As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2010, coming this spring, The Hot Dish is serving up a hundred of our favorite local dishes. Send your own nominations to hotdish @citypages.com.
No. 61: Bar Abilene guacamole
Though we sorta think tableside food preparation should be confined to Benihana and dishes involving blowtorches, or at least some type of theatrics (at least give us knife throwing), we gotta admit we still really like Bar Abilene's guacamole. And there's actually a benefit to waiting semi-awkwardly while the Avocado & Co. get swiftly mashed up less than an arm's length away: You get to see the secret to the restaurant's guac up close and personal. And there are two: 1) roasted--as opposed to raw--garlic, and 2) a splash of Worcestershire sauce. There's nothing revolutionary about guacamole--it's hard to mess up--but it's subtleties like this that make some stand out. This guac is subtly flavorful, brightened nicely by fresh lime juice and tomatoes, and cut through nicely by the salt on the chips, deepened by the roasted garlic and enhanced by the Worcestershire tang. Toss in some of the smoky, house salsa for some added effect.
Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:
No. 100: Volcano Salad at Tiger Sushi No. 99: Eclair at Butter No. 98: Moussaka at Gardens of Salonica No. 97: "Flappers" at Colossal Cafe No. 96: Bento Box at Obento-Ya No. 95: Sausage, salami, onion, and green olive pizza at Black Sheep No. 94: Crab Cake at the Kitchen No. 93: Passion fruit cake at Pardon My French No. 92: Kafé 421 Signature Dips No. 91: Lutefisk at Landmarc Grill No. 90: May Day Cafe Croissant No. 89: Dowjic at Babani's No. 88: Osso Bucco at the Modern Cafe No. 87: Chef Shack Hot Dog No. 86: Adult Mac & Cheese at Good Day Cafe No. 85: Ropa Vieja at Victor's No. 84: French Toast of the Dead at Chino Latino No. 83: Uni at Origami No. 82: Bagel at Common Roots No. 81: Jasmine Deli's bánh mì No. 80: Pho 79's bò cuốn lá nho No. 79: Sweets Bakeshop's Kettlecorn Cupcake No. 78: D'Amico Kitchen's Chicory Salad No. 77: Be'wiched Deli pastrami sandwich No. 76: La Grassa's lima bean appetizer No. 75: Bulldog NE Tater Tots No. 74: Pop's Swedish Meatballs No. 73: Hot Plate's Caramel Apple French Toast No. 72: Grand Cafe's Ham and Cheese No. 71: Galactic Pizza's Thailander No. 70: Jackson's milk chocolate gelato No. 69: Patrick's Bakery and Cafe's tiramisu No. 68: Punch's Chopped Italian Salad No. 67: Red Stag's Smelt Fries No. 66: Mancini's Grilled Garllic Bread No. 65: Uptown Bulldog's Chicago Dog No. 64: Crema Cafe's Sorbet Spritzer No. 63: Matt's Bar Jucy Lucy No. 62: Baker's Wife Doughnut