El Rodeo A Belly Full of Mexican Excitement

By Kelsey R.


I know I mentioned before that Mexican food is the key to my heart. Maybe it is because I am a Cinco de Mayo baby, or maybe it is just because I am in love with cheese. But regardless, when El Rodeo at 1441 Manheim Pike, Lancaster was next on my list, I was jumping for joy. Oh course Jason wanted in on the Mexican action, too, and his work is conveniently located right down the street. I really had no choice but to drag him along with me.

We go during lunch on Wednesday. It is an absolute gorgeous day which makes it that much more exciting to be going to an excellent place for lunch. When you walk inside El Rodeo your feet will already be salsa dancing! The restaurant is decorated with sombrero hats, beautiful Mexican art work, painted skulls, and Spanish-style architecture. Some of the booths where customers can sit are tucked away in cozy corners that have an archway.


Moses is our waiter. He hands us a menu, which is gigantic! Anything Mexican you may crave, El Rodeo has it. But of course if you are looking for a salad, sandwich, or anything that may not be traditionally on a Mexican menu, they certainly have that as well. Jason and I browse over the menu. I tell him I want something with cheese, which is obviously a joke. Everything has cheese on it! Another waitress brings out fresh chips and salsa, which we devour in minutes, but she happily refills the chips for us. Before we can decide on an order, Moses hands us an appetizer. The appetizer is a quick glimpse of the variety of foods the restaurant has. We put our menus to the side, and Moses tells us he has everything picked out for us to try.


A Tasty Sample

The first meal we receive has a small serving of nachos, warm chicken quesadillas, guacamole and salsa, and crunchy taquitos. I go right for the nachos and Jason dives into the taquitos. It was a great portion to share with two people, and it gave us both the chance to try a combination of flavors. The quesadillas were fantastic. The chicken was shredded with melted cheese. Jason reported that the taquitos were his favorite because they were crunchy!

We were feeling pretty full, but we were still picking at the chips and salsa and chatting about the restaurant. We were ready to pack up our things and head back to work, but we see Moses carrying three steaming plates of deliciousness. We were just getting started!


Lunch Special #7 and Chimichanga

Moses hands us Combination #7 as well as rice and beans. He also has three beautiful tortillas with chicken and beef to give us. Jason and I look at each over. We are going to pop if we eat all of this! Jason starts in on the Chimichanga. It has three tortillas filled with beef tips, chicken, and pork. Moses warns Jason to try to the hot sauce before he sprinkles it on his meal because it is a strong one. I figure Jason wouldn’t listen, but to my surprise he does, and says that the sauce is way too hot for him! Jason hands me a piece of pork and tells me to try it. Delicious!


I start breaking apart the chicken enchilada which is oozing with cheese and sauce. The soft outside shell falls nicely onto my fork. My first bite was wonderful, and despite my full stomach, I keep going back for more. I occasionally dip my fork into the rice and beans and then back to the enchilada for a full mouth experience. Jason takes a few bites of the burrito and enchilada. When Moses comes back we sadly admit we need a box.


“But don’t you want dessert?”

Moses was so wonderful to us, feeding our bellies to the mass capacity. Of course we want dessert! He kindly boxed up some sweet sopapillas and mango pie for us to enjoy at home. Moses packs up our leftovers. We walk out of El Rodeo with four boxes of wonderful Mexican food. Jason takes the ice cream Moses packed for the sopapillas and takes it back to work. I head home to lay on the couch after enjoying that fabulous meal!



It doesn’t take me long to dive into the sopapillas. Sweet tortillas sprinkled with brown sugar and honey. I start by just eating one, but then quickly go back for more.

As soon as Jason comes home from work he is in the refrigerator digging out the burrito and enchilada. He gobbles it all up. He even eats the mango pie.

El Rodeo is the place you want to take your coworkers for a delicious afternoon snack. The location is perfect as it sits right on Manheim Pike. Don’t go there expecting not to have enough to eat! On a gorgeous day, you can sit outside on the patio and enjoy a margarita, listen to the music, and indulge in a sweet dessert.


A little bit about the author Kelsey R

Hi everyone, I want to share a few things about myself. I have lived in Lancaster County my entire life.

I went to The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and received a Bachelors in English Education and Writing. Currently, I am working as a real estate agent for Berkshire Hathaway, and of course I am doing some writing on the side! I live with my wonderful cat, Waffle in Lancaster City. Besides working and playing with my cat I also read and practice yoga.


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