100 Favorite Dishes Ends Today With the Last Entry Being Yours

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Wow. We're full.

Today ends our second year of 100 Favorite Dishes, the one hundred day countdown to our Best of Phoenix issue where, based on the gems we know of and your suggestions, we ate our way through goodies like the gollo burro from Casa Reynoso, foie gras creme brulee from Petite Maison, and red velvet pancakes from The Herb Box -- ravenously and with no regard to order.

Hey, it's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it. In fact, there's so many good dishes in the Valley, we could have easily gone to 1,000. That's why we decided that we'd love to hear your suggestions for our final entry.

Check out this year's complete list and add your favorite dish after the jump.

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Strawberry Fruit "Pizza" from Vincent Market Bistro

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Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com.

2: Strawberry Fruit "Pizza" from Vincent Market Bistro

We can hardly wait until October 15, when chef Vincent Guerithault re-opens his Saturday market that runs from fall to spring in the parking lot of Vincent on Camelback, his fine dining establishment of French cuisine in Central Phoenix.

Until then, we'll settle on Sunday brunch at Vincent Market Bistro, the charming little eatery behind the main restaurant and home to casual French fare and pastries. Pastries like the strawberry fruit "pizza."

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Smoked Brisket Sandwich from The House at Secret Garden

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Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com.

3: Smoked Brisket Sandwich from The House at Secret Garden

Brisket smoked for twelve hours meets crazy fresh ingredients meets a historical mansion near South Mountain Park - what's not to love? Thanks to Pat Christofolo and her chef son, Dustin, The House at Secret Garden, the tasty and tucked-away restaurant of contemporary American cuisine in a 1929 Spanish-style mansion, is our go-to spot for cozy evenings and much-needed relaxing afternoons.

The "Secret" scene is perfect for snuggling up with one of our favorites: the smoked brisket sandwich.

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Delux Burger from Delux

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Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com.

4: Delux Burger from Delux

When we get a hankerin' for a hamburger of the hippest kind we head for Delux, the cool little burger and brew joint in Central Phoenix. With $9 gourmet burgers, 40 international beers on tap, and "a la cart" fries (served up in a miniature shopping cart), there's more than a few reasons to stick around and enjoy -- even into the wee hours.

Where we like to start? The Delux burger.

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Spanish Mackerel Sashimi from Shimogamo

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Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com.

5: Spanish Mackerel Sashimi from Shimogamo

It is said that the best time for eating a Spanish mackerel is in the summer, when it's preparing to mate and the fat content is the highest.

We love it then, or during any other season for that matter. Especially when it's served up at Shimogamo, the sophisticated Japanese restaurant and top-notch sushi bar in Chandler.

Its presentation is a work of art, and every bit as delicious upon consuming.

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Hakata Ramen from Cherryblossom Noodle Cafe

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Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com.

6: Hakata Ramen from Cherryblossom Noodle Cafe

Sure, it's a weird mix of Italian and Asian fare, but when it comes to a damn good bowl of ramen, we order up the Hakata at Cherryblossom Noodle Cafe, the cozy, unpretentious eatery in Central Phoenix.

Originating from the Hakata district of Fukuoka city in Kyushu (the third largest island of Japan), this ramen delivers a bowlful of rich, slurp-worthy goodness.

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Desert Tears from Carefree Station

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Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com.

7: Desert Tears from Carefree Station

What's in a name? Everything.

Upon ordering the aptly named Desert Tears at the Carefree Station in Carefree, you will be asked, "Do you like spicy food?" This (seemingly) innocent question will make you smile, perhaps laugh to yourself, as you nod. Of course you do. Duh.

Then they will arrive -- the Desert Tears -- four fresh jalapeƱos, blanched and stuffed, two with chorizo and blue cheese, and two with shrimp and spiced cheeses. They will make you suffer: the chorizo and blue cheese with a slow, sinful burning and the shrimp and spiced cheeses with the first hell-hot bite.

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Quesadilla Sampler from Poblano

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Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com.

8: Quesadilla Sampler from Poblano

Ugh -- with so many quesadilla choices out there, we hate having to commit. Thankfully, Poblano, the newish Mexican restaurant in Phoenix, understands our need to stay free of selecting a single type with their quesadilla sampler.

Featuring four kinds of quesadillas, this starter satisfies (plus pretty too, right?) when it comes to interesting flavors and freshness.

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Flying Jacob from Beaver Choice

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Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com.

9: Flying Jacob from Beaver Choice

The story goes that Ove Jacobsson, a Swede who worked in the air freight industry, invented the Flygande Jakob (Flying Jacob) casserole based on his travels. He must have been to some pretty exotic places. The recipe, first published in Allt om mat in 1976, boasts chicken, bananas, and peanuts among its ingredients.

Where can you find this must-try, adventurous dish? Only one place: Beaver Choice. The quirky Scandinavian eatery in Tempe.

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Breakfast Enchiladas from Perk Eatery

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Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com.

10: Breakfast Enchiladas from Perk Eatery

There's waking up to breakfast and then there's breakfast waking us up.

Perk Eatery, the family-owned breakfast and lunch spot in Scottsdale, knows how to jump start our mornings -- especially when they decide to whip up their breakfast enchiladas. Sure they're a special, so when you see 'em on the board, put the homemade corned beef country style hash on hold (for now), and order up, pronto.

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