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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
40: Toffee Banofi Sundae from Sweet Republic
Let's face it, sooner or later we all scream for ice cream. Thankfully, Sweet Republic, the artisan ice cream haven in Scottsdale, hasn't let the oodles of media attention stop them from serving us up their cool, small batch treats.
And when it comes to picking a favorite, we agree with Alton Brown, host of Good Eats and Iron Chef America who says, "There's a lot of great ice cream in the United States, but I have to say the toffee banofi sundae at Sweet Republic is my favorite ice cream concoction."
Inspired by the traditional English dessert, banoffee pie, Sweet Republic's toffee banofi sundae features two scoops of Madagascar vanilla ice cream, slices of ripe banana, hand-stirred caramel sauce, fresh whipped cream, another light drizzle of caramel, and a sprinkling of almond toffee.
What makes it so good? How 'bout a homemade base for the vanilla ice cream (no cuttin' corners, here) which complements the fresh spears of banana, sweet caramel sauce, and house-made bits of almond toffee with a salty, sweet, slightly burned taste that add a yummy crunch.
Mm, when can we stop by again?
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100: Beckett's Original Grilled Cheese from Beckett's Table
99: Golden Gazpacho from Rita's Kitchen
98: The Med Plate from La Bocca
97: Cash Sandwich from Main Ingredient Ale House
96: Sonoran Hot Dog from Nogales Hot Dogs
95: Fattoush Salad from Al-Hana Restaurant at Baiz Market
94: Croissant from Essence Bakery Cafe
93: Funghi Pizza from The Parlor
92: Baynchaiv Crepes from Sekong by Night
91: Caldo de Res from Pitic
90: Slice of Pepperoni Pizza from Mamma Mia
89: Hot Bollix Spicy Potato Balls from Rula Bula
88: Chicken Lo Mein from Desert Jade
87: Spicy Broccoli from FnB
86: Barra Vieja Shrimp from Mucho Gusto
85: Wild Mushroom Ravioli from Merc Bar
84: Cochinta Pobil from Taberna Mexico
83: Filet and Crab Cake from Cheuvront
82: The Dragon Roll from Stingray Sushi
81: Cornmeal Crusted Calamari from Kitchen 56
80: Mongolian Delight from Loving Hut
79: Pappardelle Bolognese from Amaro Pizzeria
78: Torta El Rey from Torta El Rey
77: Artichoke and Clams from Iruna
76: Animal Fries from RnR75: Gollo Burro from Casa Reynoso
74: Chicken Lettuce Wraps from Ticoz Resto-Bar
73: Brussels Sprout Salad from Chelsea's Kitchen
72: Short Rib Hash from Bonfire Grill
71: Grilled, Double-Pork Chop from Tarbell's
70: Horchata from La Condesa
69: Paprika Schnitzel from Haus Murphy's
68: Roast Beef Sandwich from Hanny's
67: Lebanese Chicken from Middle Eastern Bakery & Deli
66: Shrimp Corfu from Romeo's Euro Café
65: Hawaiian Butterfish from Trader Vic's
64: Barbecue Rib Tips from Stacy's Smokehouse
63: Meatball Sandwich from DeFalco's Italian Grocery & Deli
62: The Chicago Brizza from Scramble
61: White Braise de Clams from Cave & Ive's Portico Grill
60: Chicken Quesadilla from Papago Brewing
59: Asparagus and Havarti Panini from Bertha's Cafe
58: Foie Gras Creme Brulee from Petite Maison
57: Italian Sausage Sub from Calabria Italian Kitchen
56: Caribbean Candy Bar from Havana Café
55: The Oggie from Cornish Pasty Co.
54: Chicken Handi from the Curry Corner
53: Chocolate Fry Bread from The Fry Bread House
52: Gruyere Popovers from BLT Steak
51: Pho Filet Dac Biet from Pho Thanh
50: Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits and Sausage Gravy from Over Easy
49: Manti from Golden Valley Restaurant
48: Tinga Quesadilla from Los Reyes de la Torta
47: Bob's Big Burger from Renegade Canteen
46: Tableside S'mores from Frank & Albert's
45: Red Velvet Pancakes from The Herb Box
44: Kung Pao Soy Chicken from Fresh Mint
43: Hummus Trio from Pita Jungle
42: Beer-Battered Green Beans from Tryst Cafe
41: Raw Ahi Tuna Starter at House of Tricks
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