The Chicken Ranch

I resisted going to the Chicken Ranch for a long time even though my friends said it was a great place to eat. There are a few of these around San Cristobal de las Casas and I try to avoid chain restaurants as much as I can snobbishly thinking expanding the number of outlets necessarily means a diminution of quality. I also tend to avoid restaurants in non-English speaking places that have their signs in English. If they are actively trying to attract foreigners they must have already given up on the locals, right? Also, was having a loveable cartoon character for a mascot really supposed to make me want to go and eat his dismembered and charbroiled cousins? Putting all this aside I decide to go anyway.

Having a line of locals at the walkup takeaway window was encouraging. I was slightly more encouraged when I noticed that the sign outside the shop is misspelled (unless “Chiken” has some secret meaning in Spanish). Maybe the place wasn’t too slick after all! All hesitation was gone when I saw a rotisserie full of plump birds being cooked over a real wood fire. Below the rotisserie was a griddle covered in onions and jalapeños wafting flavor up onto the birds! The aroma was amazing.

I check out the menu and yes, chicken is pretty much it. I got a whole chicken with fixings, which not surprisingly included onion and jalapeños but also, rice and of course tortillas. The chicken was succulent and tender. The wood fire added great flavor to the skin. I was able to eat about a third of what was brought and had the rest packed up for two more meals at home. Not too bad for about $6.75.



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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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