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In the days leading up to Dish Fest, we’re presenting our readers with exclusive chef interviews so they can learn the stories behind the Best Dishes being served at the inaugural festival. The worst iterations of mole, a signature dish of the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Puebla, are chalky, grainy or so chocolatey they read as dessert instead of dinner. Casa Corazón’s version is the very best: poblano chiles, nuts, spices and Mexican chocolate roasted,...

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Photo by Nikki Buchanan   Banh Xeo at Belly My beau and I put away an impressive number of dishes at Southeast Asian-inflected Belly last weekend, and crispy banh xeo was among the standouts. Banh means “bread” and xeo means “sizzle” — a misleading description for Vietnam’s savory seafood crepe, which surely sizzles in the pan but looks more like an omelet-pancake-crepe situation than bread. The batter is made with rice flour, which gives the...