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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

EL PUERTO
WYTHEVILLE, VIRGINIA

We're far more apt to review a restaurant in London, Bangkok, Hawaii or Aruba but occasionally we run across a real gem in a most unexpected place.

This was a surprise discovery during one of our rare "driving" trips.  We were on the way to the Grand Strand in South Carolina and stopped midway in the town of Wytheville, Virginia.  By the way, locals pronounce this town "With-ville" and not "Why-th-ville."


I visually noticed a Mexican restaurant less than a block away from our hotel and asked the folks at the front desk if it was any good.  They responded that it was excellent so I called the restaurant to see if I could make a reservation.  This was a Saturday night and there were a ton of cars in the parking lot.  The guy on the other end of the phone spoke hardly any English at all.  I thought to myself:  "That's a very good sign!"  I couldn't communicate enough with him to figure out whether they took reservations or not so we just decided to head down there at 6:30.

The place was jammed but we lucked out and got a table within 10 minutes of arriving.  Scanning the clientele it was obvious that most of the diners were locals and not tourists.  Another good sign!

We started off with a large order of nachos and they were good.  Then we each ordered a combination plate.  You know, the usual Tex-Mex stuff like enchiladas, tacos, chili rellenos and so forth.  And it was all surprisingly good!

We noticed while scanning the massive menu (and it was huge with dozens of different possible combinations) that prices were pretty low.  Combo platters for five to six bucks.  About the only complaint we had was that the portions weren't very big so order more than you usually would.  Still it was an outstanding find.

If you ever find yourself heading along the Virginia countryside along I-77 and wind up stopping or staying overnight in Wytheville, Virginia, by all means, give this place a try.  Having lived in Dallas and San Antonio in the past, we know good Mexican food and this was great Tex-Mex dining!  Who would have thunk it?

Vectors to El Puerto:

715 Chapman Rd
Wytheville, VA 24382
(276) 228-3159