Camacho's Place

/ Mexican, Restaurant
#15 of 295 places to eat in El Centro
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$$$$ Average price: $11-30
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796 W Wahl Rd
El Centro, California, USA
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You will be provided Mexican cuisine at this restaurant. Camacho's Place serves tasty grilled beef, asado and stewed steaks. If hungry, come here for good ice cream. When visiting this place, it's a must to try delicious beer. Visit this place and have great coffee.

It's easy to find this spot due to the convenient location. A lot of guests highlight that the staff is cool at this restaurant. Terrific service is something visitors appreciate here. You will pay attractive prices for dishes. The atmosphere is nice, many people like the concept of Camacho's Place. But this place didn't get a high score on the Zomato rating list.

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We are Australians who visited the restaurant today...very friendly and great wine and beers
The service is PRICELESS!
To get to Camacho's Place, you will need to journey through forsaken realms and lands with no songs. As your GPS guides you over El Centro's crumbling roads through dusty desert fields juxtaposed to irrigated cattle farms, you'll repeatedly check it to see if it's guiding you to the right address. Reassure yourself that this place HAS to be good if it's remained open for nearly 75 years while being this far away from civilization. I was told that there's a man from Orange County who flies here via helicopter. Probably the smart thing to do if you care about your tires.Camacho's Place, opened in 1946 by Richard Camacho and his wife, Juanita, is indeed best referred to as a "place" rather than a restaurant. It is a dining room surrounded by a museum that preserves the memories of a family that has owned it for three generations while photos on its walls pay homage to the people they've fed and entertained therein, from friendly neighbors to Hollywood film stars to literal royalty like Prince Harry, who rolled in with an entourage of 40 a few years ago.Mexican cuisine is served here and, even if it is not particularly authentic, the people who serve it to you are as real as you'll find. And, by that, I'm mostly referring to Richard and Juanita's granddaughter, 68-year-old Rosamonde ("Rosie") Cuellar, a sharp woman with a dust-dry wit who runs the kitchen. Tommy, her gregarious husband, helps out as a waiter. On the Tuesday afternoon I was in, the restaurant was empty, so I sat across from them, these two strangers who were serving me their food, and we ate, talked, and laughed. Good people.The food is superb for what it is: home cooking, more soulful than precise. I ordered the "Special Quesadilla," Camacho's Place's signature dish, copied and imitated by other restaurants in Imperial Valley. It consists of gooey melted cheese in a deep-fried pastry shell that visually resembles a very large empanada, but is chewier than you'd expect. The taste and texture reminded me of the Portuguese cheese rolls I grew up eating for breakfast. Rosie shared with me samples of her rice and beans, the latter of which literally disintegrated on my tongue like some kind of Ferran Adrià culinary science experiment. Truly melt-in-your-mouth!However, it was "Rosie's Special Carne Asada Taco" that was the best thing I ate here. Abandon the idea that this taco will use the de rigueur thin-cut citrus-marinated flank steak that you get in most carne asada tacos in the U.S. Here at Camacho's Place, they use a thick coarse-fibered chop of flap steak that has been cut against the grain, and benefited from a marinade before being blasted with blistering heat, resulting in a heavily-seared carne asada that wears a well-charred caramelized coating on the outside, and a tender, soft medium-rare consistency inside. Most Mexican restaurants in America that prepare carne asada are unable to operate a grill with this level of competence, and that's the primary reason why "Rosie's Special Carne Asada Taco" is one of the very best you'll ever have. The other reason is the buttery, rich guacamole made from Hass avocados. Everything is wrapped in a flour tortilla, Mexicali-style. It all tastes a bit salty, but it works -- the flavors are explosive, and the textures magnificent.
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Address
796 W Wahl Rd, El Centro, California, USA
Features
Сredit cards accepted Takeaway Wheelchair accessible Outdoor seating No Wi-Fi Parking No TV
Opening hours
SundaySun Closed
MondayMon Closed
TuesdayTue 12:30-20:00
WednesdayWed 12:30-20:00
ThursdayThu 12:30-20:00
FridayFri 12:30-20:00
SaturdaySat 12:30-20:00

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