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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    7 Places to Get Artisan Bread in Arizona

    There's nothing quite like the aroma of freshly baked bread. If you ask us, it's one of the most beautiful smells in the world. And the good news is you don't have to look all that far to find it. There are several bakeries and restaurants in town that offer freshly baked bread regularly. We could ... 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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    September 2, 2014

    Arby's Secret New Meat Mountain Puts All the Meats on One Bun

    The Guilty Pleasure: The Meat Mountain Where to Get It: Arby's, locations nationwide (participation may vary) The Price: $10 What It Really Costs: It's a doozy, but not quite as bad as you think. I'm stunned by the existence of a new off-menu item at Arby's, the Meat Mountain. As the story from the ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    Foie Gras Bread Pudding from Barrelhouse: 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

    Chino Bandido in Chandler: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Chino Bandido 1825 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler http://www.chinobandido.com/ The Hours: Happy hour at the Chandler location is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. See also: 10 Freebies and Other Restaurant Deals in Metro Phoenix

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2014

    Cuppings at Press Coffee Roasters: a Fantastic Introduction to Coffee Fundamentals

    I remember, distinctly, the first coffee I ever tasted. At that point, I'd probably drunk a thousand cups of coffee and made about a million more than that for other people. But the first one I ever really tasted was from Ethiopia. It was reminiscent of warm blueberry syrup, delectably sweet, clean, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Free Beer: Ingo's Tasty Food Hosts Pop-Up Beer Garden on Labor Day

    Looking for something fun (and cheap) to do on your extra day off this weekend? Ingo's Tasty Food in Arcadia is hosting a special, one-day only pop-up beer garden event on Monday, September 1. The event will feature complimentary beer tasting, drink specials, gelato, and, of course, their tasty bur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Arizona Mills' New Food Hall: Burritos By Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza and Sad Noodle Soup

    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 >>

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    August 29, 2014

    Blueberry Ginger Macaron from French Grocery: 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    After Less Than Six Months, Fusion Burritos in Gilbert Has Closed

    It seems the Valley just isn't ready for internationally inspired burritos via a drive-thru because after less than six months Fusion Burrito in Gilbert has closed its doors for good. The restaurant served a menu of burritos stuffed with off-the-wall toppings including meatballs, mashed potatoes, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Times Square in North Phoenix: Eating the World

    We spin the globe and search for otherworldly spots to expand our eating horizons around the Valley. The Place: Times Square Neighborhood Italian Restaurant 2602 West Deer Valley Road www.timessquareaz.com

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    August 28, 2014

    Cuff: New Restaurant to Open in Historic Downtown Glendale Next Month

    The West Valley hasn't exactly been a destination for ambitious chefs looking to make their mark in the local culinary scene. But with a new restaurant coming to downtown Glendale, that may start to change. Later this fall, Cuff, a New American Restaurant, will open its doors at 5819 West Glendale ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Oaxaca Black Mole Taco from La Santisima: 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Nearly Half of Restaurant Workers Live Below Twice the Poverty Line, Study Shows

    If you're eating out, tipping four dollars versus three dollars on that $16 tab might not mean a lot to you, but to your server that little extra means a whole lot more. Back in our serving days it did, especially since those tips were often meant to be supplemental income for other members of the s ... 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 www.gadzooksaz.com 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 26, 2014

    Customer Defends Claim He Was Kicked Out of Pane Bianco for Speaking Spanish; Chef Chris Bianco Responds

    Last week, we told you about Phoenix resident Jeffrey Peterson, who took to social media with a claim that he had been asked to leave Pane Bianco for speaking Spanish. The restaurant, which has been open since 2004, is one of several in town owned by James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Bianco. On ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Wendy's Pickle from Green: 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Kids Eat Free at Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill Through Aug. 30

    Getting your kids to eat healthy can be hard and it can be expensive sometimes too. Luckily, you can feed your kids under 10 for free this week at Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill. With "You Build It" menu options, even the pickiest eaters in your family will have something to enjoy while you enjoy the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    How to Order Coffee Without Sounding Like A Tool

    I worked in the specialty coffee world for almost a decade before retiring to the blogosphere. If there's one thing I learned during that time, it's that there is a massive language barrier between cafes and coffee drinkers. As with any other industry, coffee comes with its own vocabulary of terms - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Oven Vine Brings Housemade Bread and Oven-Baked Pasta to Midtown 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

    August 22, 2014

    Bánh Mì from Lee's Sandwiches: 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Chris Bianco Responds to Claim that Customer Was Kicked Out of Pane Bianco for Speaking Spanish

    Yesterday a Phoenix resident took to social media with a serious accusation against one of the Valley's most famous restaurants. Last night Pane Bianco responded on its Facebook page and today chef Chris Bianco spoke about the matter with Chow Bella. Jeffrey Peterson, a technology entrepreneur and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Castillon's Brings Crazy Cheap Breakfast Burritos to North Phoenix

    There's no shortage of outstanding Mexican fare in metro Phoenix, but we're more than happy to welcome another south of the border joint onto the scene -- especially when it offers to-go breakfast burros at just $2.75 a piece. Since that's exactly what one experienced Phoenix by way of Ft. Collins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Bastila from Alzohour: 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Breaking the Cyclo: After 12 Years, Cyclo in Chandler Could Use A Fresh Start

    Entering Cyclo for the first time, you'll notice one thing before anything else: owner Justina Duong. On a recent summer evening, she's wearing a flowered maxi dress, dramatic false eyelashes, and a hip pixie cut. Her elegance appears effortless, like she's a guest herself. She immediately starts ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Jeff Kraus of Crepe Bar Makes the 13 Mile Vegetable Curry Crepe (VIDEO)

    We're going behind the scenes and getting up close and personal with some of the Valley's favorite chefs, learning what it takes to make one of their best-known dishes. Welcome to The Trail. It's hard not to smile when you walk into Crepe Bar in Tempe. Everything from the walls -- hand-painted in a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    The Lodge in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: The Lodge 4422 North 75th Street, Scottsdale 480-945-0828 www.lodgescottsdale.com The Hours: Happy Hour is offered every day from 3 until 7 p.m.

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    August 18, 2014

    10 Best Metro Phoenix Restaurants to Dine at Alone

    Getting a group of friends together to grab a meal and actually finding a place everyone agrees on can be a chore. Heck, even finding a place just you and one other person want to go to can be a task. If you'd prefer to skip the "I don't know. Where do you want to go?" debate, you can opt to eat sol ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

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

    Romeo's Euro Cafe Tuesday, August 19 Every third Tuesday of the month chef Romeo Taus of Romeo's Euro Cafe in Gilbert hosts a special dinner event with three courses and three wines for $30. This month's event features Asian Calamari Salad with cilantro tangy citrus sesame oil dressing and spicy ca ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    The Chop & Chick from Matt's Big Breakfast: 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Fogon in Scottsdale: Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and Steak Fajitas

    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 >>

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    August 15, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants for Students Near ASU Downtown (Plus One for The Parents)

    We've already told you where the best student-friendly restaurants are around Arizona State University's main campus in Tempe. But don't worry, Downtown Phoenix students, we've got some suggestions for you too. Taking classes on the Downtown Phoenix campus gives you the opportunity to explore an u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    5 Most Irritating Things About Restaurant Menus

    When it's well-written, a menu is your map to a restaurant experience. It tells you what kind of food to expect and how much it's going to cost. It might even give you a little insight into the chef and his or her vision for the restaurant. When it's poorly put together, a menu can be incredibly fru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza No Longer a Partner at Barrio Queen in Scottsale

    Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza of Barrio Cafe in Phoenix has a lot going on right now including plans for a new restaurant in Gilbert and a fast-casual concept on the west side of town. What does doesn't have to worry about any more is Barrio Queen, the Scottsdale restaurant she opened in 2012. "A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    bRUNch Running Combines Fitness and Eating -- You Know, If You're Into That Kind of Thing

    Usually our Sunday routine involves some variation of waking up with a mild hangover and rolling out of bed to seek out greasy or starchy food -- preferably in a location with lots of natural sunlight and more booze. This is the whole point of brunch. But for those of you with more productive Sund ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    Helpings Cafe in Phoenix Serves Good Food and Opportunities

    Since April, Valley residents have been eating for a good cause at Arizona's largest homeless shelter. Helpings Cafe is located at UMOM New Day Centers on Van Buren, where trainees from the shelter go through a six- or nine-week training program to gain work experience.

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    August 13, 2014

    10 Metro Phoenix Restaurants We Miss

    Some restaurants in Phoenix seemed to be ahead of their time. Others were good in theory but just didn't pan out to be regular stomping grounds for local diners. Still more restaurants just simply couldn't stay open just because we wanted them to, no matter how many times we ate there. Come take a t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Phoenix Public Market Cafe in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Phoenix Public Market Cafe 14 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 The Hours: Happy hour is available everyday from 3 p.m. to close. See also: Phoenix Public Market Cafe: Happy Hour Report Card

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    August 12, 2014

    Marilyn Monroe Milkshake from Bertie's Vintage: 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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    August 12, 2014

    Chef Patrick Karvis of TapHouse Kitchen: "If I Were to Open My Own Restaurant, This Would Be It"

    Patrick Karvis Executive Chef TapHouse Kitchen www.taphousekitchen.com There's certainly no shortage of beer-focused restaurants opening around town these days. Which chef Patrick Karvis knows is making it difficult for his restaurant to stand out. "That's the way it works," the chef says with a ... More >>

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    August 12, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants For Students Near ASU Tempe (Plus One For Your Parents)

    We'll admit, when we were in college we weren't the most enlightened of diners. That basically means we wasted a lot of money eating mediocre food at restaurants simply because we didn't know any better. But you don't have to make the same mistake. There are plenty of good -- and almost more impor ... More >>

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    August 11, 2014

    4 Metro Phoenix Espresso Blends to Try -- and 1 to Avoid

    Espresso may very well be the tequila of the coffee world. To some, the word alone evokes memories of late nights in college spent guzzling bitter, amber liquid, not for the flavor, but certainly for its desired effects. To others, appreciating the drink is a mark of sophistication. Despite the smal ... More >>

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    August 11, 2014

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

    Bink's Scottsdale Wednesday, August 13 On Wednesday James Beard Award-nominated chef Kevin Binkley will team up with winemaker Sam Pillsbury for a four-course wine-paired dinner at Bink's Scottsdale. The menu includes inventive summer dishes such as lobster with avocado, melon, extra virgin olive o ... More >>

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    August 11, 2014

    Bruschetta Board from Postino: 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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    August 11, 2014

    Make Your Own Nut Butters

    I don't know if you have strolled down the nut butter section at your grocery store lately, but the options for nut butters are exploding past just peanut butter or almond butter. Cashew butter, blended nut butters, and nut butters with a variety of added spices have arrived to shake up toast, sandw ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Blackberry Vinegar Pie from Pig & Pickle: 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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    August 8, 2014

    How to Make a Doctor Funk Cocktail (The Right and Proper Way)

    Some of my cocktailian brethren and I were recently bemoaning the lack of authenticity in some cocktails. Take the Manhattan, for example. Long ago, it was a 50/50 mix of rye whiskey and sweet vermouth, with a couple of dashes of orange bitters. Over time, the cocktail has evolved (or in this case, ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    5 Best Food Neighborhoods in Metro Phoenix

    We love our Valley dining scene but it's impossible to deny that there are certain parts of town with more to offer than others. That's not to say there aren't plenty of great restaurants, bars, and breweries that lie outside of these five geographic areas, but these are the places with more to offe ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Summer Deals: A Three Course Dinner at Lon's at the Hermosa Inn

    As summer nights wear on, it might be time to take your dinner by the campfire. No, this isn't some kitschy wild west cookout. It's fine dining at Lon's at the Hermosa Inn and it's only $40 for three courses. With menu options like steak frites, house pulled mozzarella salad, and Lon's cowboy candy ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Arizona Fall Restaurant Week is Back This September -- With Higher Prices and A New Schedule

    Arizona Restaurant Week will return this September and if you've lived in the Valley for any extended amount of time, then you're probably thinking you know the drill. Restaurants will offer a prix-fixe menu at a discounted price for a week (or so) in order to encourage diners to try some new dining ... More >>

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