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 January! As we welcome the new year with open arms, we're asking ourselves, "What are you most excited to eat in 2018?"
Craig Outhier, editor-in-chief
"I need to get myself out to the East Valley to try some of those virtuoso regional Chinese restaurants everyone is talking about: Original Cuisine in Mesa, which is one of our Best New Restaurant honorable mentions, or the new Shaanxi concept from the House of Egg Roll folks."
Leah LeMoine, managing editor
"I’m psyched for meatballs at The Sicilian Butcher, tamales at the sit-down The Tamale Store, and tacos and great art at Taco Chelo. I also want to diversify my wine consumption, so I’m adding the wine bars from this month's happy hour round-up to my high list, along with more visits to my standbys Sorso Wine Room and LDV Wine Gallery."
Lauren Loftus, associate editor
"My New Year’s resolution for 2018 is to eat less meat and dairy since it’s better for the environment. Thank goodness Phoenix has some awesome veg options, like the Buffalo ‘wings’ at Green New American Vegetarian that are both utterly addictive and 100 percent vegan. I also want to finally try Helio Basin Brewing Co. and their chickpea tostada with prickly pear grapes and purple kale."
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Mirelle Inglefield, art director
"My goal is to up my veg cred, and luckily there is no shortage of savory vegetarian dishes in the Valley. My favorite is the coconut-based lemongrass curry at Fresh Mint, which has tender strips of tofu and the sharp but subtle flavor of onion. The ancient grains bowl at Flower Child and the inside-out veggie burger at True Food Kitchen are runners-up"
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Angelina Aragon, associate art director
"As the new year begins, I am excited to try some more pizza spots from our Pizza City, USA feature from the July 2017 issue. I have to visit Federal Pizza, Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana and Grand Avenue Pizza Company."
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