Pork Barbacoa Salad at Café Rio

On a large, fresh flour tortilla is a mixture of blended Mexican cheeses, rice, beans, romaine lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, tortilla strips and cotija cheese. But, of course, it’s the pork barbacoa—slow roasted with secret spices for five hours, then hand-shredded and marinated for 24 hours—that makes this salad special. It comes with a choice of tomatillo or cilantro-lime vinaigrette dressing. $7.75, multiple locations, 948-1500, CafeRio.com.

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