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Today Ryan Learned the English Translations of Mexican Restaurant Names in Evansville

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The Evansville/Tri-State area is full of great, authentic Mexican restaurants. Most of which are labeled with Hispanic names, but what do those names mean for those of us aren’t fluent in Spanish? To the Google machine!

The inspiration behind this post comes from a running joke around the station that usually goes something like this:

Person A: “Hey, we’re heading to Los Bravos for lunch, want to come with us?”

Person B: “Sure! What does ‘Los Bravos’ mean anyway?”

Person A: “The Bravos, obviously. Duh.”

It’s funnier if you actually hear it. Anyway, regardless of what form of Mexican food you’re craving, any one of these locations is a great place to get it.

Any and all definitions courtesy of


Los Bravos = The Brave

El Charro = The Cowboy*

  • a Mexican horseman or cowboy, typically one wearing an elaborate outfit, often with silver decorations, of tight trousers, ruffled shirt, short jacket, and sombrero

Los Tres = The Three

La Cabana = The Cabana*

  1. a small cabin or tentlike structure for use as a bathhouse, especially on a beach or by a swimming pool.
  2. a cabin or cottage

El Rio = The River

Los Portales = The Doors (or The Entryway)

Taco Tierra = Taco Land


Los Toribio = Toribio is a Spanish boys name. In this case it may be a family name.


Jalisco = Named after a state in western Mexico

Riviera Mexican Grill = A coastal region with a subtropical climate and vegetation

Fiesta Acapulco = Fiesta means “party” in English, and Acapulco is a major city on the Pacific coast of Mexico


El Maguey = Maguey is a name given to several plants in the agave family especially the cantala. It can also be —

  1. the fiber from these plants.
  2. a rope made from this or a similar fiber.


El Nuevo = The New

Whether or not this clears anything up for you is debatable, and I’m sure there’s a few I missed, so feel free to suggest one in the comments below.

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