Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

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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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    September 6, 2013

    10 Best French Toasts in Metro Phoenix

    It must be hard for toast. Always being passed up for his more decadent French counterpart. While toast must settle for being someone's à la carte, French toast enjoys the full satisfaction of taking centerstage at the most important meal of the day. And though no two French toasts are the same - ... More >>

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    March 16, 2013

    Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week: St. Patrick's Day Edition

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of 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. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.

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    March 11, 2013

    Matt Pool On Chris Bianco, Andreoli Italian Grocer and Phoenix as a Food Town

    Matt Pool Matt's Big Breakfast 825 N. 1st Street, Phoenix 602-254-1074, Giant Coffee 1437 N. 1st Street, Phoenix 602-396-7215 See also: -- Chili Challenge: TexAZ Grill vs. Matt's Big Breakfast -- Matt's Big Breakfast: New, Bigger Location Now Open This is part one of my i ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    11 Best Pizza Spots in Metro Phoenix

    As a restaurant town, Phoenix still gets a bum rap: too many chains, too few ethnic, no restaurant-rich urban core, and no famous equivalent to Philly's cheesesteak or Chicago's hot dog to call our own. But there's one thing we do have in abundance, and it's great pizza. Seriously, we are a first-ra ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    15 Metro Phoenix Restaurants to Visit During Spring Training 2013

    Spring Training is almost upon us, which means winter is officially over and it's time to break out the shorts. This right here is the weather we Phoenicians live for, the reason we endure five hellish months of summer and severe cases of cabin fever . . . just for the few all-too-brief months of ba ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Schnitzel Showdown: Haus Murphy's vs. Bavarian Point

    It's October, which means Oktoberfest, which means we all have a semi-legit excuse for drinking copious amounts of beer and dancing the polka (sorry, there are no excuses for wearing dirndls or lederhosen). So it seems like a good time to re-visit two of the Valley's longest running German restauran ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    Matt's Big Breakfast vs. Over Easy: Omelet Onslaught

    In this week's Battle of the Dishes, we're pitting two local breakfast giants against one another omelet-a-omelet. Matt's Big Breakfast and Over Easy are frequently named as top breakfast joints, and both of them were featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.

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    June 12, 2011

    Kimberly White of Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe Dies Too Young at 34

    ​Kimberly White, granddaughter of Mrs. White of Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe and brother of Larry White Jr. of LoLo's Chicken & Waffles, passed away Friday at the age of 34. "She was sweet, not an enemy in the world," her father, Larry White Sr., told me this afternoon. "Kimberly was t ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Pie Fight: Pizza a Metro vs. La Piazza al Forno

    Sauce. Cheese. Dough. Pizza-making might seem like a simple endeavor, but there are  dozens of factors that go into determining what makes a quality pie. Most are personal preference: wood fired versus oven baked; thin crust or deep dish. Hand tossing, sauce consistency and type of cheese also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Matt's Big Breakfast Threatens to Flatten Joe's Diner Like a Pancake

    A real pancake is a thing of beauty. Not Bisquick or the fast food version, but an honest-to-goodness made from scratch griddle cake filled with love and real buttermilk. Some people, like my earnest dining companion, grew up with these comfort food treats. Others of us were ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Austin Chantos: Olive and Ivy

    Carol BlonderAustin Chantos​ Pastry Chef Austin Chantos grew up eating hearty midwestern meals in central Illinois. He still favors the flavors and kind of cooking his chef father provided for the family: biscuits with gravy and one- pot meals filled with meats, vegetables and potatoes. Austin gl ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Adam Richman, Host of Man v. Food Takes On Chompies, Los Reyes de la Torta, Alice Cooper's Big Unit, and Scottsdale Guilt This Wednesday on The Travel Channel

    ​This Wednesday, former All My Children actor and current host of Man v. Food, Adam Richman, travels to Phoenix to stop at Los Reyes de la Torta and Alice Cooperstown, before taking on the Ultimate Slider Challenge at Chompie's. The challenge, which will air Wednesday night at 9 p.m. on the Travel ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern in Arizona Is Made Even More Bizarre, Thanks to Confusing and Creepy Play-Date With Chris Bianco

    ​So last week, Andrew Zimmern goes on a quest for real Sonoran cuisine in Arizona on Bizarre Foods and hooks up with Chris Bianco, the wait-in-line-for-two-hours pizza guy of Pizzeria Bianco. Huh? What? Why? Were all the Mexican foodies in the Valley busy? Did Silvana Salcido Esparza, owner of Bar ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    Battle of the Pecan Pie

    In honor of the season, we figured this week's Battle of the Dishes should spotlight a treat we find on our own holiday dinner table every year. Pecan pie is a guilty pleasure -- thick, rich and chock full of enough calories to bust any "this year I'll stick to my diet over the holidays" ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    Food Network Star Guy Fieri Heats up Mesa Arts Center

    This past Friday evening, hundreds of Food Network fans crammed into the Mesa Arts Center for an evening of fast paced, rockin' fun at the Guy Fieri Road Show. This was the show's second to last performance on the 24-city tour (the last being Vegas, baby), so Guy pulled out all of the stop ... More >>