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El Jacalito

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1225 W 4th St, Sterling, IL 61081-3114
+1 815-625-3404
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small casual restaurant. Very good green chicken enchiladas. I was quite full but refused to leave a bite behind. Next time I want to try the buffet they have on Fridays. Service is good, place is clean. No complaints here!

Thank maryjanes777
Dixon, IL
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38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2013

Love the beef tacos at this place. We go often and enjoy the food and the price.Try the guacamole. The chips are homemade and excellent.

Thank JLKDix
Sterling, Illinois
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2012

decent food, my mom loves shrimp tacos here. simple atmosphere but nice. Chips and salsa pretty good.

Thank amy e
Rock Falls, Illinois
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2012

Authentic Mexican . Casual atmosphere. Traditional Mexican dishes and some specialties

Thank Guinipigi-61071
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2012

There are a few other good mexican restaurants in the area so we had never eaten here before but thought we would try it. The location is not the best, but the trade off is the food was cheaper. The chips that they bring before the meal were stale. It took a long time for the waitress to bring our... More 

Thank Rick B
Iowa City, Iowa
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133 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2011

My family visits relatives in the area all the time. This is the place that beats all the other mexican restaurants for our business. We dine here with young children. The food portions are always large, the meal is tasty. The combination platters always overfill the plate and you will have left-overs. I recommend the barbacoa tacos or dinner platter... More 

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  • Address: 1225 W 4th St, Sterling, IL 61081-3114
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Sterling
  • Phone Number: +1 815-625-3404

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?