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El Puerto Mexican Restaurant is a fun, family-friendly restaurant, that's been dishing out authentic Mexican cuisine since 1983.  It's a favorite of the Rancho Cordova locals, who love the comfortable decor, friendly service, and most of all, the delicious Mexican food the restaurant is known for...

As with all of reviews that I publish, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.

Photo:  El Puerto Mexican Restaurant is located in a small strip mall, on busy Folsom Blvd., in Rancho Cordova. The restaurant is family owned and operated, and has been serving delicious Mexican food at the same location since 1983.  It's just before the 11:00 in the morning opening time, Thursday, October 10, 2019, and I've arrived to enjoy a delicious lunch.

Photo:  The dining room, as you enter, with the counter, and the window to the kitchen in the rear.  It's just a little after the 11:00 morning opening time, and the restaurant is beginning to fill up with Rancho Cordova locals, who appreciate the great food, friendly, and lightning-fast service.  

The restaurant has been in the same location since 1983, and the dining room is definitely decorated like 1983, which adds to the charm.  It's clean, comfortable, and a friendly place to enjoy an excellent meal.

Photo:  We opened the menu to the first page, which lists the "Lunch Specials," and we never bothered looking at the rest of the menu, as this looked exactly like what we were looking for.  The menu is a little misleading, as it lists "meat choices" as cheese, beef, chicken, carnitas, chilie verde or carne asada, at extra cost.  When it came to placing our order, we were offered the choice of beef, cheese or chicken in our enchiladas, and I was offered the choice of beef or chicken in my soft taco.

Photo:  After we placed our orders, our friendly server, Brenda, brought a basked of fresh tortilla chips, and a bowl of in-house made salsa.

Photo:  A basket of fresh tortilla chips, along with a bowl of in-house made fresh salsa makes a great appetizer, and is included in the price of your meal.  Nothing like trying to carry on a conversation with a friend when you're stuffing your mouth with chips and salsa!

Photo:  Meet our server, Brenda R., as she delivers our lunches with a smile.  Brenda was very pleasant, friendly and efficient.  Both my dining companion and I were amazed that our lunches arrived in only about five minutes after placing the orders!

Photo:  My friend, Kim and I prepare to enjoy a delicious lunch at El Puerto Mexican Restaurant.  Thanks, Brenda, for taking the photo.

Photo:  From the "Lunch Specials" section of the menu, I ordered a "Two Item Combination," and my "choices" were a beef enchilada and a soft, beef taco.  All combination lunches come with rice and beans.  Kim ordered an identical lunch, except she only ordered one "choice," which was a beef enchilada.

For starters, both my dining companion and I were simply amazed at the LIGHTNING FAST service, as Brenda placed our orders on our table, in less than five minutes after placing our order!  That's "faster" than "fast food," and El Puerto Mexican Restaurant is a full-service, sit down restaurant.

For the enchiladas, you get your choice of beef or chicken - the lunch menu is misleading, as it implies there are many more choices - we both chose beef for the enchiladas, and I chose beef for my taco.  The beef in the enchiladas and the taco are ground beef, lightly seasoned and perfectly cooked.  The enchiladas were stuffed with lots of red sauce, onion, and the rolled corn tortilla was covered in sauce and shredded cheese, which worked out great. My soft taco was stuffed with seasoned ground beef, shredded lettuce, diced tomato, along with shredded Mexican cheese. My dining companion and I agreed our main entrees were delicious!

All lunch combination plates include a helping of rice and beans, no matter what your main entree is.  The rice was your typical Mexican rice, good, tasty, but not particularly distinctive or noteworthy.  The refried beans were also very good, covered with shredded, Mexican cheese, and were also not particularly noteworthy.  The refried beans and rice made excellent side dishes, and made our lunches complete.

The lunches aren't huge, as the portions are on the average size, but they're really good, and they'll fill you up.  For me, my lunch was just the right size, and Kim couldn't quite finish hers, so I gave her a helping fork.  We were satisfied with our lunches, in quality, quantity and price.

The food is delicious, the portions are on the generous side, the service is super friendly, and your meal is served to you LIGHTNING FAST! When you're in the mood for delicious Mexican cuisine, join the Rancho Cordova, CA locals "in the know," and enjoy amazing food at El Puerto Mexican Restaurant.

El Puerto Mexican Restaurant
10851 Folsom Blvd.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
916 635-6380

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