100 Favorite Dishes: Mole verde with carnitas from Tarasco's
No. 54: Carnitas with mole verde from Tarasco's
Mexican cuisine is awash in moles, and in Oaxaca, one of my favorite food cities in the world, there's a different mole for every day of the week. But in the States, save for Los Angeles, where there are dozens of Oaxacan restaurants, mole -- at least proper mole -- is difficult to find. Luckily for us, we have Tarasco's, a Mexican/Latin restaurant that feeds my mole obsession with two different versions, including a remarkable mole verde, greener than money, greener than an enchanted forest, greener than Kermit the Frog. Made with poblano and jalapeno peppers, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds, crushed almonds and cloves, it's a riot of texture and spice, generously draped over long-simmered, crisp, caramelized shards of pork.
Hungry for more? All the dishes in our countdown are linked below:
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No. 73: Gumbo from Bistro One
No. 69: Mais pizza from Pizzeria Locale
No. 66: Sea scallop and rock shrimp noodle bowl from Bones
No. 55: Samosas from the British Bulldog
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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