Each month, we of the PHOENIX magazine editorial team ask ourselves a different question about our favorite dining and drinking experiences in the Valley. Our picks are usually hidden in the back of the magazine among our Dining Guide restaurant listings. Not any more. Our picks are going digital! Feel free to follow us on social media (at least, those of us who tweet) and be sure to tag us (@PhoenixMagazine on Twitter and @PHXMagazine on Instagram) on pics of your favorite picks.
Happy February! As we celebrate your state's 106th birthday, we're asking ourselves, "February 14 is Arizona's statehood day! Which dish embodies Arizona for you?"
Craig Outhier, editor-in-chief
“The adovada ribs at Los Dos Molinos. Technically a New Mexican dish, but they were the first thing I ate when I moved here. And they’re so wonderful. So when someone visits from out of town and wants ‘a real Arizona’ meal, I make them order the ribs and propagate the fiction.”
Leah LeMoine, managing editor
“Besides the gringo-ized versions of Mexican food my first-generation Arizonan mom makes (barbecue chicken chimichangas with cheddar cheese FTW), I love the beef and potato tacos and tamales at Los Jarritos in my birth town Tucson. My mom went to high school with the owners’ kids.”
Lauren Loftus, associate editor
“Prickly pear margaritas are to Arizona what dirty martinis are to New York, at least in my estimation. The best was made by the original Gallo Blanco in the Clarendon Hotel but, sadly, is no longer on the menu at its new location (bring it back, guys!). I’ve heard you can get one at El Chorro, which you can sip amid classic Phoenician ambiance on their gorgeous patio.”
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Mirelle Inglefield, art director
“Something about a chimichanga says ‘Arizona,’ to me. Supposedly, it was invented here – arguably by Woody Johnson of Macayo’s or Monica Flin at El Charro Café in Tucson. I’ll take one from either of them. Or Someburros or Carolina’s or La Piñata... They are all fried deliciousness and I want one now, please!”
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Angelina Aragon, associate art director
“Love the chimi from Someburros, with sour cream, rice and beans. It is a new addiction since working at PHOENIX magazine. I can only treat myself during the week because I live far away. They need a location on the west side of Phoenix. Hint, hint.”
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