55: Farah Khalid

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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 woman who's a favorite with the college set.

Tastemaker 55: Farah Khalid

See also: Farah Khalid of Curry Corner
See also: Curry Corner Spices Up Tempe with Indo-Pakistani Cuisine

Farah Khalid opened her first restaurant, the Cooper Kettle, in Mesa almost ten years ago. Since then she's moved down to Tempe and while you might not expect to find authentic Indo-Pakistani food in an area mostly dedicated to cheap college eats, Curry Corner draws diners of all ages -- and keep them coming back for more. Khalid's dedication to her customers has allowed her to build a great rapport with her community; she looks forward to seeing new faces in the future.

I arrived in Phoenix with... my son and daughter in 2000, with uncertainty about whether my business would work or not.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... the president of United States; the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah; Imran Khan, cricketer/politician; Martin Luther King; and Harrison Ford.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Persian Room.

One menu item this city could do without is... Red velvet cake from LoLo's Chicken and Waffles.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... Garlic Shrimp from Babbo Italian Eatery.

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
85: Chris Lee
84. Gwen Ashley Walters
83: Tony Morales
82: Lylah Ledner
81: Andrea White
80: Lori Hashimoto
79. Mrs. White
78: Eugenia Theodosopolous
77: Lou & Lovey Borenstein
76: Anthony Patafio
75: Carl Seacat
74: Sacha Levine
73: Sharon Salomon
72: Johnny Chu
71: Susie Timm
70: Jason Silberschlag
69: Gina Miller
68: Cindy Gentry
67: Amy Binkley
66: Dave Anderson
65: Mark Tarbell
64: Marianne Belardi
63: Audrey Lasalle
62: Brandon Gauthier
61: Brad and Kat Moore
60: Denise Clayton
59: Nobuo Fukuda
58: Richie Moe
57: Robin Trick
56: Alberto Della Casa and Letizia de Lucia

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Location Info

Curry Corner

1212 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Persian Room Fine Wine and Kebab

17040 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Lo Lo's Chicken & Waffles - CLOSED

10 W. Yuma St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Babbo Italian Eatery

20211 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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