Of all the flat, circular food items, only the tortilla can be easily delivered by mail or via the gentle wrist snap of a champion discus thrower. Enjoy this flat, flexible food with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mexican fare at El Lago Ranchero in Bradenton.
El Lago Ranchero sates appetites with lunch and dinner menus that combine Mexican and Southwestern flair. The southwestern ranchero steak ($19.95) seasons a 12-ounce rib eye with the restaurant's special rub before dressing it with signature steak sauces and topping it with onion-ring top hats. In the shrimp diego ($14.99), shrimp rests in a bacon-wrapped cocoon grilled with chipotle sauce. Much like build-your-own teddy bears, burritos ($9.99–$14.99) and fajitas ($11.99–$19.99) can be stuffed with a selection of meat and vegetarian options and given human names upon completion. The $6.99 lunch menu, served everyday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., hosts tostadas, Mexican-style pizza, and a south-of the-border remake of the sloppy joe, dubbed the sloppy josé. Margaritas and sangria wash away entree debris and workweek tension with swigs by the glass, pitcher, or carefully cupped hand.
El Lago Ranchero
Featured on WTSP’s Flavors of Tampa Bay, El Lago Ranchero serves Mexican fare amidst warm yellow walls and mission-style tiled archways. Waiters shuffle tamales, shrimp tacos, and fajitas—each paired with rice and beans—to tables inside the eatery or on a patio shaded with umbrellas. Guests can quell sweet cravings with fried ice cream and flan or sangria and margaritas as they try to find the courage to tell their date their second, secret middle name.