10 Kinds of Restaurants Chefs Wish Existed in the Valley
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Although several new restaurants are scheduled to meet up with thousands of existing ones in the Valley this year, the Phoenix dining scene, for many of us, still could use a bit of tinkering.
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Valley chefs and restaurateurs agree. And when it comes to the restaurants they wish existed in the area, ten of them had these suggestions:
Being from the Balkans, my mother would always cook traditional dishes she learned from her mother. When it comes to Balkan dishes, (burek, cevapi, sarma, etc.) I would enjoy them more than if I was given a piece of the finest steak in the world. I wish there was a restaurant in the Valley that served Balkan dishes so I can feel as if I was home.
I wish a good Mediterranean fusion restaurant existed in Tempe. I long to have the flavor of those dishes incorporated in a lighter style. Mediterranean food has become increasingly commercialized.
I wish there was a great place to pick up unbelievable soups, rustic bread, and salads. A place where you could get really gourmet sophisticated salads to go. Oh, yeah, and a 24-hour poutine shop!