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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Freak'N Brewing Company in Peoria Now Open

    Though it's taken a bit longer for craft brews to take hold on the west side of town, there is definitely still hope for beer aficionados of the West Valley. A new microbrewery has opened its doors in Peoria, with plans to bring quality brews of unique styles to local restaurants and brewpubs. Fre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Summer Schedules for 19 Metro Phoenix Restaurants

    There's nothing worse than looking forward to eating at your favorite local restaurant all day, only to show up and find that it's closed. Unfortunately, during summer in Phoenix that can be a pretty common occurrence. With the snow birds and the tourists mostly long gone, things get slow -- like, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Lengua Tacos from Asadero Norte de Sonora: 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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 5, 2014
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    June 5, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza Has Plans for Fast Casual Restaurant on the West Side

    On the heels of the announcement that famed Valley tastemaker Silvana Salcido Esparza will open a second Barrio Queen in Gilbert by the end of the year, the chef has some arguably even more exciting news: plans for a totally new concept to be located on the West Side. The new restaurant will be "t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    The Revival: Chef Kelly Fletcher and Chad Withycombe to Remake Mucho Gusto in Tempe

    Say, adios, to Mucho Gusto, the modern Mexican restaurant started by Chad Withycombe and then-partner Carlos Manriquez back in 2005. The restaurant will be closing on Saturday, June 7 to reopen later this summer as The Revival. Mucho Gusto was once a star in the Tempe dining scene, filling a niche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    A Guide to Locally-Roasted Coffee Beans in Metro Phoenix

    With over twenty coffee roasters in town making both boutique blends and distributing wholesale, there's undeniably a lot going on in the Phoenix coffee community. If you're feeling stuck in a rut with your java, why not try a whole new roastery to add some variety to your mornings. While this list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Preserved Pickle and Pork Noodle Soup from Asian Cafe Express: 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

    June 2, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in The Biltmore Neighborhood Right Now

    You'd never know that fine dining has taken a downturn when you look at the restaurant scene in the Biltmore neighborhood. This upscale area surrounding the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa continues to be one of the best dining and shopping destinations in town. There's been a lot of growth in the are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza's Barrio Queen to Open in Gilbert

    We've got more good news for Gilbert food lovers. In addition to the already impressive lineup of local restaurants with plans to open in the southeast Valley suburb, chef Silvana Salcido Esparza has announced plans to open a fourth restaurant in Gilbert.

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Michael O'Dowd of Urban Vine: "I'm Trying to Be Normal, But It's Hard."

    Michael O'Dowd Executive Chef/Owner Urban Vine www.urbanvinephx.com If you've experienced chef Michael O'Dowd's food already it was probably in one of two different contexts. Either you dined at Kai, when the chef was heading up Arizona's only Forbes five star and AAA five diamond restaurant, o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    La Grande Orange vs. AZ 88: The BLT Battle

    The BLT: bacon, lettuce, tomato. It is a classic American sandwich that is just as good plain as it is dressed up with sauces and extra toppings. According to the Big Apple, the BLT stemmed from the Bacon Mit Tomato sandwich, which was named for the New York City subway line circa 1936. The BLT as w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Fusion Burrito in Gilbert: Meatball Burritos and New Orleans-Style Beignets

    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

    May 29, 2014

    Jewel's Bakery and Cafe Is a Great Gluten-Free Bakery, but a Less Successful Cafe

    Julie Moreno's idea to start a gluten-free restaurant started out of necessity. One of her children needed to go gluten-less and with six kids, she needed to be able to make good eats that would please the whole family. She started with an Internet-only bakery business called Jewel's Cupcake Shop, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Mariscos con Arroz from Tumi Fine Peruvian Cuisine: 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

    May 29, 2014

    5 Things an Aspiring Sommelier Needs to Know

    During the past few years, we've witnessed the rise of the "celebrity chef," with myriad television shows glorifying a once-humble profession to the point of rock-stardom. With that glorification come the countless folks who dream of dropping out of the corporate rat race, going to culinary school a ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 29, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

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

    Farmer in the House Dinner Finale Wednesday, May 28 This Wednesday brings the final installment of the annual Farmer in the House dinner series to Binkley's Restaurant in Cave Creek. Chef Kevin Binkley will be teaming up in the kitchen with farmer Pat Duncan of Duncan's Trading Company to create a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Thai Rama in Phoenix is Temporarily Closed After a Car Crashed Into The Restaurant (VIDEO)

    If you've driven by Thai Rama on Camelback Road in the last month, you might have noticed the restaurant looks a bit different. That's because a cab crashed into the restaurant's dining room last month, causing it to have to temporarily close until reconstruction is completed. The restaurant, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Frog Legs at Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue: They Really Do Taste Like Chicken

    The Chef: Bryan Dooley The Restaurant: Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue The Animal: Frog The Dish: Frog legs with lemon tartar sauce Though they're not exactly common fare in the southwest, frog legs are a staple of French, Cantonese, and American southern cuisines. Popular types of preparation ran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour Opens in Downtown Phoenix on Friday

    Good news, cocktail geeks! The wait is finally over. As of this Friday, May 30 you'll be able to grab a cocktail at Bitter & Twisted, downtown's newest drinking spot. It's been a year since we first told you that Ross Simon, co-founder of Arizona Cocktail Week, had plans to open a bar inside the h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Welcome Diner's Mike Pantoja Makes Ginger Beer and More from Scratch

    Back in the old days of Welcome Diner, if you were looking for a drink, you had your choice of two beers on draft and the ubiquitous hurricane, accompanied by shouting and banging when ordered. Now with Mike Pantoja on board, the Phoenix spot has become as much about its attention to quality and cre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    10 Signs You're A Phoenix Foodie

    Don't worry, you don't have to be a Valley native to be considered a true Phoenix foodie. It's not how long you've lived here that gives you real culinary cred, but things like knowing where to find edible seafood and when it's peach picking season. Or knowing that a restaurant with Schreiner's saus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    The Cheater Semifreddo

    I'm busy, it's hot, and I need a dessert for the dinner thing this weekend. If you saw our post on 5 Summertime No-Bake Desserts, we gave you some options for desserts that don't require oven work. Don't get me wrong I love bringing the dessert to a dinner party. It gives me a chance to test some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Pomo Pizza vs. La Piazza Locale: Downtown Phoenix Neapolitan Pizza Battle

    You might not realize it, but downtown Phoenix has a whole lot of pizza options. There's Pizzeria Bianco, Cibo, and as of last year, two different restaurants specializing specifically in Neapolitan-style pizzas. And crazily enough, they're both located on First Street. Pomo Pizzeria comes to down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    PURE Sushi Bar in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: PURE Sushi Bar 20567 N. Hayden Road 480-355-0999 www.puresushibar.com The Hours: Happy hour is offered from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2014

    Carne Adovada Enchiladas at Los Dos Molinos

    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

    May 23, 2014

    7 Memorial Day Weekend Food and Drink Deals in Metro Phoenix

    On Monday many of us will be taking the day off to relax and remember the men and women who have given their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. And because we're America, that usually means a lot of eating and drinking...and then more eating. But if you're not planning on throw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Nourish at Optima Camelview Has Closed, Will Relocate to Tempe in Fall

    Since May 2010 Nourish at the Optima Camelview has been serving health-conscious food of the gluten free, soy free, peanut free, dairy free...well, you get idea, variety to the Scottsdale crowd. Now that's no longer so. The restaurant closed quietly over the weekend. According to owner Kirstin Care ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    From Food Trucks to Food Halls: The Future of the Food Truck Scene in Phoenix

    It's been years since food trucks exploded onto the mainstream dining scene. Three years ago they were all the rage, spawning television shows, cook books, and festivals all over the country. In 2011 the Phoenix Street Food Coalition counted less than ten members; today there are more than 60 trucks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Ian Horvath of Beehive Chocolates on Bees, Beans and the Beehive Experience

    So, we all know that growing your own food can be healthy and rewarding....but grinding your own cacao beans? Now that's delicious. That's what Scottsdale's Beehive Chocolates is up to. Crafting homemade dark chocolate and raw Arizona honey into a bite-sized, mouth-watering confection. Owner Ian H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Kurobuta Pork Chop from Noca: 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

    May 23, 2014

    Phoenix New Times Launches Food and Beverage Job Listing Site

    We've written about the difficulties restaurant owners and chefs are having finding good staff in both the front and back of the house. For reasons no one can quite pin down, restaurants and bars -- from fine dining to fast-casual spots -- are facing staff shortages all over town. To help connect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    How to Make the Perfect Pisco Sour

    If you take a trip to Chile or Peru, you'll find that the Pisco Sour is a massively popular drink. It's so popular in both countries that each has designated it as their official drink. Moreover, both Chile and Peru claim that they are the birthplace of the Pisco Sour. What is pisco, you ask? It's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Modern Grove in North Phoenix: Goat Cheese Pizza, Local Products and an Astroturfed Patio

    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

    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 >>

  • Dining

    May 22, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Classic Italian Pizza is Now Open in Tempe

    Classic Italian Pizza owner Azhar Began is fond of saying, "Life is too short to eat bad pizza." A true statement that made it all the more sad when his Tempe restaurant closed its doors in 2013. But now, just over a year later, Began and his wood fired pizzas are back -- this time at 6428 South M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Scottsdale Station at Village at Hayden Has Closed

    It's been a rough year for restauranteurs Robert and Linda Gabrick. In October they were forced to close their nine-year-old restaurant Carefree Station and now, less than six months after opening, their new restaurant Scottsdale Station has also shuttered. The 8,200 square-foot restaurant opened ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Brunch Burger from Orange 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.sari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Prickly Pear Sorbet Battle: Sweet and Spice at Taco Guild and Gertrude's

    Prickly pear has made its way onto drink and dessert menus in a growing number of restaurants. And you should be glad they it has. Prickly pears are the fruits on what are commonly referred to as prickly pear cactus, or nopales in Spanish. Taco Guild and Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Brandon Casey on Taking Over for Richie Moe and Citizen R D's Future

    It's not easy to take over management of three bars all of the sudden and it's even harder to do it when those bars have a reputation for high standards, trendsetting, and constant inventiveness like Citizen Public House, its upstairs speakeasy R D, and Phoenix's The Gladly, but Bandon Casey has a p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in North Phoenix Right Now

    When it comes to the north Phoenix part of town, the question isn't whether there are good places to eat, but whether or not you can make time to get to them all. There's a lot of square mileage that constitutes this part of town, but whether you're from the neighborhood or just passing through, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    JamRock Cafe and Grill: Goat Curry and Bread Pudding in Downtown 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

    May 20, 2014

    ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho 6850 East Main Street, Scottsdale 480-248-2000 www.cafe-zuzu.com

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

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

    Jade Bar Today There's a lot of good stuff going on at the newly renovated Jade Bar of Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain. The lounge offers stunning views of the surrounding area for one, as well as a pretty impressive cocktail program courtesy of master mixologist Ryan Margarian. Their specialty c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Samosa From Little India: 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.sari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Shine Coffee's Christiaan Blok on the Perfect Espresso Pull and Coffee Creativity

    You might remember Shine Coffee as an airstream trailer coffee spot outside of farmers markets around town, but since April of last year, the shop has had a brick and mortar location with a detached lounge area located off of Central Avenue just south of Thomas Road. Since then, Christiaan Blok and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    5 Session IPAs To Try Right Now

    In the previous decade, brewers pushed the envelope farther than it had ever gone in terms of alcohol content, barrel-aging and experimental yeast strains -- and beer geeks loved them for it. To peruse a list of the top-rated beers in the world was to see a list of the most intensely flavored and in ... More >>

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