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“Big disappointment”

El Puerto Mexicana Restaurant
Ranked #10 of 43 Restaurants in Fox Lake
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Antioch, Illinois
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Big disappointment”
Reviewed 19 July 2013

Where to start? First off, a dirty table and sweaty, dirty waitress with an attitude. We considered leaving before ordering, but decided to stick it out - big mistake.Cigarette smoking and cursing at the tables around us on the patio. Cold store-bought tasting chips and terrible canned-flavored salsa. It took forever to get our food.The steak for my fajitas was not seared or flavorful and was covered in some type of unpleasant powdered seasoning to make up for proper cooking, I guess. The accompanying peppers and onions were not carmelized. The "Spanish" rice and beans - tasteless. Horchata glasses were filled to the brim with ice, and refills were never offered. This restaurant charges way too much for the less than mediocre food and service they offer. The only positive is its large patio on the lake, which is why I didn't give it one circle. I feel like it might be a good contender for "Kitchen Nightmare" with Gordon Ramsay in the future. We won't be going back.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank 630KKB
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good Location, but that's it.”
Reviewed 26 June 2013

The patio is a nice place to watch the boats, get some sun, and have a bevie or two. Unfortunately, the food is mediocre at best.

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank DebbieandDoug
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Antioch, Illinois, USA
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Our favorite Mexican restaurant!”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

We've been enjoying this delightful restaurant for many years and often bring guests.
The view of the lake (it's on the Chain of Lakes) is awesome, especially when seated on the patio
in good weather or in the bar area when weather is not so good.
Food and Margaritas are excellent. (We especially love the chips and salsa, the carne asada & the quesadillas)
Service is friendly, prompt and efficient.
Cheerful Mexican music is upbeat and pleasant.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank 91paulkat
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Batavia, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nice lunch on the lakefront”
Reviewed 28 May 2013 via mobile

We wanted to sit by the lake and enjoy our lunch. We were not disappointed. The service was great and food very tasty. If you want a good view of the lake ask to be seated in the room off to the right.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Steve S
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Wheeling, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Feels like you're on vacation!”
Reviewed 7 May 2013 via mobile

Celebrated Cinco de Mayo on the patio! Service was excellent. Recommend the Ultimate Margaritas and the yummy .

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank janmac50
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