on May 18, 2008
When you enter the restaurant, set on a rural highway, you are greeted by Mexican tilework and greenery. The tables in the main dining room, a large open space with a patio-like feel, are decorated with laminated wine bottle labels.Quickly after you are seated, you are brought a complimentary serving of homemade chips and salsa. The salsa is heavy on the cilantro, and quite tasty.Although the menu warns that, because everything is cooked to order the meals may take a while, I have always received my food quickly. The portions are very generous, and there are options for both meat eaters and vegetarians like me (the chiles rellenos, in particular, are delicious). The prices are very reasonable considering that you will definitely take leftovers home.If you choose to have some spirits with your meal, you should steer away from the house wines. The carafe of shiraz that I ordered was terrible! Oddly enough, though, the sangria was very nice – just sweet enough without being overly sweet.The main drawback to El Rancho is the awkward location of the cash register. The staff waits near the register which is in the midst of the tables, making for a strange experience with your waiter/waitress looking over you while you’re eating. Other than that oddity, El Rancho is definitely worth the price!
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