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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Number 81: Salsa bar from Tacos Y Salsas
The salsa and accouterments bar at Tacos Y Salsas could conceivably count as several dishes, especially if you're like me and shoot those salsas just like a shot of whiskey. It doesn't matter which Tacos Y Salsas location you hit: They each have the same disheveled set-up, but that's the fault of the "drippers" -- the messy people who shovel the salsas onto their plates, while somehow managing to create a river of red between the onions and the cilantro on their way from bin to bin. Then again, who can blame them for their slovenly ways? This is a salsa bar that's worth raiding, a jumble of rojas and verdes that zigzag from ferociously hot to hellish hot to devilishly blazing -- all of them excellent. Toss a few lime wedges on your plate, some cilantro and hacked onions, maybe a few diced radishes, obviously a couple of pickled jalapenos and a spoonful of pico, and you've got a one-dish dinner.
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
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