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“Authentic, friendly, delicious ”
Review of Valenzuela's Cafe

Valenzuela's Cafe
Ranked #12 of 26 Restaurants in Needles
Cuisines: Mexican
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

I happened on this place while driving through Needles on the way to Lake Havasu, always looking for fun local places and, when I followed the hand-lettered sign off the highway, I thought I might be going to someone's house. After I turned in, I saw the well-lit corner restaurant. Here, then, is a piece of Route 66 history. This all started in 1952, the restaurant closed for 20 years after Lupe Valenzuela died. When the property came up for sale five years ago, Lupe and Fidel's oldest daughter bought her parent's old restaurant and came home to Needles to revive old times. She, at 79, is cooking in the back, and her eldest son is waiting on me. The salsa is homemade, the tortillas are thin, the chili relleno lightly battered and not too greasy. Dinner ended up with a tiny piece of cake that I didn't order. You have to time this right. They are only open from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. They are also open for lunch 11 to 1 on Tuesday and Wednesday. This is a place so much fun to find!

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Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Heard from fellow RVers about this lovely little restaurant, clean and quaint.
My husband and I split the variety platter which included tostada, taco, enchilada and chili relleno (my favorite), and you can spice it up a bit with the yummy salsa. Plenty of food for 2 and very delicious.
Don't miss out when in the area. Check to make certain they are open- Tue through Friday 4-8. Think they also do lunch on these same days. Not open in the summer months, no surprise due to how hot it is in Needles

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Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Clean, friendly staff and great food. This is a small town with few options for food, the place next door was the worst breakfast I have ever had. This is number 1 for a reason

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Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

Dinner receipts like grandma used to cook . Very good service and very welcoming. A great place to relax and enjoy dinner.

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