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Is Paco's in Orlando/Winter Park any good?

starbucksbrew Dec 3, 2009 01:59 PM

I always see a crowd of people heading in there for lunch (on Fairbanks, between I-4 and 17/92), but I've never been. Anyone been there? How is it?

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    Big Bad Voodoo Lou Dec 3, 2009 04:02 PM

    The food is very good, but last time we had an uncomfortable experience with some pushy, proselytizing old ladies when we were all waiting for tables. To our relief, we got seated first, but of course they ended up at the table right next to ours moments later. I think that experience affected my enjoyment of the meal, and I haven't been back since.

    Try the chimichangas, though. They were top-notch!

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    1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou
      mountdorahound Dec 4, 2009 05:03 AM

      Paco's is Florida mexican before mexican came to florida. There was a time when Florida didn't have mexican places owned by mexican families. Not until the late 90's did real mexican joints and taco trucks start springing up. Before that there was Paco's!
      Lou is right,,they do have good chimi's However,,knowing that El Potro is in the area I probably wouldn't go there again. Don't get me wrong ,,its not bad food,,just not real mexican. A good way to tell a good mexican place?? THE CHEESE!!

      1. re: mountdorahound
        max5d Dec 15, 2010 02:22 PM

        You're right on all accounts MDhound. El Potro is close by and serves more authentic Mexican food. If you can take a bit of a drive, Garibaldi's on hwy 436/Colonial or in Apopka serves some very nice Mex food. Great tamales

        1. re: max5d
          mountdorahound Dec 16, 2010 11:02 AM

          hey max is Garibaldis in apopka still open. I have wanted to try the place,, Seems when i drive by the place is always empty. I 'll check into it and report back. I have a good reason to stop now.

          1. re: mountdorahound
            max5d Jan 31, 2011 06:22 PM

            I've never been to Garibaldi's Apopka location and don't get out that way much MDHound, so I'm no help there!

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