100 Favorite Dishes

1: Braised Leeks With Mozzarella at FnB

Number 1: Braised leeks with mozzarella at FnB

It's really, really hard to blog about a favorite dish that isn't available just yet. I make myself hungry as I write this, knowing that I'll have a craving for a while.

All summer long, I've been thinking about an item that gained cult status among the local foodnik set, and hasn't been on the menu at FnB for some months now. But I'm told it'll be back with a vengeance come mid-to-late October, and I swear I'll be first in line to order it as soon as chef-owner Charleen Badman starts cooking it again.

Braised leeks sound so simple, right? Humble, even?

Maybe in theory, but here, they become something glorious, thanks to mustard breadcrumbs, a mantle of rich, buttery, melted homemade mozzarella, and a fried egg whose yolk becomes a saucy "situation" when owner Pavle Milic gleefully bursts it with a fork as he serves it.

"Eat your veggies" is my new mantra, thanks to these leeks.

Want to look back at our other 99 craveable foods in the 100 Favorite Dishes series? Read on:


2. Stetson Chopped Salad at Cowboy Ciao

3. Taproom Tenderloin at Four Peaks Brewing Company

4. Griddled Bread Pudding at Liberty Market

5. Tuna Tartare at BLT Steak

6. Inside Out Bleu Burger at Maizie's

7. Vampiro at America's Taco Shop

8. Buffalo '66 at That's a Wrap

9. Tsukune at Yasu Sushi Bistro

10. Cochinita Torta at Tortas El Guero

11: Amaebi at Shimogamo

12: Rustica Pizza at Cibo

13: Garlic Dip at Pita Jungle

14: Tableside S'Mores at Frank & Albert's

15: Delux Burger at Delux

16: Tagliatelle at The Parlor

17: Banana Cream Pie at Cork

18: Morning Glory Benedict at Morning Glory Cafe

19: AZ Sweet Shrimp Po'Boy Sliders at District American Kitchen

20: Oaxaca Special at Carolina's

21: Chicken Tikka Masala at Guru Palace

22: Hirame Carpaccio at Nobuo at Teeter House

23: Hot Pressed Tuna at La Grande Orange

24: Chilaquiles at La Tolteca

25: Pho Tai Nam at Da Vang

26: Olive-Oil Poached Arctic Char at Kai

27: Pulled Pork at Joe's Real BBQ

28: Falafel Sandwich at Haji-Baba

29: Payt-N-Bake Chicken at Caffe Boa

30: Thai BBQ Chicken at Thai E-San

31: Sweet and Spicy Burger at The Grind

32: Kimchi Chigae at Ewha Korean Restaurant

33: Red Chile Beef at Verde

34: Garlic Shrimp at Hope Kee

35: Antipasto Platter at Pizzeria Bianco

36: Beef Fried Noodles at China Magic Noodle House

37: Grilled Calamari at Andreoli Italian Grocer

38: Spicy Miso Ramen at Sushi Ken

39: Fish 'n Chips at Rula Bula

40: Corn Pancakes with Crab at The Mission

41: Santa Lucia Pasta at Marcellino Ristorante

42: Smoked Truffle-Infused Filet Mignon at Christopher's

43: Pollo Colonial at Iruna

44: Mozzarella Carozza at Aiello's Fine Italian Dining

45: Mofongo at El Coquito

46: Sticky Toffee Pudding at St. Francis

47: Steak Frites at Metro Brasserie

48: Black Cod with Acini de Pepe at Cafe Bink

49: Steak & Egg Sliders at Lon's

50: Taco Monterrey at Pepe's Taco Villa

51: Toro Tartare at Sushi Roku

52: Fish Tacos at Barrio Cafe

53: Reuben at Matt's Big Breakfast

54: Short Ribs at J&G Steakhouse

55: Mole Poblano at Los Sombreros

56: Chicken Fried Steak at Texaz Grill

57: Carne Asada on a Potato Pancake at The Vig

58: White Flannel Hash at Orange Table

59: Butterfish Tataki at Roka Akor

60: Eggs Maximilian at Harlow's Cafe

61: Chickpea Ceviche at Bombay Spice

62: Spiced Skirt Steak at Tuck Shop

63: Rib Eye Philly at SanTan Brewing Company

64: Albacore With Black Truffle at Crudo

65: Slice at Jimmy & Joe's Pizzeria

66: Lee's Combination at Lee's Sandwiches

67: Duck Curry at Sala Thai

68: Chicken Kabab at Med Fresh Grill

69: Cheese Course at Sweet Republic

70: La Potence at Le Chalet

71: Brisket at Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue

72: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup at The Roosevelt

73: Coq Au Vin at Vincent's Market Bistro

74: Cochinita Pibil Tacos at La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop

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

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Michele Laudig
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