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Posted in Announcements & Events, Blog, In the News, Pearl District, Route 66, on 28 September 2017, by , 0 Comments

TULSA, OK, Sept. 28, 2017 — El Rancho Grande is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new upstairs Cantina with bar, outdoor patio, and private meeting room.


Grand Opening Party
You are invited to the Cantina’s Grand Opening party, Thursday, October 5 from 7 pm – 9 pm. Enjoy live music by Grazzhopper, an alternative blue grass band, prize drawings, drink specials, and SWAG.


Tacos & Tequila
The Tacos & Tequila bar boasts its own Mexican street food menu, including street tacos and enchiladas, Mexican shrimp cocktail, chicharrones, and a special weekly torta (Mexican sandwich). The bar has an impressive collection of (50) Tequilas and Mezcales, new signature drinks such as a Pina Colada, Paloma, Bloody Maria, and a spicy Jalapeno Loco, and a collection of exciting new margaritas.


Private Party Room
The private party room named the Tequila Room is a festive place for holiday parties, birthdays, rehearsal dinners, as well as corporate parties and charity events. It seats 40 guests for lunch or dinner or 50 guests for mix & mingle events.


About El Rancho Grande
A local favorite, El Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant originally began in 1950 on Boulder between 6th and 7th and has been in its current location on Historic Route 66 since 1953.


Known for its authentic recipes, generations of Tulsans keep coming back for “Tulsa’s Best” cheese enchiladas and margaritas. Other specialties include Chile Colorado, tamales, and the Night Hawk combo, named one of the Five Greatest Mexican Meals in the U.S. in Gustavo Arellano’s book, “Taco USA.”


From the historic neon sign that still adorns the entrance, to the long-time staff still serving its loyal regulars, owners and brothers John and Jeff Walden constantly strive to preserve the restaurant’s 64-year history. For more information, visit

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Posted in Announcements & Events, In the News, on 25 May 2016, by , 0 Comments

click.e3.tripadvisor.comTulsa, OK – 5-25-2016 – El Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

El Rancho Grande owner, John Walden, says, “We have people from all over the world stop in as they travel Route 66 to eat and take a photo of our famous neon sign. We have four generations of family members as regular customers. It’s a thrill to receive the 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.”

“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

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Posted in Blog, In the News, Pearl District, Route 66, on 28 February 2015, by , 0 Comments

By Mark Brown, This Land Press

Eighty-one-year-old Chris Rhodes has been eating the same thing in the same restaurant for 71 percent of his eating life, give or take a mouthful. Seldom does a restaurant get old enough to even claim such a customer. Rhodes has been eating at El Rancho Grande since his father, also Chris Rhodes, and Ed Hieronymus, his law partner, were kicking courtroom-ass and taking names.

“For a long time, it was Rhodes, Crowe, Hieronymus, Holloway & Wilson,” said Rhodes. “Then it became Rhodes, Hieronymus, Jones, Tucker & Gable.” To reiterate, Chris Rhodes the Younger, older than Elvis would have been had he eaten fewer fried banana sandwiches, has been eating cheese enchiladas since Rosa Parks’ arrest, since the first chill of the Cold War, since the first transistor radios, since the first screening of Oklahoma! Exclamation point.

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