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El Volcan

Located in a strip mall spot previously occupied by D&J Deli in Trooper, El Volcan Cocina Mexicana was opened in September 2020 and offers a Mexican dine-in restaurant experience with a bit of class. (we miss you D&J!)

Due to the pandemic, it is likely that many diners have not discovered this spot that differentiates itself from other taco shop “taquerias” with attendant uniformed waiters, white table cloths, a tastefully decorated dining room and music in the background. The indoor dining area comfortably fits about forty diners in booths and freestanding tables supplemented by an outdoor dining space added this Spring. The BYOB environment makes this even a better spot for Mexican food fans to try.

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The menu at El Volcan includes items you would find at a typical taqueria, but choices are supplemented by appetizer choices of three types of soup, three salads and other Mexican traditional openers like Nachos, Queso Fundido, Ceviche and Flautas. Entrée choices include Tacos and Enchiladas as well as Tortas, Quesadillas, and Burritos. Dishes can be prepared with protein options of Chicken, Shrimp, Tinga, Chorizo, Pork Al Pastor, Pork Carnitas, Carne Asada, Tilapia, and Skirt Steak (no ground beef) and vegetable options of Mushrooms, Cactus, Pumpkin, or Peppers. Chef’s Specials include Pork Ribs in Tomatillo sauce, Skirt Steak in a Poblano Pepper Cream sauce, Shrimp in a dry Pepper Sauce, Tilapia in a White Wine and Lemon sauce and Carne Asada.  Side orders of Rice, Beans, and Guacamole are also available. Dessert offerings include Three Leches, Flan and Chocolate Churros. Although El Volcan is a BYOB they do offer table service ice water and soft drinks (Mexican sugar versions)

We started our dinner with an order of chips and salsa with the salsa being more likened to Pico de Gallo prepared with fresh tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cilantro. The salsa used very fresh ingredients and was not spicy - the tomatoes were not soft, and the onions retained their crunch which can sometimes degrade from extended hold times before service.  I requested some hot sauce on the side to increase the heat level for my chips as well as my entrée – too hot for DW Sherri but they satisfied my palate.

I decided to begin my meal with a bowl of Tortilla Soup prepared with a rich broth and filled with chicken and avocado chunks and accented with tortilla strips. The flavor profile was not overwhelmingly peppery and was worthy of a re-order on a future visit. 

DW chose Carnitas Fajitas which were served to the table on a black skillet with a mound of Carnitas Pork over suitably sautéed peppers and onions along with small handmade corn tortillas. The Carnitas pork was tender and flavorful with the onions and peppers piping hot owed to the black hot skillet.  A side order of beans and rice were good although the serving temperature a was a bit lower than expected.

On Tuesday nights El Volcan offers two-dollar tacos, so I elected to give two Chorizo and two Pork Carnitas tacos a try.  The tacos had a sufficient portion of protein and were topped with cilantro and raw onion and were served with a garnish of sliced cucumber, radish, and a fresh lime wedge.  As found in the Fajitas, the pork was flavorful and moist, and the Chorizo had a nice mild spicy kick and was not overly greasy.
El Volcan qualifies as a place to visit for casual Mexican dining in an atmosphere not found in many local taquerias. The strip mall appearance may be deceiving but I assure you will be pleasantly surprised.   
Rating 4 / 5
El Volcan
2849 Ridge Pike
Eagleville, PA 19403
(484) 370-2481
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Ron Knerr is a 30+ year cooking hobbyist who has been a “foodie” before the term was popular.  His home arsenal includes a smoker, a sous vide immersion heater, a sausage stuffer, and several crockpots. Send comments and suggestions to:

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