MA, Plainville – Rancho Chico


Thanks to Amy B. for this recommendation – Rancho Chico is a small, unassuming building stuck right at an intersection on Route 1. It is fairly easy to get to. Which was good, because I was very hungry and dying for Mexican food. I found this restaurant on a website dedicated to finding Celiac-friendly restaurants in the United States. I have Celiac disease and a dairy allergy. I commissioned my parents into ordering food with me on an otherwise boring Friday night. The restaurant advertises to having a gluten-free menu. I grab a take out menu on my lunch break and pour over it that afternoon. Everything is reasonably priced (entrees between $10-$18) and appears to be able to substitute and change menu items to accommodate specific food needs.

I ordered the Shrimp and Chicken Fajita with corn tortillas, hold the sour cream and guac. I specified that I did have a dairy allergy and a gluten allergy. The young lady on the phone was great taking my order. My parents ordered their food- a Rancho Chicken Burrito and a Mole Burrito. I went to pick up the food as the restaurant is only 10 minutes away from my parents house. And hit every single red light on the way there. Speed Bump Number One. I got the food and immediately wanted to tear open the bag and start devouring everything! Instead I hit every single red light on the way back tortured by the smell of the onion and salsa… Speed Bump Number Two.

We start digging thru the take out bag at home. The portions are huge, everything smells delish, there are gluten-free corn chips with super spicy salsa, rice and beans and they got my hold the sour cream and guac right! My daughter and I split the meal of fajitas (I eat shrimp and she eats chicken). Speed Bump Number Three comes out of nowhere. My corn tortillas! I got flour tortillas! I sat shocked as my mother comments. “wasn’t that the whole point of eating here?” I pout for a minute. Then remember that everyone makes mistakes sometimes and it was a good thing it wasn’t something IN my meal and I could just remove them from my sight. I roll my eyes and eat it anyway. I just put my onions and peppers on a chip. Which was tasty anyway. I ate half and left the other for another day.

In short, I probably should have dined in the restaurant. Their gluten free menu items are listed on a separate menu from the rest, so it is obvious you are ordering special foods. Mine was only a mistake. It is a good thing I am patient and resourceful! They did listen up and pay attention when I mentioned food allergy. This dining establishment is a go. Just don’t order corn tortillas to go. is where I found the restaurant.

52 Washington Street
Plainville, MA 02762-2636

Phone: (508) 643-2534

Sunday–Thursday, 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Friday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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