Each month, we of the PHOENIX magazine creative 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.
Craig Outhier, editor
"Dark-matter duck confit, or whatever mad-science treats Kevin Binkley has up his sleeve at the new Binkley's Midtown. So exciting. It's like a new 'Star Wars' movie is coming out."
Leah LeMoine, managing editor
"I am beside myself with glee that Obon Sushi Bar Ramen is coming to Scottsdale Quarter. I love ramen and can't wait to have some (plus craft cocktails!) within walking distance of our office. Lunch will be much more fun."
Lauren Loftus, associate editor
"Sure, Paleo can be pretentious, but I always get a bit obsessed with my diet (and pants size) come January 1. So I'm excited to embrace my inner cavewoman and try all the wild-caught/grain free goodies at the new Blooming Beets Kitchen."
Follow on Twitter: @thelaurenloftus
Mirelle Inglefield, art director
"I am stoked about the second location of The Mission opening within walking distance of my house. My favorite dishes are the hearty guacamole to start (made table-side and fun to watch!), the savory roasted organic butternut squash tacos for the main course and the spicy espresso churros for a grand finale."
Follow on Twitter: @MirelleMeow
Angelina Aragon, associate art director
"Flower Child. I am not big on ordering salad when I got out to eat because when I do treat myself, I like to enjoy a burger or pizza. But the Mediterranean Diet salad changed my life and perspective on a delicious salad! I am happy to start off the new year with a healthy lifestyle."
Follow on Twitter: @absolutely_ange
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