This year we're marking the hundred-day countdown to Best of Phoenix 2015 by sharing some of our favorite dishes at restaurants all over the Valley. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
70. Kimchee Bokum Bap at Hodori
If you're looking for an adventurous dining experience, you can certainly find it at Hodori in Mesa. This longstanding restaurant keeps things pretty darn authentic, meaning diners can try Korean fare that hasn't been tamed for American palates. Never heard of a sea squirt? Well, you can try one here — and I promise you won't forget the experience.
For more reserved diners, there's plenty to enjoy. For example the kimchee bokum bap, a hot stone bowl filled with kimchee fried rice topped with ribeye beef and an egg. If you've never had fried rice served in a hot stone bowl you're in for a treat — mix the runny yolked-egg in with the pungent kimchee-kissed rice and the bowl's warm walls will cook the egg to make perfect fried rice. Best of all are the crisp pieces of rice you'll find at the bottom of your bowl. After sitting on top of the stone edges of the bowl, the rice forms a crisp outer layer that's even better than the prize at the bottom of a Cracker Jacks box.
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98. Beef Roll at Taiwan Food Express
97. Zinc Burger at Zinc Bistro
96. Goat Biryani at Khyber Halal
95. Key Lime Doughnut at Welcome Chicken + Donuts
94. Chicharrón Prensado Quesadilla at La Merced
93. Moist Succulent Pork Chop at Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe
92. Deep Fried Squid with Salt and Pepper from Nee House Chinese Cuisine
91. Coconut Raspberry Brownie at Karl's Quality Bakery
90. Fried Chicken at Phoenix Public Market Cafe
89. The Tyler at Cheese 'N Stuff
88. Hurricane Popcorn at Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour
87. Ceviche at El Chullo
86. Date Shake at Couscous Express
85. Red Bean and Rice Burger at Liberty Market
84. Banh Thit Nguoi at Da Vang
83. Breakfast Sandwich at Ollie Vaughn's
82. Crispy Pig Ears at Crudo
81. Parillada at Asadero Norte De Sonora
80. Warm Jar of King Crab and Butter at Little Cleo's Seafood Legend
79. Pumpkin Spice Macaron at Essence Bakery
78. Falafel Sandwich at Al Hana Restaurant
77. Sheng Jian Bao at DingHao Shanghai
76. Baked Vegetable Pesto at Oven + Vine
75. Pollo Guisado at FrinGo's Kitchen
74. Aloo Paratha at Tahoora Grill
73. Exotic Mushroom Pan Fry at Cowboy Ciao
72. Otro Cortado Salad at Otro Cafe