100 Favorite Dishes: Mixiote de borrego from El Trompito Taqueria
No. 56: Mixiote de borrego from El Trompito Taqueria
I'm always on the prowl to find the best taqueria in the city, and on Saturday, after harvesting vegetables at Miller Farms -- and working up an appetite -- I pulled into the thronged parking lot of El Trompito Taqueria, a smashing wonderland of Mexican street food dominated by the thuds of cleavers in the open kitchen, tacos in every guise, sizzling meats, huaraches, alambres, skyscraping tortas, and a spectacular mixiote de borrego, an overnight-braised lamb shank, deeply gamy, untamed and reeking of that unmistakably pungent, in-your-throat musky rush, the shards, ropes and slivers of flesh, easily flecked with a fork, at once crunchy and soft.
The beast, swathed in a chile-slapped adobo sauce abundant with prickly-pear cactus leaves, arrives with a heap of corn tortillas, Mexican rice and refritos dotted with crumbles of queso fresco -- which is more than sufficient -- but the salsa bar, squatting squarely in the middle of the dining room, is an object of beauty, too.
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 email@example.com.
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