Rancho Cucamonga, CA

I.E Food Tour: El Cerrito Mexican Restaurant, Rancho Cucamonga

Lashaun Turner

Burrito RancheroPhoto byEl Cerrito Menu

The 2023 I.E food tour hits the road and this time we are dining at El Cerrito Mexican Restaurant Grill and Cantina located in Rancho Cucamonga.

Rancho Cucamonga is a scenic city located along historic Route 66, just south of the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and Angeles National Forest in San Bernardino County.

The Restaurant

The El Cerrito Grill and Cantina is family owned and serves traditional Mexican dishes featuring home-made tortillas, guacamole made table-side, and a full bar.

Specialty items include, Molcajete Tarasco, Fajitas, Tampiquena, Carne Asada, Milanesa, Steak Picado, Carnitas, Chile Verde, Chile Colorado, Birria, and Pollo en Mole.

There are also soup and salad options including Caldo el Cerrito 7 Mares, a seafood soup with shelled shrimp, baby octopus, shelled mussels, crab legs, quartered diced white firm fish, a simmered in tomato lemon fish broth.

Caldo El Cerrito 7 MaresPhoto byPhoto by El Cerrito Instagram

The Experience

We dined on a Saturday evening for dinner and upon entering the establishment I was a little disappointed that the furniture and floor didn’t look exactly shiny and new.

We were seated quickly and as we walked to our booth, I could see the tabletops were worn and some of the booth benches had rips in them. In fact, the booth we were seated in, the cushion on one of the benches had a large tear in it.

The Food

We sampled cheese enchiladas, enchiladas de mole, rice & beans with a chicken taco, chips and salsa, and the table-side guacamole.

El Cerrito EnchiladasPhoto byLashaun Turner

The enchiladas were delicious, full and flavorful as well as the rice and beans were seasoned just right. The chicken taco was wet, and the shell fell apart after the second bite. It wasn’t as flavorful as I had expected so trying to scoop up its contents and continue eating it wasn’t warranted. The salsa was good and the chips were alright (not warm).

Chicken MolePhoto byLashaun Turner

The guacamole made at the table was a nice fresh touch. I was able to customize with light jalapeno and extra cilantro. Unfortunately, the person making it squeezed way too much lime in it and ruined it. Could not eat it.

GuacamolePhoto byLashaun Turner

I will say that some of the dishes I saw others eating looked really good. The fajitas and seafood dishes I saw were plated beautifully.

Impression and EATER score

EATER scale -

  • EATABLE- How does it taste?
  • APPEARANCE- Does it look appetizing?
  • TEXTURE- Is it cooked how requested or as expected?
  • EXECUTION-Did the dish (meal) come together? Does the dish showcase creative development? Degree of difficulty etc.?

I give El Cerrito a rating of 8/10 on the EATER scale. Overall, the flavors of the main dishes were spot on. I would recommend others try it out. For those who know and want an authentic Mexican menu outside of enchiladas and tacos will have plenty to choose from.

Fried Ice CreamPhoto byEl Cerrito Menu

There is also a dessert menu and the fried ice cream looks delicious although I was too full to try it. Next time! The full bar is a plus and service was good.

Of note the family owned El Cerrito has two locations in Rancho Cucamonga. The one reviewed here is located at 7201 Archibald Ave.

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Lashaun is a Journalist, Reporter, and Viral Content Creator covering Local Stories, Food, Crime, Politics, & Travel with NEWSBREAK since June 2021.- JADED: Journalism with a Touch of Shade is Lashaun's views and opinions on various trending topics. Lashaun aka Lady I.M.PRE$S is a former NBC/CNBC Affiliate KCAA Broadcaster for "Cali's BEST" Radio Show airing on 102.3FM & 106.5FM from 2016-2020. Lashaun has been in the Media & P.R field for over 11 years and has interviewed an estimated 20k Celebrities and Entrepreneurs. Lashaun also produced & hosted Blaze Indie L.A TV show on LA's Channel 36 from 2014-2016

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