Thursday, October 21, 2010

#43: Chori Pollo at Mi Ranchito

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM

The chori pollo at Mi Ranchito - IAN FROEB
  • Ian Froeb
  • The chori pollo at Mi Ranchito
Ian Froeb
The chori pollo at Mi Ranchito
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.


#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

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