El Patio II Mexican Restaurant, Many LA

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Address:
El Patio II Mexican Restaurant, Many LA
160 Fisher Road
Many, Louisiana
71449-3707
Telephone:
318.256.1111

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Hours:
Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday/Saturday – 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Location:
Next to The Starlite Motel

Atmosphere:
Casual Mexican Restaurant

Cuisine:
Mexican


Parking:
Shared Parking Lot

Dress:
Casual

Reservations:
No

Meeting Room:
Yes

Smoking Restaurant:
No

Bar:
Yes, full bar

Liquor:
Yes

Wheel Chair Accessible:
Yes

Restroom Wheel Chair Accessible:
Yes, with difficulty

Handicap Accessible:
Yes, with difficulty

Take-Out:
Yes

Catering:
Call

Delivery:
No


Thursday, January 28th, 2009

We arrived in Many, Louisiana about 4 p.m., checked into the Starlite Motel. There aren't many choices for lodging here, and later that evening, we could see why it is called “Starlite” - you can see lots and lots of stars! We drove around the community to see if we could find any restaurants to eat in, and discovered that there weren't a lot of those to choose from either. We decided to eat at El Patio which is on the motel property.

The restaurant is decorated in typical Mexican colors and is quite festive. “Los Gallos Mexican Restaurant” was here in the past. There were quite a few diners and more arrived while we were eating. Our waiter was very personable and attentive. We started out with tortilla chips and salsa. The salsa was very good, but the chips were stale. Alas. I ordered three tamales ($3.99) and Lou ordered the Burrito Mexicano, which was stuffed with beef and pork, tomatoes, onions and bell peppers and topped with cheese, tomatoes and guacamole. He also ordered a side of rice and beans.

My tamales were mediocre, and VERY small, measuring about 3” x 1” x 3/4” and were not served with any type of sauce. They were bland and dry. Left me wanting something more.

Lou thought his meal was good, however. I made the mistake of ordering the Mexican Fried Ice Cream. We had wonderful fried ice cream in Hawaii, and I was dreaming of those delicious desserts when I ordered here. It arrived. First of all, it was an ample portion. Covered with commercial brand non-dairy topping and accompanied with honey butter and cinnamon. It has to be the absolute worst fried ice cream ever to have been made. The corn flakes were whole, not crushed. Remember the stale chips? You got it, stale corn flakes surrounding a rock solid ball of a no-name brand of white ice cream. I think it was vanilla, but the manufacturer forgot to add the vanilla.

Even thinking about it now makes my stomach turn. So, all in all, Lou's meal was ok and mine was mediocre and the dessert was horrible. Total for the meal was $33.00 plus tip, which seems a bit much for what we had. Oh, I didn't mention, that the meals don't include rice or beans unless it is specified on the menu.

We took a menu to go, but you need a high power magnifying lens to read it. Not that we'll ever need it.

Would we return. Unlikely.

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