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Food and Cooking

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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 7, 2014

    Drinking in San Diego: How It Compares to Phoenix's Cocktail Scene

    San Diegans are probably sick of the sight of us "Zonies," as they refer to us. During summer months, it's pretty much guaranteed that many Phoenicians will head to the city to escape and when we do it seems every time there's a bevy of new food and drink spots popping up that warrant a visit. While ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014

    Regina Margherita D.O.C. from La Piazza Locale: 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 6, 2014

    Veggie Pho with Rare Beef from Khai Hoan: 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 6, 2014

    Pizza a Metro in Phoenix Opens Second Location in Gilbert

    For years Pizza a Metro on the city's west side has been an out of the way but favorite spot for wood-fired pizzas and scratch-made Italian specialties. The restaurant, formerly owned by Maurizio Benforte, is known for its meter-long pizzas -- in fact, that's where the restaurant gets its name, whic ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    Eight's Great GrillFest Returns to Peoria This Fall; Tickets on Sale This Friday

    Last fall Eight, Arizona PBS hosted the first annual Eight's Great GrillFest in Peoria, bringing national and local celebrity chefs to the Valley to celebrate the art of cooking with fire. This November the event will return to a new venue and will have a new focus on fine wines. Some of the Southwe ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    The Standard in Scottsdale: A Restaurant, Market, and Bar in One

    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 6, 2014

    Stephen Jones Leaves Blue Hound Kitchen at Hotel Palomar in Downtown Phoenix

    When Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails opened in 2012, the gastro-pub restaurant brought life to downtown Phoenix's CityScape. That was in no small part thanks to then 32-year-old chef Stephen Jones, who quickly won over diners with his contemporary American fare including dishes such as Kentucky fried ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    Pastry Chef Marisa Lown on Eating Well: "It's Not a One Size Fits All for Everyone"

    Marisa Lown Pastry chef The Radical Cupcake theradicalcupcake.blogspot.com These days you won't find pastry chef Marisa Lown in a restaurant kitchen, but that doesn't mean she's left the Valley pastry scene. Lown is still active both in her kitchen and on social media as The Radical Cupcake, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    10 Best Things I Ate and Drank in July

    I know summer is supposed to be the slow season for restaurants in this town but I can tell you I didn't notice anything slow during last month's dining excursions. A few of the items that make it on July's list of the best things I ate and drank are special creations that do a great job of showcasi ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

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

    Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain Tuesday, August 5 Starting this week and continuing through the month of August, Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain will be offering A Taste of Quiessence summer dining experience. For the event chef Dustin Christofolo will be creating a three-course ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

    5 Best New Metro Phoenix Restaurants of 2014 -- So Far

    If the first half of 2014 is an accurate indication of how the rest of this year's going to go, then we're in for quite a delicious ride. We've welcomed more than a few hot new dining spots to the scene, some of which didn't quite make this list but just need time and a few tweaks to become true top ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

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

    Beer Dinner: Huss Brewing Company Saturday, August 2 We're pretty excited that well-known Valley chef Matt Taylor has relocated to the kitchen at Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden. And if you're looking for a good excuse to go check out what the chef has up his sleeve, then this Satu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Flavored Simple Syrup: How to Make It, How to Use It

    Simple syrups are often found behind your favorite bar, used to flavor and add a bit of sweetness to your cocktails. Equal parts sugar and water (or liquid), they can be flavored with a multitude of things, but if you aren't mixing up cocktails every night, what else can you use them for?

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    July 31, 2014

    Grilled Octopus from Virtu Honest Craft : 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 30, 2014

    Bobby Q Recognized as One of the Nation's 30 Best BBQ Spots

    Although other places in the nation pridefully boast their barbecue prowess, one Phoenix restaurant is showing America what the Valley has to offer fans of smoked meat. Bobby Q was ranked among the top thirty BBQ joints in the nation by Open Table's Diners' Choice awards after about a decade of serv ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    10 Flavors of Gelato from Local Chefs to Debut at The Gelato Spot in Scottsdale on Friday, August 1

    This Friday, August 1, locally-owned dessert chain The Gelato Spot will launch its second annual Gelato Wars contest. As with last year's event, the contest will pit a lineup of local chefs against each other in a battle to earn a custom-molded gelato cone trophy, $500 cash, and a $5,000 check prese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Orange Table to Close in September; Reopen as New Concept, Park Place Bar & Grill

    For years, Orange Table has been our go-to spot for brunch in Old Town Scottsdale. The restaurant's cozy location, neighborhood feel, and one-of-a-kind dishes (where else can you get chimichurri corned beef hash or a heaping plate of white flannel?!) made it a gem of the dining scene. But that's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Buttterfish Tataki from Roka Akor: 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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 29, 2014

    Bink's Midtown to Host All-You-Can-Eat Pig's Head Party

    You've had plenty of opportunity to pig out on the Bink's Midtown patio. For more than a year now, the central Phoenix restaurant courtesy of James Beard Award-nominated chef Kevin Binkley has been hosting weekly whole pig roasts with themes that change from week to week. Earlier this year we even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    That's a Wrap to Close After 18 Years; Owners Seeking Buyer for Restaurant

    It's been a long run for That's a Wrap, the healthy-minded restaurant located at 800 E. Camelback Road. But after 18 years the restaurant is preparing to close its doors on Friday, August 29. The building the restaurant occupies has been purchased by a local car dealership and will be bulldozed to ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    Delux in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Delux 3146 East Camelback Road, Phoenix 602-522-2288 www.deluxburger.com The Hours: Happy Hour is offered Monday - Friday from 4 until 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. daily, though the sushi kitchen closes at midnight Sunday - Thursday.

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 24, 2014
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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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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