#75. Barracuda Sushi at Ohshima Sushi

From now until our Best Of issue, we are counting down our 100 favorite dishes of the past year. If you've missed some, we've included a linked list at the end.

#75. Barracuda Sushi at Ohshima Sushi
Dave Lieberman

#75. Barracuda Sushi at Ohshima Sushi

I didn't even know barracuda was edible. It was a slang term in my elementary school for a tagalong--a nuchshlepper--you know, a barracuda. When I discovered what it actually was, my teacher informed us that it was not, in fact, edible, and I took her word as Gospel until one night in a tiny, excellent sushi bar on Orange's busy Tustin Avenue, when I was served barracuda.

It was, of course, excellent. A firm texture, nearly crisp--what the Chinese would call 脆 (cui), with a surprisingly delicate flavor and an unbeatable pop. This is a fish to eat for the texture as much as for the flavor.

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Ohshima Sushi, 1956 N. Tustin St., Orange; (714) 998-0098.

The list so far:

#100. Jerk Carnitas Torta at The Crosby
#99. Nem Nuong Cuon at Brodard
#98. Pork Chop Anything at Nice Time Deli
#97. Flying Saucer at Alberto's
#96. Frozen Custard at Marc Burger's in Macy's Signature Kitchen
#95. Collard Greens at Johnny Reb's
#94. Strawberry Shortcake from Job's Daughters
#93. Cuban Sandwich at DeSimone's Deli
#92. Lamb with Preserved Cabbage at Mas Islamic Chinese
#91. Baked Rice at Luc Dinh Ky
#90. Beans on Toast at The Olde Ship
#89. Midnight Al Pastor Burrito or Taco at Taqueria Tapatia
#88. Budino di Cioccolato, Pizzeria Ortica
#87. Beef Teriyaki Bowl, Teriyami
#86. Salmon Onigiri at Cream Pan
#85. Beef Fat Fries at SideDoor
#84. Silken Tofu & Thousand Year Old Egg at Asian Tapas
#83. Cambodian Beef Jerky at Sophy's
#82. Com Tam at Com Tam Tran Quy Cap
#81. Chipotle-Piloncillo Goat Cheese at SOL Cocina
#80. Nem Nuong Cuon at Au Lac Restaurant
#79. Blackened Mushroom & Tofu Burger at Taco Loco
#78. Fried Veggie Fish Fillet at Dong Phuong Tofu
#77. Tofu Vegetable Salad at BCD Tofu House
#76. Che Ba Mau at Thach Che Hien Khanh

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