100 Favorite Dishes, No. 74:Veracruz Cafe's Sopa de Atlahua

100 Favorite Dishes, No. 74:Veracruz Cafe's Sopa de Atlahua

To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

It's a bit like a French bouillabaisse but with Mexican leanings. Veracruz Cafe's Sopa de Atlahua is anchored by a broth loaded with shrimp stock and chili flavors. Scallops, tilapia and whole shrimp round out the seafood components, but this bowl is only getting started.

Carrots, Mexican squash and zucchini assure Mom you're eating healthy, and fresh epazote, a bitter herb that looks a bit like dandelion greens and tastes of anise and coriander, finishes off the dish. Ditch that bread that comes with the soup and dump that bowl of rice in instead. It's plenty of starch and the grains are way more fun to chew on.

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