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Mi Pais (on Roosevelt & 53rd)


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Mi Pais (on Roosevelt & 53rd)

Gary Cheong | Dec 24, 2000 01:58 PM

A few weeks ago, after buying some cookies and muffins from Cafe La Flor, the Big Dog and I picked up a menu from Mi Pais (an Ecuadorean bar/restaurant a few doors away).

Finally tried it last evening. Jim, you are right to be suspicious of a place that looked more like a bar than a restaurant.

The Caldo de Gallina (hen soup) was nice, with large pieces of chicken, chunks of yuca, and some carrots and peas.

I was all excited to try the Fritada (billed as "Skin Pork" on the menu), thinking it would be something like chicharrones -- what I got was chopped up pieces of pork ribs that were dry and unexciting. Rescued it with some salt and lots of the spicy green pico sauce provided. Dish also came with a heap of tasteless maize, and a very delicious llapingacho.

Chaulafan, fried rice with shrimp, chicken and ham, was just ok.

On the whole, I would not be rushing back there. But I would brave the loud jukebox music and cigarette smoke (a few tables of customers flout the no smoking law and lit up throughout our meal, apparently with management turning a blind eye to it) for some more of the llapingachos.

Any other hounds been there? Would be interested to hear your comments.

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