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El Ranchito Taco Shop

13654 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064-4781
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Ranked #7 of 111 restaurants in Poway
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Jun 23, 2014
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89% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I've been going to El Ranchito since the 80's, and their carnitas has remained one of my favorites anytime. I recently moved out of town, and while I have tried many of my new local restaurants, nothing beats El Ranchito. I had a chance to eat there again in April, and that only solidified my desire that they consider opening... More

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Poway, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

There are 2 El Ranchito Taco Shops in Poway and both serve delicious Mexican food. The menu is large and varied and always crowded with happy customers.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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268 reviews 268 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

I was hoping it would have been better but it was just ok. I ordered fish tacos and nachos and they were ok, not great flavor or creative. I doubt I will go back

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San Diego, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

The Soft Tacos at ANY of the El Ranchito's are awesome. They are really more like street tacos, just the right size and price. The carne asada's are good, but for a real treat get the carnitas. Writing this is making me hungry.

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Poway, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

My wife and I have a good tradition. On the weekend, take the dog on a walk and find a Mexican restaurant, enjoy a breakfast burrito, and then walk back home. Now, in Poway, there certainly is no shortage of places to choose from. I can name at least eleven such joints off the top of my head. There are... More

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Poway, CA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

If you are one of those salt-craving alien monsters from one of the very earliest Star Trek episodes, this place will satisfy you. However, if your taste buds are sensitive to anything other than salt, look elsewhere. EVERYTHING is too salty. Well, OK, I suppose the drinks aren't salty, but everything else disguised as food sure is. There's plenty of... More

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Acton, Massachusetts
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55 reviews 55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

We used to live 2 blocks from this location in the 1990s and the Mexican food was excellent back then. My wife and I were in San Diego recently to visit her parents and we returned to the old neighborhood for a visit and stopped in to eat at the El Ranchito Taco Shop. The Mexican food was just as... More

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Poway, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

It was so good the best Mexican food I ever had in my life and you can take it to go or eat it there also you can call your food in if you want and know what you want.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Reasonably priced, quick service, tasty Mexican food in a shopping center close to the center of town. The salsa bar had several tasty selections.

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Top Contributor
292 reviews 292 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

If you weren't paying, getting a number, and eating with a bunch of strangers.........you'd think you were eating had found Home Cooking Heaven!! The food is delicious (best salsa bar in Poway); portions generous; prices fair; service friendly. (And afterwards you can walk over to Home Goods and look for bargains.)

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