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8 Great Eats, Phoenix favorites so far in 2013![REVIEWS]

Wow, have I been eating at some great places around town the last couple months. Instead of giving in-depth reviews of each backlogged restaurant, I decided to go for a quick rundown of what I have enjoyed so far. If you have any questions about these restaurants, feel free to comment below and I’ll be happy to provide more details!

Fork vs Food- FnB- BroccoliFnB-Scottsdale, AZ
http://fnbrestaurant.com/
I’d heard a lot of hype about FnB from friends and foodies in my area, but it took me far too long to get there and see if the hype was justified, and boy was it ever. Pavle Milic is a suave front-of-house co-owner, who, along with his great staff, make you feel very welcome on every visit. But all the good graces in the world wouldn’t make a difference if the food wasn’t good, and it’s gooood.

Charleen Badman leads the kitchen and delivers some of the best simple but elegant food in the valley. The focus is on fresh, seasonal ingredients, and the menu is constantly changing depending on what’s available, but you’ll usually find six or seven smaller plates, a few vegetable dishes and a few entrees. What really blows me away at FnB are the vegetable dishes. I crave them! It’s what has brought me back to FnB on many occasions since my first visit. Also, the restaurant opens up late on Saturday nights for “Late Night Love”, which is a limited menu with a special entree and discounted drinks. Every time I go to LNL, I see local chefs there, and when the chefs come out, you know you’re in the right place.
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Fork Vs. Food- Chou's Kitchen- Potatoes, Eggplant, Peppers

Fork Vs. Food- Chou’s Kitchen- Potatoes, Eggplant, Peppers

Chou’s KitchenChandler, AZ
910 N Alma School Rd – (480) 821-2888
I have always been one of those guys that doesn’t get Chinese food, because I feel like everything I find is Americanized, bland, and boring. Luckily, the group from PHXFoodNerds reported about Chou’s Kitchen, and I decided to take a trip and see what Dongbei style, Northeastern Chinese food was like. I’m so glad I did!

Regional specialties like flat, clear, green bean noodles, crispy beef pies, stewed pork neck bones, spicy tiger salad and some of the best vegetable dishes I’ve ever had are on offer at Chou’s. It’s no wonder that this amazing regional menu that has caught on in local media and even recently garnered praise from Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the best Chinese restaurants in the U.S! Chou’s Kitchen is a true find in Arizona, and well worth a visit.
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Fork Vs Food- Zappone’s Bistro- Fettucine Bolognese

Zappone’s Italian Bistro- Gilbert, AZ
http://www.zapponesbistro.com/
Zappone’s is the new kid on the block in Gilbert, having opened in December 2012. Run by a husband and wife duo, they’re serving a menu of Pastas, Sandwiches, Pizzas and other standard Italian fare. What I like most about Zappone’s is that they’re the type of people you want to support. I’ve been in several times and offered criticism, and they take it on board, and make changes to improve. I can really see them hitting a stride and doing great business within the next few months. The food quality is there, including some house-made pasta, and lots of “scratch” cooking. Really looking forward to many more visits at Zappone’s.
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Fork Vs Food- Cafe Ga Hyang- Banchan

Fork Vs Food- Cafe Ga Hyang- Banchan

   Cafe Ga Hyang-Glendale, AZ
4362 W Olive Ave – (623) 937-8550
Korean food has long been one of my all-time favorites, and Cafe Ga Hyang is the king of Korean food in Phoenix, as far as I’m concerned.  You can usually tell how good the meal will be by the quality of the Banchan(small sides to accompany the meal) at the beginning of the meal, and at Ga Hyang, the sides were fresh, authentic and packed full of flavor and spice.

Ga Hyang excels at traditional Kalbi(BBQ Sliced Ribs), Sam Gyup Sal(Pork Belly), and Spicy Seafood Soups that you see on many Korean Menus, but also many things I haven’t seen on other menus. Iced Buckwheat noodles, Pork with Oysters, a strange version of Kung Pao Chicken that was kept on the menu from the previous establishment. Seriously, I can’t praise Cafe Ga Hyang enough. If you don’t believe me, follow the extensive pictures and discussion on the PHXFoodNerds board.
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