Tacos Mi Rancho, Yuma AZ
- AlFerris May 23, 2009 12:57 AM
Another trip to Yuma this month, and once again, forgot to shout out to Ed Dibble in advance. Sorry Ed. I'm back in June!
As I've posted before, I'm not a fan of Mi Rancho Restaurant in Yuma, but its sister restaurant, Tacos Mi Rancho, has been on my list for a while. Finally got there for lunch this week, and it was great!
My dining companion and I had just finished up a challenging conference call with a client (in our car, in Yuma, in May) so we both started with a margarita. Pretty standard, but generous and a quick way to cool down! The chips were fresh, and the salsa has just enough heat and good texture.
Since we were at "TACOS" Mi Rancho, we felt obligated to eat tacos. We couldn't decide on which ones, however, so we decided to order several and split them. Here's the parade:
Carnitas: very tender and flavorful pork on corn tortillas with a good balance of cilantro and white onion. I liked this one.
Chicharrone: way better than our last experience with chicharrone in Yuma. Good balance of pork flavor with sauce--not slimy like our last experience.
Al Pastor: marinade was a little too sour for my taste, and it was more saucy than I expected.
Asada: nice amount of char, and meat was still tender.
Lengua: Nicely chewy and flavorful, with a little bit of char that surprised me. I liked it; dining companion not a fan.
Fish: Boring. Fried fish filet with a little bit of cabbage on a flour tortilla. Packet of ranch dressing to go along.
Chorizo: dining companion's favorite, but I thought it was a little too saucy.
We also ordered a chile relleno and a tamal--relleno was fine, but nothing spectacular. The tamal was surprisingly meaty and we gave it a thumbs up.
On the tacos, I would probably order the carnitas, asada, and lengua again. And I'd get another margarita!
(Even though the Chow link below simply says "Mi Rancho Restaurant", this review references the location near the Best Western Coronado. The address is right.)
188 S 4th Ave, Yuma, AZ 85364
Thanks for the good report. I used to eat at Tacos Mi Rancho often, but back in the day, they allowed smoking and I had some issues with service etc, so began patronizing Mi Rancho, which I thought was as good with better atmosphere - the sort of place to take out-of-towners or relatives.
But as you know, Mi Rancho is no longer very good - in fact, not really good much at all. For years, when I had to work late, I picked up late dinners there (as they serve until 9:30). This year, the results were so poor - badly charred al pastor, overage green chile pork, stringy chile rellenos, overcooked & desiccated pollo sinaloa, terribly greasy and lukewarm lengua - that I gave it up. I don't know what has happened to the kitchen, but this downhill plunge is appalling.
Glad to hear that Tacos Mi Rancho still can cook good stuff. I will have to try it again.