Best Pozole-Taco Combo 

La Casita

La Casita, the bright-orange, cottage-like restaurant in East Oakland, might be most known for its menudo, but its pozole is a clear best-in-town contender as well. Unlike the canned hominy so many local restaurants use for pozole, La Casita starts with nixtamal and soaks it for up to three hours before the rest of the soup gets simmered for even longer. The fresh hominy kernels soak up depth while retaining a nice bite, swimming in a flavor-packed broth with juicy hunks of pork. Bonus: It's an automatic combo meal, with two deep-fried tacos served on the side, not to mention a few golden-hued, handmade tortillas and the usual fixins'. If there's more delicious pozole around, it's hard to imagine finding a better deal for it. At La Casita, the pozole-taco combo costs just $12 for a large bowl, and the $11 small is not particularly small at all.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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