El Campesino offers authentic Mexican sit-down dining at fast-food speed.
Since I started writing The Hero of Canton blog in September, I’ve been wanting to go back to restaurants I’ve previously visited so I could review them here. Considering I’ve only been living here since June that’s a pretty short list. But somebody’s got to do it!
I’m developing a real love for Mexican food and found a Mexican restaurant that I particularly enjoy: El Campesino. I’ve been to two separate El Campesino restaurants in Canton and both have been equally as good.
My first visit was on a business trip long before I moved here. There were three of us and we were told that this was the place to go for Mexican. It’s always packed and always good. The always packed part wasn’t true, but the other certainly was.
My next two visits were equally as solid. I think each time I ordered the exact same thing, The Cancun Cheese Steak. I couldn’t really tell you what it is, but it was the best Mexican food I’ve ever had in my mouth.
Months later, Jen and I decided to make another trip to El Campesino so I could do my review and get some pictures. So we put the bark collar on the dog and headed out.
The previous three times I visited the El Campesino on Tuscarawas. This time we tried the one located on Cleveland Ave. Once again, El Campesino did not disappoint.
When we walked in I wasn’t sure if we seated ourselves or waited. There was nobody there to ask us “how many” or to put our name on a list. Then again, there’s never been a wait so there is no need for a list. Someone snuck up behind us, grabbed a couple of menus and led us to our table.
The El Campesino Restaurant on Cleveland Avenue is clean, bright and cheery. The decor is subtle Mexican without the overbearing, in-your-face “hey look, we’re a Mexican restaurant” that you see in other places. It feels comfortable and homey without looking like it’s trying too hard.
We sat down and immediately someone was there taking our drink order. Within minutes a soda and tea were in our hands, along with a batch of warm tortilla chips and medium salsa. I’m not a huge fan of El Campesino’s salsa, which is about the only negative thing I have to say about them. It’s not bad, I’ve just had better. But I’ve also had much worse from other Mexican restaurants. We ordered some queso to go along with our chips and salsa (mmmm, cheese), then placed our order while we enjoyed our chip appetizer.
The Menu at El Campesino is extensive. I’ve never seen so many options. Just about every combination of tacos, burritos, fajitas, and enchiladas is on the menu and numbered. I find it humorous that they don’t allow substitutions. I can’t imagine needing any, since they seem to have every angle covered.
I ordered something new this time, the Burrito Special. I don’t like guacamole and forgot to ask them to keep it off, but I did remember to tell them “no beans”. I took a moment to scrape the green goo off my food in order to make it edible.
The beef tip burrito tasted excellent. The texture was just right, smothered with the appropriate amount of cheese, topped with lettuce and tomato! I couldn’t ask for a better Mexican meal. I try not to eat all the food on my plate when I go out, hoping to have something left over the next day, but I just couldn’t help myself. The next thing I knew only my rice remained.
Poor rice. It can’t compete with a good burrito!
Jen ordered the #12, Chicken Burrito and Chicken Enchilada and enjoyed it just as thoroughly as I enjoyed mine.
As with every experience I’ve had at El Campesino, the service is fast. Our food was on the table within five minutes of us ordering–no more than ten minutes after we had taken our seat. I guess Mexican food only has about six basic ingredients, it’s just a matter of throwing it together in one of several dozen combinations. I don’t think we’ve ever waited more than ten minutes for our food here. The time it took enter the restaurant, get seated, eat, pay and walk back outside, my motorcycle hadn’t even cooled down yet!
I can’t say anything bad about El Campesino. Good food and great service. it’s fast, inexpensive and best of all, totally satisfying to both the belly and the buds.
More El Campesino Info
My Cost: 2 adults – $22 plus tip.
Hats off: 5/5
El Campesino website
El Campesino menu (pdf)
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3520 Cleveland Ave NW