10 Best Things I Ate and Drank in June
If you follow our Chow Bella Instagram account (@chowbellaphx) and have been keeping up with our Food Tours series, then you already know that June included quite of bit of travel for the Chow Bella team -- including me. I don't always get to share details about the food I've eaten on my trips, so I included some of the highlights here. The rest of the list includes a handful of dishes from Phoenix spots -- and one local beer that you really ought to drink while you still can.
I hope you get to try some if it for yourself soon.
See also: 10 Best Things I Ate and Drank in May
Pleah Beef Salad at Reathrey Sekong
This is one of my new favorite dishes for summer. As much as I enjoy Reathrey Sekong's hot noodle soups, this cured beef salad is really unlike anything else on the menu or anything else I've had in town. Thanks to the citrus this salad is full on flavor, specifically an enjoyable tartness that's perfectly complemented by an abundance of crunchy peppers and fresh cilantro. The fact that it's chock full of pieces of beef also means you won't be feeling hungry again just a few hours after eating.
Carolina Dog at Joe's Farm Grill
I'm not a big hot dog fan in general, but the Carolina Dog at Joe's Farm Grill is so good it's even worth the long drive from central Phoenix to Gilbert. The first thing that makes the dish standout is the fact that it's topped with super-moist, smoky pulled pork and cole slaw. The tangy vinegar from the slaw works perfectly against the heaviness of all that meat, plus it's all wrapped in a light, toasted Texas toast-style bun. The buttery-ness of the bread makes the dish feel like an ultimate indulgence.
Shio Ramen at Shoki Ramen House
Every time I get to Sacramento I make sure to stop by Shoki Ramen House at least once. I'm a huge fan of this place, as is ramen-nerd Keizo Shimamoto of Go Ramen!, who named it one of the six best ramen shops in the country last year. My favorite bowl at the tiny ramen house is the shio, or sea salt broth. It's just salty enough and gets a flavor boost from the fact that chef Yasushi Ueyama also includes black pepper. The noodles are always perfectly cooked and every thing -- from the memma to the chashu -- is made in house. To me, it's the perfect bowl of ramen.
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