Grilled Rainbow Trout at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Chef Stephen Jones' version of pozole at this urban gathering place (located on the second floor of the Hotel Palomar at CityScape in downtown Phoenix) may be the best dish (for now) on the menu -- but the grilled rainbow trout ($15) comes dangerously close. Tender, mild, and with a delicately crispy skin, the fish is near perfect; especially topped with sweet corn and over a tasty basil sauce.
Al Pastor Montada at El Chiltepin
Mix traditional Mexican eats with Americanized Mexican snack foods and you've got an addictive creation served up exclusively at this offbeat spot on the city's south side. A variation of the tlayuda, or Mexican pizza, the Al Pastor Montada ($5.50) features melted mozzarella cheese between two crispy tortillas topped with more melted mozzarella, sweet and tender pieces of al pastor, bits of salty bacon, and jalapeños.
Combo Wot Plate at Gojo Ethiopian Restaurant
Thanks to Zufan Alemu, owner and chef of this months-old Ethiopian restaurant on East Thomas Road, Phoenicians now have another spot to score the spicy vegetable and meat dishes for which the country is known. Take a friend along and share a combo wot plate ($13.99) with samplings of stellar creations such as doro wat, featuring chicken simmered in spices, spicy ground peas (mitten shiro), and crunchy spiced cabbage (tikil gomen) atop spongy injera bread.