100 Favorite Dishes: Mixiote de borrego from El Trompito Taqueria

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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.


Location Info

El Trompito

1540 W. 70th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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2 comments
Mantonat
Mantonat

Nice! Not only a taco shop I've never heard of, but a Mexican lamb dish I've never had either. Thanks for the tip!

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