Best Carne Adovada - 2012
Los Dos Molinos
Sure, there are plenty of New Mexican joints we love in the Valley, but when it comes to carne adovada, Los Dos Molinos is one place we keep coming back to. With four locations in the Valley, this family-owned chain from founder Victoria Chavez serves up carne adovada as large chunks of slow-cooked marinated pork, perfectly prepared, tender and moist, and swimming in a red chile stew whose flavor is instantly memorable. The consistency is reminiscent of good mole, and the flavor is nearly as complex. But then there's the spiciness that makes it so excellent — not jolting or tongue-searing, exactly, but deep and kicky enough to remind us why we like spicy food in the first place.