Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >
Mar 11, 2012 06:26 PM

Mi Rancho - Arepas and empanadas in Sunnyvale

Mi Rancho has recently opened in the shopping mall space at Fremont and Mary in Sunnyvale that used to house Tsingtao Taste. In addition to the usual taco / burrito suspects, they also have a selection of Colombian and Venezuelan food, including some Colombian dinner specials.

This weekend I tried the Venezuelan arepas de pollo and the Colombian empanadas. The areas were the standout for me. I can't recall having these before, so I have no point of comparison, but they were might tasty. The empanadas were also tasty but had a pretty low filling to dough ratio. Again, I have little experience with empanadas, so maybe that's authentic, but the arepas were more to my taste. I also had a pollo asado taco which was just fine. I've had 4 of the salsas at the salsa bar and enjoyed them all, especially the fruity orange-colored salsa.

This place is in a difficult location that has killed good restaurants before - hardly any visibility from the street - so please come check them out. I'd love to hear reports from people who have more experience with Colombian and Venezuelan food. They have a web site at; the address is 1250 S. Mary Ave. in Sunnyvale.


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Thanks for the report. Sounds good. Are the arepas filled or just plain?

    Also, I see on the menu that they have cachapas on Saturdays and Sundays only! These are Venezuelan corn pancakes, which can be slightly sweet and can have different savory or sweet toppings

    Sunnyvale is a little bit far from me (as I live in SF), but I'm definitely curious to hear more about the food here!

    Dave MP

    4 Replies
    1. re: Dave MP

      The arepas have a wide choice of fillings. I had pollo but they had many other choices, including Colombian chorizo. And thanks for the Coupa cafe pointer - I had thought of them for coffee rather than food. I never went to the Mi Rancho in Menlo Park so I wouldn't know if it's the same people or not.


      1. re: mdg

        How spicy was the Colombian chorizo? I have never had anything Colombian that was more than mildly spiced and have been told that that is the norm.

        1. re: wally

          I just tried that this weekend. As expected, it was mildly spiced but very flavorful, and made a wonderful filling for the arepa.

          In the past I could have put all the relevant information in a restaurant listing that would appear to the right of this discussion, but since the restaurants database has gone away I can't do that any more.


          1. re: mdg

            Mi Rancho
            1250 S. Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale

    2. Hi - I wonder if this is the same owners as the old Mi Rancho on Willow Rd in Menlo Park - which recently turned into El Rancho when it changed hands.

      If you want another data point on Venezuelan, try Coupa Cafe in downtown palo alto. They have lots of Arepas, good Catchapas. No tacos though - brittany style crepes and housemade Venezuelan chocolates. Vive la california!

      1. The website seems cool at first, but I wanted to know where they are located. You provided the address (thanks), but hell if you can figure that out by their website! Probably my fault at not knowing what secret pathway to this data.
        Why is this not one of the most important bits of info to provide on a website??

        3 Replies
        1. re: rmcclain54

          Click Nosotros. Then Click Contactarnos.

          1. re: rmcclain54

            yeah, no phone # either?!?

            edit: found it . . . if you click on Online Order, the address shows up in small type on the left side of this page

            of course, that's not even their site any more, but Net Waiter

            1. re: drewskiSF

              It's a very small ethnic restaurant that just opened. If you go to Net Waiter you can order from them.

              It's on South Mary Avenue in the shopping center with Smart and Final and Wells Fargo Bank. This restaurant is nestled in a really desirable location between a pet store and a Jenny Craig store. Whatever could go wrong.....