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El Fenix Cafe

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3241 S 1st St, Abilene, TX 79605-1871
+1 325-677-3996
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Abilene
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107 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

I got the Little Rob's Special, which is a chicken enchilada in a green sauce, with rice and beans. I don't usually focus on rice, but El Fenix has authentic Spanish rice in my opinion, soft and flavorful. The friend I was with usually goes to Miguels, which is good, but more expensive. I think El Fenix represents a better... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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47 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

I would be totally surprised if this is part of the El Fenix chain. This appears to be a mom & pop type of place. Decided to go ahead and eat there and it was just ok. Not bad, not great. Didn't care for the chips or hot sauce. Walked in and hostess was busy texting and took longer than... More 

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Thank Gma58
Kaufman, Texas
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016 via mobile

Very good food, no complaints. Quaint and festive atmosphere. Very attentive service. Would visit again.

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Thank Pat J
Abilene, Texas
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016

My family has been coming here for years. Both the service and the food are always good. It can get very crowded on Sundays at lunch, but the wait is never too long. Prices are more than reasonable. Highly recommend.

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Lubbock, Texas
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

I work in Abilene on occasionally and went here on a recommendation. I had the lunch special which was Chicken Fajitas with a Green Chili Chicken Enchilada. It was a hearty helping that was obviously made fresh. The Fajitas were good but the Enchilada was excellent. Great service and the atmosphere makes you feel like you crossed the border to... More 

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Thank Sam C
Dallas, Texas
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015 via mobile

Good Mexican food and good service. Always a good choice. Always a friendly atmosphere. They have an awesome patio that sometimes has live music.

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Thank alr08a
Abilene
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9 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

El Fenix is locally owned and operated. The food is prepared fresh every day, and is authentic tex-mex. The green chicken enchilada dinner is the best chicken enchilada meal I have ever eaten. On Wednesday, Olivia (the owner) prepares her famous chile relleno, and it is also the best chile relleno I have ever eaten. The servers are friendly, and... More 

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Thank Nathan M
Indianapolis
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97 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2014

This is a lovely family Mexican restaurant. I felt like I had left Texas and landed somewhere in Mexico. I was made to feel welcome and enjoyed my meal. This is a very nice place and will be back when I return to Abilene.

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cheesecake
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

nice atmosphere. bit hole in the wallish, but it adds to the charm. foods pretty good and service was excellent.

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Thank boredom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

Great place I love the court yard!!! They have done such a great job fixing it up!! Food is great I had my birthday there and it was a lot of fun! We will be back thanks you guys!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
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Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3241 S 1st St, Abilene, TX 79605-1871
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Abilene
  • Phone Number: +1 325-677-3996

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?