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Los Dos Rancheros

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Los Dos Rancheros

Meist | Nov 1, 2001 05:01 PM

i had dinner here last night. it was only ok. the last few times i've been here i've gotten mariscos, usually shrimp, which are really very good, in that way only mexican shrimp can be--their flavor stands out through bright, fresh sauces. but this time i decided to try the chicken pipian--due to a strange obsession i've had lately with pumpkin seeds. anyway, ordering it was a mistake. the sauce was thick, green and looked promising, but it had an off-putting flavor, which can only be compared to burned cilantro. no pumpkin seed thing going on at all. the chicken underneath (it was the kind of dish where the meat doesn't soak up any sauce at all so it has to stand on it's own merit) was boiled and tasteless, ie no fat, like a LA jewish grandmother's version. also somehow tough at the same time. the rice and beans were only ok--i ate them only out of necessity, because i couldn't deal with the chicken. even the horchata was watery. decided: this is a place to go back and order the same thing over and over, not a place to experiment.

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