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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 83 picks daily through the rest of the summer.
Number 84: Coronado Coney at The Main Ingredient
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It wasn't hard to fall for The Main Ingredient the first time I set foot in the place -- owners Matt and Courtney Diamond have created a laid-back, cozy atmosphere fit for sipping wine with a foxy friend or knocking back pints with a gang of pals. The Diamonds always have a good roundup of regional beers on tap and a digable soundtrack of old school hip-hop mixed with funk and indie rock.
And they've figured out that a really kickass hot dog goes well with beer or wine (or maybe that's just me). One of the star items on the menu, the Coronado Coney, pays tribute to the Coronado District where the restaurant is located with a juicy jumbo all-beef frank from Schreiner's Sausages (just up the street), red onion, and spicy Humboldt Brown Ale mustard. As if that weren't enough to make a killer dish, they put it on a sturdy toasted sourdough roll that really makes it special.
Sink your teeth in and have another drink.
The Favorite Dishes, so far: 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