I was tromping through Port Chester today in the rain on my empanada mission (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/566984) and found a bunch of new little tidbits that I wrote down. Wondering if anyone has noticed these places?
Rancho Grande. 8 Poningo St., Port Chester, NY 914-939-8125
I know this place isn't new, but it's just never registered before, despite passing it countless times. Maybe because it basically has no sign out front. Or in the window. But it's a restaurant nonetheless. It's a small place around the corner from Tortilla Los Gemelos and the rest of the stuff there on Westchester Ave.
Walk in and there's a big mirror on the left with about 5 items written on a sign with marker. Presumably those are the specials since they have a regular menu too. Clearly they aren't used to gringos in there because the woman looked at me quizzically and said, "this is a mexican place." Duly noted. Since I had already eaten 6 empanadas and an ice cream pop from Paleteria Fernandez, I decided to forgo any food there this time and make a mental note to return.
Westchester Grocery. 179 Westchester Ave. Port Chester, NY
This place has always been a little grocery store (at least I think it has been). But now they are peddling tacos too. I'm sort of a sucker for little bodega tacos. This is a tiny little operation - a little cart toward the front of the grocery. I don't even know what kind of tacos they were offering (I think a sign said lengua). Again, I'd already downed far too much food at this point, so I just made a mental note to return. I'm suspect that this place will be turning out greatness, but who knows. It deserves a try.
Riconcito Migueleño - 118 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, NY
(at least I think that's the name. I didn't get a great look because I just about crashed as I slammed on my breaks in the rain when I saw the place while speeding along Westchester Ave).
This place must be brand new, because it's in the exact same location as Los Paisano and Brazileirinho Cafe. It has a nice shiny new blue awning declaring it's Centro Americano origins. After some great pupusas in California last week, I'm hoping this place serves great salvadoran goodies. Definitely worth a return visit. If nothing else, I guess it will be interesting to eat at the same location three times within a year, but each time in a different restaurant from a different country. Mexican to Brazilian to Salvadoran. At least it hasn't gone Taco Bell on us.
OK, nothing new here. But a quick note. On a great business trip to San Francisco last week I had some amazing cantaloupe agua fresca (agua fresca de melon). I've been craving that flavor ever since, so I figured Paleteria Fernandez would have it in frozen form. Sure enough, they did. (melon flavor). Gotta say, it's about the best tasting thing on earth. Even in cold weather. It's my new favorite flavor there. Go try it. Today.
That's it. Back to work. But now I'm hungry again.
8 Poningo St, Port Chester, NY 10573
179 Westchester Avenue, Port Chester, NY
118 Westchester Avenue, Port Chester, NY