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Mi Ranchito

September 20, 2010

  • 3112 S. 9th Street
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49009
  • (269) 375-5861
  • Website
  • Menu

I always plan on eating out when we run errands.  It’s usually not planned, but a lot of times, we’ll pass someplace and go, “that sounds good.”  That happened today.

J and I were making a run out to Husted’s Farm Market to pick up some Honeycrisps, but we had to make a detour.  Still not ready to get into that detour, but I will very soon.  Anyway, this detour took us to the 9th Street and I decided just to take 9th Street to Main Street to get to Husted’s.

After we turned off Stadium on to 9th, we passed the sign for Mi Ranchito.  I wasn’t really hungry, but J all of a sudden got a craving for Mexican.  After picking up apples, we headed back down 9th and stopped in for lunch.

Mi Ranchito is right off the corner of 9th and Stadium in Oshtemo Township.  The space the restaurant occupies looks to be the corner of a much larger structure.  It’s actually kind of hard to see from the road and there is no sign on the actual building itself, but there is a very large sign near the road. 

It was after 2:00 before we made the decision to go to lunch, so we were after the lunch rush.  When we walked in the building, we found a sign at the hostess station pointing us towards the bar.  The building is divided in to two distinct spaces.  There’s a dining room off to the right and the bar is off to the left.  There’s a hallway separating the two.  Again, a throwback to the archaic days of smoking in restaurants.

We headed to the bar area and took a table near the back of the dimly lit dining area.  There was already one menu on the table and the waitress noticed us right away and brought a second after picking up a basket of tortilla chips and two kinds of salsa. One of those sauces was a smooth mild sauce.  The other was a chunky hot one.  I liked both, but J kind of wishes they were switched and the chunky one was a little milder.  The first basket of chips is free, but the second on is $.50, so we just stopped and waited for our entrees.  One basket was almost enough to fill us up which hampered our ability to finish our meals.

The menu at Mi Ranchito is “Fine Mexican Cusine.”  Unlike most Mexican places, they don’t have a huge list of a la carte and combination plates.  They did have a couple combination plates and that’s what J went for.  She got the Guadalajara Combination Dinner.  That dinner comes with a mini chicken flauta, a mini beef tostada, a mini quesadilla, quacamole, refried beans and rice.  It sounds a lot like what she would get at any other Mexican place, but this one was a lot more expensive.  The dinner cost almost $14 which is quite a bit more than we usually spend on lunch.  She’s a big fan of tostadas and even liked this one even though she’s not a big fan of beef.  The quesadilla is right up her alley and the flauta got passed over to me because she filled up on chips and there was a lot of food on her plate.  She ate anything she would have taken home, so she ended up giving back a half plate of food, but it was mostly the beans and rice.  I don’t think she even touched the beans.  She told me later she usually doesn’t mind the look of refried beans, but she wasn’t wild about these.

I got the BBQ burrito which sounded delicious on paper, but I was little worried it was going to be packed with rice and/or beans.  It didn’t say that on the menu, but you never know.  When I cut into the flour tortilla, I was very excited to see just tender chunks of pork which the menu says is prepared Mexican “Birria” style.  I didn’t know what that was at the time, but it’s a stew that is made with a base of dried peppers.   It was actually very delicious.  The burrito comes with a choice of red or green sauce.  I usually go with the red and I did this time.  It added a little heat to the burrito, but nothing that was really overpowering.

As I’ve already explained, our bill was much higher than I like to pay for lunch.  Before tip, it was just under $29.  I always thought Mexican food was supposed to be cheap.  That definitely wasn’t the case at Mi Ranchito.  It was a good meal and we both left stuffed, but the price kind of turned me off to the place.  It’s not a place I would totally write off because the food was good and the service was friendly.

Tortilla Chips w/2 Salsas

Guadalajara Combination Dinner

BBQ Burrito

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 26, 2012 11:09 am

    If you want to review Mi Ranchito again, you have about 1 month to do so. On November 13, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported they are going out of business: http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/11/mi_ranchito_one_of_kalamazoos.html

    It appears they are going out of business because the original owners (ages 82, Jose Franco, and 72, Lucia Franco) want to retire and their children don’t want to take over the business, at least not immediately. The article says the owners are keeping the name of the business, in case any family wants to restart the restaurant in the future. However, the current building at 3112 S. 9th St. in Oshtemo Charter Township was sold to Mangia Pizza & Pasta Co., planned to open in spring 2013 ( http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/11/family_behind_la_cantina_mangi.html ). Mi Ranchito opened on Tuesday, November 4, 1980, the day President Ronald Reagan was popularly elected to his first term.

    Their final day of business will be Monday, December 31, 2012. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on that day, they “will have some of [their] most popular dishes available at 1980 prices.” That means entrees for prices like $3.75. “For the final day of business, Marta Franco encouraged people to make reservations at the restaurant as they anticipate big crowds.”: http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/11/mi_ranchito_owners_final_day_o.html

    The URL for Mi Ranchito is currently ( http://www.miranchito.org/ ), not the ( http://www.miranchito.biz/ ) you have at the top of this article. MiRanchito.org is more appropriate, as they will be making no profit on their last day of operation. I expect business is up since word got out that they will close.

    Here is the Kalamazoo Gazette’s review of Mi Ranchito from November 2010: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2010/11/after_30_years_family-owned_mi.html

    • SW Michigan Dining permalink*
      January 18, 2013 12:22 am

      I am actually looking forward to the replacement. Really excited for the Mangia Mangia owners opening a pizza/sandwich joint near my house.

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