El Tejano

Restaurants, Mexican North Hollywood
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El Tejano
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There is Mexican food, and then there is Tex-Mex, where everything is supposed to be bigger and better. El Tejano is a Tex-Mex restaurant in the heart of North Hollywood that honors all the traditions of this beloved cuisine, with an extensive menu that includes speciality tacos, salsas, Frito pie, craft beer and, of course, tequilas. The restaurant is proud to have happy hour all day everyday, when guests can choose to make their drinks Texas size for $2 or get two drinks for $2 more. You only need to head to North Hollywood to enjoy all the deliciousness of this Southern-style cooking.

By: Leila Elihu


Venue name: El Tejano
Address: 11122 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood
Opening hours: Daily 3pm-2am
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El Tejano is a Tex-Mex restaurant inhabiting the former Bow & Truss. I went on Friday night and was greeted by busy crowds and even children. El Tejano doesn't give off a "family" vibe, yet I don't know why they would allow children. I mean, it's not a TGIFriday's.

There's outdoor seating available with communal picnic tables. There's also an outdoor bar, tv's and corn hole games. Inside is where the booth seating is, along with the bar and salsa bar. They don't have any waiters, so everything has to be ordered from the bar. It can be a bit challenging when your walking around with "Texas-sized" margaritas and dodging running rugrats.

They say that they have all day "happy hour" because you can add a second drink or upgrade to a Texas-sized drink for $2 more. Some of the menu items are very "Tex-Mex" like their Frito pie and BBQ meat options for tacos and burritos. I'm not sure how I feel about BBQ sauce in my Mexican food. It would be a little odd because I'm not accustomed to it. 

I ordered their Texas-sized classic margarita. It was like a giant slushie. A little too salty, but not bad. I got the wet burrito with carne asada. It also wasn't bad, but different. It was too dark to see the rice, but it wasn't the normal red rice that I'm accustomed to and it was served with black beans instead of pinto. If you're expecting traditional Mexican food, don't, it's not - but that's kinda the point with Tex-Mex. It's its own style, so try it or don't but leave your expectations at the door and try to enjoy the ambiance.