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#34: Albóndigas Caseras con Patatas at Gudio's Pizzeria & Tapas

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Ian Froeb
Albóndigas caseras with patatas bravas at Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas
I have two favorite dishes at Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas, the venerable Spanish and Italian restaurant on the Hill -- a place that, as my review from earlier this year made clear, is very close to my heart. Both dishes are from the tapas menu: albóndigas caseras (meatballs and a few potatoes in a garlic, onion and white wine sauce) and patatas bravas (sautéed potatoes in a spicy sauce). How to choose between the two for this list?

Cheat.

Albóndigas caseras con patatas is an entrée-sized portion of the albóndigas from the tapas menu, with more potatoes (proportionally as well as in number). Thus, it comes fairly close to combining my two favorites, albeit without the spicy sauce from the patatas bravas.

The potatoes are still there, though, the exteriors golden-brown and crisp, the interior yielding but not so soft as to go mushy in the sauce. The meatballs are fork-tender from their exteriors all way through to their pale pink centers. Their flavor is mild -- not overly meaty, that is -- and perfectly perked up by the white wine sauce.

On the off chance that some of that sauce remains once your albóndigas and potatoes are gone, there is always plenty of warm bread on the table to mop up the rest.

Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas
5046 Shaw Avenue
314-771-4900
$12.95

I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.

Previously:

#35: The "Sweet Burger" at SweetArt
#36: Buffalo fries at Blueberry Hill
#37: Tom yum gai at Pearl Café
#38: Cassoulet (and Sweetbreads) at Franco
#39: The "Papasan Roll" at Miso on Meramec
#40: Lasagna at Mama Josephine's

#41: The "Bucktown" Pizza at Pi Pizzeria
#42: Pla song kruang at Basil Spice Thai Cuisine
#43: Chori pollo at Mi Ranchito
#44: Pizza at La Pizza
#45: Fried chicken at Young's Restaurant & Ice Creamery
#46: The Philly Cheesesteak at 9th Street Deli
#47: Smoked chicken wings at Flavors BBQ Sports Bar & Grill
#48: Coffee and a pastry at 222 Artisan Bakery
#49: The torta ahogada at Taqueria Durango
#50: The "Morganford Mediterranean" Sandwich at Local Harvest Café & Catering


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5046 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, MO

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