The steak sandwich is the signature dish at Los Hornitos, a homey Latin American spot in Wappingers Falls, and markp can see why. Tender griddled sirloin is tucked into a billowy house-baked roll with Muenster cheese, mashed avocado, tomato, and mayo. A lively pepper-and-onion salsa cuts the richness. (The only sandwich to come close, markp adds, is at Atlantic City’s fabled White House Sub Shop.)

Further evidence of a kitchen on its game comes in the creamy potato-lentil soup and a memorable lunch plate of fried chicken cutlet with rice and tender, smoky red beans: “Just perfectly cooked. Ultimate comfort food.” Don’t miss the treats in the bakery cases; markp reports a delightful tres leches cake with fresh strawberries and real cream and butter (“No cheap commercial bakery ingredients here”). Los Hornitos is named after a restaurant in Santiago, Chile, once frequented by owners Monica and Hector Lorca, but the menu ranges all over Latin America. Look for meat stews, roast pork, ceviche, empanadas, fried plantains, and tropical fruit smoothies.

Los Hornitos Bakery [Dutchess County]
In Dutchess Shopping Plaza
1582 U.S. Highway 9, Wappingers Falls, NY

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