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Thank you, Don Ricardo...

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Thank you, Don Ricardo...

MC Slim JB | May 21, 2006 12:22 AM

Thanks for rescuing us, on the night of a howling downpour, from choosing between a meager home-cooked dinner from our depleted cupboard, or a pricey meal from the dozen upscale restaurants within a short walk of our South End apartment (we couldn't face traveling further in that weather).

The place is crowded with neighbors following our same strategy. Guacamole is excellent, generously sized, always fresh-tasting here (albeit a gringo-friendly Mexican dish on a largely South American menu). Xim xim is a terrific Brazilian chicken stew with coconut-milk based gravy, not far from a Thai yellow curry. A Peruvian special of fried chicken legs (I expected a few drums, not two massive quarters) has a vinegary red-onion-based sauce, gigantic and delicious, with excellent, slightly runny red beans and a huge mound of rice to boot.

A Chilean Sauvignon Blanc is cheap, cheerful, and perfect with this food. About $60 inclusive, with the usual friendly service (from the Don himself, this miserable night). About as Chowish as the South End gets.

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