10 Best Things I Ate in March
From artisan pizza in North Scottsdale to a diner-style vegan breakfast in Phoenix to food truck fare on the streets, these are a few of my favorite eats of the month from new restaurants, reviewed restaurants, and places I've popped into just because. It's not a countdown, it's a collection. And I hope it inspires. Enjoy.
Sisig at Hey Joe! Filipino Street Food Truck
When Brian and Margita Webb's mobile kitchen of Filipino street foods rolls into your neighborhood, make sure to inquire about the sisig ($8). It's not always available, but when it is, this succulent hash-like dish of diced and sautéed pig snout, ears, and jowl with onions, chiles, and a raw egg that Brian Webb cracks on top to cook is satisfaction of the sizzlin' kind -- even if it does mean having to take the plate back to the truck.
El Español at Otro Cafe
Laura Hahnefeld El Español at Otro Cafe.
Doug Robson's (Gallo Blanco Café) new neighborhood restaurant in Central Phoenix features a share-worthy menu of traditional and new-world Mexican and Spanish cuisine. All the more reason to bring a friend along to enjoy the El Español ($9). Made with thinly sliced pieces of ham, serrano peppers, avocados, olives, and red onion in a savory citrus dressing and accompanied by crunchy pieces of homemade bolillo bread, it's a fresh and lively appetizer that could have come out of any tapas-style café in Spain.
Loaded Pita at Hummus Xpress
Laura Hahnefeld Loaded pita at Hummus Xpress.
Chef-owner Eddie Hantas says the concept behind his new Tempe restaurant is a simple one: Mediterranean eats served up Subway-style. But Hummus Xpress is hardly a fast food joint. Hantas uses quality ingredients, a selection of housemade hummus offerings and sauces, and quite possibly the best falafels in the Valley to load up plates, bowls, and pitas with satisfying Mediterranean eats all at around seven bucks. Instead of going through the selection process, consider giving Hantas the reins and letting him come up with your creation. You'll be glad you did.
Kalua Pork Plate Lunch at Leo's Island BBQ
Laura Hahnefeld Kalua pork plate lunch at Leo's Island BBQ.
For a carb load of the aloha-infused kind, it's tough to beat the kalua pork plate lunch ($7.69) at this bright little shop of Hawaiian eats in Peoria. Juicy, tender, and with a light smoky and salty flavor, it's piled into a Styrofoam container along with two scoops of rice and a side of macaroni salad for an island-style meal as filling as it is cheap.