La Malinche

Style Mexican
Street Address 301 Texas Avenue
City El Paso State TX
Zip Phone Number (915) 544-8785

La Malinche is local mini-chain in El Paso. There are five locations: 301 Texas Avenue, 5901 Brook Hollow Drive, 910 North Yarbrough Drive, 3910 Doniphan Drive, and 9109 Dyer Street. The one I visited and found very unique was located between Texas and Stanton Street. Surrounded by old tall buildings that give the impression of a larger East coast city, La Malinche is on the ground floor. From the outside, it looked nothing like a typical Mexican restaurant. In fact, it looked like a tiny cafe. Inside, however, I discovered that it was much larger than it appeared. It is colorfully decorated with flowering plants, paintings,and Mexican murals. The windows along both side of the wall offered abundant lighting, giving the dining room an open-air feel.

The food was both economical and good. The chips were fresh and the salsa was excellent (if a little spicy for many). We went there as a large group and ordered the following:

Mexican plate - it comes with a relleno, a beef taco, two different enchiladas, refried beans and rice.
Taco plate - three small tacos folded with beef.
Steak Ranchero - strips of steak mixed with tomato, jalepeņo, and onion.
Chicken salad - a garden salad top with pulled chicken breast meat, and avocado.
Cheeseburger - the cheeseburger was huge and comes with a side of fries.

The kids had the burrito plate, grilled cheese, and the enchilada plate.

Overall, everyone was satisfied with their food. I would say the Steak Ranchero was the best. The steak was both tender and flavorful. A hint of heat from the minced jalepeņos mixed with a zesty complement offered by the tomato really made the dish mouth-watering. The service was adequate, but not all the staff were fluent in English (fortunately, this was not an issue for our group). Next time we visit the museum district of El Paso, I think we will come here again for an authentic Mexican meal at a very reasonable price.


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