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El Gallo Blanco

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2838 Portage St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001-3748
+1 269-382-7020
10:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Berkeley, California
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

When you are from California, it can be difficult to find decent Mexican food outside the state. I have been severely disappointed many times. The food here is uniformly good - the entree, the beans, the rice are all decent or better. Helpings are generous and the price is reasonable. I would recommend this place to anyone who loves Mexican... More 

Thank Gail R
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have never been disappointed eating at this restaurant! It is worth going just to have the chips and salsa but the entire menu has always been AMAZING! The home made guacamole is a must try and the daily specials are fantastic! great way to clean out the sinus cavities and enjoy a taste of the authentic Mexican cuisine!

Thank brendatD5983CR
San antonio
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was freezing in there, not sure if the heat didn't work. They did have several space heaters going. They were attentive. Chips and salsa were tasty. We ordered the Mexican style tacos and enchiladas Rojas. The tacos were on point and what I am used to being from The border of Mexico in TX. The enchiladas were different. The... More 

Thank Matting
Ann Arbor
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164 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

This is the place for people looking for a family-run homestyle food experience that bears no resemblance to Mexican-themed chain restaurants. Sure, it's not fancy or upscale in any way, but you get a generous plate of food that is freshly cooked and flavorful. My son & I enjoyed the tacos, and I particularly liked the creamy chile chicken. We... More 

Thank A2Steph
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

The food quality of this place is very average, nothing too special. Prices are very reasonable for a cheap-eat type of place. The atmosphere of this place is not very welcoming. This place is dirty and the waitresses are somewhat rude. Won't go there for some time

Thank lflara
2 reviews
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Best authentic Mexican food in the kalamazoo/portage area! Prices are very reasonable which is also nice. Only negative thing I would say is it is a little hole in the wall kind of place that seems pretty outdated and needs some maintenance. However, I wouldn't doubt if they relocate to a bigger restaurant soon due to the amount of customers... More 

Thank Heather R
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 December 2016

The furniture in this restaurant is so bright and inviting, it felt family owned, but I'm not positive. The waitress was friendly and knew what she was doing, I order jalapeños on my gordita, which came fresh with tasty chicken and a lot of rice. The mandarin soda is always a good find, too. I have been thinking of this... More 

Thank Kristie J
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I have enjoyed meals here many times over the last few years and I will visit El Gallo Blanco again in the future. They have many choices on meat selection for tacos etc., or you could order with a vegetarian filler like cactus, or peppers. If you are really hungry there are entries on the menu that have you covered... More 

Thank Ken P
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Level Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 July 2016

The food is authentic and amazing. The staff is always courteous. I highly recommend. If you get the enchiladas, get the half portion (3), it's huge and will feed you well. I love the panela cheese tortas and the chorizo tacos Mexican style. MMmmmm.

Thank Sam H
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Really good food, lovely staff and ridiculously cheap. No need to go anywhere else in kalamazoo if you like mexican

Thank MatildaOxford

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2838 Portage St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001-3748
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kalamazoo County  >  Kalamazoo
  • Phone Number: +1 269-382-7020

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