Pork Belly Pibil from The Mission: 100 Favorite Dishes

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Heather Hoch
Decadent doesn't really cover it with this dish.
Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria@newtimes.com.

51. Pork Belly Pibil from The Mission

See also: 10 Best Pork Belly Dishes in Metro Phoenix

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Don't let the tableside guacamole presentation distract you when you're at The Mission. It might be fun to watch the server smush up avocados with lime juice, chiles, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and more to your specifications, but if you can get past the showy guacamole, you might actually notice the duck empanada or pork belly pibil hiding in plain sight on the appetizer menu.

The pibil in particular is definitely not a dish to miss. On its own, the pork belly is perfectly cooked. The tender, moist, fatty cut of meat is everything you would want in a piece of pork belly, surrounded in a crispy, roasted crust. But that's not all there is to this dish. Unique sauces like the black bean puree, avocado crema, and banana habanero aoili add sweet, savory, and spicy flavor profiles to the dish. We're partial to the side of pickled onions though.

Although this $15 dish is on the pricey end of appetizers in town, the artful presentation, expert execution, and flavorful combination makes it all well worth it. Live a little and splurge on this one. You'll be happy that you did.

Miss a dish?

100. Pork Belly Pastrami from Citizen Public House

99. French Onion Soup from Bonjour Vietnam

98. Whiskey Cream Gelato from Marrazo That's Amore

97. Breakfast Croissant from Cartel Coffee Lab

96. Salmon "Yasu Style" at Yasu Sushi Bistro

95. Cannoli from DeFalco's Italian Deli

94. Falafel Sandwich from Al-Hana Restaurant

93. PBLT at Bootleggers

92. Samosa from Little India

91. Combo Plate from El Pollo Supremo

90. Brunch Burger from Orange Table

89. Duck Fat Fries from Bourbon Steak

88. Kurobuta Pork Chop from Noca

87. Carne Adovada Enchiladas from Los Dos Molinos

86. Maple Bacon Doughnut from Rainbow Donuts

85. Pad Khing from Nunthaporn's Thai Cuisine

84. Mariscos con Arroz from Tumi Fine Peruvian Cuisine

83. Chicago Dog from Portillo's Hot Dogs

82. Lemon Bars from Phoenix Public Market Cafe

81. Preserved Pickle and Pork Noodle Soup from Asian Cafe Express

80. Maine Lobster Roll from The Maine Lobster Lady

79. Lengua Tacos from Asadero Norte de Sonora

78. Black Licorice from Super Chunk Sweets and Treats

77. Cracker Jack from House of Tricks

76. Chicken Achari Curry from Curry Corner

75. Lavender Berry Lemonade Popsicle from AZ Pops

74. Truffle Bikini from The Tavern

73. Lemon and Basil Chicken Salad Sandwich from Essence Bakery Cafe

72. Oaxaca Special Burro from Carolina's

71. Texas Po' Boy from Texas BBQ House

70. Thai Noodle Soup from RedThai

69. Breakfast Sandwich from Lux Central

68. Deep Fried Duck with Taro from Hong Kong Asian Diner

67. Chicken Pot Pie from The Duce

66. Alfajores from El Chullo

65. Chashu Ramen from Sushi Ken

64. Yukon Gold from The Parlor Pizzeria

63. Crispy Pig Ears from Bar Crudo

62. French Fries from Cafe Bink, Bink's Midtown, and Bink's Scottsdale

61. Croissant Bread Pudding from Ollie Vaughn's

60. Kale Caesar Salad from Original ChopShop Co.

59. Chilaquiles from La Tolteca

58. Farmstead Goat Milk Caramel from The Simple Farm

57. Pistachio Chicken Liver Pate from The Gladly

56. Paitan Ramen from Umami

55. Nopales and Longaniza Taco from El Tlacoyo

54. Chicken Feet from Great Wall Cuisine

53. The Oggie from Cornish Pasty Co.

52. The Lady from Short Leash Dogs

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Location Info

The Mission

3815 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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