard taco flavors but good and the most filling of the three.
Corn as a side lacked flavor- had some background chipotle flavors, and the cheese was bland. Was expecting more vibbrant flavors from this one. Also, very small portion.
Beer selection is ok, 3 mexicans on a draft and some rotating crafts. Bit expensive on the mexican beers 5.50 for a pacifico, 5 for dos xx.
We will be back to try some of the other menu items. I'd say it is a good start, pricing is a bit high at $3.99 a taco though.
They have a very good tequila selection, I will need to try one next time to check on proper service.
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