Unique Eats at Ranchos Latin Food

2 On Your Side's Zachary Kineke takes us to Ranchos Latin Food for some Venezuelan dishes served in a restaurant on Niagara Street.

BUFFALO, N.Y. - One of the best features of Buffalo's food scene is the diversity, from Italian to Burmese.

And a newer spot along Niagara Street is only adding to that with a taste of Venezuela.

Joel Perez, owner of Ranchos Latin Food, says he and his family started the restaurant in the former Rascals on Niagara because he saw Buffalo had no authentic Venezuelan food.

"Buffalo has treated us really good; everyone's loved the food," says Joel's son Valentin. "A lot of people have come in wondering what Venezuelan food is and we sit down and explain everything."

Valentin is a big help behind the counter for newbies to the cuisine, and the big pictures on the menu help as well. First-timers would be well advised to try the arepa: pulled pork or other meat stuffed into a fried cornmeal patty, perfectly crispy on the outside, soft and warm on the inside.

The more adventurous won't want to miss the patacon: your choice of meat, tomatoes, lettuce and a delicious aioli sauce in between two fried plantains. The $3 empanadas are some of the best in Buffalo, and the lunch special of meat, rice, beans and plantains is huge and filling for a diner on a budget ($7 from 11am-2:30pm M-F).

Check out Ranchos Latin Food at its Facebook page here, and let us know where to go next by emailing us here.

Ranchos Latin Food

1516 Niagara St.
Buffalo, NY 14213

(716) 882-2800

Mon-Sat: 11am-8pm
Sun: 11am-5pm

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