Known for its bold take on authentic Mexican cuisine, Rancho Chico strikes a balance between traditional and innovative. Naturally, this family-style restaurant, a Plainville, Massachusetts mainstay, excels at dishes that will already be familiar to you. Its quesadillas are especially popular, and the Chile Verde Puerco absolutely melts in your mouth. But the restaurant also has a few unique dishes that you may not have heard of. Let’s take a look at some of the more creative and less well-known culinary treats offered.
- Camarones Al Ajo: The shrimp in this dish are marinated in a special sauce and sautéed with garlic and mushrooms. For the more adventurous tongue, you can have it a la diabla, with a spicy red sauce.
- Birria De Borrego: This traditional dish of Jalisco, Mexico is often served on festive occasions such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and birthday parties. Lamb shank is marinated overnight in wine and Guajillo pepper sauce, braised, and served as a stew. It is garnished with lettuce, pico de gallo and sliced avocado.
- Costillas en Barbecue: A south of the border twist on an American classic, baby back ribs are marinated in a Mexican-style barbecue sauce and then slowly grilled until tender and juicy.
- Arriba Las Manos “Burritos”: If you can’t decide between carne asada (marinated pork) and pollo asado (marinated chicken) burritos, this dish gives you both! Each filling is served in its own separate soft flour tortilla, filled with rice, beans, lettuce and cheese. Add sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo salsa and you are good to go!
Of course, any of these dishes can be paired with Rancho Chico’s signature margaritas, made fresh at the tequila bar. For a closer look at the menu, visit this Boston area restaurant’s website, or call 508 643-2534.