ABOVE: A plate of lomo saltado and rice at Mi Ranchito in Stamford. ($7)
MI RANCHITO: 262 HOPE STREET, STAMFORD
In my years at the Advocate the little restaurant on the corner of Hope and Pilgrim Walk has changed hands seemingly countless times.
It was a falafel joint, or a cafe, or maybe a cafe that sold falafel, a Salvadoran place, then closed for a while and now Mi Ranchito.
In it’s newest incarnation, Mi Ranchito is a Guatemalan restaurant that also has a number of Peruvian dishes on the menu. With two small tables it makes my favorite stamford taqueria, Casa Villa, look like a Michelin three star. Let’s just call it, um, bare bones.
But seven bucks for a giant plate of lomo saltado? I’ll endure.
Peruvians gave the world both tomatoes and potatoes, but they didn’t stop there: utilizing both, they gave us lomo saltado.
A stir fry of steak strips, french fries, tomatoes and onions, the dish also employs soy sauce which reflects an Asian influence on the South American country’s cuisine.
If you haven’t tried lomo saltado, there are a more than a few places in Stamford that serve it, but at seven bucks Mi Ranchito gets the LBC Pick of the Week.