Description and review of East Patio Mexicano, located on Folsom Boulevard in East Sacramento.
I stopped by East Patio Mexicano to pick up lunch after a morning of running errands. East Patio Mexicano opened in 2021 at the location that was previously home to the Three Sisters Mexican Restaurant.
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One of the first things one notices about East Patio Mexicano is the attractive outdoor patio. A banner towards the right end of the patio alerts patrons that the patio is dog friendly. The patio is also covered for the most part, a big plus. On a hot summer day diners can choose to sit in either the sun or the shade depending on seating availability.
The interior dining area is very cheerful – a riot of color. Booths of various sizes (seating 2 and up) line the walls. The high booth backs struck me as being a great feature given COVID-19. The bar is located to the left of the entrance.
A smattering of patrons were enjoying lunch seated in the booths when I entered. My entrance had triggered a chime, and an employee soon emerged from the back to greet me. I had called ahead, and was informed that my order was in the process of being packaged up.
After I paid for my order, I was thanked for coming in by the same pleasant young man who had greeted me. He was the only employee I saw during my brief time there.
As this was my first visit patronizing East Patio Mexicano, I had decided to order a combination plate – the Gonsalves (cheese enchilada, chicken taco and chile relleno) ($18.99). The plate came with rice and a choice of beans (black, pinto or refried). Chips and salsa were complimentary.
Unpacking my meal at home it was soon obvious that my take-out lunch would also suffice for more than one meal. As it turns out, I enjoyed both lunch and dinner that day and lunch the next.
My combo plate of three dishes typical of Mexican restaurants was good, but not out of the ordinary. The red adobe cheese enchilada sauce was flavorful, and the chips were thin and crispy – just like I like them. The accompanying fresh salsa was tasty, with some heat but not too much. The crispy chicken taco was stuffed with shredded chicken, and the chile relleno was huge.
I was satisfied with both the quality and freshness of my meal(s), and based upon this one experience I venture to say that someone with a hearty appetite will find the portion sizes to their liking.
The menu is extensive, and clearly indicates the vegetarian options. The menu also offers kids plates. The dessert menu listed sopapillas as one of the options, and later I was kicking myself for not ordering them that day. Next time!
To Sum Up
To sum up, I will definitely patronize East Patio Mexicano in the future. The menu has a number of dishes I am interested in trying. Also, enjoying brunch or lunch/dinner on the patio sounds like a delightful way to spend part of a summer day.
Comments on East Patio Mexicano?
Do you have a favorite dish (or two) that you would recommend? What has been your experience at East Patio Mexicano?
East Patio Mexicano Snapshot:
- 5100 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95819
- (916) 662-7099
- Monday – Friday (11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.), Saturday (10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.); Sunday (10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
- Vegetarian friendly
- Kids menu
- Full bar
- Outdoor Patio (dog friendly)
- Small parking lot
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