100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 67, Caldo de Mariscos at Taqueria Arandas
This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.
What will $9 get you at Taqueria Arandas? The bowl you see above, which is roughly a half-gallon of caldo de mariscos with nearly an entire ocean's worth of seafood inside.
In case you can't tell from just the photo, the inventory includes: a whole crab, mussels (two kinds), shrimp, octopus, squid, catfish and fake krab-with-a-K (because why not?) along with huge rounds of carrots and potatoes. You also get a toasted and buttered torta bun on the side for sopping up the broth when you've eaten all the seafood (very important stuff) as well as a bowl of Mexican rice, if you want to dump it in and make your meal even heartier.
I recommend getting the seafood soup, as my friend Guns and Tacos has instructed me to do, with Arandas's lemonade ("You don't get fake shit at a taqueria," he mused one day over lunch), then taking half the limes that come with the soup and squeezing them into your lemonade for added punch. The other half of the limes go into the soup for some bright acidity, all topped off with about four tablespoons of Valentina hot sauce for good measure. Buen provecho.
The list so far:
No. 100: Chili cheese mac at Jus' Mac
No. 99: Texas turkey sandwich at Spec's
No. 98: Custard at Petite Sweets
No. 97: Caprichos mixtos at Taqueria Monterrey Chiquito
No. 96: Pineapple-wasabi burger at Lankford Grocery
No. 95: Farmer's MKT Pizza at Phoenicia's MKT Bar
No. 94: Potatoes at Money Cat Brunch
No. 93: Breakfast tacos at Sunrise Taquito
No. 92: Hot dog at Tacos D.F.
No. 91: Avocado gelato at Frozen Cafe
No. 90: Chicken sandwich at JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers
No. 89: Beer-battered asparagus at Hearsay
No. 88: Honey Badger omelet at Kraftsmen Cafe
No. 87: Pastelitos de carne at El Jalapeño
No. 86: Pancakes at Union Kitchen
No. 85: Wild boar and crab pizza at Boheme
No. 84: Breakfast croissant at BB Donuts
No. 83: Pretzel at Anvil Bar & Refuge
No. 82: Short rib sandwich at Shepherd Park Draught House
No. 81: Grilled shrimp po-boy at Pappadeaux
No. 80: Dahi puri at Shiv Sagar
No. 79: Aporreado at Los Corrales
No. 78: Oxtail francobolli at Aldo's Cucina Italiana
No. 77: Tonkotsu at Cafe Kubo's
No. 76: Spinach danish from Angela's Oven
No. 75: Pupusas at El Petate
No. 74: Pheasant dog at Sammy's Wild Game Grill
No. 73: X-Tudo burger at Friends Pizzeria
No. 72: Esparragos gratinados at Tintos
No. 71: Gua bao at Yummy Kitchen
No. 70: Geisha dog at Happy Endings
No. 69: Oyster po-boy and gumbo at Goode Co. Seafood
No. 68: Ceviche at Sirena Seafood
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