100 Favorite Dishes

Cracker Jack from House of Tricks: 100 Favorite Dishes

Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email [email protected]

77. Cracker Jack from House of Tricks

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It's probably right about time to scurry on down to House of Tricks before the popular Tempe dining spot closes for a nearly month-long summer hiatus beginning June 30. The reason? Happy hour at House of Tricks is out of sight. Choose from refreshing craft cocktails and cold local brews to drink, but be sure to try out the cracker jack while you're there too.

In terms of bar snacks, this dish is a definite stand-out in the category. First of all, it's only $4 for your very own vintage-looking red and blue striped bag, which is a steal once you find out what sets this cracker jack apart.

Sure, it has crunchy popcorn covered in rich, buttery caramel, but that's only half of the fun. Smoky, salty Tender Belly bacon adds an extra flavor element to the package, and cashews provide a more adult nutty kick than the traditional cracker jack peanuts. All of those indulgent flavors make for a refined take on a classic kiddy treat, perfect for munching on with friends between sips of beer.

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99. French Onion Soup from Bonjour Vietnam

98. Whiskey Cream Gelato from Marrazo That's Amore

97. Breakfast Croissant from Cartel Coffee Lab

96. Salmon "Yasu Style" at Yasu Sushi Bistro

95. Cannoli from DeFalco's Italian Deli

94. Falafel Sandwich from Al-Hana Restaurant

93. PBLT at Bootleggers

92. Samosa from Little India

91. Combo Plate from El Pollo Supremo

90. Brunch Burger from Orange Table

89. Duck Fat Fries from Bourbon Steak

88. Kurobuta Pork Chop from Noca

87. Carne Adovada Enchiladas from Los Dos Molinos

86. Maple Bacon Doughnut from Rainbow Donuts

85. Pad Khing from Nunthaporn's Thai Cuisine

84. Mariscos con Arroz from Tumi Fine Peruvian Cuisine

83. Chicago Dog from Portillo's Hot Dogs

82. Lemon Bars from Phoenix Public Market Cafe

81. Preserved Pickle and Pork Noodle Soup from Asian Cafe Express

80. Maine Lobster Roll from The Maine Lobster Lady

79. Lengua Tacos from Asadero Norte de Sonora

78. Black Licorice from Super Chunk Sweets and Treats

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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