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Avila's El Ranchito


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$10 - $25
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch

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Buen Provecho ... To Your Health!
Avila’s‎ el ranchito creates these dishes for those who want to eat light. Methods of preparation are lean in calories but not on flavor!
Indicates these items are prepared buen provecho style.
Frijoles Frescos
Fresh beans flavorfully seasoned but not fried.
Enchiladas Especiales
Just‎ let us know, we’ll prepare your enchilada buen provecho style.
Lite Cilantro Lime Dressing
Low-Fat Cheese
Grilled Fiesta Platter
Fresh seasonal vegetables grilled w/ your choice of sliced chicken or steak. Served w/ black beans. Great for low carb diets
Light Enchiladas
Two chicken enchiladas specially prepared... using low-fat cheese. Lean on calories but not on flavor! Served w/ a green salad & a flavorful o lite cilantro-lime dressing. Salsa tomatillo or traditional enchilada sauce.
Shrimp $+ 2.00
Fajita Salad
Your choice of chicken or steak, sautéed w/ fresh bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, & tomatoes. Cooked to perfection, served over a bed of lettuce & frijoles frescos. With shrimp add 2.00
Grilled Chicken Salad
Spicy grilled chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese & avocado. Absolutely delicious! BBQ style upon request.
Taco Salad
Crisp flour tortilla shell w/ tossed green salad. Your choice of seasoned ground beef, shredded beef or chicken. Lavished w/ chopped tomatoes, shredded cheese, beans, guacamole & sour cream.
Azteca Chicken Salad
Chunks of charbroiled chicken lightly tossed w/ cilantro-lime, red & green peppers, black beans & corn. Served on a bed of crisp green salad & topped w/ mexican tortilla crouton strips.
Light Tostada
Lean on calories but not on flavor. Tender seasoned chicken, tomatoes & low-fat cheese on a mound of shredded lettuce. Lite dressing upon request.
Guacamole $+ 8.99
Chicken $+ 9.99
Beef $+ 9.99
Carnitas (pork) $+10.49
Choice of shredded chicken, beef, pork or guacamole. Served w/ lettuce, tomatoes, cheese & sour cream or guacamole.
Avila's Guacamole
A chunky blend of ripe avocados, tomatoes, & onions, brought to life w/ a touch of garlic & fresh lime.
Shredded beef $+.99
Chicken $+.99
Nachos Ranchito
A‎ large platter of nachos topped w/ sour cream & guacamole. Our salsa ranchera makes our nachos very special
Authentic soft tacos made w/ fresh, handmade tortillas. Served w/ rice & beans or o frijoles frescos & salad.
Frijoles frescos
Chicken Tomatillo Tacos
Grilled chicken in tomatillo ortega sauce.
Frijoles frescos
Chicken Fajita Tacos
Spicy grilled chicken, bell pepper, onion, tomatoes & guacamole.
Frijoles frescos
Carnitas Tacos
Chunks of lean marinated pork - tender & juicy. Served w/ fresh cilantro, chopped tomato, salsa & guacamole.
Frijoles frescos
Carne Asada Tacos
Tender strips of steak cooked in the authentic mexican manner. Served w/ fresh cilantro, chopped tomato, salsa & guacamole.
Frijoles frescos
Baja Fish Tacos
Grilled fish, fresh lime, tartar sauce & cabbage.
Vegetarian Fajitas
Mushrooms, zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes & onions served sizzling on a skillet. Served w/ frijoles frescos, salad, & your choice of tortillas.
Vegetarian Quesadilla
Flour tortilla grilled w/ jack cheese, fresh vegetable grill*, sour cream & guacamole.
Veggie Azteca Burrito
Vegetarian burrito filled w/ fresh vegetable grill* & frijoles frescos. Smothered in salsa ranchera & melted cheese, then topped w/ sour cream.
Tacos De Papa
Crispy potato tacos seasoned w/ ortega chiles & jack cheese. Served w/ frijoles frescos & salad. (Also made w/ handmade corn tortillas)
Especial de la casa
Avila's Soup
Fresh chicken breast & rice soup garnished w/ cilantro, avocado, lemon, onions & tomatoes. A meal in itself! Bowl (includes tortillas)
Avila's Soup & Salad
A large bowl of our famous avila’s soup w/ a fresh green salad. Bowl (includes tortillas)
Tacos & Caldo
A cup of our famous avila’s soup served w/ two crispy tacos. Choice of beef or chicken.
Made fresh daily bowl (includes tortillas)
Authentic botanas - an el ranchito exclusive! Served botana style w/ avocados, tomatoes, fresh limes & cilantro. Served w/ hot corn tortillas to make your own tacos!
Rice $+1.99
Beans $+1.99
Botana De Camarones Al Mojo De Ajo
Tempting shrimp sautéed in butter & fresh garlic. A little secret gives this dish a unique taste!
Rice $+1.99
Beans $+1.99
Botana De Carnitas
First we marinate lean pork w/ lemon & garlic, cooked until it’s juicy inside & slightly crispy outside
Rice $+1.99
Beans $+1.99
Botana De Pollo
Chicken‎ marinated in lemon & garlic. Grilled to perfection.
These are traditional meals our family enjoyed in mexico. Each is served w/ our seasoned mexican rice & refried beans or frijoles frescos & hot tortillas
Chile Verde
Juicy chunks of pork simmered until perfectly tender in a mildly spiced sauce w/ tangy bell peppers, tomatoes & onions.
Chile Colorado
Strips of steak simmered to perfection in a tasty red chile salsa.
Delicious chunks of lean pork marinated in lemon & garlic, then cooked until they’re tender & juicy inside, slightly crispy outside. Perfect w/ our tasty guacamole.
Carne Asada
Tender slices of steak cooked in the authentic mexican manner.
Camarones Al Mojo De Ajo
Tempting shrimp sauteed in butter & garlic. A little family secret gives this dish a deliciously unique taste.
Carne Asada & Camarones Al Mojo De Ajo
Our perfectly prepared carne asada in a winning combination w/ our delicious shrimp sauteed in butter & garlic.
Thin strips of marinated chicken or beef, grilled w/ onions, bell peppers, & tomatoes, sizzling on a skillet. Served w/ rice, beans & tortillas.
Pollo Asada
Chicken beast grilled & accented w/ a delicious salsa ortega. Served w/ frijoles frescos & a salad.
Pepe's Special (Asada Encebollada)
Tender strips of rib eye steak served on a skillet of grilled onions. Accompanied by tasty chile negro. Served w/ hot tortillas to make your own steak tacos!
Our combinaciones bring you mexico’s favorite dishes. Served w/ our special mexican rice & refried beans (or o frijoles frescos).
Refried beans
Frijoles frescos
Your choice of one of the following: a shredded beef, ground beef or chicken taco, cheese enchilada, or beef tamale.
Refried beans
Frijoles frescos
Our specialty de la casa. A fresh, fire-roasted chile stuffed w/ monterey jack cheese, dipped in egg batter & covered w/ salsa ranchera. Absolutely delicious!
Refried beans
Frijoles frescos
Two enchiladas rancheras! Two chicken enchiladas in our delicious salsa ranchera, topped w/ melted cheese, guacamole & sour cream.
Refried beans
Frijoles frescos
Two chicken enchiladas topped w/ the marvelous flavor of salsa tomatillo, melted cheese & sour cream.
Refried beans
Frijoles frescos
Your choice of any two of the following: taquito topped w/ guacamole, cheese enchilada, shredded beef, ground beef or chicken taco, chicken flauta or tamale.
Refried beans
Frijoles frescos
This is the only way we could find to improve our chile relleno. Served w/ your choice of taquito, cheese enchilada, chicken flauta or taco.
Chicken $+ 9.99
Refried beans
Frijoles frescos
Chile Rellenos
A fresh grilled pasilla chile stuffed w/ fresh *vegetable grill & sprinkled w/ jack cheese. Served wtih rice & frijoles frescos.
Our favorite is mexican cooking made even better by special touches from the familia avila. We all helped out on these so you know they’ll be muy sabrosos!
Quesadilla Avila
A grilled flour tortilla filled w/ monterey jack & cheddar cheeses & your choice of ground beef, shredded beef or shredded chicken. Served w/ guacamole & sour cream.
A crispy burrito stuffed w/ beef, chicken or chile verde & beans & topped w/ a special sauce & sour cream.
Mayan Treasure
Chicken & rice burrito smothered in our tasty tomatillo sauce, melted cheese & sour cream.
Chicken Quesadilla
Grilled chicken breast, cheese, & ortega chiles. Served w/ guacamole & sour cream.
Azteca Burrito
Either chile verde, shredded beef, or chicken wrapped in a big flour tortilla w/ beans, lavished w/ salsa ranchera, melted cheese & tasty guacamole.
A rolled up flour tortilla stuffed w/ chicken & cut into finger-sized pieces. Served w/ guacamole, sour cream & rice or beans.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we had a party here for Nephew's graduation so we were offered the 'banquet menu".... salsa, mostly green onions and some tomato. dinner: carnitas, flavorless, beans, same, rice same. they were a person short so the tortillas came well after needing them as service was...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank rick9cat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is our go to mexican joint in the OC. The food is always great, especially the chicken molle. Make sure you go one time to taco tuesday in the bar, fresh hand made tortillas prepared at a small station in the bar, no limit...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Scott M
Reviewed September 10, 2018

My wife asked if we could eat at Avila's on 1st St in Santa Ana instead of a couple of other suggestions I had. I agreed because we've usually had a good experience there in the past. Not to be this time, I'm sorry to...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank wgriff1
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

Right off 1st street across from old revere house restaurant. Near 55 Frey. Must get off 4th street from 55 to get to first. Huge menu of tasty foods and great drinks and wines. Large eating areas and cozy spots, full bar area and some...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank tonarly
Reviewed March 4, 2018

Had the Carne Asada and Shrimp. Shrimp was not great. Everything else was good. Service and and drinks were very good.

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Timruns
Reviewed November 23, 2017 via mobile

Always reliably delicious food and service with a smile, attentive, not overbearing. Flavors similar to homemade cooking.

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank Michael J
Reviewed June 22, 2017 via mobile

Always enjoy having a meal at el ranchito. Great quality food and home made tortillas make it even better. My family recently went for father's day and enjoyed the food and environment. We have also reserved an area of the restaurant for a baptism event...More

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank glendaa725
Reviewed May 27, 2017

Locals have loved this restaurant for decades, ever since Mama Avila started cooking her family recipes. Tucked away on First Street, you have to know it's there, but it's worth hunting for. Authentic Mexican dishes in great old decor it's perfect for lunch, dinner or...More

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank Valerie C
Reviewed March 9, 2017

We went there for supper for the first time with friends, both the atmosphere and the food were second to none. Our server Michelle was very helpful and friendly, one of, if not the best Mexican food restaurants that I have gone too, would definitely...More

Date of visit: February 2017
1  Thank Normie59
Reviewed October 8, 2016

It is a family owned and (I am told family run) business. Excellent food and a very fine atmosphere, reminiscent of Mexico. The service is very good and the fare is excellent. There was live music when we visited. very fine for a family outing.

Date of visit: October 2016
1  Thank montraveller030
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Yes I saw spots where one can have a large group.
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