It's Elvis Month at El Ranchito, the Oak Cliff Staple That Loves the King

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It's January again, which means it's time for El Ranchito's month-long extravaganza featuring The King of Rock and Roll. The Oak Cliff salsa slinger hosts a number of performances by Elvis impersonators throughout the year, but this month you can get your fill of lamb chops, suede shoes and glistening polyester capes every Wednesday.

El Ranchito was featured in our 50 Most Interesting Restaurants last year, and has received a number of Best of Dallas awards. It's not a bad place to drink a margarita. In fact, I've been working on some serious side burns myself this winter. And since the food critic for New York Magazine Adam Platt recently came out from under the shroud of anonymity, and since I'm tired of not being able to post selfies on Facebook like the rest of you, and because I can think of no better way for a food critic to come out than by crooning "Love Me Tender" while blasted on tequila, I'm giving my own performance some serious thought.

This isn't about me, though; it's about an Oak Cliff staple. The restaurant that normally boasts a mariachi band whose music is so proud and so loud your eardrums throb when you walk out the door is about to get a little weirder and a lot more fun.

Make a reservation. Go. Order the cabrito, a cold cerveza and a shot of tequila. You'll end up with a story you can tell every time someone brings up Elvis impersonation or the art of tribute performance, which admittedly only happens twice a decade but still.

Johnny Rockit Performance, 7:30 p.m., January 8

Elvis Impersonator Contest, 7:30 p.m., January 15

James Wages Performance, 7:30 p.m., January 22

Elvis Impersonator Contest, 7:30 p.m., January 29

Location Info

El Ranchito Cafe & Club

610 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Meh.......I'm more of a Johnny Cash guy myself; that was 50's rock.......although E's band was fabulous!  The great Glen Hardin and James Burton are incredible, and they played that great southern, rockabilly, rock n' roll, r and b that Gram Parsons described so well as southern stew. I've hit the streets in Clarksville Miss, West Memphis, Tenn, New Orleans, Baton Rough, Birmingham Ala, etc......and it's all the same, but different.  So, I'll go for the JCash Burrito with amphetamines, and red sauce.  Or the Elvis nacho's, replete with banana's, pure cane sugar and candy bars.  

ps-Elvis is a caricature; sure his "Love Me Tender" is up there with Hank's "I'm So Lonesome....", Willie's "Blues Eyes..",  and Joe Ely's "If you were a Bluebird" as the high lonesome standars, but no thanks!

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