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13 Favorite Cold Dishes in Metro Phoenix

An elegant spin on Salade Nicoise at Atlas Bistro
An elegant spin on Salade Nicoise at Atlas Bistro
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Here in Phoenix, most of us take the saying "if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen" pretty literally come summer, knowing that the cooker can become the cook-ee in a matter of minutes. We can simmer in our own sweat at the stove or broil ourselves to rosy rareness at the outdoor grill . . .

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Or we can wipe our feverish brows, come to our collective senses and just go out to eat, where the AC blows cold, other people do the hustling and we can leave the dirty dishes right there on the table. Here are 13 dishes to give us cold comfort this time of year.

Campechana Grande
Campechana Grande
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Campechana at Mariscos Playa Hermosa

There's no end to the fabulous cold seafood dishes you can eat at this colorful, beach-themed Mexican seafood restaurant, but you can never go wrong with the Campechana Grande, a cooked, mixed seafood cocktail of shrimp, abalone, squid, and octopus served in a giant goblet with vegetable juice and seafood broth, diced cucumber, tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and avocado. Offered with a basket of Saltines and a bottle of ketchup (but feel free to throw in some bottled hot sauce if you want), it's a meal-in-one, eaten by spoon, one delicious slurp at a time ($14).

Rice Bowl
Rice Bowl
Courtesy of Phoenix Public Market Cafe

Rice Bowl at Phoenix Public Market Cafe

Aaron Chamberlin has a knack for making healthy eats delicious. Case in point: the rice bowl at his cute new cafe next to the Phoenix Public Market. Toasted nori and citrus-y housemade ponzu add an Asian touch to a dish that's basically a mix of seasonal vegetables garnished with carrot, radish, avocado, sprouts and sesame seed, anchored by a sturdy bottom of sushi-seasoned brown rice ($10.50). Better still, it's vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free.



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