Tortilleria de la Rancherita, Bonita Springs...
Nabbed some awesome tamales here today @ $1.50 each! I knew I'd been here a few years ago...very busy, bustling place in the Sherwin Williams plaza just north of Old 41 and W. Terry Street. Just in case anyone is looking for good, homemade pork tamales...come with a little container of salsa verde (probably Herdez brand, what they sell in the little storefront there also)...I asked la senora for a to-go menu, but they were all out. Two tamales were plenty for me!
Yesena, said Paul recently put them on the menu. It's a large (for a taco, of course) portion of fresh tender fish, served with lettuce, tomato and a white sauce on top, unlike the cilantro and onions served on some of the other tacos.. I'll have a photo up soon on:
Their tacos are as good as Taqueria San Julian on Bayshore. Is it authentic? About ten Mexican men were at 4 tables, and it was clear they were regulars-by how they ordered and how the server chatted with them. I was the only gringo there. Zeits may had had better food in Mexico; this is as good as it gets in SW Florida for authentic tortilleria style Mexican food at this price point.
Yesenia also suggested trying the grilled tilapia filet and shrimp combo with tomato, onin, cilantro and fresh lime in a saefaood broth for $9.99.The Mexican style grilled steak for $7.99, the enchiladas, and flautas are very popular.
I was more than filled with my 4 tacos-steak, al pastor (marinated pork), lengua (tongue) and fish. I really liked the salsa, and the salsa verde with mild-mod heat.
Tortilleria is about 0.2 miles north of the stoplight(AT oLD 41 and Terry) in the same strip shops, as, and just northeast of the Sherwin Williams store which is on the east side of Old 41 Tortilleria is actually facing tiny Bonita Drive, not facing Old 41.
The last time I ate dinner there, I brought my own margaritas-no problem. They furnished me with some glasses and ice. How can you beat that?
Having recently been to Puerto Vallarta I needed to stop in here and compare Tortilleria with true Mexican food. I could've eaten at this place in Mexico and would've been very, very happy, except for the fact they don't serve margaritas. Fortunately, I brought my own again.
I started with a wonderful shrimp soup, served in a great broth with shrimp that were perfectly undercooked, not rubbery like you generally get in American restaurants. I had a feeling about this dish when I saw shrimp with their heads on in their tiny seafood counter-which generally means they haven't been frozen. Why does everyone know how to cook seafood except Americans? I had 3 tacos-carnitas, barbacoa, and fish. All were simple and delicious, tasting like they had been served from a cart off the Malecon in PV. The fish was moist and tender, not fried. I also ate a chicken tamale, which was a bit dry, but had good flavor. Had I not eaten it last I suspect it wouldn't have lost it's moisture. The addition of a good red chili sauce brought it back to life. I also want to mention the chips they bring to the table are similar to what you get in Mexico-freshly fried corn tortillas, not doritos. They are served with a red and green sauce, both quite good.
They barely speak English and there was soccer on some Spanish speaking station in the tiny restaurant area. While dining I was lucky enough to witness a goooooaaaaallllllllllllllllllllll. It doesn't get any better than this.
Wow - thanks to those who have mentioned this place in this and other threads. Coming from an authentic-Mexican-desert, I was thrilled to drop by this place while visiting the area. I had two fish tacos (huge pieces of fried fish) and two tacos al pastor (yum- achiote, cilantro, pineapple ...) and a cold grapefruit soda to wash it down. Also fresh warm chips and salsa. Quite a decent lunch. Also took a thick stack of warm tortillas to go. These went great with salsa made from all sorts of fresh tomatos, peppers and sweet onions from the Sanibel farmers' market (this also a revelation, but that's another topic ...).