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Jul 21, 2009 10:10 AM

Best Things to Eat in Phoenix

Saw this on the California board and thought I would post here to get people's thoughts on Phoenix. This is meant to be a collection of the best things to eat not necessarily the best restaurants in Phoenix (although they are frequently one and the same). Just to get things started:

Wagyu pastrami: NOCA
Caramel churros: Barrio Cafe
Rosa Pizza: Pizzeria Bianco
Chyna's Honey Hots: Lo Lo's Chicken and Waffles
KC Strip: Mastro's City Hall
Torta Mexicana: Los Reyes de la Torta

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  1. Commuter w/ bacon and avocado: La Grande Orange
    Short ribs: Cyclo
    Salted Butter Caramel, Real Mint Chip, Basil Lime Sorbet: Sweet Republic
    Pistacchio, Mistico, Vesuvio...basically any flavor: Arlecchino Gelateria
    Waffle: Matt's Big Breakfast
    Chicken Kabob Wrap: The Greek Wraps

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    1. re: andyeats

      Wow, Andy! You and I have very similar tastes when it comes to breakfast. I couldn't agree more on the two morning delights you threw out there. I also add the spicy mustard to the commuter though.

      1. re: duck833

        agree! it's a fantastic value...

      2. Carne Adovada - Dick's Hideaway

        1. Sauteed green beans - Cyclo
          Pink Champagne cupcakes - Barb's Bakery
          Falafel - Spices
          Cream of Mushroom soup - Durants
          Chopped Stetson - Cowboy Ciao
          Lamb Adobo - Los Sombreros
          Mexican Pot de Creme - Cowboy Ciao

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          1. re: ziggylu

            Second the Stetson Chopped! (note my icon) Had it last night for the millionth time...still as good as ever. Also...Cuppa Red Hot Chocolate from Cowboy Ciao is droolworthy if you like chocolate and spicy.

            1. re: Jess321

              agreed on both accounts. Those were the first things to pop into my head when I read the thread, before I saw ziggylu had already covered them...great stuff.

          2. Tomato, mozzarella, basil sandwich: Pane Bianco
            Delux Burger/sweet potato fries: Delux
            Tomato, queso oaxaca salad: Los Sombreros
            Stuffed pork chop: Cowboy Ciao
            Flat Iron steak: Rancho Pinot
            Street Tacos: Phoenix Ranch Market

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            1. re: crsin

              Not Phoenix, but the tomato and oaxaca salad at Cafe Elote in Sedona is fantastic. It comes with a cider vinagrette rather than usual balsamic, which is so bright and fresh tasting.

              1. re: meleyna

                It's more than likely the same dish, since it's from the same chef and the ingredients sound identical. There's some overlap b/w the menus at LS and Cafe Elote.

                1. re: crsin

                  My fault, thanks for pointing that out! I read it, but it obviously didn't click. :)