I have recently discovered a late-night craving gem, and yes, it is pretty worth driving all 20-25 minutes to Escondido for.
Mi Rancho Market is actually a little Mexican market stocked with cheap produce and yummy Mexican treats such as those delicious creamy popsicles. In the back, however, you’ll find a couple booths for seating as well as various meats displayed as in a butcher shop, which is also where they sell tacos…but not just any tacos…legit Mexican street tacos, loaded with the meat of your choice from 11 different options (and they had it all, including tongue, brain, and intestines), for just over $1 each. Amazing? Absolutely.
I got the asada (bottom right) and pastor (bottom left). Both meats were very moist and not super oily tasting, and full of flavor. They give you two corn tortillas for each taco as usual, but since there was so much meat, we ended up dividing up the meat between the two tortillas, so it was like having 2 tacos in one.
And just in case that picture wasn’t enough, here’s another…
They don’t add any extra stuff like guac, pico de gallo, or anything. Just plain old cilantro and lettuce, with 3 salsas at the salsa bar along with some limes. With such flavorful meat, you really don’t want the extra stuff anyway.
And if the taco’s don’t get you sold on burning that extra gas to Escondido, the donuts that are right next door will! That’s right…right next door is THE famous Peterson’s Donut Corner.
If you can’t tell from the picture below, the donuts are massive. The maple bars at the bottom are easily 1.5x the length of my hand and extremely thick.
And of course, that is the one that I got. One of my friends who suggested it told me that their maple bars are comparable to the donuts he’s tried at the famous Voodoo Donuts in Portland, Oregon.
Okay so let’s be honest here. In the past week and a half or so, I’ve been to these 2 places twice. The first time we had Peterson’s we had unknowingly gone at the worst possible time, right before they put out the new batch and when their donuts are all old. Thus, my maple bar was super dry and…well…old. We wanted to redeem that experience, so we went back, and this time it tasted how it should.
It was super fluffy and light, and didn’t gush out oil when you took a bite. The maple icing was good, but there was such a thick layer I had to take most of it off. It’s also important to keep in mind my Asian taste buds that can’t really stand the sweetness of American desserts haha…but anyway, i wouldn’t say it was like the best donut I’ve ever had, but I could definitely find myself having a craving for this place at some random time.
OH, I forgot to mention one of the best things about these two places besides the fact that they are super cheap, have great food, and are right next to eachother…they’re open 24 hours! Tacos & donuts, 24/7?!