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Jun 9, 2010 09:13 PM

El Rinconcito Yucateco - Santa Rosa

Where are eatnopale and kare raisu when I need them? We need to get some knowledgeable chowhounds down to Santa Rosa's Sebastopol Road for a chowdown. Hope others can try it and give me a reality check.

Since eatnopale and kare raisu are far away, I went with a friend yesterday and snacked on a plate of panuchos - my first time to try these, so no comparison, just yum. I loved the black bean dip and very mild cooked salsa with chips (these were fresh made and a bit oily).

The panuchos were just as described in this article -

I appreciated the contrast of crispy tortilla with soft, warm black bean puree. And the cool crispy lettuce with soft-chewy chicken offset by avocado, pickled onion and black pepper. It felt more like a tostado than a taco, but I could only pick up and take a couple of bites before the whole thing slid apart. What is the correct way to eat a panucho?

Really good warm weather food!

The menu is huge.
The prices very reasonable.
The hours are generous - 10-10 daily.
The parking is good - 3935 Sebastopol Road at the live/work units.
Call them for more info 526-2720.

I've been enjoying pibil at Rancho Viejo in Sonoma and this place definitely rates right up there and much better prices.

Can't figure out how to add a new restaurant?

Rancho Viejo
18976 Highway 12, Sonoma, CA 95476

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  1. Wow. This is fantastic! I just wish I still lived up there to be able to enjoy it. I may be visiting soon to see some family still in the area and I can't wait. Columba - make sure you try the Relleno Negro described in the article and see if they make papadzules. SR and Sonoma chowhounds should check this place out - we need more regional places like La Mixteca up in the North Bay.

    La Mixteca
    2580 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 94558

    1. Another attempt to add the restaurant. Will probably have to wait for Melanie.

      El Rinconcito Yucateco
      3935 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

      1. Thanks for the tip. I'm a SR person, I just don't do too many reviews. I'm down (or up?) for a Chowdown. I can only do weekends or weeknight dinners though due to work.


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        1. re: Jeni Bean

          JB, are you available this Sunday, 6/13, for dinner, say 6pm? If anyone else is interested, please email me. If that date and time works, we can set up something.

          Sign up for the chowdown groups

        2. I've been to ERY many many times and have loved everything I've ordered. I've especially enjoyed the relleno negro, a delicious thin broth flavored with a yucateca mole sent to the restaurant by the chef's mother-in-law. It's very unusual and delicious. The broth has chunks of chicken in it, as well as a sort of beef and hard boiled egg meatball. The poc chuc is another favorite. Do not miss the panuchos.

          The chef is a serious lover of food. Make sure to try the habanero salsa he makes fresh every day. He'll bring a bottle to your table in one of those refillable ketchup/mustard bottles. It's fabulous.

          I wish we could join you for your chowdown tomorrow, but we're going out of town. Have a great time!