10 Best Things I Ate and Drank in July
I know summer is supposed to be the slow season for restaurants in this town but I can tell you I didn't notice anything slow during last month's dining excursions. A few of the items that make it on July's list of the best things I ate and drank are special creations that do a great job of showcasing just how incredible our dining and drinking scene has become. Not all are available on the restaurant's regular menu but I guarantee they're worth the wait if/when you do get the chance to try them again.
Lauren Saria Ramen burger from Bitter & Twisted
I hope you get to try some of it for yourself soon.
See also: 10 Best Things I Ate and Drank in June
Ramen Burger from Bitter & Twisted
Yes, the cocktails are the stars of the show at the recently opened Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour in downtown Phoenix, but I would still encourage everyone to go and try the food. Chef Bob Tam's menu is way more bad ass than it has any right to be if the eats are supposed to be second fiddle. The ramen burger is a perfect example. Tam has figured out a way to make perfectly crisp and sturdy ramen "buns" onto which he piles a sesame soy marinated patty, Sriracha soba sauce, caramelized onions, pepper jack cheese, and jalapeno mayo to make a beautiful umami-bomb of a dish.
Breakfast for Dinner from Fate Brewing Company
Lauren Saria Fate Brewing Company's Breakfast 4 Dinner
There were quite a few interesting beers to try at the first Real, Wild, and Woody beer festival earlier this month and two of the most memorable came from Fate Brewing Company in Scottsdale. The brewery's Puffs Imperial Coffee Milk Porter made with Cocoa Puffs cereal was a fun one, but got outshined (in my opnion) by their Breakfast for Dinner brew, made with local Cartel Coffee Lab coffee and glazed doughnuts. The first sip of the barrel-aged porter delivered an easily recognizable coffee flavor and scent that was swiftly followed by hints of chocolate and then sweetness from the glazed doughnut. This beer tasted pretty much how I imagine Willy Wonka's Three Course Dinner Chewing Gum would taste -- but thankfully didn't make me turn into a giant doughnut.
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