All around the Wood Island T stop.
Had been jonesing for lomo saltado (a saute of beef stripes, french fries, onions, tomato, green onion, cilantro) for a while now, and was finally glad to satisfy that craving. Good savoury dish, the right amount of greasiness and moisture. Judicious amount of tangy tomatoes. Only minor quibble -- wished for more onions and a bit more browning on them. Around $8ish
Refreshing chica morada/purple corn drink. About $1 or so.
Rich dulce de leche filling with a pleasant hint of tanginess in the alfajores (milk caramel sandwiched between 2 shortbread cookies). The shortbread was well made, breaking into nice flakes for a microsecond just as one bites in, a quality that comes with a good amout of butter. $1.50 each.
The aji de gallina in the next table looked good.
Arepa de chocolo con quesito (flat corn cake with sweet corn and cheese) at this Colombian places was OK. The texture more pasty than a moist graininess that I prefer. Two sizable slices of Colombia fresh cheese was mild, salty and gently tangy, a little cool from the fridge. Would have been nicer if it was chopped up and melted a bit on the arepa. Nothing like the blessed ones from the Sainted Arepa Lady, ubt it wasn't horrible. $3.
El Rancho Grande
Taco de cabeza (beef cheeks) can be found as a handwritten add-on at the bottom of the menu. It's good-- rich meaty fibres, a hint of fat and rich gelatin. Al pastor was a bit ordinary. Good salsas, top ithe tacos yourself from jars - a spicy soury verde, and a brighter red salsa (rojo?) with a more modest burn. Tacos are topped with a bit of cilantro ad limes are provided. $1.50 per taco.
A delicious horcharta, cinnamony to the point of almost sesame-like in flavour; was expecting a milkier version, given that this was a Mexican place (not Salvadorean despite the pupusa on the menu, I asked). $1.50 for a good glass.