Restaurant: El Mariachi Loco
Address: 101 Bellevue Ave Hammonton, NJ 08037
Price: Very Reasonable
Portions: Very Good
Taste: Pretty Awesome
The Missus and I heard about El Mariachi Loco last year. Heard good things and we both like Mexican food. She can’t take the spicy stuff and I stay away from the refried beans, but other than that, we’re game.
EML looks huge on the outside, but the inside is actually smaller than I expected. Maybe there’s an upstairs or a back area, but I didn’t see it. There was a mariachi guitar player. He was pretty good! A little loud at first, but he turned down the volume when the room emptied a little. The hostess tried to sit us right next to him, but I stopped her. No way I’m sitting that close to music.
The free chips including tomatillo salsa, which was my favorite. The Missus had the refried bean dip. There was also a much spicier salsa, which was good too. Had to stick with the tomatillo salsa. I went through two cups. Fresh!
The menu is pretty huge. Lots of interesting choices, including breakfast. I got the shrimp ceviche and carne asada. The Missus got a steak sopa and some kind of chicken enchilada with absolutely no spices. Everything was great. The ceviche was served on tostadas which I immediately thought would shatter with the first bite and fall all over the place, but they didn’t. There was a mix up with the sopa, the waitress thought we said “soup” and brought us soup but they straightened it out. The owner/chef Robert came out to make sure, everyone was very friendly.
I could’ve used some more iced tea and napkins, but they were super busy. We topped it off with a Bananas Foster with Fried Ice Cream. One of my weaknesses. Great stuff. I would totally go back, probably on a less busy night than a Friday. It would also be a great lunch and/or breakfast place. I like a little spice in the morning. Get yourself to El Mariachi Loco, the food is crazy good.
I give El Mariachi Loco 8 out of 10 keggers. There’s lots on that menu I gotta try.