100 Favorite Dishes

Cornmeal Crusted Calamari from Kitchen 56

Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email [email protected]

81: Cornmeal Crusted Calamari from Kitchen 56

There's a reason fried calamari can be spotted on just about every American-style menu. It's freakin' delicious. Although at times it can resemble poorly seasoned rubber bands rather than a tender delight. At Kitchen 56, this classic appetizer is anything but boring, and it can be enjoyed in full view of the beautiful Camelback Mountain skyline. Bonus! You may even get to see Grannie medivac-ed off the mountain as the mercury starts to rise.

Calamari rings and little tentacle beasties were liberally coated in a sweet, cornmeal crust and deep fried. Those toasty squidlings were then infused with a blast of salty, umami flavor in the form of a miso caramel. The anointed squid were served atop a bed of Asian-inspired slaw that created a crunchy, utterly addictive upgrade compared to plain old fried calamari.

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99: Golden Gazpacho from Rita's Kitchen

98: The Med Plate from La Bocca

97: Cash Sandwich from Main Ingredient Ale House

96: Sonoran Hot Dog from Nogales Hot Dogs

95: Fattoush Salad from Al-Hana Restaurant at Baiz Market

94: Croissant from Essence Bakery Cafe

93: Funghi Pizza from The Parlor

92: Baynchaiv Crepes from Sekong by Night

91: Caldo de Res from Pitic

90: Slice of Pepperoni Pizza from Mamma Mia

89: Hot Bollix Spicy Potato Balls from Rula Bula 

88: Chicken Lo Mein from Desert Jade

87: Spicy Broccoli from FnB

86: Barra Vieja Shrimp from Mucho Gusto

85: Wild Mushroom Ravioli from Merc Bar

84: Cochinta Pobil from Taberna Mexico

83: Filet and Crab Cake from Cheuvront

82: The Dragon Roll from Stingray Sushi

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