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May 1, 2007 09:06 AM

and now for a laugh, the best of phoenix ;)

well you know, what's popular isn't always best.

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  1. Most Romantic...the Melting Pot??????

    Thank goodness that's not MY husband's idea of romantic is all I can say!

    1. A complete joke. Best steak is...Ruth Chris? Really? The whole thing is sad testament to Valley dining, IMHO.

      1. Well that's 20 minutes of my life I'll never get back.

        1. I've lived here for 14 years, and I remember seeing my first "Best of Phoenix" list from the New Times. My jaw about hit the floor when I read that people had voted the Olive Garden as best Italian. I hoped at the time that the Valley would grow to have more refined tastes as the city matured. Guess not - there's always the majority who are more comfortable with the known (generic chains!) than the unknown (adventurous, delicious, and unique eateries!). While I am disappointed that some of the best spots don't get wide media recognition, the selfish part of me is happy so these places can stay as the secrets of those "in-the-know."

          1. I liked runner-up as best place worth the wait: CLAIM JUMPER. I hope Seth's fiance doesn't see that... :)