• Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    Barbecue at Astor House in Coronado: Hit and Miss -- and Hold the Sauce

    I rave so often and so loudly about Tuck Shop, my friends believe I'm an investor in the popular restaurant. And I dine so frequently at Vovomeena, the staff and I are on a first­-name basis. But I admit to having abandoned Astor House, a smallish eatery in the Coronado neighborhood that's operated ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014
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    September 18, 2014
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    June 2, 2014

    Michael O'Dowd of Urban Vine: "I'm Trying to Be Normal, But It's Hard."

    Michael O'Dowd Executive Chef/Owner Urban Vine If you've experienced chef Michael O'Dowd's food already it was probably in one of two different contexts. Either you dined at Kai, when the chef was heading up Arizona's only Forbes five star and AAA five diamond restaurant, o ... More >>

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    May 13, 2014

    Chef Michael O'Dowd's Urban Vine is Now Open in Phoenix

    As sad as we were to see Coronado Cafe close its doors for good in March, there's at least a silver lining to the loss. As we told you earlier this year, restaurateur and chef Michael O'Dowd purchased the Coronado Cafe with the intention to close it, renovate, and reopen as a new restaurant. It ha ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    BJ Pasquel Quit as Scottsdale's Coronado HS Football Coach Before Settling DUI Case

    BJ Pasquel resigned recently as head football coach for Coronado High School in Scottsdale for "personal and family reasons," says a February 5th Arizona Republic article. New Times has learned that the resignation came just before Pasquel settled an extreme DUI conviction with the city of Scottsda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    September Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

    Phoenicians welcomed a whole bunch of new restaurants last month, including the second location of Portillo's and couple new vegan-friendly spots. And the month also saw a few makeovers completed. You can officially check out the fresh digs at T. Cook's at the Royal Palms Resort, or grab a cocktail ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    Tuck Shop vs. Comedor Guadalajara: Tostada Scrap

    Tostadas appear on many a Mexican or Tex-Mex menu, fried tortilla swathed with beans, chopped meat, cheese or sometimes with ceviche. The word "tostada" in Spanish means "toasted," harkening to the crisp tortilla that stands as the base. Tostadas dishes give new life to stale tortillas, where afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Astor House Reinvents Itself as a BBQ Joint and We Got a Preview

    After closing temporarily a few weeks ago Astor House, the adorable neighborhood spot for small plates and cocktails, announced it would be re-opening this week but with a totally new persona. That persona comes in the form of a barbeque menu. And this weekend guests got a preview of just what the r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Astor House in CenPho Reinventing Itself as a BBQ Joint (And We've Got the Menu)

    Since it closed temporarily two weeks ago, Astor House, the charming, small plate spot from DJ Fernandes (Tuck Shop, Vovomeena) that opened last spring, has been going through a transformation -- of the 'cue kind. Featuring smoked meats done in a barbecue style Fernandes refers to as "Coronado Cue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Denise Is Cooking's Denise Clayton: Caramelpalooza Candymakers 2013

    As the chefs competing in Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth annual Caramelpalooza -- coming 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- get out the candy thermometers, we've got our pens ready to introduce you to the faces behind the caramel. If you've ever taken a cooking class with Denise Clayton, chances a ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012
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    June 14, 2012

    The Mexican Gyro: A Mighty, Mouthwatering Mash-Up of Flavor

    Greek and (especially) Mexican food are standards on the Valley's culinary scene, but it's a rare occasion when they're spotted in the same dish. Enter the Mexican Gyro, a mash-up sandwich of the most mighty and mouthwatering kind.

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    White Sage Espresso: Good Coffee, Bacon Quiche, and an In-House Psychic

    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

    May 16, 2012

    New Brunch at Coronado Cafe: Good-Looking Menu, But Some Technical Snags Trip Up the Meal

    Restaurant: Coronado Café Location: 2201 North Seventh Street New Brunch Open: About two weeks Eats: Brunch favorites with a twist Price Point: Around $11 to $20 a person Around the beginning of April, Coronado Café, the charming little bungalow turned eatery near the theater and arts district i ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012
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    February 21, 2012

    Coronado Cafe: Happy Hour Report Card

    ​The Spot: Coronado Cafe, 2201 N. 7th St., Phoenix, (602) 258-5149. The Hours: 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday The Details: Beers, Mimosas, and Bloody Marys are all down to $3, while the Cocktail of the Day is a steal at $4. House wines are down to $5 (from a standard $7.50) a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    DJ Fernandez of Tuck Shop, Part 2

    Catherine Slye, New Times​Today we've got the second half of our chat with Tuck Shop owner DJ Fernandez. Yesterday he explained how he came up with the concept for his debut restaurant venture in the heart of the Coronado District. Today he'll be sharing plans for his newly acquired space ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Now Open: Rice Paper Vietnamese

    ​Sweet! There's a new kid on the 7th street block. Her name is Rice Paper and she wants to serve you spring rolls -- sushi style. The highly anticipated spring roll bar/Vietnamese restaurant, Rice Paper, opened its doors this past weekend. Located in the budding restaurant strip of 7th street ... 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

    July 5, 2011

    Coming Soon: Rice Paper in CenPho

    ​Yay! Spring rolls in CenPho. Yet another reason to love the Coronado neighborhood. Opening later this month, Rice Paper will feature more than 20 different types of fresh and crispy spring rolls. This will be the second Vietnamese restaurant brought to the Valley by sisters Lan and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Tonight: The Main Ingredient Celebrates its First Anniversary

    The Coronado Coney is The Main Ingredient's signature hot dog. Yum!​Matt Diamond, who co-owns the happening CenPho ale house The Main Ingredient with his gracious wife Courtney,  tells me that today marks the restaurant's first year in business. To celebrate, there's an all- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Poutine Alert: Tuck Shop's New Winter Menu

    Cozy dining near downtown: Tuck Shop​The new Winter 2010-11 menu at Tuck Shop doesn't actually say "poutine," but foodies already know that fries, Gruyere cheese, and mushroom gravy amount to a Canadian cult dish that's been popping up on local menus lately. That's just one of the new items ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Willcox Apples and Grapes plus Calzone Cupcakes in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Good Times in WillcoxThis weekend looks like a good time to get out of town and head south to Willcox, AZ. Temperatures are not expected to break 100 this weekend here in the valley, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    84: Coronado Coney at The Main Ingredient

    ​Hungry yet? We're working up our appetites for our huge Best of Phoenix issue, out September 30, with daily servings of Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes from across the Valley -- in no particular order Leave your suggestions for upcoming favorites in the comments section. Visit our sister b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2010

    Now Open: Seven Lounge Hookah Bar in Phoenix

    Adriane GoetzThe new Seven Lounge on 7th Street and Alvarado in Phoenix.​7th Street-goers can have a drink and a smoke to celebrate the the newest destination in the budding network of local businesses just north of McDowell Road in the Coronado District. The neighborhood that already boasts ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    Tonight: The Main Ingredient Donates to Charity

    ​This is a special night at The Main Ingredient Ale House, says owner Matt Diamond. In tribute to his wife Courtney's late mother, who would have celebrated a birthday today had she not unfortunately passed away in 2006 after battling pancreatic cancer, the restaurant will dona ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Weekend Brunch at Coronado Cafe

    ​Have you been to Coronado Cafe lately? I'm loving how the new owners have made gradual improvements to the restaurant's already-charming decor and menus, and I especially like their outdoor patios. There's a small one in the front, and a larger one on the side. Both are a great place to fuel up o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    New in CenPho: Monkey C Brunch Spot

    ​I'm very intrigued by this flyer I picked up at That's A Wrap the other day, for a new "brunch spot and trunk sale" called Monkey C, right smack in the middle of the Coronado District (1318 E. Palm). These folks have been doing their own DIY boutique, with crepes served on the patio of their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Next Week: America's Taco Shop Opening in Melrose District

    ​With its eclectic mix of independent retail shops, the stretch of 7th Avenue between Indian School and Camelback known as Melrose on 7th seems a prime location for a cheerful, locally owned restaurant like America's Taco Shop. Owners Terry and America Bortin opened their original locat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Coronado Café for $10

    We love the cute little house-turned-restaurant Coronado Café in central Phoenix. The place is filled with uber-colorful local art and has a hip staff, and its menu offers healthy, fresh lunch items.Bonus: The restaurant recently extended its dinner hours and is incorporating more seafood items sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Tuck Shop Rolls Out New Fall Menu

    ​Fall is ushering all kinds of cozy new food at Tuck Shop, the Coronado District restaurant that's transformed the corner of 12th Street and Oak into a popular CenPho dinner destination.

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Coronado Cafe Under New Ownership

    Flight attendants-turned-restaurateurs Robert McCarville, Tom Vigil, and Randy Betnar sold Coronado Cafe two weeks ago, and the new owners of the charming eatery, tucked into an historic 1915 bungalow on 7th Street, have a few changes in store. Co-owner Diane Stackwick has lived in Arizona for a dec ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 1, 2009
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    July 2, 2009
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    June 18, 2009
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    March 5, 2009

    Cooler Head Prevails

    CenPho historic district stakes its claim with awesome tour/fest

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    February 19, 2009
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    November 3, 2008
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    October 30, 2008

    Seventh Heaven

    Get lucky in Coronado

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    March 27, 2008

    Willo, Shmillo

    Check out the ’hood with the shiz

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2007

    New English pub downtown

    Circa 1900 lost its mojo, chef Chris Curtiss got outta there a few months ago (he's currently in the kitchen at Binkley's), and rumors have been floating around that the restaurant's owners, who also own the wonderful Coronado Cafe, would unload the joint. More recently, I'd also heard that the folk ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 3, 2006

    G Spot

    No more whining

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    June 1, 2006

    Guinea Piggery

    The little bistro that should

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    March 20, 2003

    That's All, Folk

    Fest explores musical traditions

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    September 20, 2001
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    September 21, 2000

    Best Downtown Lunch

    Coronado Cafe
    2201 North Seventh Street

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    November 4, 1999
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    September 10, 1998
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    April 16, 1998
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