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El Manzanillo Mexican Restaurant

by Luke Osteen

It’s easy to overlook El Manzanillo Mexican Restaurant. It’s snug in the middle of a nondescript plaza on the edges of Cashiers.

But there’s a reason this place is thriving, and it’s spelled out on the menu: “Authentic Mexican Food.”

El Manzanillo is the real deal, a family-run Mexican restaurant that’s won a passionate local following for its authentic menu. That designation of “passionate local following” includes passionate local Hispanics, always a good sign for authenticity.

In contrast to the rather ordinary facade, the interior is bright and inviting. The kitchen turns out a dizzying selection of Mexican favorites (the menu is enormous) and the heat factor can be adjusted for personal tastes. There are vegan options and a kids’ menu, so everyone is covered.

You can wash it all down with a cold cerveza or selection from the bar, although soft drinks also make a good match for the food choices.

It’s all served up with a smile, and the staff is relentlessly cheerful.

Looking for an affordable family restaurant? El Manzanillo fits the bill nicely. You’ll find them in the Ingles Shopping Center on US 64 east. For more information, call (828) 743-5522.

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