Decorated like a Christmas zoo, this clowned out Mexican joint actually serves some of the better American Mexican food I’ve had in the area which isn’t saying much. The Mexican restaurants mid city pretty much suck. If you like multi colored lights shaped like chiles buzzing around your head then you’ll love the atmosphere here. I mean come on, you don’t stick around as a Mexican joint in a Jewish neighborhood for 75 years with a couple pinatas and a cool name….this place has some serious color! Even the waitresses are dressed up in traditional Mexican dresses. The atmosphere definitely takes you in and if you’re accepting of it you’ll feel like I do when you’re there, happy and ready to have plenty of margawita’s. If you are not accepting of the atmosphere, you will feel like a zoo animal trapped in a christmas obsessed, mexican drunk’s living room. And if you’re not into that, it just means you dont like to party.
Now I have to be honest, I feel like El Coyote heated a pinata and filled it with cheese, tortillas, and chicken …and then spun it in an extra large centrifuge until it blew up and then put the remains on my plate. To say the least my enchilada’s were not exactly in top form…they looked like a brain. But they were pretty decent. The rice and beans were good as well. The shredded beef taco was a huge meh. Overall, El Coyote grill is good for a casual lunch, typical Mexican American food, and a pretty raging atmosphere. I just wish I tried the Mexican Pizza….Next Time!