Best Of 2005

BEST SPINACH DIP: Miguel’s Mexican Café

Spinach dip has an uncertain history. It’s a culinary bastard, really, unclaimed and culturally ambiguous. Think of it as open to interpretation. At Miguel’s, the dip is cast as the brackish and tangy spinach con queso. The loner at the top lefthand corner of the menu, this Mexican version of the dip has a personality of its own. Served with a spoon, it’s as if the dip has a renegade dream of being something more than an appetizer. You’ll be tempted to spoon it instead of whittling away at it with chips. 3035 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 813-876-2587.