#70. Beso de Monja at El Rincón del Sabor

Because ustedes gentle readers love lists, and we lazy scribes love
easy hits, behold the latest entry in our Top 100 dishes list that
continues until Best Of–at which point, we'll give you MORE lists!
Now, on with the show…

The dish: beso de monja, essentially a quesadilla, but with much more meat than cheese. The locale: El Rincón del Sabor in SanTana, which will appear again on this list but is mostly beloved for its take on chilango classics. Its heritage: Cuernavaca, Morelos, the city that gave us the taco acorazado. Its rarity: the only place in Orange County.

The mystery? After the jump!

What's with the name? Beso de monja translates as “nun's kiss,” and is the name applied to different meals across Latin America, usually as a dessert. Perhaps a cruel joke on the chaste sisters? The thinking that a nun's lips are the sweetest around because they're the most virginal? A mystery I will eventually discover–in the meanwhile, El Rincón's version features perfectly crisped flour tortillas, juicy carne asada, and a salsa that burns. Enjoy for its rarity, and for itself.

El Rincón del Sabor, on the corner of Mortimer Street and Santa Ana Boulevard, SanTana, no phone number.

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Cuban Sandwich at DeSimone's Deli

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Midnight Al Pastor Burrito or Taco at Taqueria Tapatia

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Beef Fat Fries at SideDoor

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Che Ba Mau at Thach Che Hien Khanh

Barracuda Sushi at Ohshima

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