- September 26th, 2014
[Rancho Elpaso in Obihiro] Frankfurter of Mud Pig and Non-Sticky Fried Rice
Rancho Elpaso (ランチョ・エルパソ) is a popular restaurant founded in 1976 in Obihiro city, and is near Midorigaoka Park. Manos copr. (株式会社 マノス * Elpaso corp.) runs it, and Mr. Hideaki Hirabayashi (平林 英明) is a company president. The Rancho Elpaso is well-known for serving mud pig that grows up without worries in a large ranch, Tokachi district. The pig grows up in Elpaso Ranch, and they process pork into sausages and other products in the ranch and their factory. They use own-process completion, and serve reliable and safe food. At the restaurant, they also serve in-house production of Obihiro Beer. There is a shop as well as the restaurant at the building, too, and mud pig productions are sold. A slogan of the restaurant is "The climate creates food (風土がfoodを造る)". That is a pun in Japanese. They keep taking good care of the climate, so I think that the Rancho Elpaso is a popular restaurant with history.
The appearance and the interior decoration are Mexican style. The building is large, and a autographed card of Mrs. Hiroshi Arakawa (荒川弘) drew Silver Spoon (銀の匙), a famous comic, is displayed. Setting of the comic is the Tokachi district, and the building also has an atmosphere of the Tokachi district. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals. A concert is sometimes held at a hall, too.
By the way, a highway bus "Potato Liner (ポテトライナー)" runs between the Obihiro and the Sapporo, and a express bus "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)" runs between the Obihiro and Asahikawa. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Obihiro Station and Obihiro Airport.
Obihiro (帯広) that about 170,000 people live is the 6th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. It has flourished as the center of the Tokachi district. The Obihiro is also a stockyard for agricultural products in whole Tokachi district, and Potato, Beet, Wheat and Chinese Yam are famous as a local product. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -20 degrees in a winter. It has a large temperature gap, but it has less snow relatively in the Hokkaido. Therefore skating is popular in the winter. Mr. Hiroyasu Shimizu, an olympic gold medalist, come from the Obihiro, and there is much competition population of the skating. Read More
Fried Rice Special
I visited here at 11:30, the opening time, on a weekday. 3 groups of customers lined up before the opening time. I sat a table seat, and read a manu, and ordered Fried Rice Special (焼き飯スペシャル). The price was JPY 880.
About 10 minutes later, the Fried Rice Special was served with a cup of soup and a dish of salad. Fried rice without a sticky texture and a mud pig frankfurt sausage were on a dish. I ate the rice, and seasoning was just right. It was tasty! I also enjoyed nice snap with frankfurter texture. I put the rice into my mouth, and finished eating. Thanks for the tasty meal!
Fried Rice Special and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (25 Cars)|
|Business hours||11:30-15:00 and 17:00-22:45|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||124 561 268*38|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Obihiro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Obihiro is here
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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