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“San Juan Satisfies TexMex Cravings”
Review of San Juan

San Juan
Ranked #7 of 78 Restaurants in Port Aransas
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ruidoso, New Mexico
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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“San Juan Satisfies TexMex Cravings”
Reviewed 30 November 2013

It is hard to believe, that in 2013 I'd be asked, "Smoking or non smoking?"

In addition to the Back to the Future air quality, this restaurant in general is not going to win any health department awards.

But, the food was respectable. Watch the hot sauce: it is pureed to a fine consistency, and is fiery. The menu is one of the most comprehensive I've seen, with dozens of entrees. They also serve breakfast, including my favorite migas.

My own taste in Mexican food is a bit more in-country oriented than most Texans, and I asked our Hispanic waiter what he eats when taking lunch there. The answer: Taquitos Mexicanos, sitting down in the lower corner of the dinner menu. It had "por los paisanos" written all over it; sure enough, what arrived was a tasty ensemble of smallish yellow corn tortillas stacked double, buried under a pile of nice steak and lightly seared onion, a jumbo lime half there for the obligatory drizzle.

The tortillas reminded me of the coarse little handmade ones at my favorite Mexico City eatery, Parilla Suisa.

The thick, soupy charro beans that came in one of those three-legged pestle bowls (with a spoon so distorted it looked like a lightning bolt) were the best of my life. Seriously. Wonderfully flavorable, perfectly seasoned.

I also tried my wife's shrimp, her guacamole. Both were exemplary. There were five of us at the table, everyone liked what he/she got. Our entire bill was $47.

Granted, this is not a date restaurant. Don't go there expecting this. It is basic, gritty, loud. A glimpse into the kitchen is nothing short of terrifying. But, the food is as good as Mexican gets.

  • Visited November 2013
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Arlington
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good food”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

We truly enjoyed this restaurant, great tex-mex food.Wll probably go back when we visit Port A. Really good shrimp fajitas.

Visited September 2013
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Port Aransas, Texas
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57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Good Tex Mex”
Reviewed 11 October 2013 via mobile

We have to eat here at least once per visit to Port A. The food has always been good. The wait staff could be a little friendlier. Nevertheless, it is a good place to take the family and enjoy some good tex mex.

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Denton, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“GREAT TEXMEX”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

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Visited September 2013
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Austin, Texas
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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“Best value restaurant in Port Aransas”
Reviewed 17 September 2013

For the money, you just can beat San Juan. Clean, very friendly staff, excellent Mexican food. The owner, Juan, personally greets everyone who comes in. The breakfast is the best value you can get anywhere. I guess thats why it always crowed.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Randy H
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