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100 Favorite Dishes: Chile relleno burrito from El Taco de Mexico

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Lori Midson
As a countdown to the Best of Denver 2010, coming April 1, Cafe Society is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in Denver. Send your own nominations to cafe@westword.com.

Number 76: Chile relleno burrito from El Taco de Mexico

Ask any Denverite where to go to get a bona fide chile relleno burrito fix, and if they don't immediately point you directly toward El Taco de Mexico, then they're from Texas. Or California. Or Oklahoma. Maybe Seattle (cough). Whatever.

Anyway, El Taco's chile relleno burrito is in a class by itself, an irreproachable food high that's been one of the city's most identifiable gut bombs for as long as the don't-fuck-with-me women behind the El Taco counter have been lobbing refritos, rice, whacked meats and cleavered chiles oozing with cheese into oversize flour tortillas smothered with more cheese and their crazy good green chile and spicy salsa.

Those burritos have swelled the bellies of everyone from pimps and grave diggers to choir boys and cat walkers. And they've been my blanket, my must-have obsession, my enslavement for nearly as long as I've had my mouth open.

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 100 Chicken-fried steak from Lola

No. 99 Alaskan reindeer sausage from Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

No. 98 Mac-and-cheese fries from Jonesy's EatBar

No. 97 Soft egg ravioli from Prima

No. 96 Pho - any pho -- from Pho 95

No. 95 Assiette de charcuterie maison from Z Cuisine À Côté

No. 94: Cheeseburger from Larkburger

No. 93: BBQ Masher from Cabin Creek Smokehouse

No. 92: Apple pancake from the Original Pancake House

No. 91: Burrata from Osteria Marco

No. 90: Eggs Benedict from Devil's Food Bakery

No. 89: Chile Relleno from La Fiesta

No. 88: Deviled eggs from Steuben's

No. 87: Corn-in-a-cup from Jack-n- Grill

No. 86: Enchiladas from Taco House

No. 85: Pupusas from Pupusas Sabor Hispano

No. 84: Baklava from Ali Baba Grill

No. 83: Masa-fried oyster shooters from Deluxe

No. 82: Tacos al pastor from Los Carboncitos

No. 81: Salsa bar from Tacos Y Salsas

No. 80: Dim Sum from Star Kitchen

No. 79: Green chile cheeseburger from Cherry Cricket

No. 78: Fries from Encore

No. 77: Shanghai-style dumplings from Chopsticks China Bistro