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  • Music

    September 26, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Greg Esser's 5 Best Places to Take an International Artist to Dinner in Metro Phoenix

    The countdown to Best of Phoenix is on. Mark your calendar: This year's issue will be on newsstands September 26. What better way to warm up than by asking some local "experts" to list their own personal bests? This week, Greg Esser -- director of the International Artist Residency program and the D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Bloody Mary Beatdown: Dick's Hideaway vs. Gallo Blanco

    Picture this: It's 9:30 on a Sunday morning. The sun pierces your curtains. Your head throbs. Your stomach turns. Saturday night was fun, but no longer kind to you now. You, our friend, have a hangover. Lucky for you, nothing known to man battles the effects of a hangover quite like the world's best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Otro Café in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Otro Cafe 6035 North Seventh Street 602-266-0831 See Also: - CLOSING: 31-Year-Old Guerrero's Mexican Food in Tempe on July 31 - Roka Akor in Paradise Valley: Happy Hour Report Card - Mexico City Memories at Chef Doug Robson's Otro Cafe in Phoenix

  • Dining

    June 20, 2013
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    June 20, 2013

    Mexico City Memories at Chef Doug Robson's Otro Cafe in Phoenix

    Blame Otro's very good Mexican dishes on chef Doug Robson, who has never let Mexico's Distrito Federal, the place he was born and raised, stray too far from memory. In 2009, Robson realized his own restaurant in the form of Gallo Blanco, his Mexico City-style eatery in the Clarendon Hotel. In Marc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Taco Street Fight: Tacos Atoyac vs. Gallo Blanco

    How could any one food be more simple and perfect than the street taco? Marinated meat with some sort of veg and salsa, all wrapped up in a warm corn tortilla or two, and there you have it. Though we typically can chow down on only about three of these little babies at a time, we wish we had the spa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    8 Great Guacamoles in Metro Phoenix

    Some snooty conquistador way back when once noted that in Mexico, avocados and guacamole were "butter for the poor." My, how times have changed! Guacamole -- a literal and linguistic mash-up of the Nahuatl (Aztec) words ahuacatl (avocado) and mole (mixture) has gone so upscale, customers now routine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Pineapple Cocktail Clash: Gallo's Picoso vs. Hula's Hurricane

    Nothing says relaxing on a sunny day quite like a pineapple cocktail. We've recently found our cravings for them rising along with the temperatures, so we decided to put two of our favorites up against each other and see which is the ultimate unwinding drink. We kind of played fast and loose with th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Oh, Oh, Otro Cafe!

    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

    February 28, 2013

    Gallo Blanco's Doug Robson Opens New Mexican Restaurant in Phoenix

    For four years, Doug Robson, chef-owner of Gallo Blanco Café, the restaurant inside the Clarendon Hotel, has been quietly kicking out top-notch Mexico City-style eats in Central Phoenix. But his new restaurant, now open for lunch with dinner to follow on Monday, March 11, most likely won't enjoy su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Doug Robson on Robert McGrath, LGO, and How He Embarrassed Himself in the Kitchen

    This is part two of my interview with Doug Robson, chef-owner of Gallo Blanco Café. If you missed part one, where Robson described eating beatles and maguey worms, read it here. See also: Gallo Blanco: Happy Hour Report Card -- Gallo Blanco's Doug Robson Won't Ditch the Rooster Your most embarra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Doug Robson Dishes On Why Tacos Are Great and What It's Like to Eat Bugs and Worms

    Doug Robson Gallo Blanco Café, The Clarendon Hotel 401 W. Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix 602-274-4774 See also: -- Gallo Blanco's Doug Robson to Open New (and Slightly Different) Mexican Restaurant in March -- 8 Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurants: Best of Phoenix 2012 This ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Gallo Blanco: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Gallo Blanco 401 W. Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, 602-274-4774, See also: -- BLT Steak: Happy Hour Report Card -- Gallo Blanco's Doug Robson to Open New (and Slightly Different) Mexican Restaurant in March Hours: Happy Hour is offered 3 to 6 p.m. every day.

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Nine Dishes from Metro Phoenix Restaurants We'd Love to Make at Home (Recipes, Please -- Hint, Hint)

    When it comes to some of our favorite restaurants, we wish the chefs would just buckle down and put together a cookbook already. Maybe an entire book of recipes is a bit much to ask for, but how about sharing a few? So we put together a wishlist of local restaurant dishes that we would give our righ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Gallo Blanco's Doug Robson to Open New (and Slightly Different) Mexican Restaurant in March

    Holy Cow! Are we actually becoming a legit restaurant town -- with restaurant neighborhoods and everything? Mark my word (or Sam Fox's), the hottest new dining hub is going to be the 7th Street between Missouri and . . . what . . . maybe Glendale? That's where local resto mogul Fox is developing The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Ten Favorite Spots for Guacamole in Metro Phoenix

    If it wasn't for our favorite Mexican dip, tortilla chips would be super lonely, chimichangas would suffer, and nachos would be sad piles of melty cheese. Thankfully, that's not the case and we have plenty of restaurants in town serving up big bowls of the sought after green stuff. Here's a list o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Ten Favorite Cold (and Frozen!) Phoenix Foods

    Yeah, yeah, it's hot outside but we're not complaining. We're putting on our rose colored glasses and looking at the brighter side of summer -- we can eat as much ice cream as we want. Okay, maybe we can't (or shouldn't) eat ice cream everyday, but we can try and cool off this summer with cold and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Ten Favorite Phoenix Sangria Spots

    Move over Margarita, your Spanish 3rd cousin, Sangria is popping up on menus all over town. The refreshing summertime concoction of red (or white) wine and boozy fruit layered over ice has become a menu staple for Valley restaurants. Here are 10 of our very favorites. 10. Sangria Blanco, La Bocc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Summertime Wines: Sangrias, Sparklings, and Sunshine.

    All right, it's summertime (at least to this Oregon native it is). When I open my car door and could fire pottery in the heat blast I'm met with, I know we've arrived. I suppose oppressive heat and blistering sunshine are not the ideal conditions for drinking a big, earthy, tannic red wine (for so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Huevos Rancheros Warfare: Rokerij vs. Gallo Blanco

    Huevos Rancheros, the traditional Mexican breakfast dish, is a menu staple at almost every drive-thru taco shop and Mexican eatery in the Valley. It's the perfect cure for a hangover and includes all five important elements of a hearty breakfast -- eggs, tortillas, beans, rice, and cheese. Instead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    The Seven Oddest Restaurant Bathrooms in Greater Phoenix

    Our little band of Chow Bella writers is a diverse group, but we do have a few things in common. We all put our pants on one leg at a time, and we all gotta go. And we've all been to a lot of bathrooms in a lot of restaurants. Some, to put it mildy, offer a better experience than others. We don't wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Crescent Ballroom Now Open for Lunch

    For those who can't get enough of the urban-cool vibe at Crescent Ballroom, downtown's mid-size live music venue that opened last October in the revamped 1917-era building formerly occupied by Bentley's Nightclub, the venue is now open for lunch -- at least its kitchen is anyway. Once open for dinn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Battle of the Posoles: Eddie's House vs. Gallo Blanco

    ​It got all the way from its home in Mexico to the tables of Southwestern families and restaurants for a reason. Posole is easy to make, share, customize, and like Mexico's cultural equivalent to chicken noodle soup - it can hardly do wrong. But unlike chicken noodle, posole is best served fiesta ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 1, 2012
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    November 14, 2011

    New Times Recieves Publication of the Year at 2011 Stylos Awards

    ​New Times snagged a 2011 Stylos Awards for Publication of the Year.Yay!We beat out La Voz and Que Magazine for Best Publication.Stylos Awards are presented by the Isac Amaya Foundation to honor local, super-talented musicians, artists, models and fashion designers, as well as the community's best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Gallo Blanco: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith​The Spot: Gallo Blanco, 401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, (602) 274-4774www.galloblancocafe.comThe Hours: 3- 6 p.m., everyday. The Details: The Clarendon Hotel's eccentric in-house eatery offers an awesome daily happy hour menu that includes a total of 6 appetizers ranging as low as $3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Tracy Dempsey, Jen Anderson of Windsor, Aaron Chamberlain of St. Francis, and More to Hold Cooking Classes at Phoenix Public Market

    ​Learning how to prepare fresh ingredients with chef Aaron Chamberlain of St. Francis? Tastings with chef Jen Anderson of Windsor? Recipes from the Queen of Sweet, Tracy Dempsey? This summer is gonna be face-time fabulous thanks to the Summer Chef Series at the Phoenix Public Market. From 2 t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Five Guacamoles We'd Eat Straight From the Bowl

      All guac is not created equal. And if you've ever dipped a chip into the offerings at our five favorite spots for the best use of avocado, you know what we're talking about.   1. Barrio Cafe. Really, here in Phoenix, Silvana Salcido Esparza sets the standard with her tableside guacamol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Five Destination Desserts in Phoenix

    Claire LawtonGallo Blanco's chocolate pudding. ​Not long ago, a friend posed a good question. He wanted to know where he could get dessert in central Phoenix. And not just a meal-ender. This needed to be dessert worth leaving the house for. Here are Chow Bella's five suggestions for destinati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Five Places to Celebrate National Margarita Day

    Gallo Blanco's margarita never disappoints.​Yeah, there happens to be a food holiday for every single day of the year, but some seem more legit than others. (National Turkey Neck Soup Day? WTF?!) National Margarita Day is one that seems actually worthy of celebrating, altho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Ask the Critic: How Long Do You Wait to Visit a New Restaurant?

    I ate at Gallo Blanco just a couple weeks after it opened, and it was already something I wanted to tell everyone about.​There is no science to reviewing restaurants. To the contrary, it's all about what my gut tells me, based on a series of dining experiences, impressions, and a sense of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Lunch $10 and Under at Hillside Spot

    ​Things have changed at Hillside Spot, the Ahwatukee breakfast joint owned by Gallo Blanco chef Doug Robson. For one thing, it's not just breakfast and lunch anymore. Hillside Spot now stays open until 9 p.m. on weeknights and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday for dinner. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Tonight: TK's Urban Tavern Debuts at Scottsdale Quarter

    I think I'd like to stop in soon for a glass of wine at TK's Urban Tavern, which opens to the public tonight at the Scottsdale Quarter (and has really been on a roll this week, with three other openings, and a closing. Whew!). "People are doing backflips when they see our price ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Arizona Restaurant Industry is Starting to Look Up

    Food porn like this burger from Gallo Blanco might've made you eat at more restaurants. Have you been dining out more in 2010? If so, you're not alone. This past year has seen a slight boost for the state's restaurant industry, according to a story in this morning's Republic business section. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    12: Rustica Pizza at Cibo

    ​Hungry yet? We're working up our appetites for our huge Best of Phoenix issue, out September 30, with daily servings of Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes from across the Valley -- in no particular order Leave your suggestions for upcoming favorites in the comments sectio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Sept. 8 In Blogs: The Arizona Passport T-Shirt, Flamenco, Phoenix Independents Bowl, Salty Senorita, and Meghan McCain

    ​​​In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Ask the Critic: What's the Coldest Food in Phoenix?

    A friend just sent me the best question for right now: What's the "coldest" meal/restaurant I can seek out in Phoenix this weekend? Everything's coming up Asian when I think of delicious cold food, like bun (cold rice noodles) or goi cuon (rice paper rolls) at Da Vang or Pho Thanh, hiyashi chuka (c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    76: Huevos Rancheros at Gallo Blanco Cafe

    ​Hungry yet? We're working up our appetites for our huge Best of Phoenix issue, out September 30, with daily servings of Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes from across the Valley -- in no particular order Leave your suggestions for upcoming favorites in the comments section. Visit our siste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Gallo Blanco Gears Up For Summer with New Menus, Patio

    ​After a successful first year in business, Gallo Blanco chef-owner Doug Robson is embracing summer with expanded seating and new menus.Al fresco dining is finally an option thanks to a new 24-seat patio at the northeast end of the building, where planters and raised flower beds create a lush feel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Gallo Blanco Cafe's Posole: Dinner for Two Under $10

    ​True, you might want to toss in a sangria or two -- thereby upping your bill, and, most likely, your craving for a big bowl of guacamole and homemade chips. But if you're really broke, and still jonesing for dinner out, you can feed yourself and a friend well on just a bowl of the posole at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Ask the Critic: What Makes Good Guacamole?

    Good guac is always on hand at Tradiciones.​I love sinking my teeth into perfectly ripe avocado. A single fruit, sliced up, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkled with sea salt, is one of my favorite lazy-girl snacks when I'm craving something luscious but too beat to actually ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Gallo Blanco Offers Deals for "Twitter Taco Tuesday"

    Gallo Blanco​As if we needed another excuse to hit up one of our favorite spots -- Gallo Blanco, the cafe at the Clarendon Hotel in CenPho, home of the best roasted corn on the cob ever -- we just logged onto Twitter and learned that @galloblanco is offering a deal today. "Visit us for $1 o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Hot Fudge Sundaze Coming To The Clarendon Rooftop

    ​ DJs William "Fudging" Reed and Sean Watson have a new shin-dig scheduled for Sundays on the rooftop of the Clarendon Hotel in downtown Phoenix. The weekly party is called Hot Fudge Sundaze and runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public -- even, the press release says, ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Now Open: Hillside Spot

    ​Gallo Blanco chef-owner Doug Robson says he had no idea he'd be opening two restaurants in one year, but things just organically turned out that way. His new place, headed by chef Patrick Fegan (formerly of Fiamma and Olive & Ivy), is called Hillside Spot, and it just opened ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Gallo Blanco Chefs Welcome Pumpkin Season

    I can only go so long without a Gallo Blanco fix. Even after having been there too many times to count, I still get indecisive when I look at the menu, just because I want one of everything. So I dragged my colleagues there for a meeting yesterday, and once again, found more tasty things to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    October 21 In Blogs: Illegal Alien Costume, U2, Gallo Blanco, and Taser International

    ​In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard: Easley's Fun Shop Sells Out of Illegal Alien Costume. Is the Costume Racist? Nah. Up on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Chef Doug Robson Plans New Market/Restaurant

    ​It doesn't have a name yet. But a new market-meets-restaurant that Gallo Blanco chef Doug Robson is working on may be open as early as December. Robson's renovating a former Coffee Plantation at 48th Street and Warner in Ahwatukee. The freestanding building is in a neighborhood packed wit ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 28, 2009
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