A restaurant that not only serves up great food, but serves up big smiles.
El Jinete has a philosophy that they go by everyday. “El Jinete Mexican Restaurant is committed to serving its guests and local communities and believes in providing great food using fresh ingredients and great service. We also believe our guests are part of the family and will continue serving the community for generations to come carrying on the tradition of El Jinete Mexican Restaurant”
Located in seven different towns and also offering catering, El Jinete serves authentic food along with staff that bring a family feel to the restaurant.
“I have been working here all my life- 21 years,” said Leticia Romo, the manager. “I love everything about this place. Sometimes it can be stressful but fun. It’s my life.”
El Jinete first opened in 2000 in the Clarksville station that is now known as Wolf Creek BBQ. They were there for 10 years and then moved to their current location on Louise Street in 2014.
Their authentic menu includes Mexican dishes served to order with fresh ingredients and lots of love.
“My family and I love authentic food so authentic Mexican food, like what El Jinete has, is phenomenal and would surpass anything fast food any day” said Amy Remely, a freshman nursing major at Piedmont University.
In a small town such as Clarksville, it is sometimes very difficult to find local family run businesses and restaurants, especially because towns like these are typically filled with fast food chains.
“Compared to fast food, the food at El Jinete is not only healthier but it also tastes better,”said Rowan Edmonds, a junior Mass Communications major at Piedmont University. It doesn’t taste artificial and I feel like they actually put effort into their food. My favorite thing to get there is the steak tacos.”
El Jinete staff members make sure to provide quick service while also maintaining a positive, family atmosphere.
“The customer service there is great,” said Remely. “Every Time i’ve gone there, they are on it. Right away, they ask how you are doing and what you want. Most places you go and wait for your server for 20 minutes but at El Jinete, you automatically get one.”
With Piedmont University 5 minutes down the road in Demorest, El Jinete has become a place that students like to hang out and get a fresh meal.
“I have a lot of good memories there, especially when going with friends. I spend a lot of time there and it’s always great” said Edmonds.
Overall, El Jinete is a family run business who cares for their customers and genuinely enjoys their jobs.
Romo says the restaurant appreciates the support and business of the Piedmont Community. “Just hoping that everyone keeps supporting us like they have. We are really thankful!”