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El Palenque Mexican Rest & Cantina

2165 Academy Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
(719) 570-0326
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I have actually been to this place a few times and each time it is better than before. This is a very mom and pop kind of place. Most people in here know one another and speak S...


I have to this place twice. The first time I had fish the food was ok nothing great. the next time I ordered chicken for starter and the main dish which had excess salt. It was ar...

South of the border is where this restaurant has gone! 3/27/2008

The first time we visited this establishment about a year ago in 2007, it was good. This is NOT the case currently. My husband and I dinned there for lunch today and were sorely disappointed. Not only displeased with the quality of food, I have been up all night with stomach problems. My husband had the fish soup which cost $12. He had hoped for that price a hearty soup with vegetables and meat, instead it was a bowl of broth and little other than that. It was a large portion but a large portion of broth. I had the fajita salad. I notice a bit of unusual taste but thought it was the juice from the orange slices on the salad. The salad consisted of bag iceberg lettuce mix and a huge amount of raw onions and green peppers and about a tablespoon of guacamole and a dollop of sour creme. This was a $9.75 salad. The onions and peppers were not cooked as one would expect on a salad. The chicken was dry and not hot - aparently had been sitting a while. The waitress was nice and did a good job considering what she had to work with. We should have gotten the hint when we drove up and the parking lot was vacant during what should have been a busy lunch time. This place has definitely "gone south"!! We won't be going back! more

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The Best Mexican/Southwestern Resturant 10/12/2006

Well the votes are in! After recently reevaluating what I feel are the 3 best places for Mexican/Southwestern Food in Colorado Springs (The Loop in Manitou, Senior Manuels, and El Palenque on Academy) I felt all 3 performed very well. However, if I had to make a choice right now I would go with El Palenque on Academy Blvd just north of Constitution. The Green, Yellow & Red building is hard to miss and the atmosphere is comfortable with a courteous staff. I found the Mole' to be a little sweeter and spicier than what I had in other restaurants...very nice. Good portion sizes and, what is so important these days, very reasonable prices with a good selection of beverages. The food appeared carefully prepared and tasted that way. All around a nice evening for a decent price. The only drawback I could find was when several people had their fajitas arrive around the same time...the hanging smoke got pretty thick *Laugh* The Loop has suffered because of the ongoing construction in Manitou that has at different times both flooded the floor and left them with out water. Judging just on food quality they come in a very close second. The quality of their margaritas has slipped in recent years becoming like mass produced/fast food shadows of their former selves, but still tasty enough to enjoy. Their menu is still the same list of favorites and mostly well prepared, however I have noticed that their food is better in the off tourist season dining the weekdays when you only have locals who come in. This may be due to a change in cook staff or that they are just so busy during tourist season and weekends that the quality of the preparation suffers. The wait staff is usually pretty courteous and efficient. The Loop is sometimes understaffed and also suffers from a lack of space and, while quaint, can often result in inordinately long and inconvenient wait times...especially given the very limited seating at the bar. Family owned Senior Manuels has always been a favorite of mine since my days in the Army, however the uncertainty of it's future at the corner of Nevada and Garden of the Gods combined with the growth out east seems to have taken it's toll. The atmosphere is still comfortable and the menu is still varied, however there seems to be an almost palpable gloom hanging in the air. The staff, while still courteous, just doesn't seem as friendly and jocular as they used to and I cannot tell if the seeming decline in the taste of the food was the result of a fall off in the care of the cooking staff or just the result of my comparison of fond memories to the present. In by best objective attempt I would say that Senior Manuels is still above and beyond the standard Mexican/Southwestern fare but, having a choice, I would choose El Palenque or the Loop for an evening out first. more

Heavenly Mexican ! 8/16/2005

I discovered this great taste of mexican food accidentally and since then have been a regular once a week. U should definitely try the Margaritas which are heavenly. The food is served hot and spicy and the quantity is humongous. I especially like the chicken and prawn combos. The place is quiet with a sober ambience. The staff is prompt and friendly. It is a great place for a family dinner. If you think otherwise try the longue with Billiards/Pool and blaring music. more

El Palenque 8/9/2005

This is absolutely my most favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs. My family and I eat there at least once every 2 to 3 weeks. The food is very authentic, and they have a large menu to choose from. The servers are always so nice to us, and go out of their way to make sure we are happy. I have lived here 29 years, and this is one of the best Mexican restaurants we've had in this city! more
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