About US

As time goes by, one thing becomes more and more clear - Americans love Mexican food. We are not talking about the quick fix fast food variety, but the real deal, sit down and eat chips-n-salsa restaurant. Though there are a wide variety of Mexican restaurants, from the quesadillas at sports bars to the heavily American influenced Tex-Mex establishments, what we really crave is the authentic flavor of food prepared in the traditional Mexican style.

The Avila family opened El Rancho in 1983 with a passion for authentic Mexican food from their ancestral village of San Luis Potosi.

“El sabor que tu quieres" says it best: The flavor you crave. This simple, eloquent phrase is how the Avilas, owners of El Rancho Mexican Restaurant, describe the passion that we have for their delicious food. This Detroit culinary landmark opened in 1983 with one goal in mind, to bring us the best, most original flavors from their home in Mexico, San Louis Potosi. While Alfonso Avila manned the day to day operations of the business, his wonderful wife, Lucia, set about creating a delightful array of traditional and Americanized dishes. The long list of traditional highlights features carne asada, menudo, polle en mole, and chiles rellenos. A quick round up of the dishes Americans are more familiar with has to begin with their tacos - try the deep fried flour tacos for the most delightful flavor this side of heaven, enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, chimichangas, and tamales. 

With all of El Rancho's dishes being made fresh daily, out of the best ingredients available, it was inevitable that their accomplishments would be recognized. The Detroit Free Press has awarded the El Rancho Mild Salsa the Best Mild Salsa of Detroit for three straight years. In addition to this, El Rancho has received the Bagley Avenue Award for Latino Heritage Investment and was featured in the Detroit Free Press in October 2005 by Molly Abraham. Most recently, Wayne County at the Annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration recognized El Rancho Restaurant and the Avila Family for their economic and cultural impact as a successful Latino business in Wayne County. Jeanette Avila also had the honor of being the keynote speaker for this evening's event.

The restaurant offers a full service bar and a dessert selection that will have you saving a little bit of room to sample the luscious carrot cake or maybe the traditional flan. Well ok, maybe just one more chip! Still craving that one of a kind taste at home? Why not try their complete catering service. The super efficient staff of the restaurant can deftly cater gatherings from the simplest family dinner to the largest corporate banquet and everything in between! 

El Rancho is open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Mexican for breakfast? You bet! The Chilaquiles - scrambled egg with pieces of corn tortilla, diced tomatoes, green pepper, onions, and cheese is a sure fire hit!



At El Rancho we feature a wide variety of aquas and smoothies.


Cocktails & LIQOUR

Traditional mexican specials, with a wide variety of rum and tequila.


DOMESTIC & imported beer

We feature a wide variety of domestic and imported beer.