80. Taco de Nopal at Urban Cactus

Mami said, ¡cómete tus verduras!
Mami said, ¡cómete tus verduras!
Dave Lieberman

Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily!

When I was younger, my doctor told me that I had high blood pressure and to change my diet. I must've grumbled about it to the Latina insurance coordinator, because she looked me straight in the eye and said, "Eat nopales."

And so I decided to try it, and I fell in love. It's hard to find them, though, even in the most raza of raza eateries. A few strips on a taco acorazado, or a spoonful from the salsa bar at El Pico de Gallo, but it's never featured, except at Urban Cactus, where it's stewed with red chile sauce and stuffed into house-made tortillas.

Good, and good for you. Sold.

The List:

81. Fried Chicken at Crazy Chi-Mac 82. Mole Tots at Amor y Tacos 83. Khao Soi at S.T. Noodle Bar 84. Chili Cone Queso at Cozy Cone Motel 85. Crispy Smelt at Big Catch Seafood 86. Teriyaki Chicken Plate at California Plate 87. Combo Plate at MasalaCraft 88. Cornbread Waffle & Chicken at Mrs. Bea's 89. Everything at Crispy Town 90. Kurobuta Pork Belly Bánh Mì at Mendocino Farms 91. Tostilocos at Tortas y Biónicos "Nice" 92. Milanesa at Delicias Peruanas 93. Super Nachos at Kelly's Korner Tavern 94. Tortas at Sliced and Diced Eatery 95. Seasonal Dumplings at Coconut Rabbit 96. Burrito de Birria de Res from Burritos La Palma 97. Bò Kho at Song Long Restaurant 98. Pancake Sandwich at Willowick Golf Course 99. Tahdig at Tanor Fresh Mediterranean Grill 100. Quatro Formaggi Panini at Old Vine Cafe

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