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Mi Rancho Restaurante, East Boston

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Mi Rancho Restaurante, East Boston

Limster | Sep 18, 2002 01:28 AM

A perfect boiled egg has just the right soft yellowness in the yolk, without a single trace of that telltale metallic blue which indicates excssive boiling. Mi Rancho boils their eggs perfectly. It's a sort of precision that seems totally out of place in a little no frills Colombian eatery out in East Boston, but that's what I got with my arroz con pollo.

The dish seems cooked to order, not assembled upon demand; it takes a while for the steaming pile of rice and chicken to arrive. There's simple white breast meat, shredded loosely into bite sizes and mixed with an extremely tasty rice that has absorbed a salty savory chicken flavor, along with a few mild spices. The moisture and slight oil in the rice makes the chicken so much better, that I forgive the somewhat dry bird. It's good hearty stuff, delicious in a mom's cooking kinda way, despite (or maybe because of) the peas and carrots bits that once inhabited a freezer.

Crinkle cut fries on the size, obviously from a bag of frozen stuff. But it come super hot, definitely fresh from the fryer, and with very little greasiness. Goes great with the pink mayo they have in squeeze bottles (I think the pinkness comes from ketchup, assuming I heard correctly).

There's good and honest home cooking here. It's real cheap at $5.65 for this generous plate. Other equally large platters are prices from $5.65 to $6.65 and are loaded with meats and other stuff (beans, plaintains, an arepa maybe, veggies.....)

There's an interesting array of handheld foods -- a variety of arepas and batter-coated snacks, as well was what looked like plaintains stuffed with queso (cheese). Special soups on the weekends. Will also have to look into the drinks.

Not bad at all for a budget meal. I think the street snacks are totally worth trying and will definitely get some next time.

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