The 10 Best Things I Ate in 2012
Berkshire Pork Country Ribs from The House
The House Brasserie
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.
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.
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.