100 Favorite Dishes: Tacos al pastor from Los Carboncitos

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Lori Midson
Al pastor tacos from Los Carboncitos
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 cafe@westword.com.

Number 82: Tacos al pastor from Los Carboncitos

There are few foods I love more than marinated pork on a spit. And truth be told, there are very few restaurants I love more than Los Carboncitos, which now has three locations throughout the metro area, including its newest space in Aurora, which has a liquor license. But as much as I'd prefer a cold cerveza with my tacos al pastor -- easily one of the most ridiculously delicious foods in the universe -- I'm perfectly happy without one, mostly because when that sweet and spicy shaved pork with its deep char and smoke hits my mouth, I just want another damn taco from whichever taco wizard happens to be feeding my addiction. An addiction that's fueled by the nips of cilantro, onions and pineapple lobbed on top and Los Carboncitos's terrific caddy of salsas -- each one spicier and more intense than the last -- that add the final sign of sacrificial resignation.

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


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