We're working up our appetites for our huge Best of Phoenix issue, out September 30, with daily servings of Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes from across the Valley -- in no particular order
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Visit our sister blog, Jackalope Ranch, for a companion series on 100 Creatives who make Phoenix a little more interesting for all of us. We'll be posting the next 73 picks daily through the rest of the summer.
Number 74: Cochinita pibil tacos at La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop
Picking a favorite taco at this cute place that specializes in them is sort of like picking an outfit: What are you in the mood for?
Beer-battered dogfish hits the spot, chicken mole is one of the best things here, and even the veggie taco is intriguing, filled with mushrooms, spinach, roasted poblanos, garlic, and Oaxacan cheese.
Mix and match as you please, but don't miss the cochinita pibil, a classic Yucatan dish of pork shoulder smothered in achiote rojo and slow-roasted in banana leaves. The result is unbelievably tender, flavorful meat that's complimented by a garnish of tangy marinated onions and salsa habanera maya.
The Favorite Dishes, so far: 75: Char Siu Bao at Phoenix Palace 76: Huevos Rancheros at Gallo Blanco Cafe 77: Italian Stallion at La Piazza Al Forno 78: Bourekas at Spices Mediterranean Kitchen 79: Warm Maine Lobster Salad at Modern Steak 80: Escargots En Croute at Petite Maison 81: Salumi at Quiessence 82: Okonomiyaki at Hana Japanese Eatery 83: Croissants at Essence Bakery Cafe 84: Coronado Coney at The Main Ingredient 85: Green Chili at Rito's Mexican Takeout 86: Soup Gyoza at Sens Asian Tapas & Sake Bar 87: Pop Cho and Sweet Ginger at The Breadfruit 88: La Jawab Kadahi Gosht at The Dhaba 89: Chicken & Waffles from Lo-Lo's 90: Burrata at Humble Pie 91: Bruleed Foie Gras Torchon at Posh 92: Moroccan Nomad Stew at Chakra 4 93: Peking Duck at Gourmet House of Hong Kong 94: Mozzarella Sandwich at Pane Bianco 95: Egg White Omelette at Fez 96: Machaca From Los Dos Molinos 97: Shish Taook from Baiz Market 98: Pasties From Cornish Pasty Co. 99: Clams in Black Bean Sauce From Asian Cafe Express 100: Bruschetta From Postino