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Downtown Las Vegas

910 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Las Vegas, NV 89101

702-894-7111

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$5-$10

Daily 8am-10pm

Mexican

B+

AT A GLANCE

What is it?

This inexpensive Mexican diner is a favorite among locals - and for good reason.

Where is it?

On Las Vegas Boulevard between The Stratosphere and Downtown Las Vegas.

What kind of food is served?

If you're looking for something new and exciting in a Mexican restaurant you aren't going to find it here. The menu features the basics: enchiladas, tacos, burritos, and, of course, their signature tamales. But the big crowds that always seem to be here don't come for some new experience - they come for the food, which is hearty and delicious. We were particular fans of the fajitas, which to the naked eye didn't appear to be much different than what you'd find anywhere else, but the taste proved they were. Portions are huge, by the way.

What is the atmosphere like?

The food is so good here that we're willing to forgive them the somewhat stereotypical Mexican restaurant décor (tiles, quilts, clay pots, etc.).

How is the service?

Excellent and extremely friendly.

What are the prices like?

Maybe a little more expensive than Taco Bell but not by much!

What else do I need to know?

This place is not for the diet conscious as they use heavy sauces and lots of lard in their cooking. But who cares? This is Vegas! You can't eat healthy in Vegas!

What's the bottom line?

A terrific, authentic Mexican food experience.

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