Dinner in the D: El Rancho

My family has been going to El Rancho for years, but for some reason I hadn't been there in quite some time...until recently.

Alessandro and I ended up at El Rancho for lunch the other day, and it quickly became our favorite Mexican spot.  

The chips and salsa are exceptionally good.  The salsa was strong and flavorful, and was not overly tomato-y as some restaurant salsas can be.  Alessandro typically would never eat mild salsa at restaurants, but this mild was so good that he may have actually preferred it over the hot. 

We were surprised to find out that our lunch came with soup.  The soup had a vegetable broth and was filled with seasoned ground beef.  It was an unexpected treat.  After the chips, salsa and soup, we were really full.  But then our food came.  

I had the Flautas Norteñas, which are flautas (stuffed, deep-fried corn tortillas) topped with tomatillo sauce.  

Alessandro had the Carne de Puerco con Chile Verde, which was tender chunks of pork in a green Mexican sauce. 

I liked my meal a lot, but was in love with Alessandro's dish; and wouldn't you know it, he couldn't get enough of my flautas. 

So, we went back a week later for dinner with our friends, Dani and Craig (of whom you have read about before here, and here).  Here's what my email to Dani said:  "We were going to eat dinner at El Rancho...our new favorite Mexican restaurant just outside of Mexican Town around 7:30.  If you are interested in making the drive, we'd love to have you!"  Some may say it was too quick to call El Rancho our favorite Mexican Restaurant after only one visit there (for me, in the past 10 years, for Alessandro, ever), but some didn't taste that pork dish.

So I ordered the Carne de Puerco and Alessandro ordered the Flautas Norteñas, and all was well with the world.  Dani got the Enchiladas Suizas, which are enchiladas topped with tomatillo sauce, and Craig got chicken tacos.  They both loved their meals too!  (And they're a picky bunch, so you know it must have been good). 

And now, here's Danielle's #1 tip for eating out at Mexican restaurants:  Always order sour cream on the side for reheating purposes.  

See, we knew we invited her along for something!  (Except she didn't tell us that until after we ordered).

What is your favorite Mexican restaurant in the D?  Or maybe you prefer a taco truck?  

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