As temperatures cool, the shaded courtyard at Rancho del Zocalo is a favorite oasis for lunch or dinner in Frontierland in Disneyland park, surrounded by pretty flowers and mosaics. The chefs do know their authentic Mexican flavors, and they’ve expanded the menu with new South of the Border classics.
The hefty new Guadalajara burrito is packed with slow-cooked carnitas (pork), refried beans, rice and cheese in a flour tortilla topped with tomatillo sauce. Messy and worth it! That same simmered pork is in the recently added carnitas tacos. And for a true classic, the new pollo en mole is tender chicken in a spicy sauce with a hint of chocolate and peanuts.
We’ve always enjoyed the Hacienda Caesar salad with grilled chicken (though a staple in Italian restaurants, it’s believed the Caesar generally is attributed to Caesar Cardini, an Italian who created the salad at his restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico, and it became a hit with Hollywood stars). The Rancho del Zocalo version is tossed in housemade dressing with pepitas seeds and crisp tortilla chips, and the new version offers an option to add carne asada (thin, marinated beef strips) rather than chicken.
And for little ones, they’ve added arroz con frijoles (beans and rice), served with applesauce and lowfat milk.
Fun fact: the English translation of Rancho del Zocalo is “Ranch of the Square.” The open area at the entrance to Frontierland was once called “El Zocalo,” or “the town square,” making this quick-service cantina the town square ranch.
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