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    July 29, 2014

    Cocktail Summer Camp at The Gladly: 200 Years of Whiskey Cocktails Passed in a Flash

    Are you good at retaining information while consuming a formidable amount of alcohol? If so, then chances are you'd get a lot out of The Gladly's Summer Cocktail Camp, a series of bi-monthly cocktail classes featuring some of the Valley's top mixologists this summer. Each booze-soaked camp feature ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    Galileo Bread & Coffee vs. Flavors of Louisiana: Battle of the Muffaletta

    The Valley of the Sun is 1,500 miles from New Orleans' Little Palermo neighborhood, a district seated next to the French Quarter that happens to be where the muffaletta was born. And since this deli marvel is a multicultural invention, if you're Créole, it's pronounced muff-uh-LOT-ah; if you're It ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    10 More Cult Restaurants in Metro Phoenix: Readers Choice

    When we picked out our ten favorite cult restaurants in the Valley last month, many of you had a thing or two to say about your own favorite cult-status dining spots -- and we listened. Cheap Mexican eats, underground seafood joints, and stoner delights all fall into the realm of fan-favorites. He ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    Onion Rings at Joe's Farm Grill: 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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    July 25, 2014

    Earnest in Chandler: An Olive Oil Cocktail and Savory Monkey Bread

    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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    July 25, 2014

    The Downside of Counter Service

    Not so long ago, counter service was reserved for cafes and bars and coffee shops, places where you would order your drink or sandwich and then take a seat at whatever table you liked. At more traditional restaurants with longer menus and more expensive food, you could pretty much always expect to h ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    Devour Phoenix Launches eGift Card Redeemable at More Than 30 Local Restaurants

    Picking a gift for a serious food enthusiast can be tricky to say the least. No friend or family member should be expected to keep track of which dining spots the restaurant lover in your life likes, dislikes, and can't wait to try. Enter, the Devour Phoenix eGift card. The new electronic gift c ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    Spinach Spaetzle from Beckett's Table: 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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    July 24, 2014

    Chandler's The Living Room Wine Cafe and Lounge Is Coming to DC Ranch in Scottsdale

    Since December 2009, The Living Room Wine Cafe and Lounge has been bringing wine and simple fare to East Valley diners and drinkers. Now owner by Tom Kaufman (also of Humble Pie) has plans to bring the concept to north Scottsdale. If everything goes as planned, the newest location of The Living Ro ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    Ful Medames from A.T. Oasis Coffee & Tea: 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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    July 23, 2014

    10 Things to Eat and Drink in Chicago

    This time of year, conversations at Chow Bella staff meetings tend to turn to who's eaten what and where. With the summer travel season in full swing, we bring you Food Tours, our writers' suggestions of what to eat and drink out of town. There's no shortage of things to do, see, or eat in a city a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Kelly Fletcher of The Revival on Why He's Playing It Safe

    Kelly Fletcher Chef The Revival www.therevivalaz.com For years chef Kelly Fletcher wooed diners from the kitchen at Tempe's House of Tricks, where he'd been working for some 10 years. But earlier this spring he left that post, seeking an opportunity to really do his own thing. He teamed up with b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Is Raw Beef Making a Comeback in the Dining Scene?

    According to the Washington Post, raw beef is making a comeback on restaurant menus. Despite the risk of E.coli in uncooked meats, chefs say sourcing high-quality products as the key to safely serving raw beef. Dishes like carpaccio and tartare might be seen more typically on menus now than before, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Two Meat Plate from Little Miss BBQ: 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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    July 17, 2014

    5 Best Happy Hours in Central/Downtown Phoenix: Quick PHX

    Our Quick PHX guide this year showed you a lot of dining, partying, and entertainment options this year. From coffee to day drinking and cocktails, we have some spots for slinging some of the best imbibing options in Central/Downtown Phoenix. Today we'll show you the best spots for happy hour in C ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014
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    July 16, 2014

    Earnest (Formerly Cork) in Chandler Opens Today; Here's The Menu

    After a two-week whirlwind makeover, Earnest will open its doors to customers today. The restaurant occupies the space previously known Cork and is operated by former-Cork chef Brian Peterson and with co-owner and pastry chef Danielle Morris. Unlike its upscale, wine-focused predecessor Earnest ai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Tri-Tip Sandwich from Grassroots Kitchen and Tap: Taste the Most Underrated Steak in Town

    The Chef: Chris Collins The Restaurant: Grassroots Kitchen and Tap The Animal: Beef The Dish: Tri-tip sandwich In Arizona you can find brisket just about everywhere. But for many Californians like myself, a "steak" sandwich has always meant one thing: tri-tip. This cut of beef, which comes from th ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Rollover Doughnuts: Short Leash to Open Doughnut Food Truck (And a Permanent Hot Dog Restaurant at Union)

    There's Short Leash Sit...Stay and now, Rollover. Or more specifically, Rollover Doughnuts. That's right, Brad and Kat Moore and taking it back to the streets with a new food truck they expect to launch later this month. Rollover Doughnuts will serve a menu of brioche doughnuts and fritters in a v ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Mixed Grill from Copper Kettle: 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

    July 15, 2014

    Organic Fruits and Vegetables Have More Antioxidants, According to New Study

    Although one study out of Stanford University found two years ago that organic produce isn't actually much more nutritious than the GMO or pesticide-laced foods, a new study claims that organically-grown produce might actually contain more antioxidants, which have been found to protect cells from ag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Can I Get A Dress Code for Metro Phoenix Restaurants, Please?

    Dear Guy at an Upscale Phoenix Cocktail Lounge in a Tank Top, You are why we can't have nice things. Sincerely, Lauren There, I said it. And no, that's not a random, made-up reference. I was actually out at a fancy new bar-- er, "cocktail parlour" -- on a recent Saturday night and noticed an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Snooze to Open Third Valley Location at ASU in Tempe Later This Year

    Just a few months after announcing plans to open a second Valley location later this year, Denver-based Snooze, an AM Eatery is back with plans for a third restaurant. The next outlet of the retro-cool breakfast and brunch spot will be located in Tempe, specifically inside the remodeled Art Annex Bu ... More >>

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    July 14, 2014

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

    The Herb Box Tuesday, July 15 This summer The Herb Box at DC Ranch and Southbridge has brought back its Supper Club Series that will take diners on a culinary adventure around the world. For the next two months, the restaurant will offer prix fixe dinners on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, each of w ... More >>

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    July 14, 2014

    Bob Tam of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour: "We Want to Feed Those Who Feed Others"

    Bob Tam Chef, partner Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour www.bitterandtwistedaz.com In the words of Bitter & Twisted Principle Barman and Proprietor Ross Simon, the downtown cocktail lounge is "a bar that happens to have great food." As in, first and foremost, this place is about the drinks. But ... More >>

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    July 14, 2014

    The Lady from Short Leash Dogs: 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

    July 11, 2014

    Mucho Macho Taco Coming Soon, Courtesy of Former Tacos Atoyac Owner

    If you're a taco eater you'll likely remember -- with a shudder -- when Tacos Atoyac closed its doors suddenly in March. The team behind the popular Mexican restaurant, Daniel Maldonado and Pablo Lopez, had gone their separate ways. Lopez returned less than two months later -- same space, same con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Starbucks Fizzio Handcrafted Sodas Don't Suck (And Now You Can Have Coffee Soda)

    The Guilty Pleasure: Starbucks Fizzio Sodas Where to Get It: Test markets, including Phoenix Price: $2.45 for a Tall What It Really Costs: The shame of frequenting the Starbucks drive-thru (don't lie, you know you do it) Late last month, Starbucks unleashed its newest product on 16 states in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    5 Places to Eat, Drink, and Celebrate Bastille Day in Metro Phoenix

    Say what you want about their politics, but the French have given us a lot to be thankful for in the realm of food. Quiche, baguettes, escargot, Brie, pain perdu (or for the non-francophiles, French toast)...the list of delicious French dishes on and on. This Monday, July 14, why not take a meal i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    How to Make an Ampersand Cocktail: More Fun with Old Tom Gin

    I'm having lots of fun with Old Tom gin lately. So much fun, in fact, that I had to do two weeks in a row of Old Tom cocktails.

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    July 10, 2014

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

    Someburros Scavenger Hunt Today through Saturday, July 12 Now through Saturday, Someburros is celebrating its 28th year of business with twice-daily Piñata Hunts. The restaurant is thanking customers for their years of loyalty by stashing two piñatas around town every day. At 9 a.m., Someburros w ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    5 Places to Eat and Drink in Huntington Beach, California

    Surf City, USA. Sun, sand, and pretty awesome little restaurants: Huntington Beach draws tourists from all over the world, and many times, the big-name places, like BJ's or Fred's Mexican Food, will welcome you with a long wait for a table. But no need to worry. We made our way up and down Main S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Betty-Jane Hernandez of Havana Patio Cafe: "You Just Have to Roll With The Punches"

    BJ Hernandez Havana Patio Cafe Chef, owner www.havanacafe-az.com In 1991, when Betty-Jane (BJ) and Gilbert Hernandez opened Havana Cafe in a space just off Camelback Road, you couldn't even get chorizo or black beans in this town. You could smoke inside restaurant dining rooms (in fact, Havana Cafe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Phoenix Sky Harbor Restaurants: A Field Guide to Airport Dining

    We've all been there: It's 6 p.m. and your flight boards in 20 minutes. You raced straight to the airport from work and now, you're starving. You passed some decent options on your way to security but decided not to stop, hoping your prospects would look better on the other side. Now you're in line ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Cartel's Drew Scharnitzke Demonstrates 3 Coffee Brewing Methods

    A few doors down from Cartel Coffee Lab's flagship roastery location in Tempe, there's a door that reads "Cartel World Headquarters." Inside, Drew Scharntizke, along with his fellow coffee instructor Bill Kennedy, spend most days using spectrometers to ensure their brews are being extracted properly ... More >>

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    July 8, 2014

    Paitan Ramen from Umami: 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

    July 8, 2014

    Geisha A Go Go in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Geisha A Go Go 7150 East Sixth Avenue, Scottsdale 480-699-0055 www.geishaagogo.com

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    July 7, 2014

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

    Grateful Spoon Gelato Today Usually we associate happy hour with frozen margaritas not frozen treats. But at Grateful Spoon Gelato inside La Grande Orange Grocery they do happy hour with your sweet tooth in mind. From 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday you can get half off any scoop of gelato. The s ... More >>

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    July 7, 2014

    Pistachio Chicken Liver Pate from The Gladly: 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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    July 7, 2014

    Angry Crab in Mesa to Open Second Location in Phoenix

    If you still are looking for a good seafood experience, you really don't need to look any farther than Angry Crab Shack in Mesa to see the flaw in that thinking. The locally-owned restaurant serves a menu of Cajun seafood that includes crab, shrimp, and crawfish (on a seasonal basis). And there's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    An Homage to the Classic Caesar Salad

    I remember Caesar salads the way other people recall first dates. I can recite for you my best Caesar, and my worst; can list for you the most disappointing Caesars in my life, and how they fell short. I especially recall my first Caesar, prepared by my paternal grandmother, Giovanina, when I was 7. ... More >>

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    July 4, 2014

    American TapHouse in Gilbert Has Closed, Moving to North Dakota -- Wait, What?

    After less than a year of operation in Gilbert, American TapHouse has shut its doors for good. The restaurant, which came courtesy of Scottsdale-based restaurant management company Tasty Brand Holdings, offered a family-friendly environment as well as a menu of American fare. To make the sudden cl ... More >>

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    July 4, 2014

    Farmstead Goat Milk Caramel from The Simple Farm: 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

    July 3, 2014

    Justin Beckett's Southern Rail: Southern Food Requires A Little More Soul

    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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    July 3, 2014

    10 Best Hot Dogs in Metro Phoenix

    There are few dishes that demonstration our country's regional differences as well as the hot dog. This All-American dish has been personalized and adapted by nearly every major city coast to coast with regionally specific toppings ranging from mayonnaise and beans (Sonoran Dog, anyone?) to ham cook ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Kale Caesar Salad from Original ChopShop Co.: 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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    July 2, 2014

    The State of the Cocktail: Is Mixology's Hold on the Culinary World Nearing an End?

    On its own, the word mixology just feels pretentious. I get it. The image it evokes is of some bearded, bow-tied hipster bartender turning his nose up while shaking your $15 drink that's basically an Old Fashioned with some berries and a weird savory component. In fact, I don't think I've met one mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Fuego Del Mar at the Camelback Esplanade Has Closed

    After sticking it out for three and a half years at Camelback Esplanade, a mostly empty Biltmore-area shopping center, Fuego del Mar (formerly Fuego Tacos) closed its doors for good on Saturday, June 28. The restaurant, owned by Jeff Ward of Fuego Restaurant Group, opened under the name Fuego Taco ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    Croissant Bread Pudding from Ollie Vaughn's: 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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    July 1, 2014

    Chef Kelly Fletcher's New Restaurant, The Revival, Opens Today in Tempe (Here Are The Menus)

    It's not often that restauranteurs and chefs actually hit their expected opening date. But in this case the promise that The Revival would open its doors on Tuesday, July 1 was actually true. The new restaurant, formerly Mucho Gusto in Tempe, comes courtesy of chef Kelly Fletcher and restaurant pa ... More >>

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