El Paso Cafe has been in Mountain View since the 1983. They’re tucked away on the El Camino next to Danish Concepts and Petit Bistro. Don’t let the lack of parking scare you away. You might be there when the furniture business is closed and you can park in their lot. If you’re worried about where you parked, ask Edgar (the manager) and he’ll help you. All of those businesses seem to help each other out with parking, just ask is you have any questions.
This tiny little place has two rooms and a patio out back. I’ve been to a party on the patio during the summer and it was perfect! I remember it was warm, but shady and we had the whole patio to ourselves. I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a location to gather 15 people for margaritas and fabulous Mexican food, including the best burritos you've had in years. Speaking of burritos, El Paso Cafe is under new management now and they have the same menu, but new recipes.
The back patio is enclosed, and has a fresh paint job, and you’ll feel like you’re miles away from the hustle and bustle of downtown.
El Paso Cafe had a ribbon cutting ceremony this week and the Chamber of Commerce showed up with 25 or 30 people to help celebrate the Grand Re-Opening. Everyone feasted on the amazing spread that they prepared for us. We took over the entire restaurant and stopped traffic on the El Camino as everyone gathered to watch Edgar hold the giant pair of scissors and cut the ribbon.
I noticed that the food was juicy and less salty than most Mexican restaurants. Edgar told me that the recipes all come from Mixtla, Jalisco. They have some nice specialty items on their menu, including steak fajitas, chile relleno, enchiladas and fish tacos.
I love Mexican coke, and they have it. The real thing, served in a bottle. You know the difference, right? The authentic, Mexican coca-cola is the original, and it’s made with cane sugar. The American version of coke is made with high fructose corn syrup and it tastes much more sweet. The Mexican stuff is the best, by far!
I love supporting local businesses, the kind of places that are family owned and operated and have been in our community for decades and have tons of fans. This is definitely one of those kinds of places.
El Paso Cafe is located at 1407 W El Camino, Mountain View, CA.