I consider myself a Mexican food connoisseur. I eat it at least once a week. I can honestly say this was some of the worst I have had in some time. This assessment is further damaging given the fact that D/FW is home to some of the BEST Mexican food in Texas (See review on Mia's in Dallas). Also Los Vaquero's just up the street or Cantina Laredo or so many others would be better choices.
The ugliness started with the chips. Seriously...if you can't make good chips then you might as well hang it up. They were cold and greasy. Not a good combination. The salsa was fair. The next item that came out was an order of queso. Again, who can screw up Queso? Answer: El Rancho Grande. It was a thick glob of cold, processed cheese that had a disconcerting SWEET taste. It was just awful. It didn't help that you had to eat it with the aforementioned chips.
I also had guacamole. It was standard guac...nothing special. We ordered chicken fajitas which were not brought out on the standard sizzling platter, but on a plate with a few sautéed onions strewn about. The chicken was more cold than it was hot. The corn tortillas were nothing to write home about. About the only item that got any sort of praise from our group of 10 was a chalupa.
Our server was nice, but he rarely came by.
I had been to this place years ago and had better memories of it. It was before the Stockyard's had become so filled with tourists. Perhaps el Rancho has lowered its standards as a result. It did become crowded over the course of the time we were there. But there are just too many better options for great Mexican food to waste your time here.
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