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Tired of Mexican food? There’s a whole wide world of other Latin American cuisines to explore. Mi Comida Restaurante Latino is an Ecuadorean restaurant, but the menu also has dishes from Bolivia, Venezuela, and Peru. Sango de camarones (delicious shrimp stew) is homey and comforting when it’s cold outside, and the taste of sudado de pesado (banana leaf-wrapped fish) will make sweltering summer feel more like a seaside retreat. If you’re feeling a little skittish about the unfamiliar entrées, the North Phoenix restaurant also has empanadas, ceviche, and tamales. Although the tamales are wrapped in banana leaves rather than corn husks, they’re just as addictive as the Mexican version when smothered in kicky salsa made from the South American aji chile. And who doesn’t love steak? Carnivores will love the lomo fino saltado (filet mignon sauté). To wash it all down, have a sweet and frothy guanabana batido “shake” or an authentic chicha morada. A little like Kool-Aid, the fruity purple corn beverage is packed with vitamins.
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Technically, Mi Comida is an Ecuadorean restaurant, but you also can find dishes from Bolivia, Venezuela, and Peru at this homey little storefront. More familiar dishes such as tamales, empanadas, and ceviche share the menu with lesser-known entrées, like lomo fino saltado (filet mignon sauté), sango de camarones (delicious shrimp stew), and sudado de pesado (banana leaf-wrapped fish). We recommend you try the chicha morada (a fruity Incan beverage, jam-packed with vitamins)... More »
Okay, we know what you're thinking. "How much can a restaurant improve on the time-honored taco, enchilada, and chile relleno platter?" Our answer: When it doesn't include any of the above.We're used to getting variety at Mexican restaurants, but Mi Cocina Mi Pais has won us over by sheer novelty, with a tasty culinary repertoire that ventures much farther south of the border, to Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia. In particular, we're enthralled with La Bandeja Paisa, a combination plate with more... More »
Mexican restaurants already blanket the Valley, but what about culinary offerings from much farther south of the border, as in South America? For those, you might have to search a little harder, but the effort's worth it. Our favorite stop is Mi Cocina Mi País, a strip mall gem that serves up homestyle dishes from Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia in a happy orange dining room draped with colorful woven tapestries. Here, shrimp ceviche gets a tasty twist, thanks to pickled red onion and a handful of popcorn, while juicy pork tamales come wrapped in glossy, dark green banana leaves. Sample fluffy arepa (corn cakes) or sobrebarriga Bogotana (Colombian slow-cooked beef), and then quench your thirst with a cold glass of sugary chicha morada (a purple punch made from corn, of all things) or pineapple-sweetened avena helada. Desserts like flan, plantain cake, and torta de camote, made with sweet potatoes and raisins, are authentic as well — and too tasty to pass up.
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