13570 Rdg Rd, Cleveland, OH | Directions 4413341.398426 -81.735119
el charro – their portions have never been huge, they started out with the same portions and still have the same ones.. ya know when portion werent supersized meals? its not an all you can eat buffet, its not taco bell. its an original authentic restaurant that i have personally been going to since before i can remember.The service is not so great, because they arent a corporate restaurant, they arent forced to be nice to rude or disrespectful people, if you are nice to them, they will do the same. Sure their salsa has changed a bit, but its still great. its not meant to blow you away, just to get a good meal.i recommend shredded beef burritos, cheese quessidillas, or the chilerellenos
Love it! – I have been eating here since I was little, love it! I love the mild salsa, and always get the cheese enchiladas! Have tried a few others but this is my favorite! Very good and decently priced. Service has never been great but last time I was there it was better.
DO NOT GO HERE!!! – Worst dining experience EVER!!! I wouldn't even give this place one star if I didn't have to. I ordered Nachos Supremas, thinking this was a safe bet. You can imagine my surprise when I finally received my meal, only to find 8....yes EIGHT, I counted.... nacho chips on a plate, with a thin smear of ice cold beans, topped with sparse lettuce, about 5 whole mini shreds of cheese, and a bit of tomato and guac. I almost bursted out laughing when I saw my plate. This small portion was inedible - completely inedible. And my b/f was charged 12 dollars for a pint sized chimichanga. I'm never going back to this place. EVER!!!!! I had a free coupon for dinner, and let me tell you, it wasn't even worth it.
Old World Flavors. Best Guacamole Anywhere. Fish Dishes. – I visited El Charro in downtown North Royalton and was pleased to find a large selection of seafood items as a part of their menu. I was told by the manager, John, that they have added many new items to their menu, which was not yet printed. These include more old world recipes, as well as popular items like Baja style fish tacos, which I am told use Tilapia fish. Had the new menu been printed before I arrived, I might have missed the Grilled Bass Burrito I ordered. It was filled with healthy chunks of bass in a tastey cream sauce and served with rice and beans. I will be back to order this one again and again, after I try their fish tacos.
I am not sure how, but my chips and salsa tasted better the next morning and my leftovers helped to make one of the best "leftover Mexican food" omelettes I've ever had. This might just be the true measurement of old world Mexican flavor.
I don't drink much, but when I wandered back to the very pleasant cantina, I learned they use Souza tequila, which is the best. I was surprised at the generous happy hour specials offered weekdays. The interior was pleasant, but still feels unfinished. The bland presentation was likely a carryover from the old El Charro, one of the first Mexican restaurants in the Cleveland area. My enthusiastic server, Danielle, was adorable and made me feel like family. (We both play the trumpet.)
My wife and I frequent Mexican restaurants about 50 times each year and have eaten some of the best and worst Mexican food from California to New York City. We are always in search of those rich and subtle "old world" Mexico flavors and the lost art of Mayan cooking. With proliferation and popularity of chain restaurants like Cozymel's and Chipotle Americanizing this cuisine, it is making it even more difficult to find old world flavors locally. El Charro has them. Just don't tell my wife that their freshly made guacamole was the best I have ever had. I'll keep saying hers is best.
Very poor excuse for Mexican food – I had a simple burrito, which I would guess is the burger of Mexican food (if they can't do that then.....?). My meal was completely tasteless, no heat, spice nothing. It did not even look visually appealing when I cut into it. The burrito appears to be just watery ground beef cooked and wrapped in a tortilla shell. I took one bite of the burrito and some of the refried beans which were equally tasteless and that was enough for me. We were not even asked how we liked the food or how we were doing until we were ready to leave. When told that the food was a big disappointment they did not offer any solution or even bother to apologize. I guess they conduct a business were they are correct and the customer does not matter.
Faux Mexican food? – Where to start...the margaritas were too sweet and indicative of a cheap margarita mix. The hot salsa was hot, but lacked flavor. The mild salsa had the appearance and falvor of canned tomato sauce(ok, so they added salt!). The Seafood Enchiladas were made of fake crabmeat and tasted disgusting. The beef enchiladas lacked flavor. The service was mediocre at best. The flautas were ok at best. We did not bother to eat much, if any of our food. Although we were told that the chefs spoke no English, I am convinced that they probably don't speak Spanish either. This was a total waste of time and money.
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