Last week Phriendly Jaime from West of Shockoe asked me about a good Mexican place north of the James. To my chagrin, I could not really come up with a wonderful answer (south of the river is an entirely different matter). I realized that I had frequented the usual suspects (with little fanfare), but had not ventured to some of the other establishments. I have started to remedy this situation with a trip to El Caporal…
As we walked up to the entrance of El Caporal the ghost of Long John Silver’s greeted us in the form of an iron door handle shaped like a sword. But as we entered to a hearty “Hola” from the host, the old pirate beat a path back to the shipwrecks of forgotten fast food places. As we sat down in a booth, we observed that the joint was hopping. Our wait staff, bearing fresh yellow tortilla chips, also welcomed us with “Holas” and “
Mexican Family Restaurant
1417 East Ridge Rd.