To kill 4 birds with one stone, my friends and I got together for a casual dinner party at the DeLorie's home. Since she herself just had baby Liam a couple weeks ago, we thought we'd order take out to make it easier on everyone. Typically we get the Cambodian staples from Heng Lay or Simply Khmer but we wanted to try something new and Hispanic Cuisine came up.
|Chicharro de Cerdo|
I reached out to my friend Amsi for recommendations and she mentioned Bani, Delicias Paisas and Rancho Tipico. Since I would be ordering for 12 people, I wanted to go check out the place and see the food beforehand. We arrived at Bani and there wasn't much in the glass display. I asked the man if there would be more food in the evening and he advised that he would be closing at 6 PM today. He recommended La Differencia on Middlesex St but I vaguely remember them having bad reviews.
We walked a block over to Rancho Tipico on Salem street where the vibe was quite different. There was music playing in the restaurant and a line of people waiting to be served. I felt like I was in Puerto Rico.
There were many dishes displayed behind the glass in food warmers that I had a hard time deciding which menu offerings to order.
|4 types of rice|
|Pernil - Slow roasted Pork shoulder|
|Ready to order Pre-made stews|
|Roasted whole Chicken|
We ordered 2 pounds of chicarron de cerdo (fried pork), 2 large stews, 1 small tray of arroz y gandules, 1 order of paella seafood rice, 1 order of pernil slow roasted pork, 20 pieces of fried chicken, mofongo, sweet plantains, and 12 assorted empanadas.
I kept asking the worker if we had enough food and he responded, "You have more than enough!" The young man was very accommodating and gave us a a few extras. He threw in about 8 empanadas, a salad and a drink. He also upgraded a few of the dishes to "large" when we ordered a small.
My friend Matt noticed that they delivered so we asked if they could deliver our order at 7:30 PM to his house instead of us coming back to pick it up. The total with delivery came out to about $130.00. THEY ACCEPT DEBIT/CREDIT CARDS!
We sipped on homemade sangria as we waited for the food to arrive. The guys were feeling "fancy" had sipped on scotch.
|Johnny Walker Sampler Pack|
The meat fillings in the empanadas were dry and lacked excitement. I wished there was a tomato paste to keep it moist and flavorful.
|Rancho Tipico Empanadas $ 1.00 ea|
|Platano Marduro (sweet plantains)|
The pernil slow roasted pork was good but the flavors were inconsistent. You either had a really salty piece or a chunk that lacked flavor. I am also biased because I really love my sister's pernil (even though she's Cambodian and not Hispanic)
|Rancho Tipico Pernil|
|Chicharro de cerdo Price per pound|
|Rancho Tipico fried chicken 2 for $ 1.00|
|Rabo Guisado ( oxtail stew)|
Of course we had leftovers and I warmed it up for lunch the next day. My experience was better because the rice was piping hot and the pork and chicken was baked to its original crispiness.