Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 8:30 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.
Sometimes we roll our eyes at places that claim to have "world famous" or "original" menu offerings, but Justin Beckett can go ahead and call this grilled cheese anything he wants, provided we keep getting to enjoy this indulgent take on an "All-American" classic.
Beckett's Original Grilled Cheese isn't even in the same category as poor ole mom's Kraft singles and white bread. (Sorry, Ma!) A blend of four melty cheeses oozes out from between buttery, cheese-sprinkled brioche, accented by crispy strips of pancetta that add a meaty crunch. Even the humble bowl of tomato soup that accompanies the sandwich is elevated by the smoky sweetness of roasted red bell peppers and blended to a silky bisque-like texture.
Mom would definitely approve.
Stomach full? Get some eye candy for dessert over on Jackalope Ranch with our Imagine PHX series.