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“An "Old El Paso" frozen meal would have been tastier”

EL Ranchito Mexican Restaurant
Ranked #40 of 100 Restaurants in Crystal River
Cuisines: Mexican
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Bethany Beach, DE
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118 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“An "Old El Paso" frozen meal would have been tastier”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

I guess since they're the only independent Mexican restaurant in town they don't have any competition so they don't have to work as hard to make their food palatable. The chips and salsa were decent. Chicken chimi nasty and the beef burrito worse.

  • Visited November 2013
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
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English first
Crystal River, Florida, United States
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Super food...always good service.”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

We are regulars at El Ranchito and have our favorite dishes. The salsa is always fresh and just spicy enough...but get the cheesy queso too...this stuff is awesome. The best thing Ive had on the menu is the chicken chimichanga....simply divine! The beans are great, the rice is good...but that chimi and flavorful chicken can't be beat! My son always gets the fajitas....and he's never disappointed. Good portion size, tender meat and plenty of fixins. These guys speak little English, but the service is quick and to the point. If you've never been to this local 'hole in the wall'.....give it a try! Much better food than some of the 'fancier' places! See you next week guys!

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Tgirl2013
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Dunnellon, Florida, United States
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74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Stop for lunch”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Nice simple atmosphere and good food. Went for lunch with a friend. We should have split our food. They are very generous servings.
The only thing I had a problem with is the Chili Relleno. Never had them covered in sauce and cheese. So they were soggy. Just like the regular fried Relleno with Salsa or pico de gallo on the side.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Donna C
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Crystal River, Florida
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Authentic Mexican Anytime”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

El Ranchito is REAL! Sharpen up your Spanish and bring your appetite because this is not a fast food joint. They make it all from scratch and to your liking. And priced so you can "eat out" often. You will be coming back for sure.

Visited July 2013
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Thank z00ch
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Harrison
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Good tasting food!”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

We ordered this as a take out so I can't tell you anything about the restaurant. However, the food was piping hot and authentic mexican! The cheese sauce was awesome and we used it for dipping nacho chips. I really enjoyed the homemade salsa. My husband ordered fajitas and the tortilla shells were not included so he opted to mix everything together and eat it that way. Mine included a taco, burrito and enchilada. All were good. Only problem with ordering and picking up is that the hard shells are no longer hard. Would try eating in next time. Definitely glad we tried it.

Visited July 2013
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