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Chivito -- heard of it?

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Chivito -- heard of it?

Eric Eto | Jan 30, 2001 09:18 AM

I recently discovered a sandwich from a parilla on Queens Blvd near 57th Ave (near the Queens Mall) called Mi Tio. The family that runs the place is from Uruguay and they serve mostly Argentine-style steaks and meat. However, I usually go there for takeout sandwiches, mostly for the chivito sandwich. Even though chivito mean "small goat" in spanish, there's no goat in it. This sandwich contains grilled steak, ham, cheese, fried egg, lettuce, tomato, and they give you a small container of a nice garlicky chimichurri sauce (red or green). [On a side note, I thought that chimichurri was always the parsley, garlic and oil mixture. What's in red chimichurri?] Anyway, there's a $4 and $8 version of this chivito sandwich, and they're both worth it (the $4 version doesn't have the fried egg, and is smaller). I've been told that this is a typical Uruguayan lunch sandwich, but I've never seen it anywhere else in NYC (granted I haven't looked very hard). Also for about $4 is a veal roll sandwich that I picked up last night. Another winner. I never noticed sandwiches on Argentine menus, since I'm usually preoccupied with the steaks, but are there Argentine or other Uruguayan places that serve sandwiches like these?

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