My friend told me about this tiny little drive through in Decatur which served the most authentic Mexican food and so we visited El Palomino a few days ago. Being from San Francisco and having The Mission close by, I had my misgivings on sampling anything 'authentic' in Northern Alabama. I was wrong! El Palomino serves up some fantastic grilled steak tacos ($1.45/each) and a killer Steak Taco Salad ($4.50). You get a choice of steak, chorizo or chicken but I recommend the steak. They use whole avocados and have perfectly spicy green and red salsas on the side. The menu is small but everything is inexpensive. Like I said, it's a drive through so there's no seating but the food is worth the small wait you have as they prepare it in their little kitchen.
I decided to try this place because kids eat free but was hesitant due to the bad reviews. Well, let me say those people must have been having a bad day! We went on a Sat night(fairly busy) were immediately seated, waitress was friendly and attentive, our drinks and food orders came out quickly, food was good and price reasonable. We will be going back!
Hands down, the best in Decatur. Been there a few time since they open and everything has been good. The poblano pepper dishes are great. They serve breakfast too; had a Spanish Omelet the other day that was good. Also, you get more then salsa with your chips, yo get the creamy jalapeno dip. Yum