1: Braised Leeks With Mozzarella at FnB
We've spent all summer making ourselves drool over Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes from across the Valley -- presented in no particular order, mind you -- all in anticipation of our blockbuster Best of Phoenix issue, out tomorrow. From burgers to bourekas to banana cream pie, there's a lot of fantastic food to consider in our series. Here's one more favorite dish to get your mouth watering, along with a recap of all that's come before.
Number 1: Braised leeks with mozzarella at FnB
It's really, really hard to blog about a favorite dish that isn't available just yet. I make myself hungry as I write this, knowing that I'll have a craving for a while.
All summer long, I've been thinking about an item that gained cult status among the local foodnik set, and hasn't been on the menu at FnB for some months now. But I'm told it'll be back with a vengeance come mid-to-late October, and I swear I'll be first in line to order it as soon as chef-owner Charleen Badman starts cooking it again.
Braised leeks sound so simple, right? Humble, even?
Maybe in theory, but here, they become something glorious, thanks to mustard breadcrumbs, a mantle of rich, buttery, melted homemade mozzarella, and a fried egg whose yolk becomes a saucy "situation" when owner Pavle Milic gleefully bursts it with a fork as he serves it.
"Eat your veggies" is my new mantra, thanks to these leeks.
Want to look back at our other 99 craveable foods in the 100 Favorite Dishes series? Read on: