don’t judge a restaurant by its strip mall

Don’t judge a restaurant by its strip mall.

One of the things I have to get used to about Chester County are all the strip malls.  Face it, pick a road, there are lots of them.  One thing most people don’t think they will find in a strip mall is a fun place to eat.  Usually strip malls have fast food or chain restaurants.

Our plans changed yesterday and we decided to go out to dinner.  I wanted Mexican, but real Mexican, not the Taco Bell interpretation.

So I saw a place that got good reviews on both Urban Spoon and Exton Dish.  In a strip mall.  Called Buho’s.  It is in the Fairfield Place Shopping Center – 484-872-8840 – 115 Swedesford Rd, Exton, PA 19341.

We had an amazing meal.  I have not had Mexican so good since there was this little hole in the wall place years ago in the town of  West Chester that was in a store front across the street from what was Gilmores.  My friend Louise had introduced me to this place years ago (at least a dozen years ago), and since then, I had been looking for something as good.

Buho’s is terrific.  It is a BYOB.  Not fancy, but the murals on the walls are pretty cool.  They are also part market, so you can buy some fun Latin American stuff if you so choose – and if you want a piñata for a birthday party, they have quite the selection.

Buho’s was incredibly clean – including the ladies’ room. According to Yelp, Buho’s used to be in Lambertville, NJ before Exton.  If you check out the reviews on Yelp there is an annoying ad above the actual reviews.

Our waitress was so nice and knew her menu.  She spent time with us helping us choose.  We started with a Buho Mixto since it was our first time there – that was a sampling of a lot of things and could have been a meal in itself (we didn’t finish it) There is an extensive menu for dinner, including things like “Bistek a La Mexicana”.  They also do lunch and I think breakfast.  They have vegetarian options too. 

The food was not only more authentic than you find around here, but very fresh and flavorful.  And not super greasy like the food a lot of chain Mexican places put out. And the portions are very generous, so keep that in mind when you order. We came home with lots of yummy leftovers.

They also have a catering/take-out menu.

I hope I am raving enough, because the food was indeed rave worthy and we will go back!  I encourage others to try it too!


Buho’s- Fairfield Place Shopping Center – 484-872-8840 – 115 Swedesford Rd, Exton, PA 19341.

Buho means owl in Spanish, so there are lots of owls hanging out in the restaurant.  But they aren’t scary creepy like all the clowns that used to be in Gillaine’s in Ardmore.

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  1. Yum! Thanks for this info!! Love me some Mexican, but not Authentic, but not Taco Bell Mexican!!;-)

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