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Today’s pick: Fried lamb intestines ($8) from El Quinto Pino.
These intestines are fried so finely that they’ve curled and buckled in the heat, becoming golden brown and shatteringly crisp. They taste like lamb potato chips and are delicious dipped in the tart chile sauce on the side.
The dish seems to be a take on zarajos, a typical tapa from Cuenca, a large province in central Spain with a picturesque capital city that is built onto the top of cliffs. There, zarajos are made by wrapping lamb intestines around a grape vine shoot and then grilling or frying them in olive oil.
Previously in the countdown:
Dish No. 100: Zaragoza Grocery’s Flor de Calabaza Quesadilla
Dish No. 99: No. 7 Sub Shop’s General Tso’s Tofu Sandwich
Dish No. 98: Nigerian Goat Stew From Baku
Dish No. 97: The Captain’s Daughter From Saltie
Dish No. 96: Bun Bo Hue From Thanh Da
Dish No. 95: The Beauty From Mile End
Dish No. 94: Potato, Egg, and Provolone on a Roll at Torrisi Italian Specialties
Dish No. 93: The Terrine Board at the Breslin Bar and Dining Room
Dish No. 92: Sausage and Egg Breakfast at La Bonbonniere
Dish No. 91: Roasted Carrots at Porchettta
Dish No. 90: Spicy Miso Ramen at Ramen Setagaya
Dish No. 89: Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie From First Prize Pies
Dish No. 88: Brown Butter, Corn, and Mushroom Linguine at Buttermilk Channel
Dish No. 87: Katsudon at Ennju
Dish No. 86: Fried Chicken With Two Sides at Soul Fixins
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 2, 2010
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