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SFoodie's 92: Pata Negra Ham from Contigo

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As a daily windup to the Weekly's Best of S.F. 2010 on May 19, we've teased out 92 of our favorite local dishes that taste like here. All the tasty details after the jump.

Number 54: Pata Negra Ham from Contigo

In our imagination, Black Hoof is the name of the crushing sludge-metal band we would start if we could really play the guitar. In our reality, it's merely the best ham we have ever tasted. Crafted from large, semi-wild Iberico pigs that cheerfully snarf up acorns in the holm oak-crusted, savannah-like countryside of Dehesa in western Spain, jamón ibérico de belotta, also known as pata negra ("black hoof"), cures for up to four years. During this period, the legs lose half their weight as fat sweats off. Seasonal cycles initiate complex molecular changes in the flesh, and, in the end, a long, slender ham with deep golden fat and dark red meat emerges. We have sampled shavings at Bi-Rite, but enjoyed the beast in more ample quantities at Contigo in Noe Valley. Sweet, nutty, and melting, Contigo's pata negra cures for 36 months. It comes from a small town called Guijuelo in a famously hammy region of Spain. It also runs $29 for a "large" portion, but trust us, it's worth it.

Contigo 1320 Castro (at 24th St.), 285-0250; dinner only, Tues.-Sun.

Hungry for more? Click on the links (after the jump) on our list thus far:

No. 92: Cracked Half Dungeness from Swan Oyster Depot

No. 91: Pastrami Sandwich from Orson

No. 90: Coconut Bun from Out the Door on Bush

No. 89: Brown Sugar-Black Pepper Biscuits from Little Skillet

No. 87: Indian Pizza from Zante

No. 86: Tamales from All-Star

No. 85: Chilaquiles from Nopalito

No. 84: Poc Chuc from Poc-Chuc

No. 83: Chocolate Beignet from Arlequin Cafe

No. 82: Scallop Crêpe from Ti Couz

No. 81: Gin and Tonic from Pizzaiolo/Boot and Shoe Service

No. 80: Quesadilla from Rico Pan

No. 79: Turkey Kati Rolls from Kasa

No. 78: Emperor's Pancake from Suppenküche

No. 77: Lasagna from Zuppa

No. 76: Chicharrones from 4505 Meats

No. 75: Langka Ice Cream from Mitchell's

No. 74: Bacon Potato Chips from Who's Your Daddy

No. 73: Lamb Dumplings from Kingdom of Dumpling

No. 72: Chile-Braised Carnitas Sandwich from Bento 415

No. 71: Chili from Mission Burger

No. 70: Croissants from La Farine

No. 69: Xiu Mai Banh Mi from Saigon Sandwich

No. 68: Creme Brulee from Sweet.

No. 67: Limon Cebiche from Limon

No. 66: Chicken and Waffles from Brown Sugar Kitchen

No. 65: Brioche Bread Pudding from Tartine Bakery

No. 64: Turkish Salad from Old Jerusalem

No. 63: Ribs from Bruno's

No. 62: Prupisceddu in Umidu (Stewed Octopus) from La Ciccia

No. 61: Hot and Spicy Beef Jerky from Marin Sun Farms

No. 60: Pozole from Chilango

No. 59: Lobster Roll from Sam's ChowderMobile

No. 58: Dry-Fried Chicken Wings from San Tung

No. 57: John Campbell's Scones from Lovejoy's Tea Room

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