Hungry yet?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.
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 5 picks leading up to this week's issue.
Number 6: Inside Out Bleu Burger at Maizie's
I've been dining at Maizie's since the day it opened, and the Inside Out Bleu Burger has long been one of my top picks on the menu. But I didn't realize how much I loved this sloopy-good, blue-cheese-and-applewood-smoked-bacon-stuffed thing until the day I didn't order it.
It was back in the spring. I went for lunch with a friend from Tempe who doesn't make it to CenPho all that often, and who'd never visited this classy little cafe before. He wondered aloud what to try.
"Get the Inside Out burger," I told him. He thought it sounded good, and rolled with my suggestion.
Meanwhile, I tried to be all healthy, and ordered a salad. Yeah, I really do dig Maizie's salads (really!), but it's just impossible to eat one and be happy about life when the person sitting across from you sinks your teeth into this burger.
For a split second, I hated my friend.
And then he offered me a bite.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.