• Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    GRAZ Kitchen Fresh Is Now Open in Chandler; Here's the Menu

    Chandler-ites looking for a breakfast and lunch destination can add a new restaurant and juice bar to their list of options. GRAZ Kitchen Fresh, located at 1005 S. Arizona Avenue in the San Tan Gateway Center, opened earlier this month and is serving a menu of salads, sandwiches, and juices. Break ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    5 Best Food Neighborhoods in Metro Phoenix

    We love our Valley dining scene but it's impossible to deny that there are certain parts of town with more to offer than others. That's not to say there aren't plenty of great restaurants, bars, and breweries that lie outside of these five geographic areas, but these are the places with more to offe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Steak 44 in Arcadia: a Modern Steakhouse With a Neighborhood Feel

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Steak 44, Mastro Family's New Arcadia Restaurant, Will Open in April

    It's been nearly a year since we first told you that Arcadia's well-loved chophouse Cork 'N Cleaver, which was damaged by a fire in 2010, would become a new restaurant under the operation of the well-known Mastro family. Jeffrey Mastro, Michael Mastro, Dennis Mastro and Scott Troilo -- who also own ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Nick LaRosa of Nook in Arcadia on Cooking for John McCain and Why the California Glove Law Doesn't Matter

    Today we're back for part two of our interview with Chef Nick LaRosa of Nook in Arcadia. If you're wondering about the photo above, the fun-loving chef is channeling his inner Iron Chef during our photo shoot. Today, we chat with LaRosa about the possibility of a second restaurant (hint: Nook Pasta ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 16, 2014
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    Essence Bakery's Second Location Will Open in Phoenix This Thursday

    Many months ago, we allowed ourselves to get just a little bit excited about the prospect of a second location of Tempe's Essence Bakery Cafe. Back then we reported that owners Gilles Combes, husband of Essence Bakery chef and owner Eugenia Theodosopoulos, was "cautiously optimistic" about acquiring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    10 Best Things I Ate in August

    Summer may be taking its sweet time saying good-bye, but the good eats served up on this critic's plate for the month of August seem all but a blur. From dishes like heady asparagus at one of my favorite new restaurants, to food truck pho, to a handful of a.m. eats perfect to start your day with, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    A Sweet and Spicy Burger Combination at The Grind

    There are hundreds of ways to prepare a burger. Some places will use a grill; others will place the meat in an oven. The Grind, now located in Grayhawk as well as Arcadia, does the latter, but its oven is no ordinary oven. At The Grind, burgers are cooked to perfection in a 1,000-degree coal-fired ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 11, 2013
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    June 12, 2013

    Nostalgic Milkshake Matchup: Bertie's Vintage vs. MacAlpine's Soda Fountain

    We lucky Phoenicians have options when we want to doo-wop and bee-bop and slurp down some milkshakes at on old school soda fountain. Simple, rich ice cream is the base for any good malt or shake, but our favorite old school drinkeries offer a variety of flavors that range from classic to just plain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    April Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

    We'll always remember April as the month we said adios to every single Baja Fresh in the Valley. But at least we welcomed quite a few new friends to ease the pain. See also: - March Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix - February Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

  • Dining

    April 25, 2013
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    April 23, 2013

    Get Your Tickets Now for the Arcadia Edible Garden Tour on May 11

    April showers bring May flowers -- and you know who really loves flowers? Your mom. Lucky for her, you can one-up the traditional bouquet come Mother's Day weekend with tickets to the Arcadia Edible Garden Tour happening May 11. Join fellow horticulture enthusiasts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as you to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Texaz Grill's Chicken Fried Steak Is a Classic Phoenix Guilty Pleasure

    The Guilty Pleasure: Chicken Fried Steak Where To Get It: Texaz Grill, 6003 N. 16th St. (at Bethany Home Road) Price: $12.95 What It Really Costs: So big it's two guilty pleasures for the price of one. In restaurants, the trend is take a humble comfort food and turn it into an upscale dish. Sometim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Sushi Brokers in Arcadia Now Open

    This week, Arcadia picked up a much-needed cuisine to add to its collection of Indian School eateries: sushi. See also: - Hey Joe! Sets Up Food Truck Pop-Up Restaurant in Central Phoenix - First Arizona Portillo's Opens Next Week in Scottsdale Joining neighbors such as Cave & Ives, Milagro Grill, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    New Television Series Filming Three Valley Restaurants for Taco Wars (Oh, Canada!)

    With all the television love Valley restaurants have been receiving lately, you can hardly get to a table without hitting your head on a boom mic. See also: - Set Your DVR to Stun: Kitchen Nightmares Candidate Amy's Baking Company Scheduled to Be on Check Please! Arizona - Guy Fieri Spends Time Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    10 Best Things I Ate in January

    Like a lot of folks in the Valley, I was stricken by germs of the nastiest nature this month (so many hot toddies and TV). See also: The 10 Best Things I Ate in 2012 But despite the lingering ailments, I still managed to find some great eats for January. From old favorites to new finds and cheap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Over Easy Adding Two Locations in the Southeast Valley

    For those in the Southeast Valley looking to score a.m. eats like cheddar jalapeño biscuits and gravy, caramelized banana and pecan brioche French toast, or battered and fried breakfast sausages on sticks, your mornings just got a little sunnier. See also: Aaron May Dishes On Being a Chef, a Rest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    New Soda Fountain, Candy Store, and Vintage Clothing Shop Opens in Arcadia

    Milkshakes, candy by the pound, bowling shirts? Be still our beating retro heart -- Bertie's has come to Arcadia. Located at 4041 East Thomas Road (40th Street and Thomas), Bertie's opened Monday (with cake pops in hand, natch) offering a sweet treat or two to go along with the vintage shopping.

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    S.e.e.d. Cafe Opening This Week in Arcadia

    A one-stop spot for fitness training and healthy eating is coming to Arcadia, specifically to the northeast corner of 38th Street and Indian School: the Madison Improvement Club (featuring yoga and spin) and its S.e.e.d Cafe ("Sustainable. Edible. Entirely. Delicious.") See also: Sutra Midtown Buil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Name Kitchen 56's Giant-Ass $18 Burger (and Then Possibly Be Killed By It)

    Extending a middle finger high and proud to rising food prices, world hunger, and nationwide obesity, Kitchen 56, the Arcadia restaurant serving American comfort food, wants you to name its newest burger. The reward? The winner gets one a month until the end of the year. Where, given the burger's un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    O.H.S.O. Eatery and nanoBrewery Still Has Some Work To Do

    O.H.S.O. Eatery and NanoBrewery, which recently opened in Arcadia, has the style part down. But beyond hanging out on the patio with a cold beer and ordering some traditional pub fare, O.H.S.O. fails to deliver. Here's an excerpt from this week's cafe review:

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Man, 30, Rushed to Hospital After Serious Accident at Skypark Trampoline Park in Phoenix; UPDATE: Man Dies From Injuries

    A 30-year-old man was rushed to a hospital Thursday evening after a serious accident while jumping at the newly opened Skypark Indoor Trampoline Park in Phoenix's Arcadia neighborhood."He was not breathing and had no pulse," says Captain Scott Walker of the Phoenix Fire Department.Walker expects to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Sam Fox to Open Second Culinary Dropout in Phoenix

    From hiring ex-Noca chef Chris Curtiss to run his new NoRTH location in Arcadia last November, to taking over the Oakville Grocery Co. space at CityScape in October to open Chloe's Corner with co-owner Ashly Young last week, restaurateur Sam Fox has been a busy boy indeed -- and just a month into 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    O.H.S.O. Eatery and Nano Brewery Opens in Arcadia

    ​O.H.S.O. Eatery and Nano Brewery, the new restaurant and small-batch brewery from first-time restaurant owners Jon Lane and Pat Walsh, opens today in Arcadia in the former home of the Black Forest Mill German Restaurant at 4900 East Indian School Road. The newly renovated restaurant will fea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Sam Fox's NoRTH Featuring Chef Chris Curtiss Opens In Arcadia

    ​The sixth location of NoRTH, the modern Italian restaurant chain from Fox Restaurant Concepts, opens today at 925 North 40th Street with one big difference: It's headed up by former Noca chef, Chris Curtiss. "The Arcadia NoRTH has a very different feel and really is a complete departure from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Five Phoenix Happy Hours Before 5 p.m.

    Photo by: Catherine Slye Daytime happy hour haven, Barrio Cafe.​Screw the pooch, happy-hour is man's real best friend-- or the real man's best friend. Whether it's a standard happy hour or a reverse, any time is a good time to eat, drink, and be merry at a discounted price. But a daytime ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Lisa G's Chicken Juno

    Maya Dukmasova Memorial Day BBQ at Arcadia Marketplace​Yesterday and Tuesday, Chef Lisa G shared words of wisdom and tricks of her trade. Today, she gives us a cherished family recipe for the Chicken Juno Sandwich, an old favorite from the days of her namesake cafe and bar. Background: Our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Lisa G at Arcadia Marketplace, Part 2

    Maya Dukmasova Lisa G at Arcadia Marketplace​Yesterday, Lisa G set the record straight about her family history and why she sold her namesake restaurant. Today she shares tricks, pet peeves, and gives some advice for aspiring female chefs. At home, do you cook for yourself? No! Once i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Cave & Ive's: Sanitas Bona on The Second Floor

    Tuscan Pie​Second story patio dining in Phoenix is as rare as rain. Lucky for us, a bit of it fell this month in Arcadia thanks to the opening of Cave & Ive's Portico Grill at Indian School Road and 44th Street. Part of the patio.​A new concept from the folks at Sacks Art o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Laura Godfrey of Arcadia Farms

    Carol Blonder Laura Godfrey​We met up with Laura Godfrey, the pastry chef at Arcadia Farms in mid-afternoon, a relatively calm time in the bakeshop, after a bustling morning of production. Laura moved from Flagstaff to Phoenix to attend culinary school. Her perfectionist traits define the b ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 8, 2010
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    June 15, 2010

    The Vig Uptown: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: The Vig Uptown​6015 N. 16th Street602-633-1187www.thevig.usThe Hours: Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 till 6 p.m. if you can't make happy hour they also have great specials on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.The Deal: Half price appetizers, $5 small pitchers of all draft beer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Club Candids: The Vig Uptown

    We've come to expect attractive people to be at The Vig Uptown.​The Vig in Arcadia has been a frequent card we've played when we're deciding on a place to stop for a bite to eat and a tasty cocktail. So when we heard about the opening of the Vig Uptown, we were more than willing to check it out. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Black Forest Mill Restaurant Closes, Leaving Hipster DJs Homeless Once Again

    A scene from the scenester-heavy Cheap Thrills night at now-shuttered Blackforest Mill.​What is it about this town that causes cool clubs or venues hosting hip dance nights to shut down? (Maybe all those fashion plate patrons spend too much time mugging for photos instead of buying enough al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Pocket Shot: The Latest in Sneaky Drinking

    www.pocketshot.netCollect 'em all!​Lets be honest: we've all done the 'ol "vodka in the water bottle" or "beer in the cargo pocket" routine from time to time (because the real crime is charging $10 for a watered down cocktail, or (gasp!) not allowing alcohol on the premises at all, right?). ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Club Candids: Bar Hopping in Arcadia

    Clearly, the best specimens were found at The Great Escape.​We've got some fantastic slideshows up this week, we really do. So while our co-workers were watching the clock all weekend, making sure to show up on time for the big events, we decided to just take it easy and bar hop on our own schedul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    The Vig Opening Second Location in Uptown Phoenix

    ​Heads up, uptown Phoenix. You're about to get another hot spot in your backyard. The Vig, the Arcadia restaurant with the best bocce ball in the city, is opening a second location, on 16th St. and Glendale in north Phoenix, according to General Manager Pam Vincent. Yes, that's just across th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 14, 2009

    A Fistful of Hollers

    Screw green grass, give us the blue stuff

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    This Just In: Chef Line-Up for West of Western

    Wasn't it just New Year's Eve? Weren't we just shivering in our sweaters and jackets? All of a sudden it's March, and it feels like summer's right around the corner. No complaints from me, buddy. I love this time of year, not only because of the balmy weather, but because there's so much to do ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 16, 2008
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    June 5, 2008

    A Fistful of Hollers

    Screw green grass, give us the blue stuff

  • Dining

    February 8, 2007

    Posh Poseur

    Don't pass the bar

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    September 18, 2003


    The Golden Paw Concierge

  • Calendar

    May 1, 2003

    Cuba Gear

    Havana good time at SMoCA

  • Culture

    January 2, 2003

    Rat Fink

    Roof Rat Man leads Arcadia's rat race

  • News

    June 1, 2000

    Stapley Manner

    County Supervisor Don Stapley made a killing on a shady development and sank the profits into a mansion. Then he told the tax assessor to value his estate at $863,000 -- while listing it for sale at $2.5 million.

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    April 15, 1999
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