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Fasika Vegi Sampler: 100 Favorite Dishes

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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.

Some carnivores are convinced that vegetarian food is boring and bland: pasta with tomato sauce, French fries, salad, etc. Change their mind with Fasika's Vegi Sampler. It comes on a plate nearly two feet in diameter, loaded with several tasty vegetable and legume stews. (You'll probably be so eager to start gobbling that you'll forget to take a picture of its original, pristine condition...) There are scoops of tender, braised greens; curried potatoes, cabbage, and carrots; beets; lettuce with Italian dressing; several types of lentils; and enough of Ethiopia's famed spongy bread, injera, to swaddle a baby. And, uh, if someone in your party insists on eating meat--get the marinated beef dish called tibs.

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 No. 61: Bar Abilene Guacamole No. 60: St. Paul Cheese Shop Cheesemonger