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I stopped into Zócalo recently for a bowl of the restaurant’s earthy, utterly comforting pozole rojo, a rustic soup whose red chile broth swims with tender chunks of tender pork and hominy. The pozole is served with fresh chopped cilantro, diced onion, cabbage, and radishes (I enthusiastically dump it all in) and the result is a stunning (and very hearty) cold-weather meal. But we also ordered up Zócalo’s delectable guacamole, which is presented in a traditional molcajete (a heavy stone mortar) and is enlivened with jalapeño chiles , fresh lime juice and and queso fresco.
1801 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, (916) 441-0303; http://www.zocalosacramento.com