Mi Comida Restaurante Latino: A Taste of Peru and Ecuador in West Phoenix

We spin the globe and search for other-worldly spots to expand our eating horizons around the Valley.

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Carrie Wheeler
The Seco de Pollo (aka chicken stew) at Mi Comida.



Mi Comida Restauante Latino

4221 W Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85053

(602) 548-7900

Closed Mondays, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m Tuesdays - Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sundays.

I recently took a trip to Washington, D.C. and ordered take-out roasted chicken with a spicy Aji Verde sauce from a hole-in-the-wall Peruvian restaurant. I've been pining for more Peruvian food ever since.

Upon returning at home, I did some searching and found more South American restaurants than I had anticipated. El Chullo recently opened near Central Phoenix and there are a bunch of places peppered throughout the East Valley.

I decided to head West to Mi Comida Restaurante Latino, a small 6-8 table restaurant in a strip mall just East of 43rd Avenue on Bell serving mostly Peruvian and Ecuadorian fare, but also items from Bolivia and Venezuela.




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Carrie Wheeler
Mi Comida Restaurante Latino serves homestyle Peruvian, Ecuadorian and other Latin American fare. 

The ambience: 

The counter area at Mi Comida is papered in Best of awards from years past (including a Best Latin American Restaurant from Phoenix New Times in 2011). Ecuador tapestries line one wall. There's a curio cabinet with flags and trinkets on another. Carved wall hangings and Peruvian plaques flank the wooden table and chairs. The decor feels as if you're visiting a traveling relative's home...which doesn't feel far from the truth.

On the weekday I visited, an older gentleman served as host and waitstaff. Nothing was happening too quickly, but that was okay. The place was full, and no one (including myself) seemed to be in a big hurry.


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Carrie Wheeler
The Arepa con Queso (left) and Empanada con Puerco.





















The food:

The menu is expansive featuring dishes from Peru and Ecuador; Often the same dish is offered both ways.

Upon sitting down we were given a bowl of warm tortilla chips paired with a ramekin of fresh salsa that was so light and delicious, we downed it entirely before we had even placed our order.

My dining companions and I started off our meal with Peruvian Ceviche de Pescado ($10.95) -- a light and refreshing salad with chunks of whitefish, onions, cilantro and celery in a lime-y marinade. All were served over romaine leaves and topped with a roasted sweet potato slice and white potato (both cold). On the side, some Yuca and corn on the cob (both warm). The salad was refreshing and light; a perfect meal for a warm Arizona day.

Next, we sampled an Empanada con Puerco and a Arepa con Queso (each $2.15). The former had a light and flakey crust with some unexpected sweetness and heat.  My fellow diner described the arepa as a "light and fluffy grilled cheese sandwich in the best possible way."  

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Carrie Wheeler
The Ecuadorian Churrasco.

The Ecuadorian Churrasco ($11.95) was a sum of its parts. The steak itself was a size-y piece of seasoned meat. Alone,  it was nothing special, but it's all about the accompaniment: a fried egg, sweet plantains, tomato, French fries, avocado and rice. Eaten all together, it's magic.

The Seco de Pollo ($7.39) is a chicken stew served with yellow rice and roasted plantains. The meat was a little tough, but the sauce had great flavor and I'm a sucker for anything paired with a sweet plantain.

The menu is vast. We'll head back to try the tamales or one of the many fish entrees (grilled, fried or wrapped in banana leaves). I was also intrigued by the Sanduche de Puerco (Pork Sandwich) served with yuca fries.


Kid-friendly?:

Mi Comida has a high chair and there are plenty of menu items that are child-friendly (see the fluffy grilled cheese above).

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Location Info

Mi Comida

4221 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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