Spend Cinco de Mayo at El Ranchito

05.05.2014 by: Allison Turpin
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On this Cinco de Mayo, it is essential to celebrate with some seriously good Tex-Mex and a large margarita. When you go through your mental list of great Mexican food restaurants, if El Ranchito isn't somewhere at the top of that list, it should be.

El Ranchito is in the heart of Oak Cliff and was opened in 1983 by the owners of La Calle Dolce, Laura and Oscar Sanchez. In order to distinguish their two restaurants, El Ranchito focuses on Comida Norteno (northern food) and Tex-Mex. We think they hit the mark.

Festive interior of El Ranchito {El Ranchito Facebook Photo}

Enjoy a Margarona on this Cinco de Mayo {El Ranchito Facebook Photo}

El Ranchito is the perfect place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The margaritas are served in large glasses and will get the fiesta started. The restaurant itself is huge with many different rooms and festive decorations. The atmosphere is lively when the mariachis are playing, on Monday - Saturday from 7:30pm - close and on Sundays from 2:00pm - close.

The food is authentic and with a large menu, there are plenty of options to choose from for lunch or dinner. Crispy chips and fresh hot sauce are served first, and they are some of the best chips and hot sauce we have ever had. The chips are crispy and warm, not stale like you can find at some other Tex-Mex places. And the hot sauce is addicting. It has some heat, and it is so hard to stop eating.

Addicting chips and hot sauce

Cheesy and thick Choriqueso served with tortillas

Homemade tortillas are fluffy and delicious {El Ranchito Facebook Photo}

A fun way to get the meal started is with their Choriqueso. A gooey, stringy, thick cheese dip is mixed with spicy chorizo and is served flaming at your table side. While it is difficult to eat, once you finally get that cheese dip in a freshly made tortilla, you quickly figure out it is worth the effort.

There are many great things to choose from at El Ranchito, including delicious Beef Fajitas and one of their most popular and unique dishes, Cabrito a la Parrilla. Cabrito a la Parilla is made from a whole baby goat that is broken down in house and the meat roasted for five hours. It is beautifully presented and served with tortillas.

On our visit, we stuck to the more simple Tex-Mex lunch specials, which included a beef enchilada, chicken enchilada, cheese enchilada, and a meat taco. The cheese enchilada was the best, followed by the beef enchilada, both smothered with more than enough cheese. The meat taco had a crispy shell and was piled high with fresh lettuce, tomato, and cheese. The chicken enchilada was the only item that didn't satisfy. It had a confusing sweet flavor and was too greasy. We would definitely recommend the beef or cheese enchiladas over the chicken enchiladas.

Lunch special #1 with a Meat Taco and Cheese Enchilada

Lunch special #5 with a Beef Enchilada and a Chicken Enchilada

Head on over to El Ranchito for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta. The food will be sure to satisfy, and the drinks will be flowing as the Mariachis make their way around to your table.

El Ranchito {Official Website}

TAGS : Oak Cliff/Bishop Arts , El Ranchito