El Jalisciense on Russell Parkway is by far the best large Mexican restaurant I’ve tried in Warner Robins. It’s professionally run, very reasonably priced, and the variety is greater than most Mexican places.
It’s not perfect, but if I had a hankering for Mexican in this area, this is definitely where I’d go.
We came for dinner, but it seems to be a place that’s busy all of the time. Even though we had a 20-minute wait, things moved along quickly and efficiently, and they have a bar if you want to wait there and drink. Interestingly, the waiting area is completely invisible from the dining areas, so you don’t see people waiting for you to hurry up and leave while you’re eating.
We started with the Nachos El Jalisciense Texanos for $9.99, loaded with your choice of steak, chicken and/or shrimp along with pico de gallo and guacamole. We also tried the Viva Mexico Dip for $8.50, which comes with all of those same proteins in the cheese dip and three tortillas -- but we chose to use the chips instead.
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The dinner-sized portion of the Carne Asada is quite generous for only $9.99, a plateful of tender, sliced grilled steak and sautéed onions. Outside of the usual dishes available in our area, El Jalisciense serves up tortillas with beef tips, rice, beans and guacamole for just $8.99.
On the chicken side of the menu, there are many dishes you don’t usually see, such as Enchiladas del Barrio. This dish comes with Parmesan cheese and a special mole sauce on top of three chicken enchiladas for $7.50. The intriguing-sounding Pechuga de Pollo is just grilled chicken and onions for $8.99, and the Chori-Pollo is the same thing with chorizo added for another 75 cents.
The “Mixed” menu provides the most unusual dishes, like the Torta, a sub sandwich with beans, sour cream, avocado and your choice of meat for $6.25. There’s also the Sincronizada for $7.75, a tortilla stuffed with ham, cheese, mayonnaise and served with “Mexican potato chips.”
Aside from the fajitas, which are only $7.50 at lunch, all lunch items are about $5. Most kids menu items are $3.75 and have plenty of Mexican choices along with chicken fingers and hamburgers. Side orders and a la carte items also are available at fair prices.
While the food was good, what really makes “El Jays” stand out is the atmosphere and the service. It’s clear that their goal is to make their customers’ experiences as positive as possible by being quick, clean and friendly.
Address: 1224 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: Yes
Noise Level: Low
Health Rating: 100
Price range: $6.25-$13.50
Rating: 3 stars