Over-the-Top Food Dishes for World Food Day (Oct. 16)

With World Food Day on October 16, what better way to celebrate than some over-the-top food dishes? See below for some of the most over-the-top food dishes in the Valley that will make your mouth water.


21001 N. Tatum Blvd #95, Phoenix, AZ

Featuring an over-the-top superhero and comic book-themed bar and dining area, it’s easy to see why ComicX is the perfect place to spend this holiday! The shareable Rocket’s Dirty Nachos ($17.60), are out-of-this-world, with crispy tortilla chips, fresno queso sauce, chicken confit, fried beans, pico de gallo, avocado crema, sweet pickled onions, and jalapenos, all topped with queso fresco and a melty three cheese blend. It can also be made meatless upon request, making it the perfect over-the-top appetizer for vegetarians!


1011 S. Gilbert Road, Mesa, AZ

At Frutilandia, you’ll find a variety of over-the-top authentic Mexican and Latin snacks, drinks, and desserts made to order! In the Mango Loco ($10.99-$13.99), chamoy, tajin, and peanuts are combined with mango shaved ice, and topped with fresh mango slices and a tamarind candy stick for a sweet and savory treat. The Duro Con Cuerito ($10.99) is the perfect over-the-top snack featuring sour cream, cabbage, cucumber, cured pork skin, tomatoes, cotija cheese, and fresh avocado on a wheat snack.

Hash Kitchen 

8777 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

It’s hard to find a brunch quite as extravagant as Hash Kitchen! The Billionaire’s Bacon ($8) is made with applewood-smoked thick slab bacon that is then covered with a brown sugar chili rub and drizzled with a yuzu glaze, and the iconic name for this starter comes from the 24k gold flakes it’s topped with. One of the best parts about eating at Hash Kitchen? The Mini Cannoli Donuts and Cream Puffs Ferris Wheel ($20)! Continue your over-the-top experience with their Mini Cannoli Donuts, which are made with sweet dough and filled with cannoli cream, or Cream Puffs, which are light and fluffy. Hash Kitchen offers a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar, so you can customize your Bloody Mary to exactly how over-the-top you’d like it!

The Sicilian Baker

15530 N. Tatum Blvd Suite #140, Phoenix, AZ

There are many amazing confections offered at The Sicilian Baker, which features a cannoli bar, gelato bar, and pasticceria next door to The Sicilian Butcher. There’s a three-step process with the bakery’s create-your-own cannoli experience where guests pick their cannoli shell size, select the shell type (with chocolate dippings of course), and cannoli cream flavors like Oreo, chocolate, and Nutella. Prices for the Sicilian sweet treat start at $4 for a mini cannoli and $6 for a regular-sized cannoli.

The Sicilian Butcher 

15530 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 160, Phoenix, AZ

The Sicilian Butcher is centered around their over-the-top build-your-own pasta dish experience, where guests can choose from a selection of hand-rolled meatballs, along with daily made-from-scratch pasta and house-made sauces. Aside from the ‘build-your-own’ experience, the Meatball Ferris Wheel ($28) offers six pre-selected meatballs and sauce combinations with polenta and grana cheese, a perfect option for World Food Day.

The Mexicano

4801 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, AZ

This concept from celebrity chef Joey Maggiore features plenty of the over-the-top creations that he is renowned for, like the Machete quesadilla. This ultimate 3-foot-long quesadilla is made of blue corn tortillas and comes with your choice of Al Pastor for $32, Chicken Tinga for $32, or The Best F#*%ing Birria for $36. There is also a Build-Your-Own Margarita Bar at Mexicano ($15), where you can customize your margarita with over 30 craft toppings – from sour ingredients like Sour Patch Kids to fresh, spicy jalapenos, and edible flowers! You can order your margarita pinata style ($32), which comes with Mexican candy and a pinata tequila shot!