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100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes: Salsa From Zona Fresca

As a countdown to the Best Of Broward Palm Beach 2010, coming in May, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to [email protected]

No. 70: Salsa From Zona Fresca

Just how good is Zona Fresca's daily-made habanero salsa? Good enough

that, despite the possibility of bodily harm -- evidenced by the plumes

of scorching heat trailing from your mouth down to the pit of your

belly -- you'll want to consume way more of it than you or any other

human rightly should. The salsa -- constructed of grill-charred

tomatoes, onions, and peppers, complemented by a generous portion of

cilantro and those frighteningly piquant habaneros -- tastes of summer,

a mélange of sweet, savory, and spicy with just the right balance of

acidity. It has an uncanny knack for making you return to the

always-free salsa bar for cup after cup of the stuff, to slather on

your monster burritos or scoop up with salty tortilla chips. It also

slowly burns as you eat it, building a five-alarm fire in your insides

that continues to smolder throughout the day. Yes, you could wimp out

and eat Zona's fabulous mild salsa instead, which tastes just as

vibrant but foregoes the heat. But it's precisely that head-clearing

warmth that launches you into a state of salsa-induced euphoria -- a

trip which might induce some pain, but from which you will most

assuredly gain.

Previous 100 Favorite Dishes:
No. 71: Falafel from Sunrise Pita
No. 72: Golden crab curry from Bamboo Fire
No. 73: Grilled squid from Sushi Bon
No. 74: Beef pho from Basilic Vietnamese Grill
No. 75: Stuffed poblano from Canyon
No. 76: Raja tamales from Chini's Burritos
No. 77: Udon soup from Sushi 1
No. 78: Steak fries from Maguire's Hill 16
No. 79: Cheesesteak from Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies
No. 80: Sliders from Zed451
Favorite Dishes No. 81 though No. 100

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