One benefit to this being a collection of my favorite dishes rather than a ranking of St. Louis' "best" dishes is that it gives me the chance
to enrage the Cheez Whiz-averse
to lavish some attention on restaurants to which I have a sentimental attachment.
Mi Ranchito in University City is one of these.
A few years ago, when both my wife and I worked at the RFT
, the two of us and a few of our colleagues made a habit out of Friday lunch at Mi Ranchito. These weren't anything special, just your typical lunch-with-coworkers, shop talk and bitching with a side order of cheese dip.
My go-to dish -- actually, the go-to dish for several of us -- was the chori pollo
: a boneless chicken breast topped with chorizo and melted cheese. The chicken is ballast, a vehicle for the tangy cheese and sharply spiced chorizo. Wrapped up in a soft flour tortilla, chori pollo
makes for a satisfying ad hoc taco.
The chori pollo is served with three flour tortillas, rice and lettuce topped with a dollop of guacamole. Sadly, colleagues eager to bitch for an hour or two aren't included.Mi Ranchito
887 Kingsland Avenue, University City
$6.50 (lunch) or $10.50 (dinner)I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.
Previously:#44: Pizza at La Pizza#45: Fried chicken at Young's Restaurant & Ice Creamery#46: The Philly Cheesesteak at 9th Street Deli#47: Smoked chicken wings at Flavors BBQ Sports Bar & Grill#48: Coffee and a pastry at 222 Artisan Bakery#49: The torta ahogada at Taqueria Durango#50: The "Morganford Mediterranean" Sandwich at Local Harvest Café & Catering#51: Vegetable korma at Gokul Snacks & Sweets#52: Schnitzel & spaetzle at Iron Barley#53: Oxtail stew at De Palm Tree#54: Pho at Pho Long#55: Gyro at Anthonino's Taverna#56: The Lemon Drop Cupcake at the Cup#57: Pupusas at Tres Banderas#58: Gumbo at the Gumbo Shop#59: The burger at Newstead Tower Public House#60: Quesadillas tradicionales at Milagro Modern Mexican