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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Sisterhood of the Stove: Chef Chrysa Robertson Organizes Dinner Featuring Top Women Chefs

    Chef Chrysa Robertson isn't too thrilled about the many "testosterone tete-a tetes" going on around town -- and by that she means the recent proliferation of dining events featuring lineups of local male chefs. Over the summer there was a "Steak Out," "Veg Out," "Pig Out" and a handful of other coll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    Gertrude's at The Desert Botanical Garden

    I was determined, while dining at Gertrude's, not to be distracted by the chatter of tourists seated at tables on either side of mine at this Desert Botanical Garden hotspot. Fortunately, the food on Gertrude's recently redesigned menu was mostly so dreary, it was impossible to think of much else. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    America's Taco Shop on Seventh Avenue in Phoenix Has Closed

    Since 2008 America's Taco Shop has been a local favorite for carne asada and other Mexican specialties but the number of local outlets has recently decreased by one. The second location of America's Taco Shop, found at 4447 North Seventh Avenue, closed last month. The original location at 2041 No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    Jeff Kraus Kicks off Crudo's Blank Space Series with Exquisite Plating and, Of Course, Coffee

    A trip to Crepe Bar, chef Jeff Kraus' home turf, will likely yield inventive small plates for your table, so it was hard not to leap at the chance to see his creative mind unleashed in Crudo for the one night, no-holds-barred culinary adventure known as the Blank Space dinner. In fact, we weren't th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    Petite Maison in Scottsdale Sold to New Owners

    Chef James Porter doesn't want to say Petite Maison is closing, per se. But the truth is he and his wife Wendy have sold their five-year-old restaurant to new owners who will not be keeping the Petite Maison name or concept. "We are re-appropriating the space," Porter says of the change. "It's exc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    10 Best Things I Ate and Drank in September

    Last month we released Best of Phoenix 2014, recognizing some of the best restaurants and bars in the Valley. Many of the most memorable things I ate and drank in September come from places included in the Food & Drink section of the issue though some dishes are from new spots around town. I hope y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Stephen Eldridge of Pink Pony: "I Think We're Moving in the Right Direction"

    Stephen Eldridge Executive Chef Pink Pony 3831 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale www.pinkponyscottsdale.com /www.facebook.com/pinkponyscottsdale You can't talk about dining in Old Town Scottsdale without mentioning the Pink Pony. After all, the steak house has been a part of the restaurant scene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Meet Phoenix's 2014 Barista Competitors

    Each year, thousands of coffee professionals around the world congregate to crown a new Barista Champion. This year three fantastic individuals from Phoenix will be traveling to Rancho Mirage, California for a chance to be crowned the Southwest's Best Barista. This event feeds into the United States ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

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

    TEXAZ Grill Now through Sunday, October 19 In true Texas fashion, TEXAZ Grill is going big to celebrate the annual State Fair of Texas. That means that now through October 19 you can head to the Phoenix restaurant for dishes such as Fletcher's Original State Fair Corny Dog ($6) and a Frito Pie ($5) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Dish It Out at Salt River Fields Was Easy to Enjoy With Fun Entertainment

    Event season is in full swing as evidenced by the hundreds of people who came out to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix by stuffing themselves with food and drink at Dish It Out on Sunday. Sure, it's a little ironic to raise money to fight child hunger in such gluttonous fashion, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    10 Metro Phoenix Restaurants for a First Date

    Going on a first date can be stressful. You want everything to be perfect, but what is? There's a whole list of things you'll have to worry about and prepare, so we figured we'd help you out with finding a spot to eat. Last month we named House Brasserie the Best Place to Take a First Date in our 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    Vivo! Ristorante in Scottsdale Offers Friendly Service and Pricey Italian Cuisine

    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

    October 3, 2014

    Roosevelt Row's Chile Pepper Festival: Here's the Winner and the New Chile Pepper King

    Torrential rain and a four-block blackout made it difficult for the organizers of last weekend's Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival to put on a flawless event this year, but the less-than ideal weather didn't stop a sizable crowd from coming out. On the downside, flooding and power outages did keep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    5 Ways to Learn More About Liquor and Cocktails in Metro Phoenix This Fall

    You might fancy yourself an at-home mixologist and maybe you have been building up that home bar selection into something quite respectable. Well, it's time to put all of those bottles to use and learn how to implement their boozey goodness in the best way possible. Luckily, there are a few spots in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Matt Carter to Launch Weekly Tasting Menus at The House Brasserie With Opus One Paired Dinner on Friday, October 3

    If you've been to California's wine-making regions then chances are you've heard the name Opus One. Chances are much slimmer, however, that you've actually been inside the landmark, white limestone winery. After all a tasting will set you back $45 for just the current vintage and if you actually wan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Orange Table Has Re-Opened in Tempe -- Chimichurri Hash Is Back!

    In July we told you that longstanding Scottsdale breakfast spot Orange Table would be closing its doors for a complete overhaul, that it would reopen as a new restaurant with a new owner. Though the new management promised to keep much of the menu and staff the same, we knew it'd be the end of a bru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Best of Phoenix A'Fare 2014: Here's the Final Lineup of Restaurants and Entertainment

    New Times' annual Best of Phoenix A'Fare is just around the corner and there's still time to get your ticket to the party. On Saturday, October 4 we'll be celebrating the best that our city has to offer with food, drinks, and live entertainment. In keeping with this year's theme, Tales of the City ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Hit and Miss at Acapulco Pasteleria y Antojitos in Central 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

    October 1, 2014

    Angry Crab Shack vs. Welcome Diner: Hurricane Matchup

    New Orleans is known for its hurricanes -- yes, the scary rain ones, but also the cocktail. Pat O'Briens is the usual place to grab one, but when it's about 1,500 miles away, it's best to find a spot close by that makes them well. A typical hurricane is a mixture of rums, passion fruit juice, ice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    Gio Osso of Virtu Honest Craft Makes Grilled Octopus (VIDEO)

    OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'pxMnhycDoFNIhe65XA8rEGj9WEGGp8ij'); });Please enable Javascript to watch this video "I'm a ham, I gotta admit," warns chef Gio Osso as he readies his mis en place. On a sunny September afternoon, the chef sets up to cook in the suite of the B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    September Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

    Phew! We think we can declare the dreaded summer slump officially over. That's because, with a very busy Arizona Restaurant Week wrapping up and only two spots on our closing list, it looks like most of our favorites have made it through the dead zone and into fall. While it's a damn shame that we d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    Bad Water Brewing Tap Room is Now Open in Old Town Scottsdale; Here's the Menu

    Beer fans now have a new tap room to explore in Old Town Scottsdale. As of last week, Scottsdale-based brewery Bad Water Brewing has its own tap room where beer drinkers can find all three of the brewery's beers, as well as seven drafts and 10 bottled beers from other craft breweries. To pair with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    First-Ever Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event Drew Crowds to the Spicy Side

    When I was invited to judge the "Scottsdale Spice" awards, I thought maybe folks misunderstood the type of things I write about. Turns out it was really about culinary heat. On September 27, Valley chefs ignored the latest big storm to they could compete at the inaugural event presented by the Sco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    FEZ in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: FEZ 3815 N. Central Ave. Phoenix www.fezoncentral.com The Hours: Happy hour is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. everyday. Bonus! There's also reverse happy hour from 10 p.m. to close. See also: Cien Agaves in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

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

    Rania's Kabob Grill Today There's going to be a gastronomical throw-down tonight in Gilbert, at Rania's Kabob Grill. The restaurant is hosting the latest installment of the Chef Off series, which pits two East Valley chefs against each other in a competition to win over diners and take home the ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Postino Annex in Tempe Opens Wednesday; Here's a Look Inside

    Later this week the fourth and largest location of Postino Wine Cafe will open its doors to the public. Dubbed Postino Annex, the new restaurant and wine bar is located inside the historic Art Annex building at 615 S. College Avenue, just steps from the heart of the Arizona State University campus. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    5 Reasons to Get Excited About the Phoenix Coffee Scene That Have Nothing to Do with Pumpkin Spice

    In the mushy-yet-magical coulee that is my imagination, Pumpkin Spice exists as a rejected sixth Spice Girl. Yoga-pantsed, Ugg-booted, and sexy-baby-voiced, poor P.S. just literally can't even function as a flavor. Pumpkins are a thing. Pumpkin Pie Spice is a thing. But "Pumpkin Spice" is a myth t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Cuff in Downtown Glendale Is Now Open for Lunch; Here's the Menu

    As of this week there's a new dining option for those looking for New American food in the historic downtown Glendale neighborhood. Cuff, a new restaurant from chef Tom Harvey, has opened to the public and is currently serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Phoenix City Grille Gives Away Free Food If You Bike to Brunch

    All right brunchophiles, it's time to dust off the old two wheeler and get back on your saddle because temperatures are finally cooling off and that means pretty much every weekend should be filled with both biking and brunching. Over at Phoenix City Grille, you can choose to combine the two and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Delice Bistro: Late-Night Pastry Shop, Restaurant Now Open on Mill Avenue in Tempe

    Heads up, Tempe night owls and bar-goers. There's a new dining option located off Mill Avenue that's going to be serving pastries, crepes, and more until 2:30 a.m. on weekends. The restaurant and bakery called Delice Bistro opened Thursday at 690 South Mill Avenue, at Centerpoint on Mill.

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    Taylor's Place in Arcadia Serves Persian and Lebanese Specialties at Night

    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

    September 25, 2014

    Market Street Kitchen at DC Ranch Names New Chef

    When Market Street Kitchen opened in 2012, the owners tapped two of the Valley's best known and well-loved chefs to helm the kitchen: James Beard Award-winner Robert McGrath as executive chef and Matt Taylor as chef du cuisine. It seemed like the prefect recipe for success until, less than a year la ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    Butcher Block Meats is Now Open in Chandler

    East Valley residents looking for a place to pick up prime cuts of beef or a whole rack of ribs have a new option to explore. Butcher Block Meats, a family-owned and operated butcher shop, comes courtesy of Tim Marzonie and opened earlier this summer at 4015 S. Arizona Avenue, on the southwest corne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Roasted Tomatoes from FnB: 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

    September 24, 2014

    Welcome Diner to Open Chicken and Donut Restaurant in Phoenix

    We could pretty much live off the fried chicken and biscuit Little Birdy sandwich -- with beignets for dessert -- at Welcome Diner, and now all of that goodness is about to be available at a location southeast of Welcome Diner's current set-up. Although details on the new Michael Babcock venture ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Stephen Jones of Bootleggers: "I'm Just Going to Do The Damn Thing"

    Stephen Jones Executive Chef Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse When we met with Stephen Jones late last week, it'd been just over a week since he started his new gig as executive chef of Bootleggers Modern American Kitchen. And in just that short amount of time, he'd already written a new m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Shrimp Quesadilla from Barrio Cafe: 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 23, 2014

    Arrogant Butcher in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Arrogant Butcher 2 E. Jefferson Phoenix http://www.foxrc.com/the_arrogant_butcher.html The Hours: Happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday in the bar only. See also: Rokerij: Happy Hour Report Card

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Two Arizona Restaurants Make OpenTable's List of Best Restaurants for Foodies This Year

    Earlier this week OpenTable released an updated list of Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in America and this time only two Arizona restaurants made the cut. That's down from the five recognized by OpenTable last year. The list, which is compiled by "analyzing more than five million reviews of m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Tomaso Maggiore's Vivo! Ristorante in Scottsdale is Now Open; Here's the Menu

    The latest dining spot to come from Valley chef and restaurateur Tomaso Maggiore is now open at 6560 N. Scottsdale Road, in the same newly-built dining and retail complex as SumoMaya and Scramble. The restaurant and Italian marketplace is called Vivo! Ristorante and serves a menu of Italian cuisine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Roosevelt Row's Chile Pepper Festival 2014: Nominate A Chile Pepper Champion

    Roosevelt Row will be heating up next weekend when the third annual Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival goes down. The spicy event will take place on Saturday, September 27 at the A.R.T.S. Market from 5 to 11 p.m. In addition to naming a best chile pepper dish during the event, Roosevelt Row will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

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

    Urban Ale Trail Saturday, September 20 This Saturday beer lovers will descend on downtown Phoenix's watering holes to participate in the inaugural Urban Ale Trail. The self-guided tour will guide drinkers to a number of downtown, midtown, and uptown restaurants and bars where they'll find beer sa ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    Sol Diablo Cantina in Tempe Re-Open Under New Ownership; Here's the New Menu

    After closing in April, Sol Diablo Cantina in Tempe has reopened for business -- this time under a new owner: Luis Millan, a local entrepreneur and restaurateur. Millan brings substantial experience in the restaurant industry to the table, including time as the executive chef for Canteen Modern Tequ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Tsukuri Six from ShinBay: 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 17, 2014

    Mucho Macho Taco is Now Open: Bacon Tacos, Hummus Burritos, and Date Sweetened Horchata

    As of this week the neighborhood around 7th Avenue and Missouri has a new option for Mexican cuisine and that's Mucho Macho Taco, the restaurant concept from of Chilean-born Daniel Maldonado and partner Aaron Miller. Valley diners may know the Maldonado as part of the two-man team behind the defunct ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    Win Tickets to the 2014 Best of Phoenix A'fare

    Get ready, y'all! Our Best of Phoenix issue comes out next week and that means it's time to celebrate. This year our annual party will be held at Burton Barr Central Library on Saturday, October 4 -- and you're invited. Join us as we celebrate with more than 30 local restaurants, nine bars, and pl ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    Arizona Cocktail Week and Arizona Beer Week 2015 Are Double-Booked -- Again

    At the end of last week, I got two e-mails. One announced 2015 Arizona Cocktail Week, the other 2015 Arizona Beer Week. I should be excited. But I'm just kind of annoyed because both take place February 14 to 21. No big surprise, as that's happened the past few years without fail, and yet I really d ... More >>

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