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.
Number 4: Griddled bread pudding at Liberty Market
Bread pudding for breakfast? Uh huh. This is why chef David Traina rocks.
If it weren't for restaurateur Joe Johnston's other restaurant, Joe's Real BBQ, I'd say Liberty Market is all the reason you need to visit downtown Gilbert. This place oozes style, but in a down-to-earth, sort of vintage Americana way, with scrumptious eats and an urban vibe in a restored historic building.
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Griddled bread pudding gets the day started right. Thick, creamy slices of bread pudding, gently crisped and served with syrup, make plain old French toast look mighty boring in comparison. Fill up on a plate of this, sip one of the E-61 Bar's cortaditos (a "Cuban micro-latte" with a cult following), and notice the newfound spring in your step. At Liberty Market, life is good.