First of all, TripAdvisor readers need to be aware that any reviews before 2013 are for the previous restaurant at this location, Andrew Blair's, which went out of business. Maybe those reviews are tied in here because of the physical address, but they should be removed.
My daughter and I tried El Camino last night for dinner. The food was actually pretty good. The chips were fresh and hot and perfectly salted. Salsa and fresh pico de gallo were served. I ordered the $11.99 Shrimp Quesadillas: four pieces of quesadilla with a side of sour cream and guacamole on the plate. They were supposed to come with my choice of refried or charro beans, but the waiter never brought them (despite asking which I preferred when taking my order).
My 9 year old got two beef tacos, advertised as "Tuesday is $1.00 Taco Night." The one dollar taco turned into a $1.75 taco, because she asked for it to come with sour cream and....get this....cheese. What Mexican joint charges extra for CHEESE on its tacos?? The waiter didn't advise that there would be an extra charge, but it's only $1.75 so who cares....
I got a house margarita, frozen with salt. It was actually quite tasty, but there wasn't much tequila in it. At least it wasn't all disgusting "mix" which so many restaurants serve. Their margarita doesn't compare with the ones served at Azteca on Woodlawn Road (which also has a Mexican staff....I don't think I saw one Mexican at this place last night!) El Camino is probably one of those places where, if you want a decent tequila buzz, you'll have to order one of the more expensive margaritas.
El Camino has a nice patio out front, which should serve them well in nice weather. The hostess smiled at us when we came in, but really didn't say another word as we walked to our table....not sure she's cut out for this type of work. Our waiter was very nice and friendly, but a bit inattentive. I had to laugh when we sat down and I said, "Your advertisement in Myers Park Life magazine read that you serve free queso dip between 4:00 and 7:00 pm, M-F." That threw him for a loop, so he went to ask someone else. We were sitting right near the servers' work station, and I clearly heard the other guy say, "Yeah....well, if they know about it and ask about it, that's fine, but don't give away otherwise." Unbelievable!
I'll go back for sure....it's good Mexican food at a decent price point, and you can't beat the location with all those other restaurants around. Montford Drive is quite the strip these days!
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