10 Kinds of Restaurants Chefs Wish Existed in the Valley

Categories: Bites & Dishes

Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com.

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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.

Valley chefs and restaurateurs agree. And when it comes to the restaurants they wish existed in the area, ten of them had these suggestions:

See also: 15 Pieces of Advice Valley Chefs Would Give to Their Younger Selves

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Chef Admir Alibasic,
Ben & Jack's Steakhouse, Scottsdale

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.

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Farah Khalid
Chef and Owner, Curry Corner

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.

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Justin Beckett
Chef and Owner, Beckett's Table

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!


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Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith

Yeah, we need more restaurants.....JEEEZus

Aaron Ott
Aaron Ott

@Stephanie Robertson Chakra 4 in Phoenix and 24 Carrots (now in south Tempe)

Aaron Ott
Aaron Ott

modern, classy, vegetarian restaurant. think Millennium in SF with better food. or a slightly classier Cafe Flora in Seattle.

Barbara Lankes Westberg
Barbara Lankes Westberg

A really good Cajun place. If there's one here, I haven't heard about it. And place don't tell me to go to Pappadeaux. I'm talking about an awesome, locally owned place. Not some corporate chain.

Sindi Stack
Sindi Stack

There is already too much Mexican, soushi, vietnamese, thai,and Japanse restaurants. There is no Malaysian restaurant that I know of.

Abby Nurre
Abby Nurre

How Do You Roll?l has vegan sushi, but it's not a nice sit down restaurant type of place.

Morgan Berg
Morgan Berg

More vegan restaurants on the west side!

kkeenan823
kkeenan823

I second the recommendation for Tumi. It's an unassuming small restaurant in Chandler, but the food is amazing. I wish they'd bottle the sauces- they're addictive. Same with the parched corn.

SkilletDoux
SkilletDoux

 Somebody tell Admir about Old Town Sarajevo and Gino about Tumi!

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