Rock Shrimp Chile Relleno at Agave

The chile relleno isn’t necessarily the most innovative Mexican dish, but Agave’s version, made with rock shrimp, is an adaptation you won’t want to miss. The fire-roasted poblano chili is stuffed with fresh rock shrimp and a blend of Mexican cheeses, given a cornmeal crust and then deep-fried. The piping hot chili is then drizzled with a crema reduction flavored with bits of the poblano chili itself. Whether it’s the extra crunch the cornmeal crust gives or the sweet rock shrimp mixed with deliciously melted cheeses, Agave’s chile relleno is a grade-A take on the classic Mexican staple. $12, 10820 W. Charleston Blvd., 214-3500.

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Half the fun of having pizza at the Cosmopolitan’s super-secret no-name pizza parlor is finding it. Much ado has been made about this nondescript joint hidden down an unmarked hallway (Hint: it’s lined with album covers), but the truth is that the pizza is actually delicious. Hot, gooey and greasy (in a good way) slices and entire pies are served on stacks of paper plates, just like they do it in New York. It’s perfect for a quick lunch or a late-night drunken pit stop—it does stay open until 5 a.m. on weekends. $3 per slice, in the Cosmopolitan, 698-7000.

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