85: Chris Lee

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From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creatives on Jackalope Ranch.

Today: a man who's all atwitter.

Tastemaker 85: Chris Lee

If you made it to Ignite Food, you may already recognize Chris Lee -- family man, fan of stand-up paddling, and partner at Customer Systems Inc. On his quest for great local food, Lee helps organize Twitter-related events like Twestival Phoenix that connect "#phx folks."

I arrived in Phoenix with... my umbilical cord.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... Bruce Lee, Tarzan, the Hulk, GSP, Heather (my wife).

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is.... I'll avoid the obvious FnB and go with Rito's (go find it).

One menu item this city could do without is... bruschetta. Just does nothing for me.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... it would totally depend upon where I was going, but I think I'll have to go with ShinBay.

The Tastemakers so far:
100: Tracy Dempsey
99: Craig DeMarco
98: Lara Mulchay
97: M.J. Coe
96: Betty Alatorre de Hong
95: Eric Schaefer
94: Hanna Gabrielsson
93: Shinji Kurita
92: Silvana Salcido Esparza
91: Mike Pitt
90: Christina Barrueta
89: Christopher Gross
88: Jan Wichayanuparp and Helen Yung
87: DJ Fernandes
86: Cullen Campbell

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Location Info

FnB Restaurant

7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Rito's Mexican Food

907 N. 14th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


7001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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David Bickford
David Bickford

Congratulations to a fellow dad who likes to take his kids on all sorts of culinary adventures. I can't believe I still haven't made it to Rito's. In light of your comment, I need to fix that soon.

Dominic Armato
Dominic Armato

Ditto.  If I hadn't already put down Tumi for Foodnik Friday, that would've been it.  Pencil it in for next Friday.

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