El Camino Real in Noblesville is one of a chain of two family-owned Mexican food restaurants in Hamilton County, Indiana. The other is located in Fishers. The Noblesville location has been in business at least 16 years if not longer.
I’ve been going to El Camino Real to get my Mexican food fix ever since I moved to Hamilton County and I thought I’d share my experiences there with you today.
Wall paintings scattered throughout El Camino Real depicting different people in traditional Mexican costumes give the restaurant a real Mexican feel. Various Mexican beer promotional items also dot the walls up high along the ceiling.
Four or five televisions located high in corners show the latest soccer game and both modern and traditional Mexican music is piped in throughout the place lending the restaurant a Mexican authenticity when you enter.
Service is excellent. You are greeted by one of the wait staff as soon as you enter and ushered to a seat. Your drink request is taken immediately and chips and salsa are brought out immediately.
Once your food is brought out the waiter/waitress checks to see that your drinks are filled and makes sure everything is to your satisfaction, nor do you have to wait long for your bill.
The restaurant is a bit worn looking in the interior but well maintained. The staff is very good about cleaning tables and any crumbs and such left on the floor are quickly cleaned up with a Hoky® sweeper.
The toilet facilities are a bit worn but also very clean, and if you find something wrong the staff is quick to rectify the problem once notified.
The food is authentic Mexican food. Do not expect Tex-Mex here. Because I have been here many times over the years, I won’t go into what I ordered or describe my meal. Instead I will talk about the menu and some entrees I think are real stand outs.
In my opinion El Camino Real has the best corn chips in Indianapolis. The chips are made in house and served warm at the table. They are neither too thick nor too thin and the flavor highlights the sweetness of the corn.
The menu is very large and diverse featuring most if not all the dishes Americans associate with Mexico. Some of real standouts on the menu are the Polo Loco, the Burrito Macho (sauced up to look like the Mexican Flag), Carnitas (make sure to order corn tortillas instead of flour ones) and you definitely cannot go wrong with the Fajitas.
Also they don’t leave out the vegetarians here, they offer a mushroom Quesadilla, veggie Enchiladas, Fajitas and various vegetarian combination meals. My favorite is the mushroom Quesadilla.
One thing I should mention is they really pay attention to the little things here. The refried beans are delicious, with just the right consistency and saltiness, and the Mexican rice is very tasty as well.
The Juicy Bits
El Camino Real is one of my regular restaurants. Anytime I don’t feel like cooking dinner and want some decent Mexican food for a fair price, I come here. I feel comfortable here, the staff is friendly and over the years I have gotten to know many of them personally. Also when I have friends or family over and we go out to eat, Mexican food seems to be something we can all agree upon and everyone seems to leave well-fed and happy.
In summary: For a very good Mexican meal that won’t empty your pocket book, El Camino Real is a really good choice. With a huge variety of entrees and combination meals there is something to please everyone in the family.
El Camino Real
797 South 10th Street
Noblesville, IN 46060
Tel: (317) 770-9007
Hours: Sunday – Thursday (11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.), Friday – Saturday (11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.)