Los Ocampo vs. Tortilleria La Perla: Pitting pozole against pozole

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Lisa Gulya
Hangover helper: Pozole from Los Ocampo on Lake Street
​With the weekend almost here, and the resolve to drink less in 2011 already waning, the Hot Dish is here to help. We tested two versions of the hangover helper pozole, a Mexican soup usually made with hominy and pork, to see which restaurant had the more delicious antidote to too much tequila.

Los Ocampo
Los Ocampo offers white or red pozole, with a choice of pork or chicken. "The red pozole isn't really spicy," the girl at the cash register explains. "It just has more flavor." We take the red pozole with pork and promptly receive a portion suitable for two ($6.99). The soup is served with a garnish plate--avocado, radishes, onion, lettuce, and lime--and a couple of tostados, piled high with shredded lettuce. The soup is savory and hearty, with just a hint of spice.

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Lisa Gulya
A portion of pozole from Tortilleria La Perla
Tortilleria La Perla
La Perla is a cash-only place, so bring a 10-spot to get your pozole. (A serving is $8.89.) La Perla's version was white pozole with shredded chicken instead of pork. It came with the garnish plate--radish, lime wedges, and diced cilantro, onions, and jalapeño--plus two bean tostadas. The pozole is mild; spice lovers can dial up the heat by adding diced jalapeño. The tostadas were tasty, a crunchy counterpoint to the soup.

The winner: After tasting two different versions, we preferred La Perla's chicken pozole. It was closer to chicken noodle soup, an association we guess would be more comforting to an alcohol-addled stomach. And it was delicious. The bean tostadas were a substantial side, too, especially compared to the lettuce-covered tostadas from Los Ocampo.

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El Mexicano
El Mexicano

Well If anyone reads this. The garnish goes IN the soup. And yes they are two different styles of soup and can't be compared. Pozole is also regional soup in Mexico. Just like mole. Thousands of different recipes. Too bad they had to choose a winner. They are both good solid pozole's.

Juanito
Juanito

Hey, i agree. They're both winners! And this two families are among the best entrepreneurs on Lake Street!

Shogunmoon
Shogunmoon

This is City Pages, the same place that allowed Rachel Hutton to recommend that one should just stick with the tacos at Los Ocampo. Not a lot of credibility. Link provided below in case you don't believe me. Apparently masa cakes, divine creations that they are, could be too much for us Minnesotans.

http://blogs.citypages.com/foo...

Kassie Church
Kassie Church

You tried two different soups and then compared them. Why wouldn't you have had at least the same meat in both of them? And the tostados at Los Ocampo also have beans on them, did you even taste them? Go back. Order the same thing at both. Then tell us which is better.

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