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El Rancho Grande Restaurant Review: El Rancho Grande is true to its roots, off the beaten path and relatively unknown (though that’s changing). It's the kind of place where you look at the menu and figure with the reasonable prices, portions must be small. But in fact everything from sandwiches to dinner platters is generously sized. Dinner starts with chips and salsa, but these chips are homemade, thick and crisp, and destined for dipping in chunky red salsa with plenty of kick. The usual favorites are all present, but there are plenty of more interesting regional dishes, including some from Oaxaca and chef Maria Meza's hometown of Puebla. The Torta Oaxaquena, for example, is served warm and filled with sliced marinated pork and ham, viajero cheese, pickled jalapeños, sliced avocado, onions and refried beans. Tamales come wrapped in a banana leaf and arrive hot, moist and redolent of corn, with a shredded chicken stuffing and a chocolate mole sauce. Enchiladas rancheras (red) and verde (green) are comparably (as in very) spicy.