Our burger ventures trek on this week with Mission’s very own Ranch House Burgers II. Nestled between a Domino’s and Quality Cleaners, one blink of an eye and you would miss this little but invaluable piece of burger heaven.
We met on a not-so-relaxing Thursday evening after work, when it seemed that everyone in the McAllen-Mission area had somewhere to go and somewhere to be. Traffic and accidents were everywhere.
Trisha: Are you on your way?
Gaby: There was just a crash in front of me right now! And no, no Dave Matthews in sight. LOL
Trisha: Awww…Dave (heart eyes emoji) haha! Be safe. I’ll see you soon!
Gaby: Needless to say, soon was more like 45 minutes later.
Trisha: At that point, the folks at Ranch House probably thought I was waiting on “imaginary friends” or being stood up and sympathized with my dilemma. They served me up some Queso with Chili and Chips to ease my solidarity. I was A-Ok!
Gaby: I finally arrived after what seemed like an eternity. Our server showed up and without hesitation I exclaimed, “One beer, please!” He hurriedly left as he saw my angst and came back immediately with a bottle of brew and more queso in hand.
Faced with hunger and an endless list of choices, we decided to order and split the R.G.V. Burger and the Border Dog. Oh, and a bucket of onion rings, too! Did we mention that we were hungry?
As we waited for our heart attack, uh we mean “feast”, guitarist and total badass, Charlie Garcia delighted us with his musical renditions of Waylon Jennings, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Randy Rogers. We yelled out to our server, “Another round please!” as we sat back in our chairs and relaxed to the melodies.
Once our food was placed in front of our hungry eyes, we tackled our steaming buns and dipped our onion rings in delicious Ranch dressing. The Border Dog was neatly wrapped in bacon and dressed with Pico de Gallo and Avocado. Did we mention that it had fries on the side, too?!?!
TIP: Fries are not included with the burgers, so don’t forget to place your order for a basket of fries and add cheese, gravy, chili, or just order the Works Fries (cheese, bacon, tomato, onion, jalapenos, and sour cream)!
Keeping with the evening’s border theme, the R.G.V. Burger had just come off the grill. It was kept warm in between its two perfectly toasted buns with an “R” branded on the bun and topped with fresh tasting pico de gallo, avocado, crispy bacon, and melted Swiss cheese.
If patties are not your beef, don’t worry! Ranch House Burgers II also offer Black Bean Veggie Burgers. You can also take your pick from the salads, sandwiches, Tex-Mex and barbecue options on the menu.
When looking for something more on the extreme side, make sure to order Hot Cheetos and Nacho Cheese on your burger. Yes, you read that correctly! There’s also the John Wayne burger, Choriqueso burger, Frito Pie burger, and so, SO many more Ranch House Specialty burgers.
Make sure to visit Ranch House Burgers II on your next outing in the Mission area. Don’t fret if it’s Friday night and you want to pay them a visit. They have you covered with Lent menu items and specials. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (all day Thursday) with beer and wine specials and half-priced appetizers (limit one per table).
Ranch House Burgers II is located at 409 N. Bryan Road, Suite 105, Mission, TX. Their hours of operation are Monday-Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, you can reach them at (956) 205-2940 or follow them on their social media platforms @ranchhouseii.
Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors and Watts is the communications director for Visit McAllen. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on various locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley.