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Fish taco

Fish Taco

Diners looking for authentic Mexican fare will find it at Rancho Grande Tacos & Burritos in Lansing.

The eatery, which is located on Ridge Road, has several locations in the Region. Among other locations are Dyer, East Chicago and another Lansing restaurant on 172nd Street.

Walking into Rancho Grande, diners will find a colorful setting and an aroma of delicious Latin flavors.

Guests order their meals at the counter and may then be seated to dine or simply carry out their food. The restaurant features an extensive menu with breakfast offerings, appetizers, Burritos/Bowls, Tortas, full dinners; Quesadillas and more.

During a recent Monday dinner visit to Rancho Grande, Mexican music played in the background making the setting comfortable and festive.

We sat at a booth in the back of the restaurant near the open kitchen and could watch while dishes were being prepared. The restaurant's decor is colorful and the walls are adorned with murals and other pictures.

Our dinner choices were fish tacos ($2.69 each) and guacamole with chips ($2.99 for medium). The tacos, which were flavorful but not spicy, were made with lightly breaded pollock. They also included onions, cilantro and lime. The guacamole was also a flavorful recipe and was well seasoned.

The restaurant also offers shrimp tacos.

Among items on the Rancho Grande menu are Nachos Rancho Grande ($8.49); Homemade Chorizo Tacos ($2.29);  Vegetariano Tostadas ($3.29 each); Cubana Tortas ($6.09); Milanesa dinners (breaded steak or chicken) ($10.99); Enchiladas Suizas ($9.99); Chiles Rellenos ($10.99); Fajitas de Camaron (shrimp) ($11.99); and more.

The restaurant also stars assorted combo meals/dinners including a Taco, Tostada and Quesadilla for $8.89; Tamales for $6.89; Flautas for $8.89; and other dishes.

Specialty dishes, which are served on weekends only, include Barbacoa (steamed beef) ($8.99 a pound); and Carnitas (braised pork) (also $8.99 a pound). Menudo also is offered on weekends.

Catering also is available at Rancho Grande.


Features reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.