Friday, August 19, 2011 at 9 a.m.
Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
30: Al Amir Combo from Cafe Istanbul & Market
In some areas in the Middle East, it's customary for folks to take their food from a common plate in the center of the table. No commitment to a single dish and we get to bring a friend? Nice.
Lucky for us, Cafe Istanbul & Market, the family-owned restaurant of Middle Eastern fare in Tempe, offers the al amir combo for two. With so many tasty Middle Eastern treats to enjoy, this platter is truly shareable-licious. So grab the lucky guy or gal and order up.
Classic Middle Eastern cuisine creations of hummus, tabbouleh, grape leaves, feta cheese, babaghannouj, mjadera, loubyeh, falafel, and lamb, chicken, and kafta kebobs make up the al amir combo. Fresh, well-prepared, and beautifully displayed, you and your dining companion may find yourselves wishing the al amir combo was served up on a Lazy Susan instead of a metal platter.
And at about thirty dollars, this bounty of Middle Eastern goodness may even mean splitting the leftovers.
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98: The Med Plate from La Bocca
97: Cash Sandwich from Main Ingredient Ale House
96: Sonoran Hot Dog from Nogales Hot Dogs
95: Fattoush Salad from Al-Hana Restaurant at Baiz Market
94: Croissant from Essence Bakery Cafe
93: Funghi Pizza from The Parlor
92: Baynchaiv Crepes from Sekong by Night
91: Caldo de Res from Pitic
90: Slice of Pepperoni Pizza from Mamma Mia
89: Hot Bollix Spicy Potato Balls from Rula Bula
88: Chicken Lo Mein from Desert Jade
87: Spicy Broccoli from FnB
86: Barra Vieja Shrimp from Mucho Gusto
85: Wild Mushroom Ravioli from Merc Bar
84: Cochinta Pobil from Taberna Mexico
83: Filet and Crab Cake from Cheuvront
82: The Dragon Roll from Stingray Sushi
81: Cornmeal Crusted Calamari from Kitchen 56
80: Mongolian Delight from Loving Hut
79: Pappardelle Bolognese from Amaro Pizzeria
78: Torta El Rey from Torta El Rey
77: Artichoke and Clams from Iruna
76: Animal Fries from RnR
75: Gollo Burro from Casa Reynoso
74: Chicken Lettuce Wraps from Ticoz Resto-Bar
73: Brussels Sprout Salad from Chelsea's Kitchen
72: Short Rib Hash from Bonfire Grill
71: Grilled, Double-Pork Chop from Tarbell's
70: Horchata from La Condesa
69: Paprika Schnitzel from Haus Murphy's
68: Roast Beef Sandwich from Hanny's
67: Lebanese Chicken from Middle Eastern Bakery & Deli
66: Shrimp Corfu from Romeo's Euro Café
65: Hawaiian Butterfish from Trader Vic's
64: Barbecue Rib Tips from Stacy's Smokehouse
63: Meatball Sandwich from DeFalco's Italian Grocery & Deli
62: The Chicago Brizza from Scramble
61: White Braise de Clams from Cave & Ive's Portico Grill
60: Chicken Quesadilla from Papago Brewing
59: Asparagus and Havarti Panini from Bertha's Cafe
58: Foie Gras Creme Brulee from Petite Maison
57: Italian Sausage Sub from Calabria Italian Kitchen
56: Caribbean Candy Bar from Havana Café
55: The Oggie from Cornish Pasty Co.
54: Chicken Handi from the Curry Corner
53: Chocolate Fry Bread from The Fry Bread House
52: Gruyere Popovers from BLT Steak
51: Pho Filet Dac Biet from Pho Thanh
50: Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits and Sausage Gravy from Over Easy
49: Manti from Golden Valley Restaurant
48: Tinga Quesadilla from Los Reyes de la Torta
47: Bob's Big Burger from Renegade Canteen
46: Tableside S'mores from Frank & Albert's
45: Red Velvet Pancakes from The Herb Box
44: Kung Pao Soy Chicken from Fresh Mint
43: Hummus Trio from Pita Jungle
42: Beer-Battered Green Beans from Tryst Cafe
41: Raw Ahi Tuna Starter at House of Tricks
40: Toffee Banofi Sundae from Sweet Republic
39: Rib Combo One from Big Earl's BBQ
38: The Small Box from Rock-N-Roll Fingers
37: Sweet and Sour Corn Cakes from Thai Elephant
36: Nutella and Strawberry Crepe from Cibo
35: Carne Asada Burrito from La Frontera Comida Mexicana
34: Southern Fried Chicken from Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe
33: The Doughboy from Cheese 'n Stuff
32: Banana Cream Pie from Zinburger
31: Egg Rolls From Wahsun
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