Jose Tejas (Woodbridge) [NJ]

We went to Jose Tejas after having not gone for literally decades. The crawfish etoufee was as good as ever, but the noise level…

During the time we were there, my sound meter registered a minimum of 83 decibels and a maximum of 91. An average of 85 over an 8-hour period requires hearing protection.

Bring ear plugs. Don’t expect to see me there again.


That’s why we do take out. I call from home, its ready when I arrive, my wife sits outside in the car and we head to a park or back home. Last time we had a seafood grill combo on special and a steak taco platter.

Did you have lunch or dinner? I always have to wait a long time for dinner. I’ve been there maybe 5 times or so…decent food for a low price.

Lunch, at 1:15. We’re “main meal at lunchtime” people.

Interesting, do you always carry a sound meter or is that some kind of app on a smart phone? All you need to do is eat there once to know it’s not a place for a quite romantic dinner. It’s been 10+ years since I’ve been there, I wonder if they still play a loop of Marty Robbins gun fighter ballads as their back ground music.

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
I fell in love with a Mexican girl
Nighttime would find me in Rosa’s cantina
Music would play and Felina would whirl…


Jose Tejas is a place I go only when I am in that area and craving cheap Mexican food. I would never seek the place out. There is nothing wrong with the food itself. You can tell most of it is pre-made and sitting under a light or in a steam table. That’s my first complaint. There is no other way they can get meals for four people out in 15 minutes with a restaurant of that size and a two hour wait. Not humanly possible.

While I suppose waiting for a table is part of the “Jose Tejas experience”, is it worth it? That’s a question I have long-debated. Only time I did not wait was a late afternoon lunch. At night (even a Monday) it was between 1-2 hours.

Margaritas suck. Nothing but ice and sour mix. Gotta stick to beer.

The loud environment is fun for about 20 minutes or so. Then your head starts to pulsate like you’re at a death metal concert.

The sound meter is an app on my tablet.


The only good reason to go to Jose Tejas ( and I’ve been more than a few times ) is the gumbo.

I’ve never seen anything under an hour wait …crazy.

Dave any good gumbo recs locally?

There was no wait when we went on 1:15 on a weekday --yet another advantage of eating out midday.

Of course, it doesn’t work for everyone, which is why there’s no wait in the first place.