Southern California is a hot spot for Southwestern dining fare; hey, because it’s in the Southwest! The Mexican food in Palmdale is comparable to any you’ll find in the Los Angeles area; so don’t be afraid of disappointment, if you’re used to the more expensive alternatives. Palmdale offers numerous Mexican restaurants, however, we’ve collected a few of the most unique, not only in hopes that they’ll get more patrons, but of course, be flattered by our attention, and give us a few coupons. On a more serious note however, don’t be afraid to venture out into Palmdale, especially if you’re on vacation. Palmdale hotels might have great room service, but they can’t give you the fabulous Mexican dining options we’ve listed below.
Mi Ranchito – This is actually a small chain, possible only regional to the Palmdale area; we know of two, located at 1060 E Palmdale Blvd., and another at 47th St East and Ave. S. In customer reviews, the former is generally frowned upon because of its reputation for unfriendly and slow service. The second location is more often chosen because the staff speaks perfect English, and is friendly, as well as fast. Important qualities, considering that this restaurant, reputed to have a menu that can’t be outdone by anything in L.A., is believe it or not, categorized under ‘Mexican fast food’. Check it out, and see whether or not you consider Mi Ranchito to be great food, or just ‘fast food’.
Los Arcos Mexican Food – This little joint is located in the Rancho Vista Vons shopping center, at 3115 Rancho Vista Blvd. It’s also not to be confused with the other Mexican dining spot, El Pollo Loco. These are two different restaurants, so if you see Pollo Loco, keep going, and try the quaint Mexican Los Arcos instead.
It’s a small restaurant, mostly favored by those in the local neighborhood. The best kept secret of Rancho Vista citizens no doubt. It’s received nothing short of shining reviews from customers, as well. When visiting Palmdale, if you’d rather have the quiet atmosphere of a small Mexican restaurant, try Los Arcos.
El Toreo West – El Toreo is also another chain, however, much larger than Mi Ranchito. There are six locations for El Toreo; however, the most well-known are El Toreo East, at 3025 E Avenue S # A10 and El Toreo West, at 38801 10th St W. Some have claimed that El Toreo East is better, and vice versa, however, most agree that both restaurants have excellent food, and outstanding margaritas. Some reviews suggest that El Toreo is preferable for the younger crowds, however. One adjective in particular was “sticky”, so be aware, the atmosphere may not be the quiet Mexican experience you were hoping for.
El Dorado Mexican Restaurant, Bar & Dancing – For the younger crowd, fond of the Mexican dining fare in Palmdale, there are few things better than a great Mexican restaurant that also happens to turn into a nightclub once the sun sets. The younger So-Cal tourists will find el Dorado a haven; with great, low-price drinks, a low cover charge, and ladies in free before 10 p.m.; plus, there’s take-out for those who prefer to run and eat, rather than eat, drink and dance. El Dorado’s food is also reviewed to be quite delicious, so if you’re in the area, and don’t want to drive to L.A. to experience some of the So-Cal club scene, as well as great Mexican food, try El Dorado.
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