The 10 Best Things I Ate in 2012

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The House Brasserie
Berkshire Pork Country Ribs from The House

When it comes to the unification of meat and fire, chef Matt Carter is a master. And at his new restaurant in Scottsdale, our most primitive desire for cooked flesh can be satisfied in these grilled porky delights, seasoned beautifully and complemented by an apple fennel glaze. Lightly sweet with a scrumptious licorice flavor, they're served up with pieces of fennel and comforting popcorn grits for a dish meat lovers are sure to devour with relish.

Laura Hahnefeld
Chorizo Meatloaf Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich from Old Dixie's Southern Kitchen

When the Southern food trend happening in other parts of the country finally arrives in the Valley, this food truck will most likely be leading the way. The buttermilk biscuit sandwiches -- in particular, the chorizo meatloaf -- are especially noteworthy. Starring a lusciously smoky and mildly spicy chorizo sauce kissed with a touch of wine slathered over a chunk of perfectly seasoned meat and nestled inside a thick biscuit with a moist, rich crumb, this unique sandwich is true Southern comfort.

Laura Hahnefeld
Pork Stomach and Black Pepper Pot from New Hong Kong Restaurant

Don't be fooled by its appearance. Hidden away in the kitchen at this weathered restaurant in Central Phoenix is Jian Yu, an accomplished chef with over 30 years of experience in Cantonese cuisine. Most adept at clay pot cooking, Yu's pork stomach and black pepper selection is Chinese comfort food with an offal edge. Featuring chewy spirals of pork stomach with scallions and peppercorns, the presentation, a trembling, steaming clay pot nearly blowing off its lid, is almost as enjoyable as the flavorful broth within.

Location Info




7001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Dolce Vita Italian Grocer

5251 E. Brown Rd, Mesa, AZ

Category: General

Café Ga Hyang

4362 W. Olive Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The House

6936 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Old Dixie's Southern Kitchen

924 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

New Hong Kong Restaurant

2328 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Davanti Enoteca - CLOSED

6316 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Hue Gourmet

66 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Crepe Bar

7520 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant


3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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I am always looking for new places to eat. Thanks for recommending some one picture at a time!

Helen Yung
Helen Yung

Btw, had the Walnut Shrimp last night - something I would not usually order and only because my friend craved it - large plump shrimp beautifully fried with a light crunchy batter and sauce that was not too thick or sweet. Delicious!

Chow Bella
Chow Bella

Thank you, Helen -- much appreciated!

Helen Yung
Helen Yung

What a diverse list! I love all ten of these places. Was just in New HK last night. They said they've never been so busy - probably thanks to you!

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