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Are the following related? Are their names a coincidence? El Conquistador, El Compadre, El Cholo, El Carmen, El Cid, El Chavo, El Coyote. [moved from Los Angeles board]

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What's the deal with the fact that all of these spots that claim to specialize in margaritas and mexican food all have a one word, "C" name? Does everyone know the answer except me?

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  1. Apophonia - seeing meaningful patterns or connections where none exist.

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    1. re: MarkC

      That's it! My future Mexican restaurant's name: El PatrĂ³n ;-D>

    2. have you noticed how many individuals have the same first name?
      it's probably a result of the same "deal." J/K

      1. with all due respect, I would be pretty shocked to find that any restaurant with a name like that WOULDN'T be serving Mexican food and margaritas.

        el Conquistador -- The Conqueror
        El Compadre -- The Friend/Buddy (possibly godfather...)
        El Cholo -- The Mixed-race
        El Carmen -- a cottage with a garden,
        El Cid -- the national hero of Spain; a nobleman
        El Chavo -- the boy, the kid
        El Coyote (c'mon, do I need to translate it?)

        The names have absolutely nothing to do with each other, other than one letter and being written in Spanish.

        (disclaimer: I'm sure the translations aren't perfect...I DID look them up...but it's enough to indicate that there is no common thread there.)

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        1. re: sunshine842

          Actually El Coyote does have two meanings. Literally translated it means, of course, the coyote, referring to the animal. El Coyote can also mean a person that smuggles people across the Mexican/U.S. border for money.

          1. re: PotatoHouse

            I was trying to stick with the dictionary definitions-- I'd heard this one, too, though.

            1. re: Servorg

              Chipotle is an anagram of El Topihc

          1. Whatever you do, avoid "El Cabron".

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            1. re: ricepad

              I'd rather avoid El Caballo! Cabron is a-ok with this gringa.

            2. Many good things in Spanish/Mexican/Latin food start with C. Carne Asada (well really, carne in general), chilaquiles, chicharrones, chorizo, ceviche, chimchanga, cilantro, cotija...and of course, cerveza.

              Just avoid las cucarachas.

              1. Best. Thread. Award.

                1. Apropos to nothing, back home in Reno NV we had a Mexican restaurant called El Boracho (The Drunk). Had good food and great Tequila.

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                  1. re: PotatoHouse

                    there is also a dish named:
                    camarones borrachos

                    the dish is made with shrimp and tequila.
                    if you ever get to los angeles, tell me and i'll steer you to the restaurant that makes the best version of this dish.

                    1. re: PotatoHouse

                      hmm....I never was very impressed with El Boracho's food. I did notice, however, when I recently returned to town after an absence that El Boracho appears to have had a makeover.....maybe I'll have to go check it out.....

                      1. re: janetofreno

                        Well it's been quite a few years since i have been home.

                    2. Could it be that one place was around for quite a wile and then the new kid on the block chose a similar name as to capitalize on the others business? And so on and so on?

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                      1. re: ttoommyy


                        There is one street out here that has a Lee's Garden across from Li's Garden.

                        There are also seemingly endless renditions of various --XXXberto's Taco shops: Alberto's, Roberto's, Adalberto's, Juanberto's, Rigoberto's, Filberto's, Humberto's, Mr. Roberto's, Aliberto's, Gualberto's and probably more I can't think of...

                        It's to get you to just stop because the name looks about right.

                        1. re: Cathy

                          Thank you Cathy. I see this practice a lot, especially here in NYC and just always assumed this was the answer.

                          1. re: ttoommyy

                            Kind of like Ray's, Famous Ray's,Original Ray's, Famous Original Ray's, etc.?

                            1. re: carolinadawg

                              Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! We have a winner! :)

                              1. re: carolinadawg

                                tommy's burgers
                                tomy's burgers
                                tommy's hamburgers


                          2. My favorite has always been "El Cerote". Very nice.

                            1. How about El Chilango?