10 Best Things I Ate in September

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Laura Hahnefeld
Moroccan bastila.
Another month, another look back at the best things I ate during September.

From dishes like my new favorite carne asada taco to magnificent Mediterranean eats to a killer lasagna my dining companion likened to the work of the devil, here are 10 of the best things I ate this month selected from reviews, first-time visits, and places I've popped into just because.

I hope it inspires. Enjoy.

Bastila from Alzouhour

Moroccan bastila is an exotic delight -- a rich and sumptuous sweet and savory pie with a jaw-dropping presentation and a taste like Christmas. At Alzouhour, the tiny Middle Eastern eatery, bakery, and market in Phoenix, owner Zhor Saad makes hers with chicken and almonds stuffed into a phyllo crust sweetened with cinnamon and sugar ($19.99). Typically prepared for special occasions, it's only fitting that this hearty meat pie comes big enough to enjoy with a few friends.

See also: The Five Best New Phoenix Restaurants of 2013 (So Far)

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Jackie Mercandetti

Camaron al Mojo de Ajo at Así es la Vida:

One of the best dishes at this charming, 20-year-old casual-upscale Mexican restaurant in Central Phoenix is the Camaron al Mojo de Ajo ($24.95). Starring five enormous butterflied shrimp opened up to reveal tender, garlic-flavored white flesh, you'd be forgiven for picking them up to eat the meat right out of the tails. Delicious.

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Laura Hahnefeld

Falafels at Hummus Xpress:

A kind of chef-driven street food stand by way of Lebanon, this fast-casual Mediterranean eatery in Tempe from Ahmad (Eddie) Hantas serves some of the best falafels in the Valley. Featuring thin and crunchy coatings that give way to a creamy filling of ground fava beans seasoned with cardamom, they're kissed with Mexican chili powder for a little Southwest flair. (Falafel pita $6.85.)

Location Info

Asi Es La Vida

3602 N. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Hummus Xpress

930 W. Broadway Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Tzikii Pita Grill

7510 S. Priest Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Republica Empanada

204 E. 1st Ave., Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Detroit Coney Grill

930 W. Broadway Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Renegade - CLOSED

9343 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana

705 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

T.Spot - CLOSED

2330 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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unmutual
unmutual

Glad to see Mesa getting some props heres. Backyard Taco is just up the street from me and I have been a fan since their opening. I plan on visiting República Empanada soon based on this article.

Concerned_Food_Fan
Concerned_Food_Fan

If you keep telling people that Detroit Coney Island's chili is reminiscent of Lafayette, you're going to scare some of them off -- we were both fans of American (and not fans of Lafayette), but still loved Detroit Coney Island chili here..  

bmcphx
bmcphx

Went to alzohour with my family for my mom's birthday a few weeks ago right after reading a review in the paper. We dine out a lot, and we all prefer ethnic foods of all sorts... We all agreed that this was, by far, the worst meal we had EVER had. My dad, who constantly tells my mom and me to shut up when we are being negative, had nothing but bad things to say about the cous cous which was almost soup-like watery and had almost zero flavor what so ever. the meat in the - I'll call it stew - had a very green tint to it. We were all frightened of getting food poisoning, though nothing happend.


I also had the b'stilla, and it was uhhhh okay I suppose.

Julie Peterson
Julie Peterson

B'stilla is one of the 10 best things to eat ever. Even better than chicken and waffles.

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