Started going here when it 1st opened. Food was very good, however since right befor their expansion, the quality of food dropped and the service became horrible. I decided to try it again and that was a mistake I will not make again.
Worst customer service and mediocre food.
Greeted by a man who grunted at me as if I were bothering him by wanting a table. I told him "1 for lunch" to which he turned and walked towards the booths. He threw the menu onto a table and kept on walking. I assumed this was my table for lunch.
Server wasnt all that great at customer service either and the food looked like it was just slung onto the plate.
Will never return and make sure I spread the word. Horrible place!
Like a Taco Bell with silverware. how do you mess up a tamale and enchilada? They seem to have no basic cooking skills. All the fake "Mexican" atmosphere in the world can't make up for a basic lack of a decent edible dish.
Horrible. This place was horrible. The food was 3 ingredients slopped on a plate and not even cooked through. I sent it back. I told the server I'd like to pay for my drink and leave, but another man came out and I was threatened with a "fight" if I didn't pay for the food I sent back. Needless to say, I'm never stepping foot in that place again.
I first went to this restaurant about 3 years ago and remembered it as being very good, as close to authentic as it could be here in PA, Mexican food. I'm not in this area of town often and had the opportunity to have lunch at El Campesino a couple of days ago. I don't know if the food quality has really gone downhill, or if I remember the food as being better than it really was, but we went with another couple and we all were disappointed. The food was truly uninspired. The sauces were bland and thin, the enchilada, burrito, and taco fillings just drive-through restaurant ordinary, there were frozen mixed vegetables in the rice (!), even the obligatory chips and salsa were not very good (the salsa think and watery, the chips greasy). Even the more "special" entrees, a cheese-stuffed chile poblano and a meat-filled chile relleno , were blah. What has happened? Well, whatever it was, we won't be returning. I can do better at home with a can of tomatillos, some chicken, a bunch of cilantro, and a package of commercially-made tortillas!
If you don't really know what Mexican food is like, you probably will like this restaurant. But if you want really good, authentic Mexican food, buy a good cookbook (any of Rick Bayless') and stop by Reyna's in the Strip for groceries.
If you want to get REAL Mexican.... Awesome food. I've been to all of the El Campesino locations but the Monroeville location takes the cake. Everything on the menu is fantastic. Enchilada and burrito sauces, salsa, and refried beans are some of the best I've ever had. Super fast service. If you're worried about authentic, some of the employees barely speak English! All the employees ARE authentic. The only down side is this location is BYOB, if that's something you're worried about.
AVOID @ all costs....
Mexican food? Not even close. Let us start with the beginning~ when you are eating GOOD Mexican food NO one cares how the place looks... Ever been to a taco stand on the corner? But this might as well been McDonald's.
Salsa? I can't believe they have the nerve to call it that.
Ground beef in tacos, with BOXED shells, go to Taco Bell.
I have had better beans out of a Rosarita can.
The enchilada sauce tasted like ketchup gone wrong. The cheese tasted like it was given out for free! If this is one of the "best" Mexican food restaurants in Pittsburgh, the city is in for a real treat when you can find salsa verde and tacos de lengua. How about some pico de gallo? How about some SPICE? I won't even get into the service, or lack thereof.
Call this place what it is BAD fast food, where they don't even give you the option of a drive-thru! I rather go to Taco Bell any day.
I guess I must mention that I was born and raised fairly close to the Mexico/Arizona border and would love to bring the food from there to here. You'ins would LOVE it!
fresh chips, salsa needs some cilantro, chili renallo is unbeatable. I used to love this restaurant but lately, it's slipping. The service isn't so friendly as it used to be (it depends on who you get) the food quality has become very inconsistent, and the prices are climbing as the quality goes down. I wouldn't mind paying more, really I wouldn't, because when it's good it's great! I'm practically a weekly regular but am beginning to re-think regular lunches there. Lately, it's been very disappointing. And you think they would be friendlier to customers they see over and over again. I once complained that our food took forever to arrive, was cold when we got it, and the server was rude. I got "sorry to hear that" and then was rung up and charged the full amount for our dinners. And still I came back for more, thinking they were busy and any restaurant can have a bad day but it's been inconsistent the last few months. C'mon guys! Don't go down the tubes now! And hey, it pays to give a little extra attention to your regulars, we are the ones who reccomend your place to other potential regulars! And if a customer had a legitimate complaint, don't you think you should give a discount on the meal or offer a free one next time we come in? A sincere apology with a bit of a price break for bad service or bad food goes a loooong way in chalking up a bad experience in a place you once loved. I sincerely hope things improve in the near future to the top notch food and service we USED to get there.
It ain't Maya or Rosa Mexicana, but what is in Pittsburgh?.
Pittsburgh Mexican food = combo plates, period. Hopefully someday that will change.
In the meantime, far as combo-plate joints in Pittsburgh go, El Campesino is above average. The one thing they do better than anyone else is chilaquiles.
I was born and raised in south Texas.. the birth place of Tex-Mex.
El Campesino upholds the Tex-Mex Standards 100%.
The nachos are to die for!
The fajitas are heavenly!
The salsa is nice and spicy..
Though you can request the mild stuff
Thats what we get for my 4 year old daughter..
hee hee hee
All in all.. a VERY pleasing experience!
Only 1 complaint...
The place could be a bit bigger..
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