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 97 picks daily through the rest of the summer.
Number 98: Pasties from Cornish Pasty Co.
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Just like that killer bruschetta I blogged about the other day, the brilliant thing about pasties is how craveable they are at any time. Cornish Pasty Co. gets bonus points for having a great selection of beers to go with 'em. And look at how portable they are!
Of course, I'm ready to dig into a pasty with a knife and fork just as soon as it comes out of the oven. The tender, golden dough is just sturdy enough to contain a dinner's worth of goodies inside, like carne adovada, lamb vindaloo, or a whole Thanksgiving meal in a bite (The Pilgrim contains roast turkey, sweet potatoes, grilled onions, stuffing, and gravy, with cranberry sauce on the side).
Being a creature of habit, I tend to order the Shepherd's Pie pasty most of the time. It's old-fashioned meat-and-potatoes comfort, with melted cheddar cheese for extra bliss.
The Favorite Dishes, so far: 99: Clams in Black Bean Sauce From Asian Cafe Express 100: Bruschetta From Postino