100 Favorite Dishes 2015: Pumpkin Spice Macaron at Essence Bakery

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This year we're marking the hundred-day countdown to Best of Phoenix 2015 by sharing some of our favorite dishes at restaurants all over the Valley. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria@newtimes.com.

79. Pumpkin Spice Macaron at Essence Bakery

French-trained pastry chef Eugenia Theodospoulos may be most famous in this town for her Parisian croissants, but if you ask me, the best thing you can get from the pastry case at either of her bakeries is a macaron. I've even gone so far as to buy a dozen on my way out of town only to transport them with the upmost care, via plane, out of state. 

These miniature French pastries come in a rainbow of colors and flavors including the dusty pink Raspberry Rose, amber-colored Caramel Cream, and nearly-neon green Key Lime. Each one offers a delicate shell that encases flavored cream, making these sugary little sandwiches a perfectly-proportioned snack or dessert.  

All the flavors are good, but my favorite is Essence's Pumpkin Spice macaron. In a world where pumpkin spice has been so bastardized and abused, Theodospoulos offers a product that's true to the spirit of the flavor. Each bite transports me back to cooler weather and autumnal bliss, which is no small feat in the heat of an Arizona summer. And best of all this Pumpkin Spice errs neither on the side of too sweet nor too "spice"-y. 

The 100 Favorite Dishes so far...
100. Waffle at Matt's Big Breakfast 
99. Pacific White Fish Taco at La Santisima 
98. Beef Roll at Taiwan Food Express
97. Zinc Burger at Zinc Bistro
96. Goat Biryani at Khyber Halal 
95. Key Lime Doughnut at Welcome Chicken + Donuts
94. Chicharrón Prensado Quesadilla at La Merced
93. Moist Succulent Pork Chop at Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe
92. Deep Fried Squid with Salt and Pepper from Nee House Chinese Cuisine
91. Coconut Raspberry Brownie at Karl's Quality Bakery
90. Fried Chicken at Phoenix Public Market Cafe
89. The Tyler at Cheese 'N Stuff
88. Hurricane Popcorn at Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour
87. Ceviche at El Chullo
86. Date Shake at Couscous Express
85. Red Bean and Rice Burger at Liberty Market
84. Banh Thit Nguoi at Da Vang
83. Breakfast Sandwich at Ollie Vaughn's
82. Crispy Pig Ears at Crudo 
81. Parillada at Asadero Norte De Sonora
80. Warm Jar of King Crab and Butter at Little Cleo's Seafood Legend
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