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L & J Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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3622 E Missouri Ave, El Paso, TX 79903-4421
+1 915-566-8418
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Today
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Wed 09:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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El Paso, Texas, United States
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

L& J's is great...a little greasy but excellent flavor and the salsa is the bomb! Only problem is the parking and the wait. If you go at lunch get there early or after 1, otherwise expect to wait at least 20 minutes.

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Thank Penny B
El Paso, Texas
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is great for Mexican food. The place looks rough from the outside. Some people would not want to go in. The restaurant has a bar inside but once you get passed the bar, the restaurant takes over. The bar has its regulars. Don't miss out on some really great homemade food.

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Thank chevy91fan
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The place was packed but the good and service was phenomenal. I had the chicken enchiladas and they were delicious.

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Thank Janet S
El Paso, Texas
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The family always loves it here. Service is good food is great and well prepared. The presentation is great 👍.

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Thank Edowind
El Paso, Texas
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

L&Js has always been a sure bet for good food. While it's main area is a bar, they have seating on either side for dining. Depending on the time of day it can feel "cozy." Our last visit included the Machaca and Taco Plate. Both were delicious. The machaca had large chunks of chiles and a good mix of egg... More 

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Thank Jessica M
Comfort, Texas
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195 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

First time in El Paso (though flown over and driven by many times). Used recommendations from TripA and, if on the border, no choice but to "do" Mexican or at least TexMex food. L&J rated at 2nd in El Paso seemed like a logical choice. Certainly should not judge a book by its cover, and we are fine with that.... More 

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Thank Lengwhite
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69 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The red and green salsas are amazing and a bit hot. The food is awesome and service was great. The food came quick and hot. Like others have said don't let the outside look turn you away; you will regret it.

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Thank Giesis A
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Exceptional food for a budget price is any travellers wish. This is one pf those few places you have to visit to taste and experience.

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Thank yerianantonwtty
El Paso, Texas
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

L and J is an El Paso landmark for Mexican food, it is located next to one of the oldest cemeteries in town adding to its folklore, the restaurant was done inside an old adobe home and has been expanded inside the house throughout the years. However if you are a Mexican food lover and you can handle the rich... More 

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Thank gusanito99
McKinney, Texas, United States
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't let the location or exterior fool you. This place is a regular for many that live in El Paso. The food was very good, the atmosphere lively, the service was prompt and courteous. Ingredients were fresh, loved the fresh made salsa! I have made it a 'go to' place to eat when I'm in El Paso.

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Thank Judy M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 21:00
Monday
09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 21:00
Thursday
09:00 - 22:00
Friday
09:00 - 22:00
Saturday
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3622 E Missouri Ave, El Paso, TX 79903-4421
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  El Paso
  • Phone Number: +1 915-566-8418

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