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El Paso

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505 US Highway 70 SW, Hickory, NC 28602
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family has eaten at Old El Paso (Hwy 70)since its opening years ago. It has been a family tradition that on Friday nights, when possible, we head for Mexican food. The menu is a combination of Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican dishes. They have the largest variety of seafood dishes of any Mexican restaurant I have ever visited. The food... More 

Thank Mhenni5313
Hickory, North Carolina
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59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

You have to try the bean dip, it is amazing. This is the best Mexican eatery in 3 counties. They are always fast and the staff are wonderful.

Thank Martitia S
Raleigh, NC
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240 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Had lunch with friends at El Paso. Had a chile relleno (would have liked more pepper and less batter) with a taco, my husband had a burrito, and another friend a poblano pepper. We all enjoyed our lunch which was reasonably priced. The menu is the typical mexican southern restaurant menu.

Thank claude_monnier
Asheville, North Carolina
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73 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

It's good food for a decent price and for a crap hole like hickory that's not too bad. They have a huge sandwich and plenty of large portion dinners.

Thank Duck C
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Patrons come to this venue to learn how to think, order, eat and drink Mexican! As well, people travel widely to learn how to prepare and serve an extensive menu of starters and entrees. One of my favorites is the chunky guacamole. Second-to-none...no ifs, ands or buts. Recommend ordering the huge platter of shrimp served with sauteed yellow and green... More 

Thank PendletonTiger
Hickory, North Carolina
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

We order takeout from El Paso weekly. It's always fresh and hot and prepared quickly. They've never gotten our order wrong and are always friendly and professional.

Thank 1cantfindausername2
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109 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Meet halfway for lunch. The service was exceptional. Margaritas were super! The tacos plater is done well for presentation, and filling. Everything was delicious and well presented. Food came out quickly and the waiter checked back several times. We'll be back!

Thank cjb9x
Hickory, North Carolina
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

El Paso is a great Mexican restaurant, and is always busy. In my opinion it's the best Mexican around. El Paso offers a salsa bar and unlimited chips and bean dip. I expect you to have a hard time deciding on all the great choices. I have tried everything; from the torta cubana to carnitas. El Paso has great prices... More 

Thank AGH828
Dunchurch, United Kingdom
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150 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

Passing through we stopped here by chance. Externally and internally not particularly impressive but the food - wow. Possibly one of the best Mexicans I have ever eaten in.

Thank Stuart H
Union, South Carolina
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114 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Stopped here while traveling through Hickory for work. The service was very good with smiling faces. I got the Chilaquiles Mexicanos because I love Chilaquiles. The price was more than most everywhere else but the portion made up for it as it was a big plate. I believe they forgot to add the green sauce as it was very cheesy.... More 

Thank Heath J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 505 US Highway 70 SW, Hickory, NC 28602
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Hickory

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?