Nine Dishes from Metro Phoenix Restaurants We'd Love to Make at Home (Recipes, Please -- Hint, Hint)

When it comes to some of our favorite restaurants, we wish the chefs would just buckle down and put together a cookbook already. Maybe an entire book of recipes is a bit much to ask for, but how about sharing a few? So we put together a wishlist of local restaurant dishes that we would give our right arm to learn how to make at home (on second thought, we might need that arm in the kitchen). A few are healthy; some are indulgent. Most are deceptively simple; others could take all day to ruin succeed in making at home -- but we're certainly willing to try. If we're lucky, we'll be able to cross a few recipes off our list. And if we do, we'll be sure to share.

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Moroccan Meatballs from St. Francis

Whether you're there for lunch, dinner, or happy hour, these Moroccan spiced meatballs are on the menu -- and we usually can't resist. Resting in olive oil and tomato sauce and topped with a fried egg and just enough cheese, this dish is a far cry from the Italian-style meatballs that grace mounds of spaghetti or are stuffed inside a sub sandwich. We'll wash dishes if it means we can learn the secret spice mix that makes these meatballs so special.

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Dominique Chatterjee