Sunday, April 1, 2012

Ethnic Side of Lincoln: El Rancho

For the next installment on The Ethnic Side of Lincoln, I'm continuing by exploring Hispanic food in Lincoln by reviewing El Rancho (27th and O).

I found out about El Rancho when a co-worker, whose Mexican, recommended it to a couple people as being the most authentic Mexican food in town.  From the outside and inside of the building, it does have the aura of being a dive.   But, the things that rallied optimism was a busy outdoor taco cart and a large sign announcing that they serve pozole and menudo.

Both Dennis and I started with $4.50 double shot margaritas and munched on fresh salsa with tasty (slightly spiced) tortilla chips.  Then, because I wanted to try a couple of things, I got the "Fiesta Plate," which includes a taco, quesadilla, and enchilada with a side of refried beans and rice.   You can choose between beef, chicken, pork, and vegetable, and I went with vegetables.  Although this can translate into just onions and green peppers, all the dishes had those two plus bright red peppers, making everything look bright and colorful.  Plus, instead of large dollops of sour cream, there were nice little swirls that helped makes things creamy without over-powering.

Dennis got the Pollo en Mole, which was chocolaty and a spicy red, and served with a side of really fresh flour tortillas.  The sauce was great and I found myself stealing tastes from Dennis's plate--one of the hazards of eating with me.

So, if you are looking for an authentic Mexican food experience, go to El Rancho.  Next time, I'd like to try either the tamales or the pozole, and, maybe, work up to trying menudo.
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