100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes, No. 38: Ajiaco at Casa Vieja

Leading up to September's Best of Dallas® 2016 issue, we're sharing (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes, the Dallas entrées, appetizers and desserts that really stuck with us this year.

Few things are as soul-restoring as a good bowl of chicken soup. On the last Sunday of every month, Carrollton’s Casa Vieja serves Colombia’s jazzed-up version of chicken soup, ajiaco. This once-monthly special is a massive, Texas-sized bowl with chicken, a bit of corn cob, and as many different kinds of potatoes as they can find. Ajiaco comes with rice and little side bowls of heavy cream and capers, so that each diner can self-serve the traditional garnishes.

Don’t be timid with them. In a soup with so many things going on — native herbs, succulent chicken and broth, a variety of potatoes — the cream especially ties it all together into a magical whole. Ajiaco, we’re convinced, has restorative powers for both the body and the spirit. It proves that tired grandma-cliché about chicken soups and souls. 

Why does Casa Vieja only make it one day a month? They must realize that, otherwise, we’d never eat anything else.