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    January 17, 2014

    The Post Restaurant Opening at New Wren Hotel in Phoenix January 31

    After nine months, $8 million in renovations, and nary a peep to anyone, The Post, an American restaurant inside The Wren, a Crowne Plaza Hotel at 44th and Washington streets (near Sky Harbor International Airport), will open Friday, January 31. "Check everything you thought you knew about hotel f ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Pho A.V. in North Phoenix: a Vietnamese Restaurant with Heart

    On the surface, Pho A.V., the tiny, six-month-old Vietnamese restaurant in North Phoenix, looks like many of the no-frills spots throughout the Valley: fluorescent lights, a modest assembly of tables and booths, a buzzing cooler. But through its doors hung with white lace curtains, in the back of ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    Chef Johnny Chu Opening Two New Restaurants in Phoenix

    The new year is already shaping up to be a busy one for Johnny Chu. The Hong Kong-born chef, along with wife, partner, and general manager Linda Q, are planning to open not one, but two Asian-themed restaurants in midtown Phoenix by the end of February. The couple currently operates SoChu House in ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    The Market by Jennifer's in Arcadia Opens Tomorrow

    Arcadia's Gaslight Square, at Indian School Road and 36th Street and home to restaurants like Nook and Cullen Campbell's Crudo, will see the opening of its newest tenant at 11 a.m., this Saturday, January 11: The Market by Jennifer's. Owned by chef Jennifer Russo-Fitzgerald of Jennifer's Catering, ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    10 Kinds of Restaurants Chefs Wish Existed in the Valley

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com. Although several new restaurants are scheduled to meet up with thousands o ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    The Perch Pub & Brewery to Open February 14 in Chandler

    This Valentine's Day, Valley hop-heads will have one more reason to love the Valley's brew scene: The Perch. The new gastropub comes courtesy of craft beer aficionado James Swann, who has dealt in adult libations at spots like Chandler's SanTan Brewing Company (which he helped open), The Hungry Mon ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    Oaxaca Restaurant Inside Sunnyslope's Let It Roll Bowl Moves to New Location

    At Sunnyslope's Let It Roll Bowl, the days of mole and tlayudas sharing the same space as strikes and spares is no more. Last month, Oaxaca Restaurant, the Mexican eatery inside the vintage bowling alley at 8925 North 12th Street, pulled up stakes, moving into a new space in North Phoenix and chan ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions in Camelback Corridor Opening Today (Here's the Menu)

    Described as "incorporating the refined culinary influences of Los Angeles, New York and London," Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions, an artisan-minded eatery and marketplace, opens its doors at 7 a.m. today. A kind of reincarnation of Chestnut Lane, chef-owner Polly Levine's short-lived, from-scrat ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    Food and Drink Trends for 2014 as Predicted by Valley Chefs

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com.As Srichacha, foam, and molecular gastronomy slowly fade into our culinary ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    13 Best Ethnic Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something a little different to eat? Well, Chow Bella is here to help. We spent the past year scouring the Valley to find the best ethnic restaurants. Here's a list worth saving for when you're looking for some great ethnic cuisine, no matter where you are in metro Phoenix.

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    December 10, 2013

    20 Best New Restaurants of 2013

    The good news is that, in 2013, as most of the country was transfixed by the shenanigans of the now-infamous Amy's Baking Company, we eye-rollers in the Valley were being treated to a crop of new restaurants more focused on well-prepared food than overcooked reality. From big-name chefs and restaur ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    The Clever Koi in Midtown Opens With a Splash

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

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    December 3, 2013

    50 Awesome Gifts for the Food and Drink Lover

    What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your lists -- no matter who they are. Here (divided by category for your convenience) are our 50 favorite gifts this holida ... More >>

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    November 29, 2013

    8 Best Neighborhood Pizzerias in Metro Phoenix

    There's nothing better than a pizza after days of stuffing yourself with Thanksgiving dinner and leftovers. You're in luck, because Chow Bella spent the past year scouring the Valley to find the best pizzerias. Here's a list worth saving for when you need a great pizza, no matter where you are in ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    5 Gifts For The Food Geek

    What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Food Geek. Ah, the food geek. Not to be confused with those so-called "f ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    First Arcadia Cookbook Swap Includes Valley Chefs, Cooking Demos, Canned Food Drive

    Ready to trade your Jean-Georges Vongerichten in for a Joel Robuchon? How about your edition of How to Cook Everything for a copy of Gourmet Today? From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, December 14, home cooks, bakers, and gift givers alike can exchange their favorite cookbooks with those from their ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    Carefree Station Owners Start Anew with Scottsdale Station, Opening Next Week

    After nine years, a dispute with the landlord caused Carefree Station, located in Carefree's Spanish Village, to shutter in October. But as of next week, Carefree Station's owners Robert and Linda Gabrick (who also own Prescott Station) will start anew with Scottsdale Station, their restaurant of ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    Scottsdale's Barrio Queen Introduces Late-Night (Until 3 a.m.) Menu

    Barrio Queen already stays open until midnight Tuesday through Saturday. But the modern Mexican restaurant's owner and chef, Silvana Salcido Esparza, is taking the late-night scene in Old Town Scottsdale one step further: by staying open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. "Scottsdale has a weeke ... More >>

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    November 20, 2013

    What's a Restaurant's Responsibility Regarding Gluten-Free Items?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com. For people with celiac disease, ingesting just a little bit of gluten (a p ... More >>

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    November 20, 2013

    Spinato's New 10,000-Square-Foot Pizzeria Opens in Central Phoenix on Monday

    Heads up, Spinato's fans: your pizzeria just got supersized. The family-owned local chain that's been making old-school Chicago-style pies in the Valley just shy of 40 years has announced their newest location, a 10,000-square-foot space at 5509 North 7th Street in Central Phoenix (7th Street and ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    New Coffee and Beer House (with Food from Payton Curry) Coming to Old Town Scottsdale

    Coffee and craft beer fans looking for a new hangout in Old Town Scottsdale will get their wish next month. Located at 3617 North Goldwater Road, in the new Creative Center of Scottsdale (along the western side of Scottsdale Road just north of Osborn Road), Sip Coffee & Beer House, courtesy of Trav ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    8 Best Neighborhood Breakfast Spots in Metro Phoenix

    We spent the past year putting together a list of the best breakfast spots in the Valley for the 2013 Best of Phoenix® edition. Print this off, bookmark it, pocket it, or make your own list for the next time you feel like rolling out of bed and having someone else make breakfast for you. Bonus: Th ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Now There's A Modernist Cuisine At Home App

    The most visually stunning cookbook ever created has now been made into a handy app available for download on your iPhone, iPad or computer. The eBook comes courtesy of former Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Nathan Myhrvold and Inkling. You can download either the whole book or specific chapters ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Short Leash Sit...Stay: A Shrine to Sausages in Downtown Phoenix

    Short Leash Sit . . . Stay is Brad and Kat Moore's urban shrine to sausages, a collection of frankfurters steamed, baked, and fried; decorated with things like roasted red peppers, mango chutney, and Cracker Jack; and wrapped most of the time in a warm naan "bun." The husband-and-wife team, who lau ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    5 Best Restaurants in Sunnyslope Right Now

    The best restaurants in Sunnyslope, at the moment, are as eclectic as the neighborhood itself. Bordered by 19th Avenue to the west, Cactus Road to the north, 16th Street to the east, and Northern Avenue to the south, they're a casual and modest bunch, capturing flavors from Mexico, Poland, Italy, a ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    8 Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

    There are few places in the states where you can find the quality of Mexican food that Phoenix has. We spent the past year putting together a list of the best places for authentic Mexican cuisine for this year's Best of Phoenix® edition. What follows are the eight best neighborhood Mexican restau ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    Scottsdale's Salty Señorita on the Move; New Restaurant, Union Barrel House, Taking Over Space (and We've Got the Menu)

    After 10 years, Old Town's Salty Señorita is ready for a makeover. And she's getting one in spades. On Sunday, November 17, the good-time cantina will host a final celebration before closing its doors to move up the street. Salty's new location will be at 3748 North Scottsdale Road (in the former ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    Mariscos Altata in West Phoenix: Tasty Sinaloan-Style Seafood Meets a Mexican Beach Party

    Does a loud and lively Mexican beach party sound tempting? If so, then Mariscos Altata on the city's west side is probably going to be a place you'll enjoy. But if your feelings about parties (and noise) don't include an ever-present blasting of banda beats from a jukebox, squawks from televis ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Should We Be Concerned About Radioactive Fish After the Fukushima Dai-ichi Meltdown?

    In the aftermath of radiation spills from Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactor in the 2011 earthquake, one question remains regarding its effect on our seafood: Is it safe to eat? In a recent article, the Los Angeles Times reports that, "according to the scientists who are studying the issue, the shor ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Hopdoddy in North Scottsdale a Solid Bite for Burgers

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Coastal Italian Cuisine Coming to Scottsdale Courtesy of Maggiore Family

    A seafood restaurant with modern Italian flair is coming to Scottsdale, and its arriving courtesy of a well-known family of restaurateurs. Set to open in late November at the Shops at Gainey Village, Cuttlefish Ocean Kitchen is the concept of Joey Maggiore, son of Tomaso Maggiore, who has owned To ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    5 Best Restaurants in South Phoenix Right Now

    For those who think South Phoenix is food-starved when it comes to great restaurants, think again. At the moment, the five best restaurants in the area feature farm-fresh produce, luscious meats, and organic grains -- many locally sourced -- in boldly flavored, scratch made dishes that are deceptiv ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    10 Best Things I Ate in October

    Another month checked off in the culinary datebook of 2013, another month when I look back on the best things I ate. From dishes like my new favorite macaron of the moment to sophisticated nachos and a tough-to-find street snack, here are 10 of the best things I ate this month, selected from review ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    13 Halloween Treats That Valley Chefs Are Giving Out This Year

    They may make gourmet food for a living, but that doesn't mean chefs don't have a sweet spot for Halloween candy. So what treats are Valley chefs planning to pass out for this Hallow's Eve assemblage of ghosts and goblins? Whether they're the same ones they enjoyed as kids or hard-to-find favorite ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    Tempe's Cadillac Ranch Closing This Weekend

    After six years, Cadillac Ranch, the little bit country, little bit rock 'n' roll bar and restaurant in the District at Tempe Marketplace, is shuttering this weekend. And as you might expect, the hangout for ASU students and general party hounds into Southwestern pub grub, endless drink specials, ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013

    Getting Cozy at Krua Thai Cuisine in Phoenix

    Have an image of a cozy Thai cafe? It probably looks a lot like Krua. The little eatery on the city's north side is a pleasant space, small and tidy, with a handful of tables and booths frequently occupied by guests who tuck into bowls of steaming, fragrant curries, spicy salads kissed with lemon, ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    Chef Jared Porter and Team to Open Central Phoenix's The Clever Koi in November

    In what may be the Valley's most anticipated new restaurant, The Clever Koi, a modern Asian food and drink establishment, has announced a tentative opening date of Tuesday, November 19. From former Parlor Pizzeria chefs Jared Porter and Joe Absolor, along with co-owners Joshua James (beverage direc ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Sunnyslope's Scramble Opening Second Breakfast Spot in Scottsdale

    Scramble, the four-year-old fast casual breakfast spot in Sunnyslope, is expanding to Scottsdale. And although the cheery theme, size, and breakfast and lunch menu of familiar American dishes will remain pretty much the same as the original, the Scottsdale Scramble will offer something the Sunnyslo ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Health-Minded Hawaiian Eats Come to Scottsdale

    Since Coconut's Fish Cafe opened in Maui in April 2009, it's been featured on CNN.com's list of "Top 10 Places to Eat Like a Local" as well as the restaurant review website Zagat for having "the perfect fish taco." This April, the healthy "island style" fast-casual eatery made its first stop on the ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Nook: A Nice Place for a Pizza in Arcadia

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Sam Fox's "Life-Changing Food Experience" on Camelback Is a Juice Bar

    In February, when most of us were still reeling over a giant-ass meteor in Russia, the lights going out at Super Bowl XLVII, and the awfulness of Seth MacFarlane hosting the Oscars, restaurateur Sam Fox threw another bombshell into the mix: a "life-changing food experience." The promise came in the ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    The Blind Pig: Scottsdale's Newest "Meat Market"

    The Blind Pig in South Scottsdale is the new venture of restaurateurs Bob and Sally Ann Molinari (Uncle Sal's Italian Eatery, the Side Door bar and restaurant) and Bret Pont, owner of Hobe Meats, a butcher shop in business for more than 50 years in Phoenix. Whether The Blind Pig's decidedly meaty ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    7 Best Happy Hours in Metro Phoenix

    Not all happy hours are created equal. In this year's Best of Phoenix® issue, we scoured the Valley to find the best places to grab a drink and a bite after a long day. Here's a look at the seven best places to enjoy happy hour in Metro Phoenix.

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    October 16, 2013

    12 Ideal Arizona Brunches of Valley Chefs and Restaurateurs

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com. It could be said that no meal makes us feel more sociable, cheery, and wor ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    5 Best Restaurants in Tempe Right Now

    What do the five best restaurants in Tempe look like at the moment? They're a diverse lot, decidedly plain in appearance, c'mon-in casual, and just plain cozy, offering a variety of dishes that take inspiration from places across the globe. You might find ingredients such as ground turmeric, Moroc ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    The House at Secret Garden in Phoenix Welcomes New Chef

    When notable farm-to-table chef Greg LaPrad left Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain to open his own restaurant, Overland Trout in Sonoita, owner Pat Christofolo (who also owns Morning Glory Cafe, Maya's Farm, and The House at Secret Garden) filled the high-profile position with her chef-son, 3 ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Halo-Halo Kitchen in Phoenix: Filipino Food That Likes to Party

    Halo-Halo Kitchen, the Filipino restaurant on the city's west side, is not only a place to eat, it's also a place to party. On one side, there is the eatery, a bright white room of Filipino baked goods and groceries and a turo-turo, or a cafeteria-style "point-point" setup of meats and prepared ste ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    9 Best Rooftop Bars in Metro Phoenix

    The three months out of the year where you should absolutely not spend a lot of time exposed to the Phoenix sun get way too much press. Three seasons out of four, unseasonable heat and drought conditions are a good thing, especially when it comes time to plan an evening at one of the many rooftop ba ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Buycott: New App Empowers Buyers to Vote with Their Wallets

    Corporate America, like, totally sucks, man. And the worst part is it's such an incestuous labyrinth of subsidiaries owned by billionaire industrialists that it's hard to know which products are "safe" to buy and which might mean giving your money to a cause that's completely against your principles ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    Apple Adding Food and Drink Category to App Store: Yes to OpenTable, No to Fruit Ninja

    Good-bye "Lifestyle," hello "Food & Drink." Macstories reports that, "in the next few weeks," Apple's App Store will be updated with a new "Food & Drink" category. Good news given that currently, finding apps having to do with eating and drinking means trolling through the "Lifestyle" category and ... More >>

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