Cornmeal Crusted Calamari from Kitchen 56

Cornmeal Crusted Calamari from Kitchen 56
Erica O'Neil

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 laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com.

81: Cornmeal Crusted Calamari from Kitchen 56

There's a reason fried calamari can be spotted on just about every American-style menu. It's freakin' delicious. Although at times it can resemble poorly seasoned rubber bands rather than a tender delight. At Kitchen 56, this classic appetizer is anything but boring, and it can be enjoyed in full view of the beautiful Camelback Mountain skyline. Bonus! You may even get to see Grannie medivac-ed off the mountain as the mercury starts to rise.


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