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El Pato

Mexican, Southwestern, Fast food
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77 Sunshine Strip & East Taylor, Harlingen, TX
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Dallas, Texas
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139 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016

Recently drove through here after a five-year absence from Harlingen - picked up a variety of breakfast tacos, and was not disappointed. Everything was exactly as it always has been - yummy. Very comforting to find they are still cranking out fresh-made food. It's always a stop when we get home for that reason.

Thank Kay2048
Sydney, Australia
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96 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

After a day of shopping I wanted quick Mexican food. My sister said forget the drive-thru because they take too long, so I went in. Even then, it took over 15 minutes for 2 tacos!! Thank God the food was worth the wait!

Thank Tex2Syd
Bastrop, Texas
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3 reviews
Reviewed 7 July 2016

It's been around 20 years since I have lived and worked in Harlingen. But, when I did, I used to pop in through the drive-through at El Pato for a breakfast taco every weekday on my way to work. They still have the thin flour tortillas and perfect salsa for an old valley girl like me. Some GOOD things never... More 

Thank dahleeng
Harlingen, Texas
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98 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2016

Great breakfast taco place with so many ingredient options. Comfortable enough seating, and they deliver your order. Had lunch there once, which was not as good as breakfast.

Thank johnb1246
Harlingen, Texas
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016

I have always liked their food but recently my husband has also grown to love their food. The place is clean and the people are friendly. Just make sure you repeat your order or they repeat it back to you as they tend to mess up! Its not earth shattering but they will give you something else instead. For example,... More 

Thank Ana91670
Harlingen, Texas
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108 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2016 via mobile

I like this place when I'm in a hurry , there are no waiters but after you order they take your food to the table, food is good for the price and is very clean.

Thank Joriu1965
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 January 2016 via mobile

We happened upon this place! It was amazing! You will get service with a smile! All of the sauces were yummy! The pico was perfect! You will not regret stopping here!

Thank Shelly C
Victoria, Texas
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92 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2015

We started out heading to a different restaurant, but upon arriving, we found the place jammed, hence our good fortune finding El Pato just across the street. Although it took a while to get our food (close to 20 minutes), it soon became apparent that it was worth the wait. Each of us had enchiladas, my wife had chicken and... More 

Thank Terry S
Richmond, Virginia, Usa
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67 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2015

This is a fast food Mexican restaurant. There is a lot of labor playing a part here, but everything is made so fresh it is worth a little wait. I never thought I would give a fast food place 5 stars, but this is fabulous. I had a chicken pato and a specialty burrito. Just a tip, only get one.... More 

Thank GW370
Rancho Viejo, Texas
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53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2015

El Pato is one of my favorite places for drive through. The patos are built to your order. They are super tastey. Hot suce is great here too. It will fill you up.

Thank Zenia V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Mexican, Southwestern, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 77 Sunshine Strip & East Taylor, Harlingen, TX
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Harlingen

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?