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Jackie Mercandetti

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    April 22, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in Arcadia Right Now

    There are plenty of reasons for food lovers to like the Arcadia neighborhood -- the central location, the ranch-style homes, the plentiful citrus trees, and of course, the plethora of dining and drinking options. There's no shortage of places to grab a bite or a cocktail in this Phoenix neighborho ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in Peoria, Surprise and El Mirage Right Now

    Head west of the Loop 101, hit the US 60, and you're in the north West Valley. And while it's not the hottest or hippest part of greater Phoenix, the cities in this neck of the woods -- which include Peoria, Surprise, and El Mirage -- have more than a few restaurant gems to offer hungry diners. You ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    10 Chinese Restaurants Open on Christmas Day in Metro Phoenix

    Whether you burned the holiday ham or simply aren't celebrating Christmas at all, we know there are plenty of people out there looking for alternative dining options this Christmas Day. And you're in luck. Because there's a whole slew of Chinese restaurants open all over the Valley. Calling ahead fo ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    13 Best Ethnic Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something a little different to eat? Well, Chow Bella is here to help. We spent the past year scouring the Valley to find the best ethnic restaurants. Here's a list worth saving for when you're looking for some great ethnic cuisine, no matter where you are in metro Phoenix.

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    December 10, 2013

    20 Best New Restaurants of 2013

    The good news is that, in 2013, as most of the country was transfixed by the shenanigans of the now-infamous Amy's Baking Company, we eye-rollers in the Valley were being treated to a crop of new restaurants more focused on well-prepared food than overcooked reality. From big-name chefs and restaur ... More >>

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    November 29, 2013

    8 Best Neighborhood Pizzerias in Metro Phoenix

    There's nothing better than a pizza after days of stuffing yourself with Thanksgiving dinner and leftovers. You're in luck, because Chow Bella spent the past year scouring the Valley to find the best pizzerias. Here's a list worth saving for when you need a great pizza, no matter where you are in ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    5 Best Restaurants in Sunnyslope Right Now

    The best restaurants in Sunnyslope, at the moment, are as eclectic as the neighborhood itself. Bordered by 19th Avenue to the west, Cactus Road to the north, 16th Street to the east, and Northern Avenue to the south, they're a casual and modest bunch, capturing flavors from Mexico, Poland, Italy, a ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    8 Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

    There are few places in the states where you can find the quality of Mexican food that Phoenix has. We spent the past year putting together a list of the best places for authentic Mexican cuisine for this year's Best of Phoenix® edition. What follows are the eight best neighborhood Mexican restau ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    5 Best Restaurants in South Phoenix Right Now

    For those who think South Phoenix is food-starved when it comes to great restaurants, think again. At the moment, the five best restaurants in the area feature farm-fresh produce, luscious meats, and organic grains -- many locally sourced -- in boldly flavored, scratch made dishes that are deceptiv ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    5 Best Restaurants in Tempe Right Now

    What do the five best restaurants in Tempe look like at the moment? They're a diverse lot, decidedly plain in appearance, c'mon-in casual, and just plain cozy, offering a variety of dishes that take inspiration from places across the globe. You might find ingredients such as ground turmeric, Moroc ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    10 Best Things I Ate in September

    Another month, another look back at the best things I ate during September. From dishes like my new favorite carne asada taco, to magnificent Mediterranean eats, to a killer lasagna my dining companion likened to the work of the devil, here are ten of the best things I ate this month selected from ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Helen Yung's 5 Best Chinese Restaurants 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 Helen Yung of the artisan ice cream shop Sweet Republic shares her favorite Chi ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    9 Favorite Bars and Restaurants for Watching Football in Metro Phoenix

    They always say the best seat in the house for watching sports is on your couch, but unless you (or a very generous friend) have invested a couple hundred bucks in NFL Sunday Ticket, you're going to need to find a comfortable place to watch the majority of the next few months' games. There's nothing ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    5 Things To Eat and Drink This Week In Metro Phoenix

    Just because the weekend is over doesn't mean you have to starve. Here are a few things to put in your mouth this week in the Valley. National Root Beer Float Day There's no reason apple pie should be the only treat to get credit for being "All-American." Root beer is just as patriotic. Did you ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    5 Unique Spots for Ethnic Cuisines in Greater Phoenix

    Thanks to food television and the Internet, becoming educated on the cuisines of other countries is easier than ever. See also: - Café Ga Hyang: Fantastic Korean Food -- And It's Open Late - Old Town Sarajevo Is a Bread and Meat Lover's Dream But often, finding the restaurants that specialize in ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Chris Curtiss Leaves NoRTH Fattoria Italiana for Bourbon Steak

    Chef Chris Curtiss, who has spent the past 19 months implementing a house-made pasta program for Sam Fox's NoRTH Fattoria Italiana, is leaving Fox's organization to work for James Beard Award-winner Michael Mina at Bourbon Steak in the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess. See also: -- Chris Curtiss Dishe ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    January 11, 2013

    Five Things to Eat and Drink this Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See Also: Street Eats Food Truck Festival Is Set for January 12 and 13 at Salt River Fields Artisan Bakery Mediterra Bakes Fantastic Bread, and We'll Tell You Where to Get It Street Eats ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    10 (Okay, 11) Best First Tastes of 2012 in Greater Phoenix

    Thanks to hundreds of new restaurants opening in the Valley this year -- including a cozy artisan pizza shop in Scottsdale, a vegan bakery downtown, and a trio of cuisines in East Phoenix -- there was plenty to chew on when it came to First Tastes, our column of initial impressions. See also: 9 Be ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012

    8 Best Neighborhood Happy Hours: Best of Phoenix 2012

    We've spent the last year in the laboratory putting Phoenix under the microscope to reveal hundreds of specimens of the best culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer. And we're finally ready to publish our results. Nerd alert! Now presenting Scientific Phoen ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    8 Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurants: Best of Phoenix 2012

    We've spent the last year in the laboratory putting Phoenix under the microscope to reveal hundreds of specimens of the best culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer. And we're finally ready to publish our results. Nerd alert! Now presenting Scientific Phoen ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Six Favorite Places to Take Cooking Classes in Metro Phoenix

    There comes a time in everyone's life when they have to learn to cook more than scrambled eggs and frozen pizzas. For those of us who grew up in homes that relied on take-out and frozen foods, this can be a particularly hard transition. But fret not, there are plenty of places where you too can lear ... More >>

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    October 9, 2012

    20 Best Ethnic Restaurants in Phoenix: Best of Phoenix 2012

    We've spent the last year in the laboratory putting Phoenix under the microscope to reveal hundreds of specimens of the best culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer. And we're finally ready to publish our results. Nerd alert! Now presenting Scientific Phoen ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    Taking a Walk on the Royal Side at Hue Gourmet

    For those who want to eat like a king, or in this case, an emperor, an imperial legacy of dishes can be found in one, rather strange place in the Valley. A counter-service stand in the Mekong Plaza food court in Mesa: Hue Gourmet. Distinctive to the rest of the country, the cuisine of the Vietname ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    Top Five Things to Eat and Drink this Weekend

    See also: New Times Calendar of Events Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. Friday Night Mussels @ House of Tricks On September 6th, 1987 Bob and Robin Trick opened the doors to their tiny 1920's house-turned-restaurant brin ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Seven Hate-Free Chicken Sandwiches in Metro Phoenix

    See Also: Chick-fil-A "Kiss-In" Protest Today: Puckering Up for Gay Rights All this talk of chicken sandwiches lately has made us hungry for one thing -- a chicken sandwich. But not just any ol' chicken sandwich, we want a delicious, hate- free chicken sandwich that believes that everyone should ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    10 Favorite Drive-Thrus in Metro Phoenix

    See also: 15 Spots for Late-Night Eats in Greater Phoenix See also: 10 Favorite Cold (and Frozen!) Phoenix Foods Haven't you always wanted to have a list of awesome drive thrus that are locally owned and operated? Ya, we did, too. So we came up with our own list. Some require you to order ahead o ... More >>

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    June 15, 2012

    Three Restaurants (Including One from the Scratch Pastries People!) and an Ice Cream Shop to Move into Roosevelt Row's CANVAS Building

    The vacant building on the northeast corner of Third and Roosevelt streets has long been on our wish list for any kind of development, and this afternoon, we received some good (and tasty) news. According to Dr. Richard Gordan, who owns the building and lot at 1011 North Third Street, four leases ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Three Ways to Eat Your Way Through Arizona Restaurant Week

    Sure, it may be called Arizona Spring Restaurant Week, but this nine-day sup-fest -- from Saturday, May 19, through Sunday, May 27 -- takes place when the Valley starts heating up and the restaurant business starts slowing down. In Phoenix and beyond, about 90 eateries are offering three-course di ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Nobuo Will Offer Omakase-Style Bento Brunch!

    Chef Nobuo Fukuda, the James Beard winning proprietor of Nobuo at Teeter House, is poised to serve what will probably be the classiest bento boxes the Valley has ever seen. An email sent last week promises a $50 Sunday brunch, starting April 15, featuring "Omakase-style bento boxes" and a compliment ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Five Favorite Thai Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

    ​The Valley is home to more than a few Thai restaurants. Grabbing a mediocre plate of pad thai is easy enough, but finding quality Thai is another matter entirely. Below are some of our favorites. They run the gamut from an upscale Scottsdale joint to a Mom and Pop eatery closing in on its third d ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    10 Favorite Desserts in Phoenix

    Oftentimes, a meal out of the house isn't complete without dessert - not just any dessert, but one that's so good you'll never forget it, one that will make guest appearances in your dreams for the rest of your life. To help satisfy your sweet tooth, we're offering up our 10 of our favorite desserts ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    32 Shea: An Oasis of Cozy With a Cocktail Or Two

    Jackie Mercandetti Simple yet satisfying, The OMG sandwich at 32 Shea invites guests to sit back and enjoy. ​Have you been to 32 Shea? It is a place you could easily spend a few hours. Unpretentious and as welcoming as its small menu of simple staples, the feeling upon entering, even to first- ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    8 Foods to Fry Up for Hanukkah

    From left: Jackie Mercandetti,loloschickenandwaffles.com, epicurious.com, foodnetwork.com​The first night of Hanukkah is history, meaning that by now you've probably fried up your fair share of latkes -- or, if you're like me, narrowly avoided a fist fight at Trader Joe's yesterday afternoo ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Sleazy? Clubby? Outrageous? Cutting Through the Rumors at Pearl Sushi Lounge

    Jackie Mercandetti​I may be, perhaps, the last person to hear of the rumors regarding Pearl Sushi Lounge & Bomber Bar in Scottsdale. The images of naked women, the sex-fueled names of its signature rolls, the magic show. Here's a taste: "Given Pearl's penchant for style over substance, it's ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    The Story of El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria and The Tabletop Taps

    Jackie Mercandetti​A cantina-gone-Scottsdale? It's true. And at El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria, they've got something more unique than their surrounding providers of party-packed good times -- tabletop taps. Here's a taste: "An ingenious invention that, like Eden's apple, simply must be sample ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    The Return of Mr. Pholtosa and His Northeastern Thai Cuisine

    Jackie Mercandetti​If you have been to Siam in Glendale or, more recently, Thai E-San in Central Phoenix, then chances are, you have tasted Pete (or, in Thai, Tossapis) Pholtosa's offerings of classic Thai cuisine as well as specific dishes from his home in northeastern Thailand. Now, Pholtos ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Perk Eatery Means Serious Breakfast Business (and Pancakes!)

    Jackie Mercandetti​Rise and shine, breakfast lovers! If the first meal of the day is as important to you as it is to me, you'll need to check out my review of Perk Eatery in Scottsdale. These folks know breakfast -- lunch, too -- and they've got some of the best pancakes around. Here's a tast ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Cafe: El New Yorican

    Jackie Mercandetti​In my latest column, owner Alberto Rivera provides the hospitality, the food, and the explanation behind El New Yorican (pronounced Yor-ee-can), his west side restaurant of casual Puerto Rican cuisine. Prepared in the style of Créole cooking, or what the locals call cocina ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    The Hole Story on Gourmet Doughnuts

    Jackie Mercandetti​Eliot Wexler, owner of the award-winning restaurant Noca in Central Phoenix, has a theory about why we're obsessed with doughnuts. "The great thing about doughnuts, in general, is that whatever culture you're from, across the world, there is a doughnut. A variation, a permu ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Cafe: Bonfire Grill and Bar

    Jackie Mercandetti​Are you a meat lover? If you are, you can thank chef Matt Carter for the wood-fired cuisine at Bonfire Grill in Scottsdale. Carter consulted on Bonfire's menu, creating a selection of American dishes with hints of the extravagant, heavy on the skewers, and approachable eno ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Noca Celebrates Third Anniversary With Special Offer on Sunday and a Favorite Dishes Menu

    Jackie Mercandetti ​In addition to hiring new executive chef Matt Taylor, Noca, the force of modern American cuisine in Central Phoenix, now has another reason to celebrate: their third anniversary. This Sunday, July 31st, the Noca team will be serving the menu from their first-ever fried chi ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Lee's Cream Liqueur Celebrates One Year Anniversary With Free Booze-Infused Ice Cream

    Jackie Mercandetti ​Free booze-infused ice cream treats? You had us at free. Wait, you had us at booze. Wait, you had us at free and booze. Lee's Cream Liqueur, the Old Town Scottsdale made-from-scratch, alcohol-infused ice cream parlor, is celebrating its one year anniversary by offering gu ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Big Earl's BBQ Fills Opening Left by Morales with Ex-Mission Chef

    Jackie Mercandetti​Looks like Big Earl's BBQ, chef James Porter's home of "old school 'Q" in Old Town Scottsdale has found a replacement for Tony Morales, their pitmaster since January who left last week to focus on Desert Smoke BBQ, his business of signature sauces and spice rubs. Chef James ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Chef Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House Joins Chef Jon Spahr of Amaro Pizzeria for Five-Course Wine Dinner

    Jackie MercandettiAmaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge​Chef Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House, the new restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale serving up standard American favorites with a delicious kick in the ass, will be heading North to Cave Creek to join Jon Spahr, chef and owner of Amaro Pizzeri ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Amy Martin's Perfect Food Day

    Amy Martin​Amy Martin edits the local food blog Phoenix Bites. She has food on the brain at all times and considers eating and finding favorite dishes in Phoenix her favorite sport. She loves a tidy pantry for easy cooking, her cookbooks, and pulling out her invisible microphone to rock out ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Cafe: Rock Springs Cafe and Rolling Out the Perfect Pie Crust

    Jackie MercandettiVarious pies from Rock Springs Cafe.​ Over the weekend, ABC's Nightline ran a segment on pie, which if you haven't been paying attention is the hyped "next cupcake." The usual suspects were included; Martha, pop ups, and pretty, young pastry chefs. Following the segment, we rece ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    Buckeye Bearcat Vehicle Purchase Lastest Example of Federal Waste; Town of 40,000 to Buy $250,000 Armored Vehicle

    The Town of Buckeye needs a $250,000 armored vehicle like it needs another foreclosure sign -- but that's what it's getting thanks to federal largess. The federal Homeland Security department gave Buckeye a grant for the 8.5-ton Lenco Bearcat vehicle. It's supposed to arrive by May of next year, rep ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    10 Reasons to Hit Happy Hour in the Valley

    Hit print on this one, people. Or at least cut and paste. Here's your guide to good happy hour deals across the Valley, with food and drink from around the world, at all levels of sophistication. Happy Monday. 1.Rosie McCaffrey's 906 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix 602-241-1916 Good Irish pubs are famo ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009

    Cafe: PastaBAR in Phoenix

    Jackie Mercandetti Hungry for Italian eats? Look no further than this week's Cafe column. New Times shines some light on the corner of First and Pierce and more specifically on Chef Wade Moises' PastaBAR. Food Critic Michele Laudig on PastaBAR: The menu is streamlined, nothing tops out over $17, ... More >>

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