I tried Baccala for the first time at Lupa a few months ago (their Thursday special) and thought it was excellent. Where else can I find some near that quality?
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As a long time baccala lover, I share your dream. Alas, unless you catch some in a simple salad or stew at a Puerto Rican/Dominican/Cuban cafe, where it's usually regularly available, you'll look hard. Il Colosseo in Bensonhurst has it seasonally (winter--in Italy, it's often treated as a winter dish), and it may pop up as a special at other southern Italian places, but be wary--I've had fresh cod listed as "baccala". You might check Portuguese places--it's a national dish, served in a number of ways, and should be available at any time.
You can also search for "bacalao" or "bacalhau" on menupages under find-a-food. I've had very good bacalao croquettes at Cafe Ronda. I think Casa Mono serves this too and Hotel Griffou serves it for brunch as fritters but I haven't tried those dishes yet.
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Any Portuguese place worth its salt cod should have a dish or two. In addition to finding it at Portuguese, Italian, and Caribean places, you're likely come across it on some Spanish and Brazilian menus as well, often in fritter form.
I'm quite the bacalao fan, but I'm hard pressed to think of a version in the city that really blew me away. For high quality you might try Aldea, they have some salted cod on the menu. There's a salt cod dish at Kefi that was pretty good, actually probably the best thing I ate at an otherwise underwhelming meal there.
I'll ruin a moderator's day by saying if you're ever in Rome you should make a point to visit this place: http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/it...
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Balthazar does a brandade de morue app, that is salt cod with some potato to make smooth
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I love well made baccala mantecato[the Italian version of brandade]...more olive oil,no cream.The best versions,for my taste,are at Hearth/Terrior and AlDiLa.It's not easy to find good dried baccala,and some restaurants salt their own codfish.
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thanks for all the suggestions. came across salt cod on the menu at txikito last night so it was one of many things we ordered. very good. will def check out some of the suggestions too.
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