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Last week I ranted that Phoenix needs everything from a Farrell's to bad Chinese food to a grilled cheese shop to some truly original ideas.
Some of you were peeved, as expected. But more often, readers got in the spirit and offered their own suggestions -- from low brow to high. Mostly love. I love it. This list is for you, readers. I hope we're able to report back soon that some of your greasy wishes came true.
1. White Castle.
2. Poutine on a Stick
Really. Or out of the back of a truck.
Find out what that means after the jump.
"I know Tuck Shop did it/does it (though perhaps not by name) and a few other high end restaurants like to claim they offer some variation of it, but a food cart selling poutine would absolutely clean up in this town," one reader drooled.
"Poutine on a stick would take the Valley by storm, because then you could eat it while driving," another chimed in.
3. Graham's Fruit Stand
Oh, I agree. Phoenix is thirsty for a date shake. And nostalgic for our long-gone little orange shack on Camelback Road.
4. Skyline Chili
This is an Ohio favorite, with more than one transplant whining -- I mean pining -- for it.
Soul food for the masses. Apparently there was once one in Tucson, but no more.
6. Grey Dog
One reader wrote: "Okay, I woke up cranky yesterday thinking, Where the hell is Grey Dog in Arizona??? In New York it's the best, non-nonsense organic baked goods, replete with no sugar and packed with yummy stuff, killer coffee, big breakfasts, and hot NYU students! I want a big fat organic no-sugar muffin with fruit falling out of it, served to me by a creative writing major with elvis costello eyeglasses and an impish grin! NOW! In ARIZONA!"
See you there, wordy reader.
7. Cream Puffs
I had never heard of Beard Papa, which one reader pronounces "the best cream puffs in the world," but hey, there's room for that in Phoenix. Bring it on.
I couldn't agree more.