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Holy camarones — Mi Ranchito doesn't skimp on the shrimp

The dessert list is short and sweet. Both the flan (custard) and the sopaipilla (two scoops of vanilla ice cream perched atop a fried flour tortilla, kissed with honey and chocolate syrup) were fantastic. Fried ice cream was a buzzkill, brought down by a stale and soggy fried tortilla exterior. Another letdown was the margarita. Mi Ranchito is bedecked with mucho signage touting its 46-ounce "monster" margarita (also available in smaller quantities), but this drink is a big wimp. Whether you get it frozen (dispensed from a slush machine in lime, strawberry or piña colada) or fresh, it's concocted with neon-green sour mix poured out of a plastic jug. That misdemeanor gets elevated to felony status if you order it with a top-shelf tequila like Patrón or Milagro, neither of which can tame the sour mix's blunt, saccharine flavor.

Wife-and-husband team Alicia Aguirre Jimenez and Jose Luis Jimenez enjoy sweet success at their "little ranch."
Jennifer Silverberg
Wife-and-husband team Alicia Aguirre Jimenez and Jose Luis Jimenez enjoy sweet success at their "little ranch."

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Mi Ranchito

887 Kingsland Ave.
University City, MO 63130

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: University City

Details

Mi Ranchito
887 Kingsland Avenue, University City; 314-863 -1880. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.

Shrimp soup $8
Camarones Yucatán $10.50
Camarones a la diabla $9.99
Shrimp cocktail $9.99
Monster margarita $9.99

There's no crime, of course, in taking your tequila straight — or raising a toast to Alicia Aguirre and her Ranchito.

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