100 Favorite Dishes: Gazpacho verde from Zolo Grill
No. 58: Gazpacho verde from Zolo Grill
Years ago, when Lola, the coastal Mexican restaurant in Highland, was thriving in its original location on South Pearl Street, I'd haul my butt in once a week for the heirloom tomato gazpacho, the recipe of which I'd convinced the chef to part with. I still make it at home, but now I'm desperate for Brett Smith's gazpacho verde recipe.
Smith, the chef at Boulder's Zolo Grill -- a sibling restaurant of Lola -- creates a very different gazpacho from the one I fell for at Lola, a soup so delicious that after tonguing the bowl clean, I sheepishly asked if I could get a vat of it to take home. The preparation of charred tomatillos and roasted poblano chiles, cilantro, cucumbers and parsley, pureed until smooth and shimmery, like the shine of rain on the vine, sings like the birds of summer, and the cucumber sorbet, specked with chiles, and wreathed with chile oil, should be sold by the carton. If this is all I are for the duration of summer, I wouldn't have a guilty bone in my body.
Hungry for more? All the dishes in our countdown are linked below:
No. 94: Seafood soup from Farro
No. 73: Gumbo from Bistro One
No. 69: Mais pizza from Pizzeria Locale
No. 66: Sea scallop and rock shrimp noodle bowl from Bones
In late 2009, we embarked on a culinary journey that took us through our favorite dishes in the Mile High City -- one hundred, to be exact. Now we're back with round two, counting down (in no particular order) a hundred more of our favorite Denver dishes in a list that, by our imperfect calculations, should be wrapped up...sometime this year. If there's a dish you think we need to try, tell us about it in the comments section below, or shoot us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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