10 Best Things I Ate in January

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Meatball Sandwich at Italian Restaurant
Meatball Sandwich at Italian Restaurant

Since Chris Bianco's latest Italian eatery in Central Phoenix recently received a makeover, spending a lunch hour or two at the bistro's new dining counter -- preferably with a meatball sandwich -- is a true afternoon delight. The changing menu means the sandwich, packed with heady, seasoned meatballs and bright tomato sauce on hearty homemade bread, isn't always available, but that just makes having one when it is more enjoyable.

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Beef Ribs at Texas BBQ House
Beef Ribs at Texas BBQ House

Texas expat Mike Pitt, owner of this excellent Texas 'cue house in South Phoenix, says it took six months to perfect his beef ribs ($6.99 for a half-rack, $10.99 for a full), and perfection sure does taste good. Meaty, juicy, and smoky with a peppery, seasoned rub, they may be the best in the Valley. And you wouldn't be faulted for gnawing, tearing, and sucking up every last bit off the bones.

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Roasted Red Bell Soup at Rezbot
Roasted Red Bell Soup at Rezbot

Late-night Native American food? It exists at Jon Sagasta's (Jobot) new urban eatery in a bungalow in the Roosevelt Arts District. The vegan-friendly Roasted Red Bell Soup ($7), served up in a Chinese takeout box and with a golden and puffy piece of frybread for dunking, is especially tasty. Made with onion, celery, carrot, sundried tomatoes, and roasted red bell peppers, its thick and creamy texture and bright, seasoned flavor would make any night owl hoot with glee.

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Location Info

Milagro Grill

4280 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

New India Bazaar & Cuisine

2544 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Guido's Chicago Meat & Deli

10893 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pizzeria Bianco

623 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

NoRTH

4925 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Trattoria Bianco

4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Texas BBQ House

5037 S. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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