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Another El Camino Restaurant? Airport Highway?

I drove by the old Joe's Crab Shack (which was most recently the Whiskey Ranch) on Airport Highway near Reynolds and a saw a sign that said: Coming Soon El Camino Loco

Does anyone know anything about this?

Is this another one of the El Camino Restuarants like on Sylvania/Douglas and Woodville Rd. (El Camino Sky)?

Or I wasn't sure if someone was trying to "piggy-back" off of the El Camino name and success.

created by wahhutch9 on Oct 21, 2009 at 05:00:02 pm     Comments: 36

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I pretty sure if it's the El camino sign it has to be an El camino. I know when I registered my business with the state, I had to make sure no one else had the same business name. Now that I'm registered with the state no one can use the same name I have.

posted by lfrost2125 on Oct 21, 2009 at 05:23:40 pm     #  

There's also another Mexican restaurant opening soon close to the corner of Airport and Reynolds (next to Papa Johns) called La Vista.

Looks like those two will have to battle it out :)

posted by PoshBug on Oct 21, 2009 at 06:50:35 pm     #  

Tacos & Pizza...getting a little old dontcha think?

posted by justareviewer on Oct 21, 2009 at 07:27:12 pm     #  

justa.... those are two things that will never get old.

posted by hunkytownsausage on Oct 21, 2009 at 08:11:43 pm     #  

El Azteck is openng on Reynolds/Conant - The Old Ralphies.

Enough with the mexican food.

posted by Molsonator on Oct 22, 2009 at 09:18:49 am     #  

"Tacos & Pizza...getting a little old dontcha think?"

"those are two things that will never get old."

Wikipedia - History of pizza

The origin of the word "pizza" is unclear, but by 997 it had appeared in Medieval Latin, and in 16th century Naples a galette flatbread was referred to as a pizza. Before the 17th century, the pizza was covered with white sauce. This was later replaced by oil, cheese, tomatoes or fish - in 1843, Alexandre Dumas, père described the diversity of pizza toppings.

Wikipedia - Taco

The taco predates the arrival of Europeans in Mexico. There is anthropological evidence that the indigenous people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico traditionally ate tacos filled with small fish.

posted by jr on Oct 22, 2009 at 09:30:41 am     #  

Now with all the Mexican restaurants in Toledo, the noxious gas cloud over the city won't be from the Factories..

"Sure I'll have a side of refried beans with my dinner"


posted by drunkenwildmage on Oct 22, 2009 at 09:38:48 am     #  

Thanks for that in-depth research jr - phffffft...excuse me, please hand me the Glade

posted by justareviewer on Oct 22, 2009 at 10:47:05 am     #  

I hope they open one there, not to far from my place and love their food.

posted by INeedCoffee on Oct 22, 2009 at 10:54:07 am     #  

We need another Mexican restaurant like we need another Rite Aid store.

posted by buckeye278 on Oct 22, 2009 at 12:00:31 pm     #  

I know Cinco De Mayo is going in to the old El Matador near Menards on Airport Hwy. they have another location on Alexis near Telegraph/Detroit

It was getting dark when I drove by the old Joe's Crab Shack and saw the sign. It looked like a banner covering the old "Whiskey Ranch" sign... but I don't believe it was a logo or anything. Just said: Coming Soon El Camino Loco

posted by wahhutch9 on Oct 22, 2009 at 01:02:13 pm     #  

actually, we have an Sky overflow place in the Meijers parking lot on Wheeling that I like a whole lot better than Sky...Dos Hermanos. place is always packed, too. Their carnitas tacos are way better than Sky and they have excellent margies at a way smaller price.

posted by nana on Oct 22, 2009 at 02:23:12 pm     #  

Totally agree with you, buckeye. We are totally getting overly inundated with refried bean fumes in this city.

posted by inga on Oct 22, 2009 at 02:55:50 pm     #  

cORRECTION: carne asada tacos, not carnitas. der.

posted by nana on Oct 22, 2009 at 04:29:09 pm     #  

Speaking of tacos; what were the marketing folks thinking at Taco Bell when they came up with that nasty black taco?

posted by Ryan on Oct 22, 2009 at 04:42:21 pm     #  

best tacos in town can be found at the mexican grocery store at the base of the high level bridge. so so so so so so so good

posted by upso on Oct 22, 2009 at 05:36:37 pm     #  

Ryan - the commercial is funny as hell though. Black eye - like its fashion. Kills me.

posted by Molsonator on Oct 22, 2009 at 05:48:01 pm     #  

Best tacos in town is definitely at San Marcos.

End of discussion.

posted by PoshBug on Oct 22, 2009 at 06:48:41 pm     #  

Until you've had the tacos at the base of the highlevel, you can't vote Poshbug... ;)

posted by upso on Oct 23, 2009 at 02:46:35 am     #  

Haha, well now you've got me curious. What's this place called?

posted by PoshBug on Oct 23, 2009 at 09:12:31 am     #  

I don't know if they still are the best,it's been awhile since I've had them but the little Mexican store on the East Side had the best Tamales.

posted by lfrost2125 on Oct 23, 2009 at 10:14:59 am     #  


El Camino Loco on Airport Highway (Old Joe's Crab Shack / Whiskey Ranch) opened last Monday. I drove by around noon and they were putting up balloons. I still have no idea if this is related to El Camino Real on Douglas/Sylvania and El Camino Sky on Woodville Rd.

Does anyone know? I can't find anything about the new place on-line.

Also.. Cinco De Mayo opened up a couple weeks ago on Airport Highway near Menards (in the old El Matador.)

posted by wahhutch9 on Nov 23, 2009 at 11:59:02 am     #  

Sad sad, I used to love El Matadors, miss the one up here on Alexis so much.

posted by Linecrosser on Nov 24, 2009 at 01:01:00 am     #  

We ate there last Saturday night. A few notes:

1) They ARE NOT related to the other El Caminos in town (Real, Sky). It is a somewhat generic name.

2) They've done a FANTASTIC job cleaning the place up. Looks much improved over when it was the WR (but I love that they kept the bull)

3) Food was tasty and priced right - most meals under $10 with a long list of good combination dinners for around $8

4) Crazy enough, the bar seems to be setup MUCH better than when it was WR - they even have draft now! Decent margies, but you cannot beat the price - go for the 1/2 pitcher (32oz) for $8!!! Dos Equis amber on tap I think was $2.50 for 22 oz.

5) The owner was coming around asking how everyone was enjoying their meal, etc. Very friendly and attentive. Brought us some extra chips/salsa. (Note: The menu says extra chips and salsa cost extra. This was new to us but I really dont mind cuz when they bring them unlimited we eat way too many anyway.) Fresh salsa was really tasty.

posted by SDGonzo on Nov 24, 2009 at 10:42:20 am     #  

The El Azteca opened Monday in the old Ralphies on Reynolds/Conant. Any reviews would be appreciated.

Also I heard the El Caminos ARE related but don't mention it because they leave a trail of finnacial issues.Kinda like Jewelers - want the name but not the $$$ problems that went with it.

posted by Molsonator on Nov 24, 2009 at 07:30:36 pm     #  

I heard they are ALL related. Camino, Cinco, Suenos, etc. Just good family making it work. I like it.

posted by Ryan on Nov 24, 2009 at 10:39:07 pm     #  

So.. the old El Rodeo on Monroe Street near Talmadge is being converted into another Mexican restaurant.

I believe it has "Azteca" in the name... butu not 100% sure. I tried to google the website address on my blackberry, but the server was down yesterday when I was driving by. So I don't remember the email address.

posted by wahhutch9 on Dec 23, 2009 at 01:16:01 pm     #  

Yes, the old El Rodeo on Monroe is being turned into an El Azteca. Always on the hunt for a GOOD Mexican restaurant in town, we tried it's sister restaurant at the old Ralphies in Maumee last week. Don't waste your time.

The margaritas were obviously made from the same crappy, glow in the dark, sickening sweet mix that every other Mexican restaurant in town uses. Salsa was "ok" - chips were tolerable. We each had some form of a combo plate. Just plain nasty. And the service was lousy to boot.

I'd LOVE recommendations for truly good Mexican food in the Toledo area. I've done the El Vaqueros, El Caminos and similar such places that have sprung up all over town. Not to my liking.

And I was a charter member of Loma Linda - because of their tasty margaritas. But everything they serve out there is covered in grease and fake cheese sauce. Had enough of that.

My current favorite is Ernesto's out on Woodville Rd. past Genoa. Little dive of a place but the food is very good. Best margaritas on the planet - I know this because there's a sign on the wall that says so! It's just too dang far to drive.

posted by Foodie on Dec 23, 2009 at 03:26:20 pm     #  

Carmels will always be my favorite of all time. Anyone born and raised in Toledo has an unusual affinity to the "velveta cheese" tostadas and enchiladas. Give me that and a red-eye w/ salt and I am a happy girl!

Since the opening of more authentic mexican restaurants in the last 10 years El Vaqueros is my favorite. They will make any order to your request. My current favorite is a chicken enchilada w/ white queso cheese and tomatillo sauce. Their margaritas could be better.

Getting hungry now.... may be a good night to go out to dinner!

posted by fish4 on Dec 23, 2009 at 03:54:11 pm     #  

Try Cinco De Mayo on Airport Hwy at Hollway Rd in Holland or El Salto's on Conant & AW Trail in the Golden Gate Shopping Center. Authentic food and good margies. We also liked La Vista on Reynolds at Airport. Very good food - island style, not Tex-Mex. No booze license - yet. It's been applied for.

posted by holland on Dec 23, 2009 at 05:11:28 pm     #  

I have nothing good to say about about El Camino Real's. It's just plain terrible and the margies remind me of paint thinner.

posted by holland on Dec 23, 2009 at 05:12:45 pm     #  

Thanks for saying it holland. I couldn't agree more. How that place is voted #1 year after year is beyond me.

posted by Foodie on Dec 23, 2009 at 08:46:18 pm     #  

huh. i love el camino and their margaritas. but to be fair, i love it in the same way i love pizza hut. it's all total shit but it's generically good. nothing to write home about, but it's not bad

posted by upso on Dec 24, 2009 at 02:09:02 am     #  

Holland, Foodie, let the church say AMEN to those El Camino types. HIGHLY overrated, and quite frankly I'd rather eat dog food. At any rate, Cinco de Mayo on Airport Hwy. Seems to be a hot spot everytime I drive by there. Are they under the same management? I'm tempted to go in, but I have a case of PTSD of when that place was El Matador (I got sick).

posted by djimpelr on Dec 24, 2009 at 08:00:31 am     #  

You'll be fine djimpeir. It is entirely owned, staffed and operated by new folks. The basic floor layout hasn't changed but the decor has been nicely spiffed up quite a bit. I think you'll find it a very good dining experience.

posted by holland on Dec 24, 2009 at 10:48:06 am     #  

admin approves of this mischievous behavior.

admin enjoys the "street tacos" at the Douglas-Sylvania El Camino.

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