Don Patron

By Candace Nelson - 10:19 AM

Rounding out the trifecta of Mexican invasion in Morgantown, Don Patron is the newest tex-mex restaurant to add in the mix.

Just like its two partners in Los Mariachis and Mariachi Loco, Don Patron has the exact same menu but it tackles a new area in Morgantown. Stretching from one side of town to the other, these restaurants are dominating the Mexican restaurant business.

Don Patron is located at Pierpont Landings. Los Mariachis is on Van Voorhis, and Mariachi Loco is on Hornbeck Road by the "other" Walmart.

Don Patron replaced the now defunct Penny's Diner. So it's not along the main drag, but I think that's their goal here. If you've had Los Mariachis or Mariachi Loco, you've had the same food. And as I've said time and time again, I'm not entirely impressed.

The inside of this building is quite nice - homey, clean, classic. The service was spectacular. I do love the complementary chips and salsa, but I always ask for queso. It is probably my favorite thing here. It's cheesy and piping hot and creamy. If you run out of chips, they'll give you more.

I ordered the "Jumbo Burrito" which you can have your choice of beef or chicken plus rice and beans, lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream. I don't get the soggy, shredded, bland iceberg lettuce phenomenon. But the burrito was okay. It was very average to me - soggy, kind of bland, nothing I'd really want to spend money on again. But I would probably go back for the queso.

If you're into Los Mariachis and/or Mariachi Loco, you'd probably be a fan of this place. But if I want a burrito, I think I'm heading to Chico's ... This is one of the not-so-great dishes I've had here. Next time I'm going for a quesadilla.

Grade: C
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  1. I found this place pretty un-inspiring, bland, and very average. I concur.

  2. It's not just three partners in Morgantown. The menu, food prep, decor and service is identical at El Rincon in Clarksburg and at least two other Mex restaurants I have visited in Fairmont and Buckhannon WV. I think it is a chain. Honestly, I believe they just ship everything premade and only heat it up at the restaurant because in all six places everything was absolutely identical including the flavor. I order the same special with the same name in each place and it was like deja vu.

    1. I didn't realize that! I don't get to the Clarksburg/Fairmont/Buckhannon area often. So you may very well be right. Some of those items are okay, but most of the time, it's just mediocre. Not sure what everyone goes crazy about.

  3. As a native Texan transplanted to Morgantown for grad school at WVU, it's "meh" at best :)

    1. Greg - please enlighten me about Mexican/TexMex/what have you. If you've read my blog posts on other Mexican restaurants, nothing really seems to "wow" me. I refuse to write off the entire cuisine, but I also suspect West Virginia just doesn't carry the best there is to offer. Tell me what it's SUPPOSED to taste like. And where the best restaurant (nearby) that you've discovered is?


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