• Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    Papa John's Weird Pizza Department Unveils Fritos Chili Pizza

    The Guilty Pleasure: Frito pie on a pizza. Where to Get It: The Papa John's delivery guy. Price: $12 for a 14-incher. What it Really Costs: How much is a bottle of Tums? I'm quite intrigued by Papa John's R&D department. Every now and again, they release an oddball specialty pizza in an attempt to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    August 12, 2013

    This Is What Juggalo Food Looks Like

    One of the true hardships that we face as a nation is the omnipresent problem of being surrounded by booze and stimulating foods. In the comforts of your own home, you may be able to curb your pizza roll addiction into having just a civilized cup of tomato soup. At the Gathering of the Juggalos, you ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 1, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Beefy Crunch Burrito Fan Gets Inked, Because He Promised Taco Bell He Would

    Consider yourselves warned: Promise Taco Bell that you'll tattoo a burrito on your body if they bring back your favorite menu item and they will take you up on the offer. See also: 10 Best/Worst Pizza Tattoos At least that's what the company is saying went down recently with Beefy Crunch Burrito ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Hot Toppings: Minerva's Favorite Mexican Hot Sauces

    Growing up in Hermosillo, in northern Mexico, in the 1980s, my school lunchbox was filled with healthy and delicious snacks of juicy orange wedges, crunchy cucumber spears, jicama slices drizzled with lime juice and sprinkled with salt and chile powder, and a cold can of Jumex brand mango nectar. I ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 14, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Six Valley Food Trucks, Rated

    The Phoenix food truck craze is over. Not that we still don't enjoy food trucks. Their offerings at lower commitment levels than those of their dine-in brethren make them the most accessible and cheapest culinary adventures in town. But gone is the hype of the new. With more than 30 food trucks cur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Arizona's Congressional Elections: Good, Bad, and Ugly

    As is the case every two years, all nine of Arizona's seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for grabs, and some are closer than others.For example, if it's 8 a.m. on Election Day, and we're on the Secretary of State's website trying to find the name of the Democrat running against Congre ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 20, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Rehab Burger Therapy: Sized to Satisfy

    Wolfing down a gigantic burger can be a lot like a one-night stand: fun at first, then full of self-loathing and regret. Rehab Burger Therapy in Old Town Scottsdale does not believe in one-night stands -- at least, not half the time. Each one of its 10-ounce Rehab burgers is available in a more ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    What's On Your Cooking/Baking Bucket List?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail Miss a question? Go here.Go shark-cage diving, get on a JumboTron, sleep w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Taco Bell's Beefy Crunch Burrito: Holy Flamin' Hot Fritos!

    ‚ÄčAnother year, another crapload of new menu items from Taco Bell. First up, the Beefy Crunch Burrito. Touted as "layers of seasoned ground beef, rice, warm nacho cheese sauce, reduced-fat sour cream [hahaha!] and Flamin' Hot Fritos wrapped in a warm, flour tortilla," the Beefy Crunch Burrit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    New Tex-Mex Footlong Quarter Pound Coney from Sonic: Football Meets the Footlong

    Football meets the footlong? Yeah, it's a bit of a stretch, especially when it's a Tex-Mex Footlong. But if Friday Night Lights has taught me anything, it's that Texas loves its football and 30-year-old actors who play teenagers. ‚ÄčSonic's new Tex-Mex Footlong Quarter Pound Coney, available for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    New Summer Foodie TV: Four Season Openers, One Spin-Off, and One Super-Shameless Rip-Off From Food Network

    Oh, TV, how did you get so smart? Just when the temperature starts to rise on another fiery Phoenix summer, you go and give us a bunch of new and returning foodie shows to keep us safe from sunburn, hanging out with you in air-conditioned bliss. Plus, yesterday's launch of the Cooking Channel (lat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Veggie Shavings and a Crocodile Muzzle in This Week's, "Guess That Gadget"

    ​How well do you know your favorite cookhouse contraptions? See if you can guess today's gadget and check back next week for the answer. Here are a few shots at the answer, add yours to the comment box below: - Alien Chalice - "Topsy" the Topple Vase - Crocodile Muzzle ​ What the he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Food Challenge: Dining for a Buck

    When we heard about the two Social Justice teachers who went on a "Dollar a Day Diet" back in 2008 (they're now working on a book deal) and Rebecca Currie's follow-up project on healthy eating for a dollar a day, we thought they all must be crazy. We can't even eat for a dollar a meal, mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    TEXAZ Grill Pays Tribute to the Texas State Fair

    It's no secret that the Lone Star State -- and all of its legendary down-home cooking -- is the inspiration at TEXAZ Grill. All year long, the place serves up chicken-fried steaks and barbecued brisket fit for any Texas-sized appetite.There's a little extra love right now, though, since the restaura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Jack's Mannequin Out Shines Chart-Topping The Fray as Opener at Dodge Theatre

    Luke HolwerdaThe Fray and Jack's Mannequin made the perfect touring partners when their show stopped into the Dodge Theatre Tuesday. Both bands produce piano-driven melodies and songs that can get haunt your head for days. Both tend to attract a late teen to twentysomething crowd of starry-eyed girl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Veggie Boy: Cafe Lalibela

    A platter filled with Ethiopian entrees, as served by Cafe Lalibela in Tempe. We hate to sound like a nagging mother, but it might be a good idea to make sure you've scrubbed up good and proper before sitting down to eat at Cafe Lalibela (849 West University Drive in Tempe, 480-829-1939). It's only ... More >>

  • Music

    July 19, 2007

    The Heartless

    Never Say Never

  • Dining

    May 26, 2005


    Pizza guy gets lucky

  • Dining

    January 6, 2005

    Stingray Stung

    These fish need a little more schooling

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 30, 2004


    Blue Wasabi Sushi and Martini Bar

  • Dining

    April 1, 2004

    Wacky Wasabi

    Our resident foodie travels to the far reaches of the Valley for the best sushi

  • Dining

    July 31, 2003

    Chop Chuy

    The Mexi-Chinese combos at Chino Bandido are great. And so is that mascot.

  • Film

    April 4, 2002

    Barry Bad

    Sonnenfeld's comic caper is no Trouble at all

  • Dining

    June 28, 2001

    War-Winning Cuisine

    Peruanitos serves up South American cuisine like llama used to make

  • Dining

    June 22, 2000

    Bottle Fatigue

    No more "Chardonnays that taste like baseball bats"

  • News

    January 6, 2000

    Bad Vibrations

    A night of chips and dips at the Tempe Block Party, a dirge for old Mill Avenue