The Dish Restaurant
3200 E. Speedway Blvd., 326-1714
While there's plenty of grand bar food in this town, the year-long mussel special at The Dish is definitely the best. It is so good that reservations are required to sit at the bar. For $10.95, you get a big bowl of fat mussels floating in a broth redolent of wine, butter and garlic--then bam!--the spicy after-kick flows down the throat, and a sense of well-being permeates your presence. Also included is a glass of damn good wine or a pint of microbrewed beer and warm bread that is readily replenished accompanied by a mini tub of soft herb butter.