Julio’s Barrio
Whyte Avenue

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We made our first visit to this popular Mexican eatery on Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue strip after seeing a play nearby at the 2006 Fringe Festival.

AMBIENCE: The streetside patio tables were full, but the dark, cool interior was a welcome respite from the hot afternoon sun.

SERVICE: Attractive, friendly and attentive. Baby chair, children’s menu, crayons. Tonji-kun actually started to draw with the crayons briefly before reverting to chewing on them.

FOOD: Portions are large, but execution is heavy handed, either blah or excessively spicy. If chips and salsa are a good indicator – chips edible but thick and hard, and salsa just heat no tomato.

This was not the worst Mexican food I have ever had, but not the best, either. This place owes a lot of its success to its location.

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