5 Best Things I Ate and Drank in January

Costilla Adobada from Barrio Urbano
Costilla Adobada from Barrio Urbano
Lauren Saria

Looking back at the best bites of last month makes me confident in saying that 2015 should be quite a delicious year. Two of my most memorable dishes from January come from collaborations between local chefs, and I have a feeling that the trend of kitchen collaborations isn't going anywhere any time soon. Other favorites come from longtime favorite spots, with one being a farewell drink from a now-closed restaurant.

I hope you get to try some of it for yourself.

See also: January Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

Costilla Adobada from Barrio Urbano

Early last month chef Silvana Salcido Esparza of Barrio Cafe introduced her most recent restaurant concept, Barrio Urbano at The Yard in Phoenix. The new restaurant opened with breakfast, and has since expanded to add a dinner menu. On my first visit I tried this special dish, which featured a fork tender short rib in a wonderful vinegary sauce. With an egg on top and perfectly roasted garlic to add richness, the balance of flavor was just perfect. Even better, Esparza had verdolagas to use in the dish that day giving the dish an even more authentic flavor.

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