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
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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 79 picks daily through the rest of the summer.
Number 80: Escargots En Croute at Petite Maison
Snails are a rare treat in the Valley. Rarer still are snails so tasty that it's impossible not to order them.
Such is the case with Petite Maison's escargots en croute, which are as appealing as the restaurant itself -- tiny, pretty little delicacies served up in a tiny, pretty little restaurant where the French country vibe is a far cry from the thumpin' nightclubs around the block. I come here to relax, drink wine, and, inevitably, eat this classic appetizer. So far, they've never let me down.
Plump snails are doused in butter and herbs and garlic, with a splash of Pernot. Then they're baked underneath round poufs of flaky pastry, which add even more buttery decadence. Magnifique.
The Favorite Dishes, so far: 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