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Known for its potent margaritas and tasty chicken chimichangas, Ramon's El Dorado Restaurant serves up family-style Mexican cuisine in Collinsville.
Some of the worst food, decor, service I have ever experienced. My wife and I routinely look for new places to eat over here in the Metro-East and decided on a Mexican Restaurant. The parking lot always seems to have people in it so we thought "Okay let's try it." Upon walking in the door you see terrible decorations and the entire restaurant has a feeling of dirt and grime. There was no hostess at the stand and when a server saw us standing at the door she seemed non-chalant about seeing us. Once we sat down she took our drink order and took 10 minutes to bring us water. They serve salsa with chips and the chips were stale and the salsa tasted like it was sitting in a cooler for a week. At least the beer was cold. We started with the nacho appetizer which was bad because the chips were stale and mushy and were topped with half-melted american cheese slices. The middle of the nachos were soggy from the microwaving and already we were displeased by the lack of service from our waitress who would disappear for 5-10 mins. I ordered the fajitas which was a mistake. The red peppers, onions and other veggies were raw and the meat was very over-cooked. My wife's meal included chicken tacos which tasted like they were microwaved with the rubbery chicken in them. The sides of rice tasted mushy and had to be at the very least a week old. The refried beans tasted like they came out of a can and we could taste the aluminum in them. Overall, the meal was disgusting the service was horrendous and the only bright spot was a cold beer. Not worth the time or the money. Now I know this sounds like a lot of fluff, but I work in the industry and am the head chef of a restaurant and have been in restaurants for over 10 years, so when I tell you not to waste your money on horrible food. DON'T DO IT.
Raymundo "Ramon" Otero, he of Ramon's El Dorado Restaurant, grew up in El Salto, Mexico, in a rural area where, as a child, he tended sheep and goats on the mountaintop where his family lived. He learned to cook from his mother, who for 25 years operated a restaurant there. After he arrived in Collinsville in August 1967, Otero opened Ramon's in an old gas station. It had two tables. The restaurant has expanded considerably since and features live music, a bar and the basic Mexican staples.... More »
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