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“Fresh Ingredients a nice Southwest Alternative to Chains”
Review of El Rayo Taqueria - CLOSED

El Rayo Taqueria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$12
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Gray, Maine
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fresh Ingredients a nice Southwest Alternative to Chains”
Reviewed 16 March 2014

Our first trip there today with wind chills near zero we wanted something to remind us of a warmer climate. We noticed this place last summer when they set up lots of outside seating and looked very interesting. In the winter they retreat back to the small restaurant that must have been a garage at one time. It is tastefully decorated with mostly long tables and a few tables that in total seat about 35 people. We came at lunch and just barely got the last table at noon on a Sunday.

The staff was very friendly and attentive. We sat near the food prep area and you could tell they make everything fresh and are creative with their ingredients. We got the taco plate that included two tacos and a small serving of rice and black beans. It was the perfect portion for lunch and some might think the $10.50 price a little steep for Taco cuisine, however the freshness of the ingredients is well worth it. We’ll return in summer and see how it is sitting outside.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Steve M
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English first
Kennebunkport, Maine
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Was a favorite, sadly was is the key word. ”
Reviewed 8 January 2014 via mobile

El Rayo was one of our favorite spots to eat in Portland... The service is always on the mediocre side. But we have looked past it in the past. Today sorry to say but we will probably never eat there again. Our server was MISERABLE! The nice lady behind the line left and the kid who replaced her was (sorry for the language) a dick! Everyone in there this afternoon was miserable, we felt as if we were bothering the entire staff by being there. And sadly the food was okay at best. My boyfriend is a chef and I am a server in busy Kennebunkport, we know our standards of service and atmosphere and today's was atrocious at El Rayo. I can't remember the last time I left less then 25% tip, this girl got 15% and she really didn't deserve that. I hope someone reads this and has a staff meeting to get things straightened up, if not I'm sure you will be losing more customers.

Thank Mondae
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54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“"Great lunch experience!" ”
Reviewed 1 January 2014 via mobile

The food was great here! We especially loved the gluten free options, and the atmosphere in general was great. The service, solid. Would recommend for a good restaurant to try out! (-:

Thank winthropian
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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76 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great find”
Reviewed 11 December 2013

We were down on Commercial Street at a warehouse, and one of the guys took us here. It is a colorful dive, and the food is not your usual Mexican fare. I had an Acorn Squash and swiss chard tamale if that tells you anything. It was delicious. The place was packed for lunch, and the service was quick and efficient. Will go back.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank beach2mountains
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141 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Really a 3 1/2 but solid Mexican food.”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

Went here for lunch. I had one fish taco great fresh Pollock, which had a nice tasting chipotle mayo and avocado. Also had one steak taco with rajas which was a little bland. Rice and beans were good. Fried plantains were enjoyable. Place is my kind of divey place, colorfully decorated.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank eastcoastdave
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