38 Ray E Talley Ct. Ste F, Simpsonville, SC 29680
Hrs: Mon- Thurs 11am-10pm
Perfect for: Lunch, Dinner, Family Friendly, Quick bite
Bar/Drinks: Generous beer portions
Good to Know: Good vegetarian options, extremely friendly staff, pay upfront at the bar, if you come more than once, you will be remembered!
Parking: Always plenty of parking between the shared parking lot out front and the side parking lot to the right of the restaurant
Bathroom: It’s a bathroom, what more do you expect?
There is always a fiesta waiting for you at El Tejano in Simpsonville. When you walk in, you are immediately given an excited, friendly greeting that makes you feel welcome and ready to dine. The relaxed atmosphere is accompanied by authentic Mexican décor reminiscent of a Mexican fiesta, and the food is fresh and fast.
The aspect of this restaurant that sets it apart is the impeccable service – El Tejano’s knocked it out of the park during our visit. My drink never ran low; someone was always ready to refill my chips and salsa, and I only waited 10 minutes (at most) for my meal to arrive during a lunch rush. The staff is clearly dedicated to not only their guest’s happy taste buds, but also to a great overall restaurant experience – which always deserves an A+ from The Forked Foodie. (And, they’re sensitive to dietary needs such as gluten-free or dairy restrictions.)
After scoping out the classic Mexican offerings, I went for the cheese quesadilla with beef and mushrooms and a side of rice. In my book, a good quesadilla is chockful of gently sauteed vegetables and well-seasoned, tender meat, slightly crispy on the outside and is essentially a vehicle for delicious, gooey cheese. This one delivered, and it was served piping hot. When I tried to pick it up to eat, I found it a bit difficult to keep all the fillings from falling out. This baby is not skimpy, so I had to get my fork involved.
Portions are large here, so be prepared to roll yourself out or accept that you’re going to need a to-go container. That being said, I ate every last bite of my plate, in spite of being as full as a tick halfway through.
After wrapping up my meal and practically heaving myself out of my chair, I headed to the register to pay. The lady helping me asked if everything was to my liking and if I had a good meal. Her happiness and excitement were so sincere and sweet that I almost expected a motherly hug. As I was leaving, she told me she couldn’t wait to see me again soon. It’s these little touches that set El Tejanos apart, without feeling too over-the-top.
This little, hidden gem makes you feel right at home even during their busiest rush hours. Everything from the friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere to the authentic dishes leaves you feeling part of the family and excited for your next Mexican craving. Which I’m sure I’ll be having soon.
El Tejano, my experience was perfecto!