On my first visit 7-4-13, we found it to be great food for quite a reasonable price. The building has been home to many different restaurants: Howard Johnson's(the original builders), Ira's(my first memory of eating there), Carmen's, El Colorado, and some I can't recall. The Ranchito(based in Houston) folks did NOT skimp on a major remodel and one familiar with the location would be hard pressed to recognize it if they weren't informed where they were.
To the food-- two salsas are brought by the waitress, a warm salsa clearly of roasted tomato etc.(excellent) and a salsa fresca(also excellent). My party of two ordered the carne al pastor(beef and pork done up in fabulous seasonings, moist and delicious) and chile relleno(stuffed chile wrapped in a house made corn tortilla then fried, likely the best ever eaten) and both were great. The frijoles a la charra have large chunks of sausage and jalapeno in them and are some of the best I've ever had. House made tortillas were a nice break from the usual gummy packaged variety. The nice selection of Mexican beers could be colder, but weren't warm at all. If you like beer, you must try the micheladas, made with the beer of your choice-- refreshing and good to say the least.
If you're tired of the "same old same old" when it comes to Mexican food in Waco, you must try them-- it'll wake you up.
I have passed by this restaurant on my way to work each morning and kept telling myself that I should swing by and try the drive-thru breakfast taco special (3/$1.99), so I finally did today. There were three cars ahead of me in line, which was a good sign for good business, and the line moved pretty quickly.
I think there may be an upcharge for cheese, but the price is still good. They offer flour or corn tortillas, so it's a great option for gluten-sensitive diets. I would definitely consider them breakfast "tacos" rather than "burritos," because they are not very big, but the freshly cooked eggs and sausage were second to none. They also provided two kinds of salsa, and the spicy verde sauce will rock your tastebuds!
They have a pretty extensive lunch menu, but that'll have to be a review for another visit.