A bit of history about Manuelac2s Original El Tepeyac CafA(C). Founded in 1942 by the Rojas family; originally called El Tupinamba CafA(C), located in ... More
El Tepeyac Cafe
A bit of history about Manuelac2s Original El Tepeyac CafA(C). Founded in 1942 by the Rojas family; originally called El Tupinamba CafA(C), located in downtown LA; which then moved to Lincoln Heights, there known as La Villa CafA(C). In 1952 the family made its final move to Boyle Heights, where it would be known as El Tepeyac CafA(C), now the home of the ever famous acoeManuel Specialac acc - the FIVE POUND BURRITO! After the untimely death of his father, Salvador Rojas, Manuel stepped in and along with his mother Rebecca, took the restaurant and built it to become the neighborhood restaurant of Los Angeles and for all who come. Manuel has been involved over the years with several organizations such as the local Optimist Club, Rotary Club and has generously contributed to most local community and school events.
I have been there several times over the years and the service has always been terrible. They have older ladies waitressing and it is very obvious they don't like what they do. And if you don't speak spanish...forget it!! And the idea of them recycling food is disgusting...the health dept. needs to be notified because just in case they don't know, hepatisis a and b are transferred through saliva.
I grew up in the East L.A. area and am familiar with El Tepayac. Food is OK and service is quick. Lines are usually long to get into the restaurant. I now live in Orange County and decided to take a friend/colleague of mine to this restaurant. We are both university professors and I wanted him to experience a real treat.
While we were drinking coffee after dinner and discussing our work at one of the tables, an employee came up to us and asked us to leave. We didn't have more than three sips of coffee when we started getting stares and comments from the waitress and the so-called 'bouncer' that we had over stayed our welcome. I thought this was extremely rude and inconsiderate. I felt like asking for my money back after this happened.
My friend and I realized that money was the only reason they asked us to leave. That is, they wanted to clear the table as quickly as possible so that they could seat other people who were going to eat - and pay. After this experience, I probably will never go back again or recommend it to others. I was trully disappointed at this 'hurry up, eat, and leave' attitude.
My advice is, if you're planning to visit El Tepayac, do not expect conversations to go above a 5th grade level. It is not a 'cerebral' hangout where people can sit together, enjoy each other's company, and discuss world events.
Ive seen them recycle food myself. The thought of that makes me sick. And by the way, what kind of authentic mexican restaurant puts lettuce in a burrito? I understand that this place is an icon, but I have eaten at much better mexican restaurants.
I have to give El Tepayac a 4 out of 5 only because they are not perfect. However, whenever we have family get togethers, this is usually where we go. We love the Hollenbeck. One Hollenbeck will feed 3-5 people. You can get it with or without whatever, including lettuce. But my family and I love it. My brother worked in East LA when he was young, (now 55) and that is how he discovered it. It is one of the best burritos in Los Angeles. And... Los Angeles has some of the best Mexican food I have ever tasted. If you don't like El Tepayac, try Ramona's and get your burrito to order and its inexpensive. Love it!!!
I've been going to this place for years. I wish I could say that the food has gotten better, but it's the totally oppisite. The quality of food as downgraded as well as the service. the place used to have a homely feel to it now its just a hole in the wall trying to make a dollor. If your in the area and have cash on you stop by and get a famous burrito. It used be worth driving across town.
I've heard so manypeople rave about this place I'm beginning to think maybe it's me. The portions were gigantic, but tasteless, ingredients are inferior, the cheese is some weird kind of artificial stuff.
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