For some unknown reason, locals tend to hate on this restaurant. I have a hunch it has to do with proximity to amazing local Mexican food...which lives in abundances in Southern California. But for us east coasters, this sloppy Mexican can really hit the spot. Lets take a look at one of my favorite counter service restaurants in any Disney park.
It should come as no surprise that Rancho was one of the first things on our itineraries upon arrival in California a couple of weeks ago. For those following along on Twitter you probably realize that we dined here a whopping three times in a week. Obviously we love this Frontierland staple, but why?
Rancho Del Zocalo is a large counter service restaurant that has been serving guests in one form or another since the first year of Disneyland. Though many people long for the campy awesomeness of Casa De Fritos, I think Rancho fits right in with the more rustic Frontierland of today. The landscaping and architecture reflect this, and is ridiculously lovely.
Butting up directly to Big Thunder Mountain, this restaurant reflects its neighbor, and blends seamlessly with it. In fact, one of the best seats at Rancho is next to the loading/unloading platform of the attraction. What a fun way to spend your lunch!
There is only outdoor seating here, although quite a bit of it is covered. This shouldn't be a problem since you're in the gorgeous southern California weather. Why would you ever eat inside?!