Barra Vieja Shrimp from Mucho Gusto

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Erica O'Neil
Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com.

86: Barra Vieja Shrimp from Mucho Gusto

In the Tempe scene, most restaurants come and go with the semester, and play off the party scene reputation of boozy Mill Ave. (We're lookin' at you, Oreganos.) Thankfully, just down the street from Mill's drunken circus, the no-frat-kids-allowed vibe at Mucho Gusto exists to ply us with margaritas in a much classier environment. A couple margs on the patio and a big platter of their Barra Vieja shrimp are all we need to forget all about the brahs and woo-girls down the way.

Mucho Gusto's Barra Vieja shrimp are an establishment classic that have existed since their inception, and with good reason because these shrimp make us want to sop up every last drop of sauce with a tasty piles of warm tortillas. A dozen large shrimp arrive smothered in a luscious cola-based sauce laced with a piquant chile heat reminiscent of a rich mole. Try it with a tamarind margarita for an extra bit of "Olé!"

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