I am interested in examples of excellent dishes found in unexpected places-- the kind of place where the rest of the menu is indifferent at best, and the restaurant itself certainly doesn't look like anything special. I'm thinking of something like the pozole at Taqueria El Rodeo in City Heights, which I only discovered it because I used to live down the street. The menu looks pretty much like San Diego Standard Taco Shop and everything else I ever tried there was just okay. The pozole, though, is always good-- tender pork and hominy in a mild but rich broth, served with fresh chopped onions and cilantro, some shredded cabbage, and a nicely ripened half avocado.
What are your favorite unexpected finds?