Celebrate National Rice Month this September with these local dishes.
Chifa-Style Fried Rice
Chinese and Peruvian cuisines meld in the fried rice ($25) at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort’s Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar. It’s chockablock with meat and veg. scottsdaleprincess.com/toro
A mound of golden rice with carrots and peas is topped with succulent chunks of beef ($14) in this dish at Café Chenar in North Phoenix. cafechenar.com
How to improve upon risotto? Roll it into balls, stuff them with cheese, fry until crisp and serve over pomodoro sauce ($11.50) like they do at Federal Pizza in Phoenix. federalpizza.com
North Phoenix’s Hyderabad Rasoi specializes in biryani, a layered Indian rice dish you can order with proteins from paneer to mutton ($9.99-$14.99). hyderabadrasoi.com
Share your socarrat (crispy rice on the bottom of the pan) or keep it to yourself with Prado at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa’s take on this Spanish classic ($49), which serves one to two. omnihotels.com/hotels/scottsdale-montelucia
House-made tofu and a colorful array of vegetables perch atop pristine rice in this veg dish ($13.95) at The Stone Tofu House in Mesa. thestonetofuaz.com