I've been away from Phoenix for 2 years (Seattle) but will be moving back at the end of this month. I've been keeping up with this board but I hadn't really expected to be back in Phoenix so soon, so I'm sure there's a lot of info that has slipped past me or that I don't remember.
So I'm asking you, kind Phoenix 'hounds, to help sum things up for me: what places have cropped up in the past two years that are worth checking out? I'm going to be fairly poor for a while following the move (tho' I won't rule out an occasional splurge) so inexpensive-to-moderate places preferred. I'll be living in Central Phoenix but my job takes me all over the Valley so anywhere goes, and am open to pretty much any type of food.
The new (or newish) places I tried before I left in 2010 were Nobuo (terrific, tho' a bit of a splurge; I look forward to trying it for lunch) and Maui Dogs (am sad that it's already gone; I was looking forward to going back).
And heck, even if it's not new, if there's somewhere you love (esp. if it's somewhere that doesn't get a lot of mention here on the board) that you feel deserves mention, I could probably use a few reminders.