10 Best Things I Ate in February
Times flies when you're eating great food, and that was definitely the case last month, which means it's time to look back on the very best things I ate in February. The list includes everything from a sweet treat at one of Chow Bella's new favorite bakeries to indulgent dishes at one of the city's best-loved restaurants.
Lauren Saria Squid Salad
I hope you get to try some of it for yourself soon.
Squid Salad at Umami
Tucked on the backside of Mill Avenue's Brickyard building, Umami offers diners affordable bowls of ramen in a brightly lit and cheerful setting. Owner and chef Jared Lupin, formerly of Tempe's other ramen house, Republic Ramen, lets you design your own bowl of ramen -- but before you get into all that, take a moment to check out the bento options on the back of the menu. You can order four of the small plates for $8 or select one or two as appetizers for $2.50 each. The mildly spicy squid salad is a standout from the list, with hint of nuttiness from mixed-in sesame seeds and just-right amount of bite thanks to a sprinkling of scallions.
Alfajores at El Chullo
Lauren Saria Alfajores from El Chullo
Central Phoenix's El Chullo might not look like much from the outside, but this little restaurant delivers solid Peruvian and South American cuisine. It's hard not to fill up on complimentary cancha (homemade corn nuts) and the generously sized entrees, but if you do manage to save room, then you won't want to pass on the alfajores. The sweet sandwich features creamy dulce de leche surrounded by two crumbly cookies, all of which gets a thick dusting of powdered sugar. The delicate cookies will seriously melt in your mouth.
Corned Beef Hash at FnB
Lauren Saria Corned Beer Hash at Late Night Love
There's always something special on the menu for Late Night Love at FnB in Scottsdale. The restaurant hosts the event on Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight, giving night owls a chance to dine and drink off a limited menu. This month's specials included corned beef hash with salty but tender corned beef, roasted yukon gold potatoes and peppery iI'Itoi onions. Topped with a fried egg, this dish perfectly showcases James Beard Award semifinalist Charleen Badman's unpretentious but unforgettable cuisine. I can't tell you when it will reappear on the menu, but when it does, I suggest you act fast. Follow FnB on social media to find out.
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