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El Toro, Fresno

Gail Mar 8, 2011 02:50 PM

Anyone had this restaurant cater for a small group in your home or backyard? By small, I mean 15-20.

  1. PolarBear Oct 22, 2011 08:04 AM

    Yesterday's paper reported that the El Toro Cafe (NE Cedar & Shields) "will reopen any day." The general manager is purchasing it from his father who is retiring and they're waiting for escrow to close. El Toro Tambien (NE Bullard & West) previously owned by different folks from the same family as ETC, will reopen sometime around Dec. 1, after some remodeling as a second location of Casa Corona (NE Herndon & Cedar). They reported that most of the 18 member staff at ETC will be returning. Good news for the 'burg.

    Casa Corona
    7044 N Cedar Ave, Fresno, CA 93720

    El Toro Tambien
    1724 W Bullard Ave, Fresno, CA 93711

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    1. re: PolarBear
      Jeff Avis Oct 24, 2011 08:32 PM

      My son and I had the pleasure of our special #3 on Sunday evening at El Toro Cafe . El Toro is back and they didn't miss a step in their reopening. The food is not only as good but I have to say better. The salsa had a little more Zip and we loved it! Yum!

      1. re: Jeff Avis
        PolarBear Oct 25, 2011 07:11 AM

        Thanks a 1.0 * 10^6, Jeff. I know where I'm having fish tacos for lunch today.

        1. re: PolarBear
          Jeff Avis Oct 31, 2011 04:47 PM

          Polar Bear, I am interested in knowing whether or not the white sauce was offered with the fish tacos? The sauce had been eliminated as of our last visit to El Toro. Hopefully it's back! Happy Halloween!

          1. re: Jeff Avis
            PolarBear Oct 31, 2011 05:21 PM

            Short answer, YES.

            Before the closure the (now) owner told me that the lady that had made if for them all the years had retired and wouldn't share the recipe, so they set out to try and duplicate it. They had their own version shortly before they went dark, and it was quite good, I think even a little better, seems to have a little tang to it.

            Had it with my two fish tacos last week and all's right with the world (at least inside ETC), it perfectly compliments their kicked up salsa. Hope you like the new version as much as I do.



            1. re: PolarBear
              Jeff Avis Oct 31, 2011 09:42 PM

              Well that's good to hear ! Fish tacos it is next visit! Thanks P.B. !!

    2. PolarBear Mar 8, 2011 06:05 PM

      Last count there were three El Toros in town, iirc, are you referring to the one on Cedar north of Shields? Sorry, no experience with their menu other than the fish tacos.

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      1. re: PolarBear
        Gail Mar 8, 2011 06:20 PM

        Yes, the Cedar one. I know their food, was just wondering about the catering. I thought the other one was "Tambien". Thanks anyhow...

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