If you ate at Ranchos Latin Food in Buffalo, New York, and you didn’t order a portly pork arepa, a basket of crispy tequeños stuffed with juicy guava cheese, and a steaming bowl of Fridays- and Saturdays-only sancocho (traditional Venezuelan soup with chicken and beef rib), did you even go? No? Then go back. And next time, tack on some cheese empanadas, a patacón (shredded beef sandwiched between two smashed and fried green plantains), and an order of hot churros double-dipped in Nutella and sweetened condensed milk. It’s called living.
1516 Niagara St., Buffalo, NY; 716-882-2800.