98: Pasties From Cornish Pasty Co.
We're working up our appetites for our huge Best of Phoenix issue, out September 30, with daily servings of Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes from across the Valley -- in no particular order.
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Number 98: Pasties from Cornish Pasty Co.
Just like that killer bruschetta I blogged about the other day, the brilliant thing about pasties is how craveable they are at any time. Cornish Pasty Co. gets bonus points for having a great selection of beers to go with 'em. And look at how portable they are!
Of course, I'm ready to dig into a pasty with a knife and fork just as soon as it comes out of the oven. The tender, golden dough is just sturdy enough to contain a dinner's worth of goodies inside, like carne adovada, lamb vindaloo, or a whole Thanksgiving meal in a bite (The Pilgrim contains roast turkey, sweet potatoes, grilled onions, stuffing, and gravy, with cranberry sauce on the side).
Being a creature of habit, I tend to order the Shepherd's Pie pasty most of the time. It's old-fashioned meat-and-potatoes comfort, with melted cheddar cheese for extra bliss.
The Favorite Dishes, so far:
99: Clams in Black Bean Sauce From Asian Cafe Express
100: Bruschetta From Postino