Chris McKinley

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    October 13, 2014

    Gabriele Bertaccini of iL Tocco Food: "Life Is About Beautiful Things"

    Gabriele Bertaccini Owner, Executive chef il Tocco Food Gabriele Bertaccini looks more like an Italian clothing model than a hardworking, ├╝ber successful chef. But if you get him talking about cooking, dining, and Italian cuisine, it becomes immediately clear that he's much ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    10 Best Things I Ate and Drank in September

    Last month we released Best of Phoenix 2014, recognizing some of the best restaurants and bars in the Valley. Many of the most memorable things I ate and drank in September come from places included in the Food & Drink section of the issue though some dishes are from new spots around town. I hope y ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Stephen Eldridge of Pink Pony: "I Think We're Moving in the Right Direction"

    Stephen Eldridge Executive Chef Pink Pony 3831 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale / You can't talk about dining in Old Town Scottsdale without mentioning the Pink Pony. After all, the steak house has been a part of the restaurant scene ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Silvana Salcido Esparza on Barrio Queen: "I'm Proud of What I Did"

    Silvana Salcido Esparza Chef, Owner Barrio Cafe If you haven't been paying close attention, then the last few weeks may have been a bit confusing in regards to what exactly James Beard Award nominated chef Silvana Salicido Esparza is and isn't up to these days. So first, let's ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    Pig Ear Pad Thai from The Local: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    Clever Koi's Fourth Day Off Dinner Melds Asian with Italian with Crudo in the Kitchen

    Every last Sunday of the month, Clever Koi invites another restaurant's team into the kitchen to join forces to create one five course meal. Crudo was the fourth restaurant to do a Day Off Dinner at Clever Koi, joining Welcome Diner, Crepe Bar, and Brat Haus. With a packed house, the kitchen sent ou ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    Aaron Pool of Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soups on The Perfect Enchiladas and Why Sporks Suck

    Aaron Pool Owner, founder Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soup 3313 N. 7th Street, Phoenix When you hear the word "Gadzooks," you probably don't think of food. Toys, maybe. Or a children's clothing store. But a place for a good meal isn't likely to be the closest association. "People ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    Pastry Chef Marisa Lown on Eating Well: "It's Not a One Size Fits All for Everyone"

    Marisa Lown Pastry chef The Radical Cupcake These days you won't find pastry chef Marisa Lown in a restaurant kitchen, but that doesn't mean she's left the Valley pastry scene. Lown is still active both in her kitchen and on social media as The Radical Cupcake, whic ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

    5 Best New Metro Phoenix Restaurants of 2014 -- So Far

    If the first half of 2014 is an accurate indication of how the rest of this year's going to go, then we're in for quite a delicious ride. We've welcomed more than a few hot new dining spots to the scene, some of which didn't quite make this list but just need time and a few tweaks to become true top ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    Kelly Fletcher of The Revival on Why He's Playing It Safe

    Kelly Fletcher Chef The Revival For years chef Kelly Fletcher wooed diners from the kitchen at Tempe's House of Tricks, where he'd been working for some 10 years. But earlier this spring he left that post, seeking an opportunity to really do his own thing. He teamed up with b ... More >>

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    July 14, 2014

    Bob Tam of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour: "We Want to Feed Those Who Feed Others"

    Bob Tam Chef, partner Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour In the words of Bitter & Twisted Principle Barman and Proprietor Ross Simon, the downtown cocktail lounge is "a bar that happens to have great food." As in, first and foremost, this place is about the drinks. But ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Matt Taylor of Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden: "It Doesn't Get More Arizonan Than This"

    Matt Taylor Executive Chef Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden It's been about four months since news broke that chef Matt Taylor would be taking over the kitchen at Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden and since the initial announcement, we haven't head much ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    Josh Bracher of Second Story Liquor Bar: "There's a Reason for Everything on the Plate"

    Josh Bracher Executive Chef Second Story Liquor Bar It's been about two months since Second Story Liquor Bar opened in Old Town Scottsdale above The Gelato Spot. The cozy restaurant and bar brings a dose of old school-style to the area's nightlife scene. Everything f ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    Chris McKinley of The Local in Downtown Phoenix: "We Just Want to Have Fun"

    Chris McKinley Chef, co-owner The Local If you've been to The Local, then chances are you've already seen chef Chris McKinley. He's usually in the open kitchen, sporting some unexpected item of clothing, like bright red pants or fancy-looking shoes or a newsboy hat. It's also ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    The Local on Roosevelt Row Officially Opens Tomorrow, April 13 (Here's The Menu)

    Though The Local has been "soft open" for a few weeks now, and the restaurant has announced it will be officially open to the public as of tomorrow, Saturday, April 12. That means chef Chris McKinley and bar master Adam Hargett have finally settled on a menu of upscale, innovative food and drinks th ... More >>

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    April 1, 2014

    The Local Brings Upscale Fare and Casual Dining to Phoenix

    The Local has been a buzz topic around the downtown dining scene for the past few months and the wait to try it out is finally over-- kind of. While the hours aren't officially set and the restaurant was closed yesterday, publicist Ty Largo says the restaurant plans to be open for a "soft dinner" to ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    Chef Chris McKinley to Open The Local on Roosevelt Row in Downtown Phoenix

    If you've been wondering when Phoenix's arts district would get a contemporary American restaurant to call its own, the answer is soon. Because Chef Chris McKinley, previously of Atlas Bistro, and former Merc Bar General Manager Adam Hargett have decided to bring a new restaurant to Roosevelt Row -- ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    Top 10 Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week, September 2013

    In just a handful of days, Arizona Restaurant Week, the twice-a-year event put on by the Arizona Restaurant Association, will be in full swing. And this year, the nine-day fall celebration, which runs from Saturday, September 21, to Sunday, September 29, is expected to include over 150 restaurants o ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    13 Favorite Cold Dishes in Metro Phoenix

    Here in Phoenix, most of us take the saying "if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen" pretty literally come summer, knowing that the cooker can become the cook-ee in a matter of minutes. We can simmer in our own sweat at the stove or broil ourselves to rosy rareness at the outdoor grill . ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    Nikki's Five Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week (May 18-27)

    Arizona Restaurant Week -- the Spring 2013 Edition -- begins Saturday, May 18 and ends Monday, May 27 (which is Memorial Day, when most of us will be grilling burgers and drinking beer at home . . . but never mind). By the end of this week, ARW officially will be upon us: a 10-day eating extravaganz ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    20 Things No One Told You About Being a Chef in Phoenix

    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 of us are familiar with the less-glorious aspects of being a chef: the ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Sunday Devoured in Phoenix: Decadent 'Til You Drop

    After all of the goodness Saturday's Devoured offered, we sent two more of Chow Bella's finest out to tag team the over 40 vendors at the event on Sunday. Heather Hoch and Minerva Orduna roamed the aisles of Devoured at Phoenix Art Museum to bring you the good, the bad and the blah of the event. Dig ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Atlas Bistro in Scottsdale Announces New Executive Chef

    Since chefs Keenan Bosworth and Joshua Riesner announced they were leaving Atlas Bistro, the sophisticated BYOB in Scottsdale, to start their own restaurant, Pig & Pickle, about a mile and a half away, managing partner Todd Sawyer has been on the hunt to fill the gap left by the culinary duo. See a ... More >>