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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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

    The Pink Pony Hires Stephen K. Eldridge as New Executive Chef

    Since re-launching under new ownership earlier this year, Pink Pony has had a bumpy ride. For those who don't remember, here's a quick recap: Scottsdale' oldest restaurant re-opened with a new look and menu under executive chef Donald Fawcett in March. By July, we learned Fawcett and his entire staf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    The Bakery PHX Shines with Mini Pies and Potato Knishes

    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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    September 16, 2014

    10 Top Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week, Fall 2014

    With so many restaurants participating in this fall's edition of Arizona Restaurant Week -- which runs from Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 28 -- it can be hard to tell where your dining dollars will be best spent. Thankfully, we're here to dish out some suggestions. Some of the restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    Silvana Salcido Esparza on Barrio Queen: "I'm Proud of What I Did"

    Silvana Salcido Esparza Chef, Owner Barrio Cafe www.barriocafe.com If you haven't been paying close attention, then the last few weeks may have been a bit confusing in regards to what exactly James Beard Award nominated chef Silvana Salicido Esparza is and isn't up to these days. So first, let's ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

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

    The Gladly Today through Thursday, September 16 Now through Thursday The Gladly is celebrating its one year anniversary by thanking customers with a few sweet -- and savory -- deals. All week the restaurant will be giving dine-in dinner guests one $1 Original Chopped Salad per table, as well as a ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Pig Face Dumplings from Clever Koi: 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 12, 2014

    Shabu Fondue: Chef Johnny Chu's Hot Pots Return in Style

    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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    September 12, 2014

    5 New Places for Brunch in Metro Phoenix

    Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse Bootleggers is looking to attract the brunch-time crowd with food and drink deals including $1 moonshine shots and Fried Chicken and Waffle Bites. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, the restaurant will be offering sangria pitchers, moonshine mimosas, and Epic B ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    5 Places to Eat on Long Island, N.Y.

    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 winding down, we bring you one last Food Tour.

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    September 12, 2014

    Escargot en Croute from Christopher's and Crush Lounge: 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 11, 2014

    Mejico vs. Fuego Bistro: Seafood Chile Relleno Battle

    Any well-made chile relleno is just as good modest as it is dressed up. Stuff it fat with cheese? Perfect. Fill it with bright vegetables and a choice selection of meat? We're good with that, too. But those who don't consider Taco Bell Mexican food know the breading is just as important as the chili ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014

    Bakeware Maintenance Basics

    Bakeware can be a very expensive investment, and maintaining it should be a priority. However, sometimes it's hard to stand and dry every groove of your bundt pan, especially when that delicious cake is gleaming on your cake stand across the kitchen. (If you missed our post on how to turn out the pe ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014

    Bootleggers Modern American Kitchen Taps Stephen Jones as New Executive Chef

    For a while now, Bootleggers Modern American Steakhouse has been a ship without a captain -- or at least, an official one. Several months ago, executive chef James Fox and the restaurant quietly parted ways. Now owner Rick Phillips is ready to announce the restaurant's new culinary lead. And good n ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014

    Ramen Burger from Bitter and Twisted Cocktail Parlour: 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 9, 2014

    Stetson Chop from Cowboy Ciao: 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 8, 2014

    Marigold Maison Indian Cuisine Opens Today in Former Bombay Spice Space

    About a year ago Bombay Spice, the Indian restaurant owned by JNK Concepts, made some big changes. The restaurant, originally located off Tatum and Shea, moved up the road to a new spot outside Paradise Valley Mall. It also went from serving a full menu with table service to being a Chiptole-style f ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    10 Best Waffles in Metro Phoenix

    Breakfast, the best and most important meal of the day, has an all-star confection in its ranks so good that even savory food lovers have to admit a craving every once and a while. No, we're not talking about pancakes. We're talking about the groovy, segmented, fluffy, and delicious waffle. Some pre ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

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

    Spotted Donkey Cantina Tuesday, September 9 Tomorrow Spotted Donkey Cantina at el Pedregal in North Scottsdale will host a tequila dinner event featuring Tequila Chamucos. The five course dinner will start with appetizers including la canasta chips and salsas; cheese chicken quesadillas; and salmon ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    Matt Zdeb of SumoMaya: "I Don't Want Anyone to Walk Out of Here Unhappy"

    Matt Zdeb Executive Chef SumoMaya Mexican Asian Kitchen www.sumomaya.com When local restaurant owner German Osio announced his plans to open an ambitious Mexican-Asian restaurant last summer, he immediately made SumoMaya one of 2014's most-anticipated dining spots. Then Osio stoked the fire even ... More >>

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