Nikki Dishes

Arizona Highways' April "Best Restaurants" issue, on newsstands now.

Food critic Nikki Buchanan answers five foodie questions:

When you’re not dining out, what’s your favorite make-at-home meal?

No favorites. It depends on what I’m in the mood for —usually something simple. A good salad is always part of the scenario … if it’s cold out, homemade soup.

If you could sit down for a five-course meal with any Arizonan, living or dead, who would it be? Where would you dine?

Mo Udall. He was an environmentalist and a champion of Native Americans, as well as an easygoing, funny guy. I’d take him to Quiessence because he’d appreciate a meal built around sustainability and local, seasonal ingredients. I’d hope he’d regale me with Arizona stories.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

A crunchy, soy sauce-basted cricket. It didn’t do much for me.

Five words on what makes a “Best Restaurant.” Go.

Impact, mood, food, drink, service.

If you owned your own restaurant, what would you call it?

The Homesick Restaurant.

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