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Eating Out

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    April 24, 2014

    5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Artopia Friday, April 25 This Friday night, we're announcing the winners of the fifth annual Big Brain Awards at Artopia, a celebration with food, drinks, and, of course, art. We've already introduced you to all the finalists in the Culinary Arts category, which includes Aisha Tedros of A.T. Coffee ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    Chodang Tofu and BBQ in Chandler Serves Instantly Addicting Korean Cuisine

    If you're a soup fan, look forward to trying the silky smooth tofu soup at Chodang Tofu and BBQ in Chandler -- that is, if you haven't experienced it already. The dish, which can feature your choice of meat and vegetables, arrives at your table in bubbling hot in a black earthen bowl. You'll be aske ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Hot N Juicy Crawfish Is Open in Tempe -- Prepare to Get Messy, Seafood Fans.

    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 23, 2014

    Flower Child: Sam Fox's Newest Restaurant to Open April 29 in Arcadia

    Get ready, people, because restaurateur Sam Fox seems confident that his newest restaurant concept is going to turn your entire life upside down. Opening Tuesday, April 29 near the northeast corner of 44th Street and Camelback, Flower Child, "is the start of a food revolution by Sam Fox" -- at lea ... More >>

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    April 23, 2014

    Petite Maison in Scottsdale Launches Spring Menu and Summer Schedule

    We're calling it. It may only be April, but summer in Phoenix has pretty much arrived. We know because Chef James Porter's Petite Maision has switched over to a dinner-only schedule, making it the first (we've heard) of the many restaurants in town that will either cut back to limited hours or clo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in Arcadia Right Now

    There are plenty of reasons for food lovers to like the Arcadia neighborhood -- the central location, the ranch-style homes, the plentiful citrus trees, and of course, the plethora of dining and drinking options. There's no shortage of places to grab a bite or a cocktail in this Phoenix neighborho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Payton Curry Posts Photo of Food Critic on Twitter -- Way to Keep It Classy, Chef.

    Chef Payton Curry of Brat Haus and Taco Haus isn't playing nicely. The chef, clearly unhappy about a recent review of his restaurant Taco Haus written by local food writer Gwen Ashley Walters, outed the anonymous restaurant reviewer on Twitter yesterday. Walters, who writes reviews for Phoenix Mag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Dine Out for Life on April 24 and Help Fight HIV and AIDS

    The annual Dining Out for Life fundraiser will take place this week on Thursday, April 24. On that day, dozens of local restaurants have pledged to donate anywhere from 10 percent to 50 percent of their proceeds to the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. The money raised from diners on Thursday will go t ... More >>

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    April 21, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Cuttlefish Monday, April 21 Scottsdale's seafood-centric Italian restaurant, Cuttlefish, has introduced a new lineup of daily specials, available five nights a week. On Monday nights diners can enjoy a 1 lb. char-grilled Maine Lobster and Linguine Nero Fra Diavlo for just $25, while Tuesday brings ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    James Fox of Bootleggers on The Barbecue Trend in Phoenix

    James Fox Executive Chef Bootleggers (Phoenix, Scottsdale) www.bootleggersaz.com It's taken a while, but if you're a fan of slow smoked barbecue then you're probably already aware that we have a pretty solid selection of 'cue joints in this town. There are the standby options like Bryan's Black Mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    TapHouse Kitchen in Scottsdale is Now Open: Craft Beer, Modern American Cuisine

    The group behind American TapHouse in Gilbert has brought craft beer to Scottsdale with a second concept, TapHouse Kitchen. The restaurant opened a few weeks ago in the Hilton Village Center at 6137 N. Scottsdale Road, in a space formerly occupied by Blue Wasabi. TapHouse Kitchen offers a menu mod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    5 Best Things To Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Wingstock 2014 Saturday, April 19 The "hottest festival in the Valley" is going down Saturday at the Mesa Amphitheatre. At Wingstock Arizona 2014, Valley restaurants (including House of Brews in Gilbert and The Vine Tavern & Eatery in Tempe) will compete for the title of "Wingstock King of Wings. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    The Arizona Bread Company in Scottsdale Is Baking Karsh's Rye Bread

    No, your eyes don't deceive you. According to Jeff Benkel, one of the owners of The Arizona Bread Company in Scottsdale, the bakery is making and selling Karsh's rye bread. "It's the real deal," Benkle says. "I'm really happy with it." The Arizona Bread Company, on the northeast corner of 70th a ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014
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    April 15, 2014

    Caffe Boa in Tempe Is Doing Easter Brunch in Old School Croatian-Style

    If you're still looking for a unique way to celebrate Easter brunch this year, you might be interested in what they've got planned over at Caffe Boa in Tempe. Owners Jay and Christine Wisniewski are bringing some Croatian traditions to their restaurant by offering rotisserie-style all natural, who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Eddie's House Monday, April 14 Passover begins at sunset today and that means it's time for Seder. But don't worry if you didn't make plans for the festive feast because Eddie's House in Scottsdale has got you covered. The restaurant will be serving a Passover feast that includes four courses. Dine ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Republic Ramen v. Hana Japanese Eatery: Chow Bella's Ultimate Battle of the Ramen

    March Madness might be over, but Chow Bella's Ultimate Battle of the Ramen is just heating up. We pitted two first round winners against each other to see who will proceed to the finals. In this crosstown match, Hana Japanese Eatery takes on Republic Ramen.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in Peoria, Surprise and El Mirage Right Now

    Head west of the Loop 101, hit the US 60, and you're in the north West Valley. And while it's not the hottest or hippest part of greater Phoenix, the cities in this neck of the woods -- which include Peoria, Surprise, and El Mirage -- have more than a few restaurant gems to offer hungry diners. You ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Moroccan Bastilla at Alzohour Market: Eat This Now

    When it comes to hidden gems, Alzohour Market is about as good as it gets. Located just west of the I-17 off Northern, this Middle Eastern and Moroccan grocery/clothing store greets customers with a a few rows of shelves stocked rather haphazardly with chocolates, canned goods, and spices. And if th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    A Farewell to Karsh's Bakery, The Valley's Best Jewish Bakery

    For more than four decades Karsh's Bakery was famous in this town, one of best and longest-lasting Jewish bakeries in a city where finding good rye bread and rugalach can pose a real challenge. So when news broke the bakery would be closing its doors, customers jumped at the chance to grab one last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Corazon Mexican Cocina in Central Phoenix: Homemade Horchata and Chilaquiles Off the Beaten Path

    Several members of the Chow Bella team noticed a now brightly painted Mexican restaurant, Corazon Mexican Cocina, and sent me to investigate. Before the facelift, the spot was known as Altamar Mexican Grill and still operates under the same owners. We approached with the question: Truly authentic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Burgers 21, Courtesy of The Melting Pot, Will Open in Scottsdale

    Add another fast-casual burger chain to those already competing for your dinner dollars in Scottsdale because Burger 21, a franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., has plans to open two restaurants in the Valley this year. As we told you last August the first Burger 21 ... More >>

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    April 9, 2014

    Silk True Asian Opens April 10 in Chandler

    Chandler-ites will be welcoming a new Asian restaurant to the dining scene as of Thursday, April 10 when Silk True Asian opens its doors for business. The restaurant will be located at 4995 S. Alma School Road in Chandler, inside the Promenade at Fulton Ranch. Silk True Asian comes courtesy of own ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Karl's Quality Bakery in Sunnyslope Has Re-Opened in New Spot

    The last time we checked in with Karl and Christine Boerner, the father-daughter duo behind Sunnyslope's Karl's Quality Bakery, the owners had secured a new location and were launching an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to get things up and running. That was back in January and though the Boerne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    15 Easter Options at Metro Phoenix Restaurants

    In Arizona, celebrating Easter becomes about more than the holiday itself. It's also one of the last big hurrahs before the temperature creeps up to 100 degrees and stays there throughout the summer. That's why we recommend booking a table for Easter brunch, especially if you can snag a seat outdoor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Jade Bar in Paradise Valley: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Jade Bar 5700 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley 480-948-2100 www.sanctaryoncamelback.com

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    April 7, 2014

    As Lime Prices Rise, Metro Phoenix Restaurants Figure Out A Way To Lower Cost

    Think of your favorite dinner at a local Mexican joint-- the guacamole uses lime juice, the margarita uses lime juice, and your favorite street taco is typically topped with a slice of lime too. Many drinks and dishes in town use the green citrus, but recently, cartels in Mexico have started trying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Casablanca Lounge Tuesday, April 8 This Tuesday the 2014 Scottsdale Culinary Festival will kick off with the Opening Night Affair at Casablanca Lounge in Old Town Scottsdale. The event will be "a stylish salute to classic Hollywood" with a red carpet, vintage cocktails from Campari, small bite, mag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    5 Things Your Server Really Doesn't Want You To Do

    Everyone who plans on ever dining out should be forced to serve, at least for a month or two. Then maybe folks would have a little more compassion for the fine ladies and gentlemen who take care of them from the greasy spoon diners to the upscale steakhouses. While we don't expect y'all to rush out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Modern Grove Neighborhood Eatery & Market to Open April 8 in North Phoenix

    A new neighborhood spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, and drinks is coming to north Phoenix at 15530 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 160, on the northwest corner of Tatum Boulevard and Greenway Road. Modern Grove Neighborhood Eatery & Market, an eatery and market, will celebrate its grand opening tomor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Steak 44 in Arcadia to Open on Saturday

    Steak aficionados won't have to wait much longer to dig into a 22-ounce bone-in ribeye at Steak 44, the newest restaurant to come from the Mastro's family. The restaurant, located at 5101 N. 44th St. (the former home of Cork 'N Cleaver), will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5.

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Blue Crab Handroll at Yasu Sushi Bistro: Eat This Now

    It seems this tiny restaurant has fallen off the radar for many food lovers. But not for the local Paradise Valley/North Phoenix crowd. They still fill every table in the entire cozy dining room, even on random Tuesday nights, filling up on sushi and other Japanese specialties.

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Henry's Private Kitchen in Mesa Is for the Adventurous Diner -- Who Can Read Chinese

    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 3, 2014

    Snooze in Central Phoenix Struggles to Live Up To The Hype

    Whether it's a humble meal of eggs and toast or an elaborate dish of eggs Benedict and handmade pastry, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and it's the meal Snooze, and A.M. Eatery in Central Phoenix specializes in serving -- every day until 2:30 p.m. The restaurant chain, founde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Arizona Barbecue Festival Saturday, April 5 This Saturday the "Biggest Honky Tonk in Town," the fifth annual Arizona Barbecue Festival will take over Scottsdale's Salt River Fields. The event will bring together more than 25 top barbecue purveyors, local restaurants, and numerous bars for an event ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    T. Spot (Formerly Tien Wong) in Chandler Has Closed; Johnny Chu to Open New Hot Pot Restaurant in Sunnyslope

    If you've got a craving for chef Johnny Chu's spicy, bubbling bowls of broth, we've got some bad news. You're going to have to wait because the chef's hot pot and ramen restaurant, T. Spot in Chandler, has closed its doors for good. Chu re-branded the restaurant as T. Spot in fall 2013. It was cal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Passover Dinner at FnB April 14 Features Chopped Liver, Lamb, and Meringue

    Take it easy this Passover and let the "veggie whisperer," Charleen Badman, and her crew over at FnB make your dinner this year unforgettable. Family-style appetizers that have classics and new favorites, kosher style entrees, and some fantastic desserts are all on the menu for the dinner on April 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Lola Coffee at Sam Fox's The Yard: Phoenix's First Siphon Bar, Kopi Luwak, and Tapas

    In January we told you that Lola Coffee, the Roosevelt Row coffeeshop from one of the city's best-known roasters Daniel Wayne, was headed for The Yard. And whether you love or hate Sam Fox's giant dining and hangout space on Seventh Street, you're going to want to come check out the new Lola Coffee. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    March Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

    Another month, another handful of painful goodbyes to Phoenix dining institutions have left us near heartbroken. However, with some exciting new restaurants hitting the scene this month as well, it almost makes up for having to let go of some favorites -- almost.

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Arizona Restaurant Association Announces the 2014 Finalists for the Foodist Awards

    With all these awards flying around this week, it's getting hard to keep it all straight. So here's a refresher: The Arizona Restaurant Association created the Foodist Awards last year to celebrate "the most amazing tastes, faces and places in Arizona food and beverage." Last year, the list of fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Joe Absalor of Clever Koi in Phoenix: "I'm Having to Hold Back A Little Bit."

    Joe Absalor Chef, owner Clever Koi www.thecleverkoi.com You might already have heard the story behind the other half of Clever Koi's culinary team. Chef Jared Porter, formerly executive chef of The Parlor, has been in the business since age 15. He won a full ride to culinary school at the Art In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Rania's Kabob Grill: Afghan Cuisine Has Come to Gilbert (With Delivery!)

    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 1, 2014

    Taco Guild in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Taco Guild 546 East Osborn Road, Phoenix 602-264-4143 www.tacoguild.com

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in Gilbert Right Now

    In addition to being one of the least sinful cities in the country, Gilbert happens to be one of the hottest mini dining hubs in the Valley. Later this year the city's downtown area will welcome a slew of new eateries to the scene including LoLo's Chicken and Waffles, Snooze, and Sam Fox's Zinburger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Noca vs. Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions: Lobster Roll Rumble

    Normal people eat on vacation; around here, we go on vacation to eat. And while we love our desert home, we're not above booking a ticket to the coast just to get our hands on some decent seafood. The good news: With a handful of Valley menus offering fresh lobster rolls, we can now get shellfish wi ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Sazón Bachata: The Caribbean Comes to Grand Avenue in Phoenix

    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 28, 2014

    Havana Cafe in Phoenix to Close After More Than 25 Years

    We told you earlier this month that LGO Hospitality -- the group behind Le Grande Orange, Ingo's Tasty Food, and Chelsea's Kitchen among others -- has plans to open a new restaurant at 4225 East Camelback Road. That location is currently the home of a small complex called Camelback Court, in which t ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Tacos Atoyac in Phoenix Has Closed Indefinitely

    According to a post on the restaurant's Facebook page on Friday night, Tacos Atoyac in Central Phoenix has closed its doors indefinitely. The restaurant, owned by Oaxacan Pablo Lopez and Chilean-born Dan Maldonado, opened in 2010 and has become known as one of the Valley's best places for excellent ... More >>

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