Lived in Austin as a kid and my family used to LOVE El Rancho, curious if it was still any good?
I loved it when it was downtown, but only tried it once after it moved. It was not at all the same (that was in the mid 80's) and I have never been back.
Awww, that's too bad. Thanks for the update.
I still like it, but with tile floors it is just too loud. Love the Chile Rellano.
Is it still worth a trip if i come in for a weekend?
if dining out for you means mostly cocktails-I'd say that's about half the crowd there on the weekend, they have a huge patio.
Always means cocktails, LOL. But i can have a cocktail at OTB, just wanted to know if the food was still worth the trip.
in that case I'd say no :)
As with most Austin Tex-Mex places there's a strong division on this one. Personally I think it's just as good as it ever was.
Any suggestions on a better place for tex-mex close to downtown? No offense, but i hate driving in Austin, so close is good.
brisket tacos and armstrong dip bring me there every couple of months. They still have great chips and good salsa too. It has been consistent over the last 15 years.
When I said it was not the same I was comparing it to the original of about 35-40 years ago, and I haven't been in the last 20 years or so.
There seems to be a Love/Hate thing with El Rancho. The drinks at Matt's are as good and the food is definately better than OTB though.
yeah it's a can of worms. I'll throw the similarly loved and hated Maudie's into the mix as my recommendation.
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