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El Tepeyac #2 Coming Soon...

monku Aug 5, 2010 04:46 PM

Sign outside El Tepeyac #1 today announcing El Tepeyac #2 Coming soon to Crossroads Parkway, City of Industry.

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    paprkutr Jul 1, 2011 01:32 PM

    Where exactly is the new El Tepeyac? I understand it is Manuel's nephew. TIA

    El Tepeyac Restaurant
    385 E Mill St Ste 4, San Bernardino, CA 92408

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    1. re: paprkutr
      Das Ubergeek Jul 1, 2011 01:37 PM

      It's in the plaza south of the 60 at Crossroads Parkway, right next to the Carl's Jr. It's about spitting distance from the 605.

      1. re: Das Ubergeek
        Neta Jul 1, 2011 07:30 PM

        Is it in the old Camacho's location?

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          Dommy Jul 1, 2011 08:14 PM

          I believe so, although in the 15+ years that I have been going back and forth on that stretch of road, it has been several things before it became an El Tepeyac...


          El Tepeyac Restaurant
          385 E Mill St Ste 4, San Bernardino, CA 92408

          1. re: Neta
            Das Ubergeek Jul 1, 2011 09:33 PM

            You know, I think so—I didn't make that connection. I haven't been, just been past. I'm rarely in that area (though if they don't do something about the 5 between East LA and the 710, I may be taking the 60 to Fullerton Road a lot more often.)

            1. re: Das Ubergeek
              Dommy Jul 2, 2011 08:07 PM

              Trust me... that stretch of the 60 is not any better... the only way to beat the traffic in those areas is to carpool (They just added a lane... THANK GAWD!)


              1. re: Dommy
                reality check Jul 2, 2011 08:26 PM

                If you're coming from downtown LA or other points west, that carpool lane won't help you, since it starts basically where you have to exit the 60, to get to ET #2, and continues east.

                1. re: reality check
                  Dommy Jul 2, 2011 09:04 PM

                  Very true... although it does take you through to Fullerton Road (And on to Diamond Bar, which has been a totally saving grace for me!)

                  1. re: reality check
                    justanotherpenguin Jul 3, 2011 08:34 AM

                    if you're coming from downtown la, unless you are heading much further east than the 605, you're better off going to the original on evergreen.

          2. re: paprkutr
            Servorg Jul 1, 2011 02:09 PM

            Someone was nice enough to provide a place link on this thread if you scroll up to the top and look on the right side of the page.

            1. re: paprkutr
              justanotherpenguin Jul 1, 2011 05:52 PM

              it is not any member of his family. (unless he is lying to me!)

            2. justanotherpenguin Jul 1, 2011 12:57 PM

              after over 40 years of hanging out at the original, got to try out the new one yesterday.

              the best part is that the quality of food is identical. we had a hollenbeck and the machaca (our usual standbys) and they were great. as noted above, this has beer and wine and i was told that they are planning a full bar - certainly have the room. large room, large bar, large outdoor seating area and plenty of parking. also, there was no wait, though the service was a bit slower than at the old location.

              the worst part - there was no manuel pouring tequilla shots, etc., kissing my wife's hand and giving me my usual hug. it also feels strange sitting in a large room, with 10-12 foot ceilings and not being squeezed like sardines. i think that it's one of those: "you can't go home again" moments.

              will definitely be stopping again. being at the 60 & 605 is a lot more convenient for me now than evergreen, but the original location will always be #1.

              i hope that they spread some more and can maintain the food quality.

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              1. re: justanotherpenguin
                Dommy Jul 1, 2011 08:15 PM

                Hurrah! Thanks so much for the report back! I know what you mean about the autmosphere. I wasn't a dining room person, but a back patio person... the vibe there is like nothing in the city... totally gritty... but totally safe because no matter what 'side' you can from... we could all agree that the taquitos were the BOMB! ;)


              2. justanotherpenguin May 29, 2011 09:20 PM

                i actually spoke with Manuel at the original on evergreen about this 5-6 months ago. he confirmed that they are related, though somewhat of a franchise. the owners of the new location are paying him a very large royalty, and he has complete control in getting it going. they also have options for other locations. so watch out! (i told him that i hope that they continue moving south along the I-15.)

                1. A5 KOBE May 28, 2011 11:00 PM

                  I just had dinner here and the food quality is exactly the same as the original. The restaurant is significantly bigger with a bar area that only serves "beer and wine", the dining room, and an outdoor patio. I have to say that this place has given life to that sad strip mall, filling the parking lot pretty good.

                  I ordered the chilaquiles and the people I was eating with ordered the okie machaca burrito and the menudo. The chilaquiles were great, and I think larger than ordering an actual burrito. Sat at the bar since it was open seating and did not feel like waiting 30 mins just sit in basically the same restaurant but with flat screen tv's.


                  1. hnsbmg Aug 5, 2010 11:50 PM

                    Knowing the affinity my nerd colleagues have for overstuffed burritos, I wonder if the nearby Fry's Electronics will begin making anyone with a beard and glasses wash up before entering the store? EDIT: ;-)

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                    1. re: hnsbmg
                      Dommy Aug 6, 2010 10:21 AM

                      LOL!!! I was like, Crossroads Parkway.... what they hell is over there that made them want to put it THERE... I totally forgot about the Frys (I always used to go to the Anahiem one) now I can see how it would work... LOL!!


                      1. re: Dommy
                        Das Ubergeek Aug 6, 2010 10:32 AM

                        Also, the new NFL stadium isn't far from there... it'll be a good stop for people headed back toward LA or Long Beach.

                        1. re: Das Ubergeek
                          Dommy Aug 6, 2010 10:41 AM

                          You mean the stadium they haven't even broken ground on yet? Having survived the construction of Petco... even if we get a team, it's going to a be a LONG time before they capitalize on that investment...


                          1. re: Dommy
                            carter Aug 6, 2010 12:52 PM

                            And the likelihood of a stadium being in Walnut/City of Industry is nearly Zero, as other venues will be getting all the attention very soon.
                            But El Tep will not need the 8 or so games to be successful in this location. Frys and the lack of competition in this area should create major demand and a high volume.

                            1. re: carter
                              Dommy Aug 6, 2010 12:57 PM

                              I guess El Tep does have some cache... but after some 25+ years regularly traveling past that location on the 60 lots of restaurants have tried and failed because it's not s destination for anyone that is not doing business there... and it's absolutely DEAD on the weekends...


                              1. re: Dommy
                                Das Ubergeek Aug 6, 2010 10:56 PM

                                Yeah... you don't go there unless you're going there. It's not like La Whittier, where you get off because the traffic sucks so mightily on the 5, or further east on the 60 where it's New New Asiantown.

                                1. re: Das Ubergeek
                                  reality check Dec 31, 2010 12:07 AM

                                  I passed by here today and they aren't open and seem to be a long way from opening. It's going to be about 5 months since this thread was started, thought we would hear something.

                                  There was an El Tepeyac Cafe in Chino HIlls, that had everything like the original, but closed down within 6-8 months.

                                  1. re: reality check
                                    proxybox May 3, 2011 05:52 PM

                                    They're Open as of this week! Same hours as the Boyle Heights location.

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                      DWB Aug 5, 2010 04:53 PM

                      Was'nt there an El Tepeyac on Rush in South San Gabriel or Montebello? I ate there a few times, it was a poor representation of the original. Hope this branch is a true duplicate(as far as food is concerned). Ciro's FTW!!

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                      1. re: DWB
                        monku Aug 5, 2010 06:49 PM

                        It was on Portrero Grande near the Resurrection Cemetary. You're right, they didn't really duplicate the food. They sold that location out to someone else. I think there was also one in W. Covina off the 10 freeway?

                        1. re: monku
                          reality check Aug 5, 2010 06:57 PM

                          There is an El Tepeyac Hacienda, in Chino Hills. They say they are not affiliated with the ET in East LA, but they have the same menu, including the Manuel burrito.

                          1. re: reality check
                            monku Aug 5, 2010 08:40 PM

                            There's also an El Tepeyac near the Costco in Alhambra that isn't affiliated with the original...been there 18+ years.
                            The one in Monterey Park is now called Marquez El Tepeyac Café and I guess it was originally opened by the son of Manuel.

                            I think Tepeyac is a place in Mexico and I guess you can't copyright a name.

                            1. re: monku
                              mc michael May 3, 2011 08:43 PM

                              I think Tepeyac is the place where the Virgin of Gaudalupe appeared.

                              1. re: monku
                                granadafan May 4, 2011 08:27 PM

                                Monku, I know you posted this last year, but I just saw this thread. Is the El Tepeyac in Alhambra any good? I pass by it every so often on my way to Costco but I'd rather get the pizza slice sometimes.

                                El Tepeyac Restaurant
                                385 E Mill St Ste 4, San Bernardino, CA 92408

                        2. monku Aug 5, 2010 04:49 PM

                          Pay no attention to the website...it's under construction.

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