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Restaurants & Bars

Denton- El Rancho de Edith

iluvtennis | Jul 22, 200904:58 PM    

El rancho de edith
209 W. Hickory St

I love to read these boards, but usually abstain from giving my opinion on a lot of places because the truth is, I’m just not that knowledgeable when it comes to food, and I’m not much of a writer either. I just like to eat, and the more I read on here, the more I realize that my taste buds have soooo much to learn to and experience. Anyway, I enjoy reading and learning from the many adventurous chowhounds on this board.

I don’t know much, if anything, about authentic Mexican, but I tried this place out a couple of weeks ago and thought it was pretty good. I saw it while walking around the courthouse square in Denton (one of my favorite activities). From the outside, it looked pretty nice, but the inside is small and sparsely decorated. I noticed their homemade salt and pepper shakers, constructed of craft sticks painted in bright colors, and I imagined their creators had a good time putting them together on some rainy afternoon.

On my first visit, I dined in and there was only one other couple in the dining room. Complimentary chips, salsa, and charro bean soup were brought to the table. The chips looked homemade but didn’t seem very fresh, the salsa was mild and watery, and the bean soup was just ok. I was worried I was in for a disappointing meal, but things got better. With pretty standard offerings on the menu, I chose huevos rancheros with rice and beans, and my husband got a combination plate with a beef taco, beef enchilada with ranchero sauce, rice, and beans. The salsa covering my dish was delicious…chunky and much spicier than the salsa brought out with the chips. The tacos on my husband’s dish came with strips of beef instead of ground beef, so that was a pleasant surprise for him. The beans served with our dishes were much better than the often watery refried beans I’ve eaten.

On my second visit, I ordered to go. When I walked in (dining room almost empty again), I saw that they had some specials available, so in addition to the same combo platter my husband had eaten, I ordered the vegetarian enchilada special. It came with rice and a plain garden salad. The salad was just iceberg with chopped tomato. I had a choice of six sauces for the enchiladas, I went with the tomatillo. Zucchini, squash, carrots, broccoli, and onion filled the enchiladas, which were very good. The accompanying chips and salsa were much better this time. Chips were fresh, perfectly salty, and someone must’ve gotten creative as I had a couple of star shaped chips in my bag. The salsa was smooth, spicy, and very addictive. Service on both visits was very friendly and the chef seems like he would be eager to make dishes that might not be stated on the menu. Maybe someone on here with a little more dining experience will try this place out and see how authentic it is. They’ve never been busy when I’ve gone (a bad sign?) and are only open for breakfast and lunch, but I think this place is pretty good. Has anyone else tried it? What did you think?


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