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Mick Vann's Top 10 Everyman's Budget Bites From 2011 reviews

By Mick Vann, January 6, 2012, Food

In no particular order:

La Fruta Feliz Goat (chivo) tacos and wonderful minced beef picadillo tacos on homemade corn tacos.

Indian Spicy Kitchen Nepalese minced chicken and spinach momo dumplings, plus the incredible dry goat curry with popped rice (taas).

Cuban Sandwiches Ropa vieja sandwich and Cubano sandwich from Mi Kfecito, and the pan con lechón from Cuban Sandwich Cafe.

Barbecue The barbecue pork ribs and chicken from Live Oak Barbecue, and the mind-boggling barbecue sausage, brisket, and ribs from Franklin Barbecue.

China Dynasty The rich and spicy hot and sour soup, the crispy and porky egg rolls, and the succulent pot stickers.

Buda Grocery & Grill Easy on the wallet, juicy, and deliciously satisfying: the double bacon cheeseburger.

Pho Dan No. 27 on the menu: shrimp, pork slices, and chicken with rich, flat egg noodles, fried shallots, and scallions, and the broth on the side.

Three Little Pigs Cracklin' meat loaf wrapped in bacon with cheese grits and collard greens, a pork belly slider, and unctuous milk-braised pork with sage, from hizzoner Raymond Tatum.

Mi Ranchito Taqueria Pork with green sauce, carne asado with nopalitos, caldo de res, the gringa quesadilla with suadero (beef rib meat), chorizo cheeseburger, and pork tamales.

A+A Sichuan Garden Stir-fried pork belly with sliced vegetables and green chiles in black bean sauce, beef with cumin sauce, mapo doufu, and dry bean curd with mustard greens.

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