So close to the Mexican border, you’d expect Yuma to have great Mexican food — and you wouldn’t be disappointed. At least we weren’t!
We’d had some pretty good Mexican food other parts of the country — including (you’ll be surprised, but it’s true) some of the best in the Midwest. And we hadn’t been disappointed by the fish tacos and fish burritos we found in the Pacific Coast states.
Just as there’s said to be a Starbucks on every corner in Seattle (and it seemed so to us), you could almost say there’s a Mexican restaurant (or stand) on every corner in Yuma.
We love it!
When we first arrived in the area, we asked for a recommendation and the SKP folks told us about Mi Rancho on 4th Avenue. We ate there our first day in town and loved it; we went back several times.
Then we noticed a great little place on 8th that was always busy — El Charro — so we stopped in there. The food was great but the drama Ellen spotted in the parking lot made an even bigger impression: a woman scolding her husband about how he parked the truck over the front curb.
We ate at El Charro on a regular basis until we asked the Tangelo Man for his recommendation and he suggested we try El Pappagallo on Avenue B. The chicken empanada amazed Ellen and Bob decided their fish tacos were the best he’d had yet in the city.
When we met Art at the Civic Center, he said he liked Tacos Mi Rancho (the original Mi Rancho, closer to downtown and also on 4th Avenue). It doesn’t look like much, he told us, but the food is great. He was right! We now had our fourth favorite Mexican restaurant!
As for the most interesting ambiance… there’s no beating the “Taco Run” that the KOFA SKP makes late Friday afternoons. Eating outdoors (“al fresco,” if you want to be lah-dee-dah about it) certainly isn’t new, but finding the entire restaurant outside under some tent coverings in the middle of a lemon grove was definitely different! Unfortunately, the food wasn’t very hot (a must for us), so for all the fun the atmosphere suggested, the food itself just didn’t measure up.
As much as we nearly subsisted on Mexican food, we did find a few other spots where we quickly became regulars. One was the Goldsboro Bakery in the Foothills, where their baked bread made for great sandwiches (at unbeatable prices) and their pastries were delicious desserts!
The general fare at the Daybreakers Cafe (also in the Foothills) didn’t impress us, but Ellen fell for their sweet potato pancakes — which we’ve never seen on a menu before or since.
But the pizza at Ronnie’s will no doubt appear in our list of Best Foods (watch for that posting):
It’s one thing to eat in a restaurant when you’re on vacation and staying in motels or bed-and-breakfasts; it’s another thing altogether to choose to eat out when you can eat even better food at home. That we’d eat more than a few times at these restaurants says a lot for them!