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100 Favorite Dishes: Mixiote de borrego from El Trompito Taqueria

100 Favorite Dishes: Mixiote de borrego from El Trompito Taqueria
Lori Midson

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. 100: Italian wedding soup from the Squeaky Bean

No. 99: American Classic Burger (and fries) from Tarbell's

No. 98: E's clam linguini from Mangiamo Pronto

No. 97: Queso a la plancha taco from the Pinche Tacos wagon

No. 96: Prosciutto-wrapped jalapeño poppers from Tony's Market

No. 95: Fried chicken from the Pinyon

No. 94: Seafood soup from Farro

No. 93: Posole from The Porker

No. 92: Breakfast Burrito from the Taco Wagon in Lafayette

No. 91: Hummus from Shish Kabob Grill

No. 90: Albondigas meatballs from Solera

No. 89: Lemon-ricotta doughnuts from Olivéa

No. 88: Döner kabob from Shondiz

No. 87: Roasted cauliflower salad from Euclid Hall

No. 86: Beef cheek enchiladas from El Diablo

No. 85: Fried Brussels sprouts from Panzano

No. 84: Pork osso buco from Osteria Marco

No. 83: Cazuela Colombiana from Cafe Brazil

No. 82: Chicken potpie from Devil's Food

No. 81: Sichuan braised beef noodle soup from Zoe Ma Ma

No. 80: Larb nua from Taste of Thailand

No. 79: Pork shank from Argyll

No. 78: Truffo panino from Shangri-La Cafe

No. 77: Pig-snout tacos from Guadalajara Authentic Mexican Buffet

No. 76: Speck and maple ice cream from Pizzeria Basta

No. 75: Tom yum goong from Thai Flavor

No. 74: South African black ruff from TAG

No. 73: Gumbo from Bistro One

No. 72: New England clam chowder from Bittersweet

No. 71: Celery and lime popsicle from Spuntino

No. 70: Curried split pea soup from Modmarket

No. 69: Mais pizza from Pizzeria Locale

No. 68: Risotto frutti di mare from Firenze a Tavola

No. 67: Frico caldo from Frasca Food & Wine

No. 66: Sea scallop and rock shrimp noodle bowl from Bones

No. 65: Luther Burger from Crave

No. 64: Chongqing Chicken from East Asia Garden

No. 63: Bouillabaisse from Deluxe

No. 62: Crue fries from D Bar Desserts

No. 61: Chili gobi from Jai Ho

No. 60: New Mexican eggs Benedict from DJ's Berkley Cafe

No. 59: Lamb vindaloo from Cuisine of the Himalayas

No. 58: Gazpacho verde from Zolo Grill

No. 57: Hama Hama oyster from Jax Fish House-Denver

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 lori.midson@westword.com.