Excellent shredded beef taco and cheese enchilada combination plate at Rancho Viejo in Rancho Bernardo!
Outstanding order of rolled tacos recently from Mi Ranchito! Topped with a very tasty creamy guacamole Americano and a liberal amount of shredded cheese. All of it sitting on a bed of fresh looking, shredded iceberg lettuce. Mi Ranchito rolled tacos are made with ground beef vice shredded beef. Although some may scoff, I actually prefer ground beef in my rolled tacos. Good clean bites every time. At some places the shredded beef is rolled too tightly and I’m always pulling out large slugs of meat with each bite, leaving an unfortunate hollow tortilla tube.
Excellent Carne Asada Quesadilla at the new Rancho Viejo Mexican Food in Rancho Bernardo. Sometimes I just like a simple CAQ! Rancho Viejo packs a punch with theres… You won’t be hungry for a while. It’s made simply with a generous amount of good carne asada and a fairly conservative amount of cheese. Some places I go to the grease just streams out when you pick it up. All down your hands and arms and everything. Not here. This is a decent, no frills carne asada quesadilla served on a foam plate.
Probably the first dish at La Cocina I have been less than impressed with. Chile Verde plate, served with rice (& beans 😱) and hot tortillas, $10.99. Traditional chile verde is usually made with slow cooked chunks of pork shoulder. This version seemed to use thick slices of pork tenderloin. It was tender but overly lean tasting and quite flavorless. It did not have that luxurious mouth feel you get with a slow cooked pork shoulder. The verde sauce however was rich and flavorful. That would have gone good on just about anything but ice cream.
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.
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.