Duarte >Food & Dining > Ranchero Mexican Food
1501 Huntington Dr, Duarte, CA | Directions 9101034.140107 -117.973000
Tastebud disaster – Considering in this town, you can get unbelievable mexican food off of a freaking truck for just a few bucks, I expect a sit-down joint to have at least decent food for what they charge you. I walked out of there $75 lighter in the britches with nothing to show for it but a nacho platter, a large carnicita wet burrito and a few nasty drinks. WTF?
To add insult to injury, the food was pretty terrible. Granted, I ate most of it because I was starving my ass off, but I actually had to pick the dry pork out of my burrito because it was hard, tasteless and getting in the way of the chewable food sliding into my belly. My margarita was just plain gross. I asked my friends if the salt smelled like chlorine because when I took a sip of my drink, it tasted like I retardedly jumped into a public pool with my mouth wide open, but no, they assured me the chlorine smell wasn't from the salt, it was from the tequila. nice.
The service was good, which is why I am giving it one more star than it deserves. However, I would rather jump into an over populated public pool with a freshly minted log floating along side my head than eat here again. Why? Because in a public pool, you know what to expect. At Ranchero, I expected decent food at a decent price but instead I got butt raped with a hard tasteless burrito and a pool flavored drink.
Great Little Mexican Place!! – Our family Loves this place!! Great food, the staff treat you like family, & the margaritas pack some zip...
If the salsa is to mild, ask for some Diablo sauce, that should fix ya. If you like garlic, the Camarones ajo de mojo is the kind.
I also found that they will customize a dish for you. They didn't have their Grande Tostada listed as being available with shrimp, but I asked and they whipped it up with out a question.
bland food if you're lucky – The food varies from bland to revoltingly awful. The meat burritos are stuffed with nothing but tasteless, pasty beans and meat boiled to the point of no flavor. The vegetable burritos are foul beyond your lowest expectations. The salsa tastes spoiled and the only "flavor" is from overpowering chili powder. The guacamole was nothing but stale mashed avocado. No tomatoes, no onion, no lemon, and no salt. This is probably the worst Mexican restaurant I've ever eaten at.
Got Beans? – This place has been on the corner of Huntington Dr. and Cotter for over 10 years and this place is consistently PACKED on Thursdays and Friday nights and weekends. Their food is above average. Their food is really tasty and pretty cheap. I think what makes this place what is it, is the waitstaff. They treat everyone like family. Jokes fly, handshakes and smiles greet you. You're Coke/Ice Tea is never empty. There isn't anything you run out of. They're always on top of things. The atmosphere is fun and happy and everyone always has a good time. It's a must place to go in San Gabriel Valley.
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