Mi Rancho

February 2005 Dirt Cheap Eats

The enchiladas are gooey, filled with cheese and smothered in it, which is why we love this Silver Spring cantina. We can't get enough of the chips–they're paper thin–and salsa. The inside is festive, but we'd rather sit outside: The patio is a cozy spot for sipping margaritas ($4.25) on a summer evening, and it's heated for the winter.

A lunch menu is available Monday through Friday. You can't go wrong with Tex-Mex favorites like chicken soft tacos ($7.95), steak quesadillas ($7.25), or a pile of nachos ($6.95 with chicken or beef). Leafier choices include the ensalada del chef ($7.95), with avocado, hearts of palm, and artichokes, and the chicken taco salad ($7.95).

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.