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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]

nlk Jan 28, 2013 07:37 AM

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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    MarkC RE: nlk Jan 28, 2013 08:19 AM

    Apophonia - seeing meaningful patterns or connections where none exist.

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      Servorg RE: MarkC Jan 28, 2013 08:40 AM

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

    2. westsidegal RE: nlk Jan 28, 2013 08:48 AM

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

      1. sunshine842 RE: nlk Jan 28, 2013 09:13 AM

        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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          PotatoHouse RE: sunshine842 Jan 28, 2013 03:49 PM

          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.

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            sunshine842 RE: PotatoHouse Jan 28, 2013 10:43 PM

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

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          mc michael RE: nlk Jan 28, 2013 09:52 AM

          You forgot Chipotle.

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            Servorg RE: mc michael Jan 28, 2013 10:03 AM

            No el, eh...(no LA)

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              scottca075 RE: Servorg Jan 28, 2013 11:04 AM

              Chipotle is an anagram of El Topihc

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                Servorg RE: scottca075 Jan 28, 2013 11:06 AM

                The Topihc of Cancer?

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                  mc michael RE: Servorg Jan 28, 2013 11:25 AM

                  El Chuckle.

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                    sunshine842 RE: mc michael Jan 28, 2013 11:36 AM


                    El Chuckle.

                    Try to keep up.


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            ricepad RE: nlk Jan 28, 2013 03:04 PM

            Whatever you do, avoid "El Cabron".

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              cheesemonger RE: ricepad Jan 28, 2013 05:06 PM

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

            2. juliejulez RE: nlk Jan 28, 2013 03:25 PM

              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.

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                pedalfaster RE: nlk Jan 28, 2013 03:51 PM

                Best. Thread. Award.

                1. PotatoHouse RE: nlk Jan 28, 2013 03:52 PM

                  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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                    westsidegal RE: PotatoHouse Feb 1, 2013 02:48 PM

                    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.

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                      janetofreno RE: PotatoHouse Feb 1, 2013 05:48 PM

                      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.....

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                        PotatoHouse RE: janetofreno Feb 2, 2013 05:19 AM

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

                    2. ttoommyy RE: nlk Jan 29, 2013 12:17 PM

                      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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                        Cathy RE: ttoommyy Jan 29, 2013 12:39 PM


                        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.

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                          ttoommyy RE: Cathy Jan 29, 2013 12:59 PM

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

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                            carolinadawg RE: ttoommyy Jan 29, 2013 01:01 PM

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

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                              ttoommyy RE: carolinadawg Jan 29, 2013 01:02 PM

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

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                                westsidegal RE: carolinadawg Feb 1, 2013 02:49 PM

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


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                              ratgirlagogo RE: Cathy Feb 1, 2013 11:52 AM

                              El Castillo de Jagua.

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                            Uncle Yabai RE: nlk Jan 29, 2013 09:26 PM

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

                            1. Tripeler RE: nlk Feb 2, 2013 05:42 AM

                              How about El Chilango?

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