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Mi Ranchito Taco Shop

Outstanding sopes are now on the menu at Mi Ranchito in Ramona, CA! A sope is a traditional Mexican dish originating in the central and southern parts of Mexico. The base is made from a circle of fried masa, roughly the size of an ashtray, that looks like an unusually thick tortilla. It’s topped with a variety of ingredients, typically beans, a protein, lettuce, salsa, cheese, crema, etc.

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Manana’s Mexican Food

There is no better way to say “te quiero” to amá on Mother’s Day than with a wet burrito from Mananas Mexican Food! I’ve been eating burritos here for years and have never had a bad one. I love a good wet burrito and finally tried their interpretation this morning; it was outstanding! 

Any of Mañana’s burritos can be ordered “wet”. I chose a simple beef burrito, only $6.15. It was huge! Filled with a ton of tender, seasoned shredded beef. Also a few onions and peppers. No cheap fillers like beans, rice or lettuce, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Making it “wet” adds an extra $2.10. The whole thing is blanketed with a generous amount of their rich, flavorful enchilada sauce, then topped with some cheese. 

Service and all was nice as always for me. I particularly appreciate the chips gratis when dining in plus the excellent salsa bar. I noticed this morning that they now have pickled red onions which I dearly adore with Mexican food.

Cocina del Charro

Outstanding Chile Colorado at Cocina del Charro in Escondido!

Don Jose Mexican Restaurant

Love this Mexican restaurant in Lake Elsinore!  One of my all time favorite combination plates with an excellent cheese enchilada adorned with green onions, etc. It’s all so hot that the cheese gets crispy on the edges.  Plus the best tamale I think I’ve had anywhere.  This thing is huge and dolloped with tender chunks of beef. 

Detroit Pizza

Another outstanding homemade Detroit Pizza! This time with Canadian Bacon! I just can’t get over those crispy, cheesy edges.

Nuevo Grill & Cantina

Still the biggest and best tasting enchiladas in Ramona!

La Cocina

Outstanding shrimp ranchero at La Cocina in Ramona, CA!

Casa Sol y Mar

Outstanding Chile Colorado at Casa Sol y Mar! One of my favorite Mexican restaurants in SoCal. Love their mariachis too!

Nuevo Grill & Cantina

Outstanding Seafood Fajita Fantastico at Nuevo Grill in Ramona, CA! Your choice of freshly grilled Wahoo, sautéed shrimps or Langostino lobster. Cooked to perfection with succulent peppers & onions; includes all the typical Mexican accoutrements and hot tortillas. The whole affair is served on one of those sizzling hot platter things that allows you to not only see and smell your food, but hear it as well!

Mariscos Mar de Cortez

Outstanding Camarones Rancheros at Mariscos Mar de Cortez! Sautéed shrimp with bell peppers and onions in a house ranchero sauce. Served with rice & beans; pico de gallo; a blob of guacamole; and hot, supple tortillas, $16.99.

The shrimps were tasty, meaty and succulent; cooked perfectly. Unfortunately the ratio of shrimps to everything else going on was pretty conservative. What I can tell you is the shrimps were of high quality. Not some frozen, farmed institutional variety from <insert name of Asian country here>! The ranchero sauce was the absolute standout! Among the best I’ve had. Super rich, flavorful and delicious. I sopped up every bit. It would have gone good on just about anything but ice cream.

Overall a great tasting dish, just not a good value at 17 bucks. Props though for the higher quality shrimp.

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