• Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    At Southern Rail in Phoenix, Chef Justin Beckett Does Southern Fare with Finesse

    At first glance, there's plenty about Justin Beckett's Southern Rail to suggest it's going to be just another pileup of overworked dining trends. There's the rustic­-meets­-Steampunk décor, the open kitchen, the communal table set with mismatched flatware, Homer Laughlin diner ware, and dishtowel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Arizona Wines Make A Splash

    It's been a banner week for the Arizona wine scene, with some national and international light shining upon our up and coming wine business. As first reported by the Australian liquor business blog The Shout, Pillsbury Wine Company has reached a preliminary distribution deal with Decante This, a sma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Michael O'Dowd's Urban Vine: 24-Hour Pork Belly and Soy Bean Gazpacho

    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

    April 22, 2014

    5 Favorite Cocktail Bars in Central/Downtown Phoenix: Quick PHX

    Our Quick PHX guide this year showed you a lot of dining, partying, and entertainment options, and we have a few more suggestions that we'll share in the coming weeks. Today we'll show you the best spots for cocktails in Central/Downtown Phoenix:

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Top 5 Things to Eat This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Singh Farms Saturday, November 9 Located just off Loop 101 at Thomas Road, Singh Farms opens up its 20 acres of farmland every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The weekly farmers market offers a selection of organic produce and artisan food products. With great values on items like eggs, greens and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    The Yama Tower at Mud Dauber Coffee: A Better Cold Brew?

    We're all about spreading our love for the bean among the several independent coffee shops that have made it a mission to deliver a bold, and aesthetically delightful, cup. Bringing some coffee cool to Central Phoenix's Coronado 'hood is Mud Dauber Coffee -- part of an insectual group of businesses ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 20, 2013
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    May 6, 2013

    Nine Favorite Mac and Cheese Dishes in Metro Phoenix

    Ah, mac and cheese. Whether it comes from a blue box or your mother's oven, few childhood comforts can compare. These days, your cheesy noodle perfection can be customized with additions ranging from the gourmet (pancetta, panko bread crumbs, and lobster) to the not-so-gourmet (hot dogs, ketchup, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Green Chile Mac and Cheese Smackdown: The Main Ingredient vs. Roaring Fork

    In Arizona, we want things done a certain way. We like our hot dogs Sonoran, our margaritas prickly peared, and our mac and cheese chock-full of green chiles. A classic dish of Americana delivered with a Southwestern spin is the comfort dish of many locals. So whose kitchen should you head to when y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Dining Out for Life: Help Fight HIV and AIDS on April 25

    We love dining out at local restaurants. Not only do we get to nosh on good eats, we also leave with a nice case of the warm fuzzies for giving our hard-earned dollars to a local business owners. See also: - Mark Tarbell, Beau MacMillan, and Barbara Fenzl to Team Up with Childsplay on April 13 - G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Lunch under $10 at Astor House

    There are a lot of upper-crust sandwich joints in Phoenix and they're usually well worth the near $10 price tag. When we found out DJ Fernandes of Tuck Shop had a lunch joint called Astor House, we had to see if we could get fed for under $10. The adorable little converted home in the Coronado dist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Astor House in Phoenix Is Hosting a Cocktail Class this Saturday

    Attention holiday hosts: there's still a chance to wow your guests this season with a little help from the Astor House. The cozy dinning spot tucked away in the Coronado district of Central Phoenix is offering an intimate cocktail class this Saturday at 4 p.m. led by house bartender Blaise Faber. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Max Shacknai Death Investigation Will Not Be Reopened, Despite Differing Opinions on Cause

    See also: Max Shacknai Was Killed, According to Independent ExpertsSee also: Rebecca Zahau's Death Ruled Suicide; Max Shacknai's Death an Accident See also: Jonah Shaknai's Son Pronounced Dead Just Days After Girlfriend's Death Although independent investigators concluded Max Shacknai died from an a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Clove-Scented Ham and Baked Pancakes at Wy-Knot Cafe

    Welcome to Brunched, where Chow Bella samples local restaurants' offerings for our favorite meal. Hey, you get to sleep in and eat breakfast -- what's not to like? See also: Frescas and Pozole at Distrito What: Wy-Knot Cafe Where: 2325 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix, 602-218-6646 When: 7 a.m. to 3 p. ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 9, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Astor House: Wonderfully Easygoing and Perfect for Sandwich Lovers

    A hustle and bustle breakfast or lunch in this heat? Not for this lady of leisure. Lately, I've been taking my meals at Astor House. Run by architect DJ Fernandes, who also owns Tuck Shop, the adjacent Coronado neighborhood restaurant, and Vovomeena, a breakfast spot slated to open in September at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    Ten Favorite Playlists at Metro Phoenix Restaurants

    See Also: 10 Favorite Drive-Thrus in Metro Phoenix Let's face it, the music that streams through the speakers of a restaurant has the ability to make or break your dining experience. We know of a sushi shop that only plays religious music, a Mexican food joint that can't turn down the top 40 banger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Chow Bella's Top Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of new Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Astor House: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Astor House, 2243 N. 12th St. 602-687-9775. The Hours: 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday The Details: All beer is $3 and cocktails are $5. As for wine, it depends on when you get there: From 3 to 4 p.m., all glasses of wine are only $3 and bottles only $12. Thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Breakfast at Astor House: A.M. Goodness in the Coronado 'Hood

    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

    April 25, 2012

    Tuck Shop's Astor House Now Open

    How cute is this? Astor House, the new little restaurant right next door to Tuck Shop, the cozy house-turned-eatery in the residential heart of the Coronado District, is now open. Courtesy of owner and architect DJ Fernandez (whose next venture is Vovomeena, a soon-to-open breakfast spot on the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Top Ten Spots for Mac 'n' Cheese in the Valley

    Mm, mm, mac 'n' cheese. President Thomas Jefferson had it for dinner at the White House in 1802, Crayola made it a crayon color in 1993, and Kraft sells more than one million boxes of it every day. Dressed up with additional ingredients or stripped down and simple, mac 'n' cheese, essentially cook ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Phoenix Dining Cards Are Your New Favorite Gift for CenPho-ites

    ​In need of a quick gift for a CenPho pal that likes to eat at locally owned restaurants? Have I got an idea for you. Check out Phoenix Dining Cards. Packaged like a deck of cards, each of the 52 cards inside is a gift certificate to a local restaurant in Central Phoenix -- 50 cards are worth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Skirt Steak from the Tuck Shop

    ​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email 11: Skirt Steak fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Rebecca Zahau's Family Rejects Suicide Theory

    Rebecca Zahau​The family of the girlfriend of Scottsdale-based Medicis CEO Jonah Shacknai -- who was found bound, naked, and hanging by her neck at Shacknai's Coronado, California, mansion last week -- rejects the theory that she committed suicide.The San Diego Sheriff's Department is being pretty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Medicis CEO Jonah Shaknai's Son Pronounced Dead Just Days After "Bizarre" Death of Girlfriend

    Shaknai family.Max Shaknai, son of Medicis CEO Jonah Shacknai, was pronounced dead last week after a fall at his family's home.​The son of Medicis Pharmaceutical CEO Jonah Shacknai was pronounced dead last week after suffering a fatal fall at Shacknai's Coronado, California mansion, the family ann ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Rebecca Nalepa: Photo Released of Woman Found Dead at Home of Medicis Executive Jonah Shacknai

    Rebecca Nalepa​A photo has been released of the woman found dead at the home of Scottsdale-based Medicis executive Jonah Shacknai. The body of 32-year-old Rebecca Nalepa -- Shacknai's girlfriend -- was found in the courtyard of Shacknai's historic Coronado, California mansion with a rope aro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Medicis Executive Jonah Shacknai Was Not Home at Time of Girlfriend's "Bizarre" Death, San Diego Police Say

    MedicisJonah Shacknai​The San Diego County Sheriff's Department's homicide unit is investigating the "bizarre" death of the girlfriend of a Scottsdale business executive at his Coronado, California mansion yesterday. However, the SDSD says, pharmaceutical tycoon Jonah Shacknai was not at the home ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 30, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    1: Braised Leeks With Mozzarella at FnB

    ​We've spent all summer making ourselves drool over Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes from across the Valley -- presented in no particular order, mind you -- all in anticipation of our blockbuster Best of Phoenix issue, out tomorrow. From burgers to bourekas to banana cream pie, there's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    12: Rustica Pizza at Cibo

    ​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 sectio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Vegetarian Cooking Yoga Style and Ice Cream Sundaes in Today's Eater's Digest​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Vegetarian Cooking Yogi StyleVegetarian and Yoga teacher Rai Singh wants to teach you the basics of cooking with vegetables at Yoga Phoenix in the historic Coronado neighborhood ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    62: Spiced Skirt Steak at Tuck Shop

    ​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 siste ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 11, 2010
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    January 18, 2010

    The Main Ingredient Ale House & Cafe Opens Tonight

    ​After a weekend of private friends-and-family events, The Main Ingredient Ale House & Cafe finally opens its doors to the public tonight (2337 N. 7th St.)  Owners Matt and Courtney Diamond have transformed the former Lisa G Cafe Wine Bar, which they purchased from Lisa Giungo back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Twilight: the Early Show at Tempe Marketplace

    Hot Topic is selling Twilight shwag, but the homemade fashions were much more popular this morning at Tempe Marketplace. The crowd for the 10:30 movie was strictly 30 and over (except for the toddlers and babies eager moms hauled along -- hey, this was local author Stephenie Meyers' crowd, The Moms) ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 6, 2008
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    June 29, 2007
  • Culture

    June 1, 2006

    Get Smashed

    Mosaic than you can shake a stick at

  • News

    April 6, 2006

    Single-File, Please!

    No more Mr. Nice Gardeners: The feathered fiend on Mayor Phil's idiot stammerings after the big undocumented-workers' march

  • Dining

    March 20, 2003

    French Fritos

    Mexican fare reflects French flavors

  • Dining

    December 26, 2002

    Movie Buffet

    Mexican films give new meaning to "cinema fare"

  • News

    January 10, 2002

    A Path Divided

    Years ago, a dispute over money and power split the Valley's Sikh community. Then one of their own was gunned down after September 11. Will the bloodshed be enough to put them back on the same path?

  • Dining

    May 31, 2001

    Cohn Ed

    Lunch with singer-songwriter Jill Cohn is an unexpectedly happy affair

  • News

    April 13, 2000
  • Dining

    December 31, 1998
  • Calendar

    March 26, 1998

    Night & Day

    March 26-April 1, 1998

  • Culture

    May 8, 1997

    Long Night's Journey Into Gay

    Epic-length Love! Valour! Compassion! proves too much of a good thing

  • Calendar

    December 19, 1996
  • Dining

    June 24, 1992
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