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Friend of the Food Chain Rob Lopata has probably forgotten more bowls of carne en su jugo than I'll ever eat. Fortunately his 2006 citywide survey of 16 of the meaty bowls remains viable, at least in the case of his number-one pick. Carne en su jugo, which literally means "meat in its juices," is a hallowed Mexican soup, mostly associated with Jalisco. Usually it's built on a clear beef consomme, loaded with steak and bacon and beans, and garnished with slices of raw radish, avocado, cilantro, chopped onion, and chiles de arbol. There are bad versions aplenty all over town; some are too salty, others are stretched out with slices of crappy Mexican hotdogs. But a good version of this fortifying bowl should be a natural go-to for anyone considering any ill-advised attempts at low-carb dieting.
Taqueria Los Gallos #2, 4252 S. Archer, 773-254-2081