Rancho Grande Taqueria (San Ramon, CA)
Score: 5.5 / 10 Reviewed by: Chris
Rancho Grande is right across the street from the Crow Canyon Cinemas. It is the sister location of the one in Pleasanton. Their website, ranchograndetaqueria.com, makes it look like it's a lot more than it is. It's a standard taqueria that makes substandard burritos.
When i arrived at about 4:45 on a saturday, it was empty. I ordered a super burrito, chile verde. It was ready in less than 5 minutes. The first 4 bites were nothing but tortilla and air. Each bite after that was just another disappointment. It looked like it was full of goodness, but i could eaten most of the thing without any teeth. It was just soft and mushy, mostly rice, cheese and sour cream. Occassionally i found a piece of meat. The pork was pink. Clearly, they don't simmer the meat in chile verde, but just plop on the sauce afterwards. The bits of sauce i could taste wasn't bad, and if the meat had been infused with this flavor, it might have been good. Finally, near the end i got to some real bites, which were more satisfying. Too bad i had to go through the soupy prelude.
The chip and salsa bar was a mess. Despite no one being here, the chips were scattered all over. They weren't kept warm, but they tasted fine (warning to those of you who don't like salt, steer clear). The pico de gallo had been sitting in it's own juices far too long and overly acidic. There are two other red sauces that were semi spicy, but not otherwise noteworthy.
The super burrito costs $5.95. This would not be a bad price if the contents matched the size of the burrito when served. But there simply isn't enough meat to justify that cost.
Overall, this place could be good, but they seem lazy. The messy salsa bar, not enough meat, sloppy integration, all indicative of a place that just doesn't care. Perhaps another trip on a different day will yield some better results.
posted 7/21/2007 5:52 PM, updated on 7/31/2008 7:11 AM