The Top Ten Dishes of 2007: #3

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This week I'm counting down my ten favorite dishes of 2007 -- and the absolute worst thing I ate all year.

#3. Tacos al Pastor at La Vallesana

A taqueria staple: pork seasoned a dusky red, grilled pineapple, diced onion and fresh cilantro sitting atop corn tortillas; on the side, a wedge of lime. The pork has a wonderfully smoky flavor; not exactly like pork that has been smoked in a pit, it's more like meat from a pig that spent a long winter's night curled up next to the fire. And while there may be culinary sensations as exquisite as a hunk of hot, sweet pineapple bursting between your teeth and drowning the savory meat in sweetness, I can't think of any that are better.

-- from "Cherokee Pastoral" (July 12, 2007)

La Vallesana 2801 Cherokee Street 314-762-0691

-Ian Froeb

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