Closer Look: The 5 Best Restaurants of the Year (So Far) in Phoenix

What do the stars of this year's Valley dining scene look like so far? Like many across the country still adapting to the effects of the recession (so long, fine dining) and reacting to a culture more informed about food than ever (11 seasons of Top Chef and counting), they're cooking street snacks with culinary flair, re-imagining comfort food, and putting bold spins on dishes from around the globe -- and their doing it with top-notch ingredients and lots of local love.

See the full story by Laura Hahnefeld here.

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