407 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC | Directions 2751635.911051 -79.061153
This is not Mexican!! – "Wow wow", is how I am going to describe my visit to Patio Loco! The food is awesome, great flavors, and the presentation is like I've never seen before. We had the empanadas with 2 sauces and the guacamole inside a corn tortilla cup shell , just beautiful.We're from the West Coast and we were used to eating Baja/Texmex food, but Patio Loco was recomended to us from a friend who just wouldn't stop talking about this place and it's owner " Leroy". He told us the food was great and we AGREE. You have to try the Locorita ( it's a margarita inside a pretty glass) but , be carefull it's Big enough for two to share.My boyfriend had the Jambalaya with yuca at a Mexican restuarant and I had the Fish Tacos. You have to ask the hostess to seat you in their new back patio, it's quite and very romantic.Our sever Dario had the owner Leroy come out and talk to us which was very cool.He told us he's from New Orleans, La., in a very funny way he pronouced it and also explained to us the influence for his menu items.We're HOOK on Patio Loco and will definitely come back with our friends.Oh .. they have a sayiny on their menu about your mouth having a party which we did.
Personalize Service – It was my best friend's 30th birthday, and I couldn't be there. I found out she and her friends were going to Patio Loco, so I called the restaurant and spoke to Leroy. He was hands down the easiest business person I've ever delt with. I told him about my friend, her birthday, and that she and I had been friends since the 4th grade! He went out of his way to make her celebration unique by creating a special appetizer, cocktail, entree, and even called me to help sing "Happy Birthday" to her. Leroy and Patio Loco will always, always, be special to me!
My All-time favorite place to eat!! – This place is wonderful!! Granted...parking sucks...and the service can sometimes be slow...but that is because EVERYTHING is made from scratch!!!! (I know..I liked the food there so much...I spent my summer waiting tables). The owner of the place has become part of our family...and we are trying to talk him into catering our wedding for us!! My parents make a 2 hour drive once a month to come to dinner at the Patio...and whenever they hear that I am coming home for a visit....they place a takeout order! Try the Patacon and the fried Yuca! Or try one of LeRoys specialties...you can never go wrong with anything on the menu!
Exotic Fusion – Patio Loco is an unexpected treat! We were looking for everyday Tex-Mex, but we found something far more diverse and delicious. If you're looking for traditional nachos or tacos, this isn't the place to come to, but if you want a harmonious balance of flavors and experiences while you munch, this is heaven. Try the plantains to add some sweet to any meal and take a risk with Loco's rich and original desserts.
great place to get a year older – I recently had my birthday at Patio Loco and it was great. LeRoy, the owner, really goes all out to make people feel welcome. He came out of the kitchen, led a sing along and brought out a pastry with a candle in it. I highly recommend Patio Loco for any special occasion or just a regular Tuesday for great pitchers of Margaritas,
LeRoy's the Man – Guess who just got a year older? That's right and the best thing is that Patio Loco has just introduced their new and exciting menu.I"m hooked for the rest of my life...Every time I'm their the service is AWESOME and most of all LeRoy the owner just goes all out to make you feel so special "Especially on your B-day". I'm on a mission to tell the whole Triangle about this place. This place is NOT Mexican at all, just great LATIN food. The freshness is in every bite.The salsa,the cheese dip,ect..you can taste the difference.Well another Thirty something Bday success story Thanks Patio Loco staff and most of all you LeRoy! Oh I forgot the Jambalaya is to die for just one of the new items on the new menu.Thanks again!!!!!
Much more than just burritos. – In Short
The eponymous patio is on a sloping parking lot, mostly under a tent. The tables are surrounded by benches and folding chairs. Inside, it's stucco walls, concrete, brick and tile floors, funky barstools and lots of windows. A downstyle, bohemian-cool cantina. The empanadas are accompanied by a smoky-hot chipotle salsa. If it's on special, try the pabellon: Juicy shredded beef served with black beans, rice, fried plantains and a crispy corn cake.
Still looking... – I just moved from DC and left my favorite Mexican restaurant. So far, I haven't found a replacement in NC, but Patio Loco isn't a bad stand-in. We went on a Saturday night, around 6:00 and were one of five parties in the place. We sat outside, which was nice but the patio is a little unsettled so our table and chairs rocked. The food was good and you get a lot for the price. The margaritas were good, but not the best. As we were leaving, they were setting up for live music but there still wasn't any body in the restaurant. I'd go back to Patio Loco again.
Que Bueno! – Had lunch there today. First visit. Absolutely love this place! Not Tex Mex, but a mixture of Latin cuisines. Had the daily special consisting of marinated steak, sauteed red and green peppers and onions, with rice, corn tortillas, black beans, and zucchini soup. Incredibly fragrant and flavorful food. Only $5.95! I could eat that every day! Plentiful creative vegetarian offerings, too (including lentil filling in place of meat). Have lived in San Diego and eaten in Baja. This is at least as good. Can't wait to go back.
Sat at the table for an hour, never received food – After being seated, it was 20 minutes before we were able to place our order. Then we waited 40 minutes and our waitress never checked on us. Other people got up pay or find their waitress because none of them were checking the tables. Finally, someone came by to refill the chips and I asked when our food would be out and she said nothing and walked off. Soon, our waitress came to a table close by and started walking off without checking on us. My fiancee was able to grab her attention. We asked how much longer our food would be. Not only did we not get an apology for the horrible service and long wait, we got some story about how "The orders are lined up and somebody broke our computer...." She couldn't tell us if they started making our food!! We cancelled the order and left.
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