Allen >Food & Dining > Ricardos Tex Mex
1328 W McDermott Dr, Allen, TX | Directions 7501333.102413 -96.701579
Taco Bueno at 10 times the price! – This place is highly rated? If you look at the dates of the positive reviews, you will notice a block of them on the same day. (see 07/18/2007). You will also notice that every profile in that block have reviewed one place: "Ricardo's". HHHHHHmmm seems a bit fishy to me but derive what you will from that.
This place should really change it's name to Ricardo's Taco Bell and go ahead and franchise. The food here reminds me of the fast food experience, chips from a bag, food from the freezer and worse, the microwave! Not to mention the rude, uncaring employees. The only difference? I didn't spend 5 bucks, I spent $15!
The first time I went in and ordered the fajitas, they were so tough and flavorless I had to send them back and order something else. They used the excuse that the kitchen staff had all gone back to Mexico and they were training new staff. The taco plate I had instead was right out of the microwave, gummy and bland!. I went back a few months later and had the worst Mexican meal I ever had for all the same reasons. The chips were stale, and salsa was canned and tasted like I was having a V8. The enchiladas reminded me of the .99 dinners from Swanson. They don't make their own chips, or tortillas! Isn't freshness what people look for in Tex/Mex fare? This place does not even try.
I will never go back here and will tell everyone I know and can reach on the Internet the truth about Ricardo's.
Bleah.........pass by this one.................
No way this should be #1 – I hate to say negative things about a restaurant but to rank them #1 destroys the validity of this whole process and makes me question the accuracy of anything on this website.
They have decent food but it's not even close to being the best in Allen, let alone the entire Dallas area.
They have decent food such as fajitas and taco's, chips and salsa. I don't recommend the Taco Salad since the only time I ordered it (and last) it came in the traditional hard shell with lettuce, etc,,, and a steamy pile of beefy grease that was somewhat mealy and pasty in consistency. It had to be ladled it was that much of a liquid consistency. This was just gross.
Great Fajitas and Very Clean. – Had a wonderful visit. The fajitas were great (and they're even on special one night) and I loved the chips and salsa as well. Would def. recommend and I will def. be coming back!
BEST SOUR CREAM ENCHILADAS!!!! – I am ADDICTED to the Amazing Sour Cream Enchiladas and the Chicken el Carbon is INCREDIBLE!!!!! YUMMY!!!!! :p
Ricardos – Best House Margarita EVER! (the Ricardo, frozen)
The chips, salsa, queso, and the chicken nachos are incredible! Its a fun place to take the family or come for happy hour! :-)
Best Fajita Fare around! – Our family loves eating the chicken fajita's with the one-of-a-kind seasoning. The seasoning on the chicken fajita's is reason enough to drive across town past numerous other Tex-Mex restaurants. Add an order of beef fajita nachos and you have the perfect combination of Ricardo's specialties.
2 different experiences, same restaurant – I went to Ricardo's because it was rated so highly on citysearch. My first visit was lunch about 2 weeks ago. It was on Tuesday when they have a fajita deal. I had the chicken and steak, super generous portion. I was starving and still took half of it home and it was good value at half off. Lots of business people having office lunch parties that day. It was delicious. However, when i returned in the evening with my family one week later we had enchiladas, tacos, and the tortilla soup. They were all disappointing. Especially the bland soup. So, If you are in a fajita mood, I could recommend those, otherwise I like Luna de Noche or La Hacienda Ranch for the other tex mex fare. The service is good.
Not That Great – I'm not sure I was in the same place rated here. Best Mexican? Best Burrito? Are you people kidding? There's not even a burrito on the menu. I sense ballot stuffing. The "family recipe" queso "topped with bell peppers" had no such topping, and was a bowl of melted Mexican velveeta. Waiter explanation was that the peppers are in the cheese. Uh, yeah. The "smokeless fajitas" are smokeless because they are cooked ahead of time and rewarmed for serving. Make no mistate, this is a kids and family joint at best.
Casual Tex-Mex restuarant in Allen is good for family nights as well as casual dates. – In Short
With a charcoal and black color-scheme and colorful modern art hanging from the walls, you might think that Riccardo's Tex-Mex is set up to be a romantic dining experience. This cozy Allen neighborhood spot is actually a smart combination of family-friendly and adult-savvy. The menu also reflects this atmosphere with tasty burritos and tacos for the kids and a nice selection of tapas, shrimp fajitas and tacos al carbon for more discernable palates.
Not sure why the reviews for this place are so great. – I guess people in Allen don't know better, but the food here is not good tex-mex. I had enchiladas. The ones at Taco Bueno are better. My wife had quesadillas and said the ones at Taco Bell are better. The queso was good and its not a chain, so I give it 2 stars. After reading the reviews here I set my expectations high. That was a mistake. Next time, I'll back to one of the places I enjoy... Uncle Julios, Mi Cocina, Taco Diner, or maybe even Mexi-go.
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