Nine Dishes from Metro Phoenix Restaurants We'd Love to Make at Home (Recipes, Please -- Hint, Hint)

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Ando Muneno
Ours might not turn out so neat and pretty, but hopefully they'd taste about as good.

Pork Belly Buns from Nobuo Teeter House

A study of balance (as are most things that come out of Nobuo Fukuda's kitchen), this dish is composed of a thick slice of braised savory and sweet pork belly, pickled mustard greens, crisp cucumber, and hoisin sauce cradled in a soft mantou bun. Each bite is simultaneously sweet, savory, tangy, and salty -- a combination of flavors we can't get enough of. We love them so much that we have to know how to make them at home in the event of a 2 a.m. craving.

Focaccia di Recco from Davanti Enoteca

This appetizer -- basically bread, cheese, and honey -- seems like it would be easy to put together. But Davanti Enoteca takes the trio of simple classic ingredients to the next level with an ultra-thin, crispy focaccia that's filled with lusciously soft cow cheese and smeared with melting honeycomb. As a Davanti Enoteca server said, "You're going to have fun eating this...the honeycomb triples the dish's flavor." Well that's the kind of fun we want to bring home. This is one we would really love to serve (and impress guests with) for the holidays.

Exotic Mushroom Pan Fry from Cowboy Ciao

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The craving for mushroom hits, and all we can think of is the earthy, rich taste. If you're in the mood for 'shrooms, nothing satisfies quite like the pan fry from Cowboy Ciao. Before tasting this entrée, we had no idea mushrooms could be filling enough to make a complete meal. A mix of mushrooms -- including cremini, button, oyster, lobster, black trumpet, and shiitake -- are doused with ancho cream, served over polenta, and topped with grilled portabellini, cotija cheese, avocado, and tomatoes.

Location Info

St. Francis

111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Nobuo at Teeter House

622 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Astor House: Coronado 'Cue & Southern Speakeasy

2243 N. 12th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music


1515 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Gallo Blanco Cafe

401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Davanti Enoteca - CLOSED

6316 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cowboy Ciao Wine Bar & Grill

7133 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pomegranate Cafe

4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe

808 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Beaver Choice

745 W. Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Can we add the green chili cornbread casserole from Fuego Bistro???



"Pork Belly Buns from Nobuo Teeter House"


Google Gua Bao.  It's a Taiwanese dish, and though Fukuda's isn't strictly traditional, it's close enough that you ought to be able to tweak it to match from there.

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