Price Range : $11-30 ($$)
Adress: 801 N Main St, Monmouth, IL 61462
Phone: (309) 734-2233
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This was some of the best food that I've had in my life! I actually ate at two Mexican restaurants while in Monmouth and both were phenomenal. The people in this Illinois town are lucky! This one is in an old Pizza Hut location, so the size of it isn't gigantic or anything. But what is gigantic, is the menu. It's limited on picture features, but it's already packed full and extensive.
I ordered the lunch portion Los Ranchitos cheese steak. It was huge! Literally one of the largest steak burritos I've ever had. Remember, it was lunch portion?! I was half tempted to go back the next day for dinner and order the same thing, just to see how much bigger it can get. It was folded over, and served similar to a quesadilla, probably because everything inside couldn't roll into a burrito. The steak, onions and lettuce inside were spilling out. The cheese sauce! It was a bit thicker and darker than your average queso, it too was phenomenal.
My husband ordered the lunch sized fajitas and requested no oil and they came out perfect. That's a small tid bit, if you like fajitas. Anywhere you order them request light or no oil, they are much better. He also requested hot salsa and he raved about that too. He's picky, so whenever he raves, it's an automatic five stars from me, even if I ordered the wrong thing. Luckily, here there was no wrong thing.
There's not much open in Monmouth on a Monday night if you ignore the bars and fast food restaurants. Los Ranchitos provides an acceptable if not outstanding alternative.
This place in a former KFC has a HUGE menu--7 pages of selections in smallish type. One entire page was for seafood so I quickly narrowed my decision to it.
Pescado Yucatán was grilled fish beneath grilled chopped veggies. Mexican rice and an iceberg lettuce salad with guacamole, sour cream, and cheese accompanied the entree.
The grilled items were tasty and nicely seasoned. Even the plain salad was enjoyable due to the fresh guacamole.
The rice was past prime--dry and almost tasteless.
Service was good.
Authentic Mexican food. A++++
Ordered the patron special. Substituted the steak for grilled chicken. A+++++
One of my new Mexican places to eat in Monmouth. Piping hot, great flavor on the Carnitas Verdes and had some great, fast service.
Excellent authentic Mexican food with LARGE portions. Service was great and we will definitely be back. Large menu of items.