Mary Coyle

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    Shakes and Cones Now Serving Organic, Non-GMO Soft Serve in Scottsdale

    A new organic soft serve shop has opened at 7215 E. 1st Street in Old Town Scottsdale, next door to Bootlegger Modern American Smokehouse. The spot serves soft serve, shakes, and sundaes as well as specialties such as the Vanutzel, a blend of vanilla soft serve, hazelnut Nutella, and chopped chocola ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Mary Coyle's Ol' Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor Has Closed After 63 Years

    It's a sad day for ice cream loving Phoenicians. According to a post on the restaurant's Facebook page, Mary Coyle's Ice Cream Parlor has closed its doors for good. In 2011 the restaurant and ice cream shop flirted with closure only to be a saved at the last minute by Mike Stoffey, a longtime vend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    10 Favorite Cult Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

    You've downed the Kool-Aid and you don't even care because some restaurants in town deserve the obsessive following you give them. That might mean constantly checking a joint's Facebook page to find out the week's market specials or it might mean stalking your favorite local chef's Instagram. Ain't ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014
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    March 12, 2014

    Phoenix Bucket List: 100 Things to Do in Phoenix Before You Die

    A funny thing happened in 2013. Both of us -- two curmudgeonly writers who between us have lived in Arizona way closer to 100 years than either would like to admit -- came to a shared conclusion. We like Phoenix. That's funny because for years we've loved to hate this place -- even as we wrote doz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    10 Favorite Chocolate Milkshakes in Metro Phoenix

    Here's a great thing about Phoenix: It's never too cold for a chocolate milkshake. We don't need to tell you that they can instantly make a summer day more bearable, and the rest of the time, well, they're just good. The Valley is full of frosty treats, so we've compiled a list of ten must-taste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Great Shakes at Bertie's in Arcadia: Get. In. The Car. Now.

    The Guilty Pleasure: The entire store. But mostly the milkshakes. Where To Get It: Bertie's Vintage, 4041 East Thomas Road (at 40th Street) The Price: $5.25 What It Really Costs: Just went up a size from all the decadence? You're in luck: They have swell clothes for sale, too. I have two well-docum ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Mint Sandwich Cookie Match-Up: Will Trader Joe's Joe-Joe Lead the Pack or Not?

    A favorite part of winter for me is the appearance of Candy Cane Joe-Joe's chocolate sandwich cookies at Trader Joe's. I know I'm not the only one who hides a few boxes when cold weather wanes. The Joe-Joe obsession has clearly not gone unnoticed by competitors. Since Trader Joe's introduced the sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Mary Coyle's Mary Mint Showboat Sundae Tastes Like Christmas, In A Good Way

    The Guilty Pleasure: Mary Mint Showboat Sundae Where To Get It: Mary Coyle Ol' Fashion Ice Cream Parlor, 7th Ave and Missouri Price: $6.75-$8.75 What It Really Costs: Ignorance is bliss. Very delicious bliss. While we may not get snow around Phoenix, there are still signs that winter is upon us. At ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    "James Dean" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" Ice Cream Sodas at MacAlpine's

    The Guilty Pleasure: Ice Cream Soda Where To Get It: MacAlpine's Soda Fountain, 7th Street and Oak How Much It Costs: $3.75 What It Really Costs: Possibly hundreds or thousands more. Depends on how much you like vintage furniture. I am a shameless fan of all things retro. My closet is crammed with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    15: Jim Cerreta Sr.

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Fried Banana Split at Kitchen 56

    See also: Name Kitchen 56's Giant-Ass $18 Burger (and Then Possibly Be Killed By It) Located in a former 1960s gas station and auto repair shop, Kitchen 56 appropriately serves a menu of comfort classics that matches the retro-turned-contemporary atmosphere. While the offerings are mostly American, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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

    April 23, 2012

    Award Winners at The "Pretty Good" Great Arizona Picnic

    We heeded Laura Hahnefeld's advise and mapped our route through the Scottsdale Culinary Festival's Great Arizona Picnic on Sunday. With close to 50 food vendors, a plan was needed for stomach and pocketbook capacity. Food vendors who offered a choice of a single taste at $2 to $3 or a multi-course p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Mary Coyle Ol' Fashion Ice Cream Parlor's Message to the Public: We're Here, We've Been Here, We're Staying Here

    Norm R.​For Mary Coyle, the landmark Phoenix ice cream parlor on north 7th Avenue, this year, its sixtieth in the business, may have been one of the roughest. From March through May, it looked as if the central Phoenix institution would close without a new buyer. Then, at the eleventh hour, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Mary Coyle's Will Stay Open

    ​Okay, you can uncross your fingers now. Mary Coyle, the landmark Phoenix ice cream parlor, is staying open. Two weeks ago, I reported that an employee of the 60-year-old establishment told me Mary Coyle's did have a buyer and, barring any paperwork snags, they hoped to be back in business o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Mary Coyle Ice Cream Parlor May Have a Buyer

    ​Mary Coyle, the landmark Phoenix ice cream parlor said to be closing at the end May, may not be melting away just yet. Since March 3, Mary Coyle's has whittled its menu of ice cream, sandwiches, soups, and salads down to just ice cream (not a good sign), but an employee of the 60-year-old es ... 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

    March 7, 2011

    February Restaurant Roundup

    Kitchen 56 ​We can't believe how fast February flew by. The short month left us with several new places to grab a bite and took with it two local faves, including the abrupt closing of Simply Bread -- and not to mention the impending closure of Mary Coyle's, which technically belongs&nb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Mary Coyle's: The End of a Phoenix Tradition?

    ​Landmark Phoenix ice cream parlor Mary Coyle's Ol' Fashion Ice Cream & Yogurt is on its way out, right as the Valley's starting to warm up after a blip of a winter.Business has taken a hit while the cost of ingredients has gone up, according to an article in the Republic. Bob Kelly, who owns ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 4, 2010
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    February 22, 2010

    Exotic Ice Cream Flavor Quest, in "Just Desserts"

    In the end, we get what's coming to us. Let's hope it's sweet. ​The latest issue of Sunset magazine says a $4,000 dresser is "worth the splurge" and the rooms at a former sanitarium turned bed-and-breakfast are calming. One article that doesn't incite a high-pitched "ha!" is the one predicting th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    Homage to the Pink Pony: Top 5 Classic Valley Restaurants

    By cogdogblog on flickr Creative Commons.Pink Pony, we lay you to rest...why God, why?!?!?​A little dart of sadness pierced my black heart when I heard that the 61 year old Pink Pony Restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale closed. I loved passing by its salmon pink painted facade with old west saloon st ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 30, 2009
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    July 30, 2009

    Cafe: Milkshakes

    ​ Some people are born lactose-intolerant. Not us! No, we earned it. Maybe it's the companion splash of milk in every cup of coffee that keeps our journalistic fingers hard at work that has trained our body to associate mammalian lactation with stress. Either way, we can't handle milk products ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Budget Beat: The Welcome Diner

    Jonathan McNamara The Welcome Diner: Welcome!We at Budget Beat love hamburgers. Even if you've paid only scant attention to our humble blog over the past year, you've probably noticed that we like to order hamburgers when given the chance because: (a) they're a staple of American dining: (b) ... More >>

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    July 16, 2007
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    December 30, 2004

    My Lucky Seven

    Tastes of 2004 that stuck to the ribs

  • Dining

    December 2, 2004

    Meet Cute

    Dueling luncheonettes

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 30, 2004


    Mary Coyle Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 20, 2001

    Best Ice Cream

    Mary Coyle

  • Dining

    August 30, 2001

    Going for Brokers

    Which restaurants are up for sale? We hazard a few guesses

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    November 21, 1996
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    August 11, 1994