100 Favorite Dishes: No. 58, Nico's Tacos' pozole

As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.

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E. Katie Holm
A garnish-it-yourself bowl of spicy pork pozole at Nico's Tacos on Hennepin

They put certain dishes and drinks in the spotlight with their name and signage, but when we visited Nico's Taco and Tequila Bar in Uptown in the fall of 2013, we found ourselves completely taken with their version of pozole, a classic Mexican pork and hominy stew.

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The foundation of pozole is its chile-rich broth at Nico's is bang-on: complex but understated, super savory, but layered with flavors and heat instead of salt. That base is then populated with tender shreds of pork shoulder and kernels of puffy hominy that lend some texture to the dish and soak up all the flavors.

Most places on Lake Street serve their pozole with cilantro, sometimes wedges of avocado, and on occasion, crispy pork rind, but Nico's offers a crunchier DIY assortment of shredded cabbage, thinly sliced radishes, a few wedges of lime, and dried oregano.

The whole steaming bowl, served with a pinto bean and cotija cheese tostada, is, at $7, one of the best deals on this restaurant-filled block of Hennepin.


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Nico's Taco & Tequila Bar

2516 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN

Category: Restaurant

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