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Pigeon Forge

El Ranchero Loco

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Certificate of Excellence2018 - 2019 Winner


Mexican, Latin
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
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All reviews burrito chips and salsa arroz con pollo chicken tamales street tacos pineapple cheese dip steak beans mexican food the main strip pork tips horseback riding red sauce speedy service bite to eat
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Ok food, definitely not authentic! I’m giving the restaurant a 4 because of the service and salsa bar. They have a small selection on the salsa bar but if you mix some into their regular salsa, yum. The burritos are huge and the fajitas are...More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in on a weekday for lunch in the pouring rain after seeing good reviews on TripAdvisor. We weren’t disappointed! Service was quick, friendly and upbeat. We had queso blanco and chips and salsa as an app. Chips were fresh and warm and queso...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank Greenthumbsongbird
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The chips were warm and Salsa was good. I like mine a little hotter so I went to the Salsa Bar and added some "Heat" to it. Our food was very good and served in a very timely manner by friendly staff. The place was...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank 474DanielS474
Reviewed November 6, 2019

Excellent service and the food was very tasty and nicely priced. Much better than the franchise restaurants. Better or as good as our favorite place in South Florida.

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank D R
Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

The food here is very tasty. I believe it is a good stop in Pigeon Forge it is off the beaten path close to Dollywood and the food is a good quality

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank F23TAdennism
Reviewed November 1, 2019

We visited this restaurant based upon Tripadvisor reviews. We were not disappointed. In fact, when in Pigeon Forge, this will now be our go-to place for Mexican. We both had chicken dishes. Excellent. The chips and salsa were as good as we have ever had....More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank dbscpa
Reviewed October 31, 2019 via mobile

I have lived in Arizona and southern California but this Mexican food exceeds anything I have had. I had the Molcajete Chele it has grilled steak, shrimp, chorizo, cactus, chicken, cheese, scallions Jalepeno and a pork chop all in a killer green sauce with plenty...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank toddj861
Reviewed October 17, 2019 via mobile

We opted to visit this restaurant after reading some reviews and wanting something off site of Dollywood and I must say it was well worth the visit. The food was great and you got nice size portions for the price

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank Travis2603
Reviewed October 12, 2019 via mobile

So glad we found this eatery! Bigger than it looks from the outside. Grilled shrimp and chicken had a good size portion of meat. Friendly staff. Nice change from the high priced meals on the main road!

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank kckalb
Reviewed August 31, 2019

Being from Deep South Texas..originating area of fajitas..I know fajitas. Though a Honduran restaurant..wow..all perfect. Add to this light fluffy rice..perfect salsa. Wonderful! We went back again and ordered enchiladas with pork tenders. Can’t say I was crazy about these. If you don’t like mole’...More

Date of visit: August 2019
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May 10, 2017|
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Response from garyDallas_Tx | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they actually have a bar but my friend got a pre-made margarita in a bottle for $3.95. They have a good selection of beers also.
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