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vegan mex at ranchos cocina in san diego

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 by in Restaurants (not LA), San Diego | 0 comments

we go down to san diego pretty often, and for ages people have been urging us to check out ranchos cocina. the small mexican restaurant has two locations (one in ocean beach and one in north park) and although it serves meat, it boasts a massive vegan-friendly menu with everything from breakfast to dinner and specialty products like daiya and mock chicken & steak. we visited the north park outlet for an early lunch, and i can safely say that it was better than most vegan mex options in LA.

we arrived at around noon and were quickly seated. the waiter was friendly and helpful, and brought us a basket of chips with unlimited salsa. great way to start the meal. the salsa was superb too: packed with heat and super chunky. for my entree, i went with a combo plate that came with rice, beans, and 2 bean enchiladas for $7.95. it’s worth noting that this normally comes smothered in daiya, but i opted to get it plain…


sometimes i’m not in the mood for vegan cheese, but it’s great to know that ranchos has options. the enchiladas themselves were pretty tasty, but the real star of the dish was the thick red sauce. i love being at a restaurant where i can eat this stuff, because so many places use chicken stock. the rice and beans were pleasant as well, and i was full about 3/4 way through the plate. great value.

my husband went with the vegan tofu and papa burrito: tofu, potatoes, and vegetables all rolled up in a wheat tortilla, smothered in red sauce, and served with a salad garnish for $5.50. unfortunately i couldn’t try it, because it came with unadvertised bell peppers—which i HATE.

my husband seemed to enjoy it, i mean he ate the whole thing, but also commented that there was nothing that special about it—reasonable price, reasonable size, reasonably good taste.

inside, ranchos north park is bright and spacious, with colorful art hung all over the walls. this is a place where i could easily come with friends and spend a few hours and enjoy the environment.

throughout our meal, the service was stellar. even when the restaurant got busy, our waiter was always right there with coffee, water, and salsa refills. another thing to note is that ranchos had some pretty interesting specials (including a vegan shrimp burrito!) when we were there, so they’re obviously trying to get creative with their meatless cuisine. if you are ever in the area, go check this place out. according to matt ruscigno, the carne asada is not to be missed…so that’s definitely what i’ll be ordering next time!

ranchos cocina
3910 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 574-1288
Mon-Thu 9 am – 10 pm
Fri-Sat 8 am – 10 pm
Sun 8 am – 9 pm

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