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What happened to Emilio's?

Original post made by Miranda on Jul 7, 2011

What happened to Emilio's on Main Street? There's a sign up that says Alma's Mexican Restaurant.

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Posted by wyz, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2011 at 11:16 am

If it's gone, it's long overdue. One of the worst Mexican places in town. I had never been to a place that offers only ground beef and chicken as meat options. Maybe it was because I was there on a week night, but a mexican restaurant that does not offer carnitas? Carne asada? Lengua?

Besides, their enchilada sauce tasted more like a mole. If I wanted mole I would have ordered mole.

I hope the new place is better. It shouldn't be too hard to beat Emilio's.


Posted by lisa, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm

We enjoyed Emilio's every Friday night. Fresh food and friendly service. We hope Mike and Carol are doing well. They always served a fresh salad with our dinner choices. The portions were just right, not ridiculously large or overpriced. We eat mostly fish so did not miss carnitas as all. They had delicious vegetarian options and great fish tacos. Cheese enchilada with fresh mole fantastic. Never fried or grease bomb. Chile relleno great. We hope you keep Livermore open and or open another place in town. We miss Jovita and everyone and wish you well. Thank you for the great times.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 9, 2011 at 9:29 am

I've never been to Emelio's but I just looked them up on Yelp. Overall rating was 3 stars, but the individual ratings were all over the place. Several people liked it, but there were also many who said that it was the "worst" Mexican in Pleasanton or the "worst" Mexican food they ever had. Yes, the word "worst" appeared quite often. Again, some positive reviews but I'm fine with Emelio leaving because I would never go there based on the overall Yelp reviews.


Posted by JR, a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm

It is always good to read reviews and then go to the place and rate it yourself. Unfortunately some of trashing of Emilio's is unfounded and false. I was told personally by the owners there were some "problems" with some persons in the businesses nearby. Perhaps that is not related in any way to why Mike and Carol closed but it didn't help. Too bad folks cannot just get along and accept one another's differences. I loves their unique enchilada sauce. It was from the area Mike's family was from. All sauce it not bright red. Really, really miss them and their food....!!!


Posted by Not Good Mexican Food, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2011 at 9:23 am

That place was about a notch above Taco Bell. I hope someone replaces it with a real mexican restaurant.


Posted by Good Mexican, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2011 at 6:56 am

Pleasanton actually has more authentic mexican restaurants. Try Rancho Grande on Hopyard and Valley, or Las Fuentes on Main near Amador Valley HS. If your thing is unauthentic mexican go to Fernando's (kind of like Chevy's), and if your thing is artsy-fartsy pricey unauthentic go to Blue Agave.

Emilio's was never good, so I'm not surprised it's gone. How can you only offer chicken or ground beef as the only meat choices?


Posted by Rancho Grande, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2011 at 7:23 am

I agree with you on Rancho Grande. It is probably the best and authentic mexican food you can get in Pleasanton. None of that Chevy's / Taco Hell tasting BS.

The only problem with that place is the TV that is on all the time. There is nothing more annoying than going out to eat and having to sit in front of the tube. It is intrusive and indeed very irritating! Therefore, I continue buying food at Rancho Grande, but I only do take-outs.


Posted by @ Rancho Grande, a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Aug 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I'm with you on this one. I cannot stand one more television set in a public place. They are in supermarkets, gas stations, gyms (including locker rooms!), and many other places, you just can't get away from them!

A restaurant has got to be the worst possible place to have a TV.

I can't see myself paying for a meal and having to sit through an annoying sportscaster, repetitive commercials, or aberrations of the Amercan Idol type.


Posted by Best, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm

They had the best freaking fresh made salsa ever! A Green salsa that was spicy for all spicy salsa lover and a red salsa that had a small kick but nothing over powering. Emilo's was the only mexican restaurant that made real mexican food.


Posted by Good Riddance, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Emilio's food was mediocre at best. A real mexican restaurant should offer more than just ground beef or chicken as their only meat options.

And their enchilada sauce tasted odd.

I went there once and left very unsatisfied. Perhaps I should have given them a second chance. Now I will have to try the new mexican restaurant that took its place. Hopefully they will have basics like carnitas or carne asada.


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