I'd previously come to this taqueria back in 2011 and had their chicken nachos. I'd admired the nice presentation (which, for this jaded nacho fiend actually doesn't look that impressive anymore) and criticized the bland chicken. In most cases, I'm all about giving taquerias a second chance if I wasn't wowed the first time. Things weren't terrible the first time, and El Ranchito is located in a strip mall halfway between my old and new offices, so I was inclined to return and go another round.
This time I ordered carnitas since that's been my pattern lately. What a difference! Flavorful, great texture, and melted in with the monterey jack cheese, the meat complimented the thin crispy chips beautifully. Generous helpings of Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, and Sour Cream rounded out the flavor and I really appreciated the lack of beans, which most taquerias add to nachos and are basically filler that distract from the flavor of the meat. Kudos to El Ranchito for going against the norm!
Oh - and they added a salsa bar since the last time I went there - way to get with the times!
Rating: 4 out of 5
Rating Notes: Great Carnitas, chips were good, but could have been better (ALL taquerias should use the deep-fried tortilla type!)
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