Matt Pool

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    March 6, 2014
  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    8 Best Neighborhood Breakfast Spots in Metro Phoenix

    We spent the past year putting together a list of the best breakfast spots in the Valley for the 2013 Best of Phoenix® edition. Print this off, bookmark it, pocket it, or make your own list for the next time you feel like rolling out of bed and having someone else make breakfast for you. Bonus: Th ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 16, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Jacques Qualin of J&G Steakhouse on Head Cheese, Being an Apprentice, and Daniel Boulud

    Jacques Qualin J&G Steakhouse The Phoenician Resort 6000 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale 480-214-8000, See also: -- Matt Pool on Chris Bianco, Andreoli Italian Grocer, and Phoenix as a Food Town -- Chef Kevin Binkley a Finalist for James Beard Award This is part one of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2013

    Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week: St. Patrick's Day Edition

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Matt Pool On Chris Bianco, Andreoli Italian Grocer and Phoenix as a Food Town

    Matt Pool Matt's Big Breakfast 825 N. 1st Street, Phoenix 602-254-1074, Giant Coffee 1437 N. 1st Street, Phoenix 602-396-7215 See also: -- Chili Challenge: TexAZ Grill vs. Matt's Big Breakfast -- Matt's Big Breakfast: New, Bigger Location Now Open This is part one of my i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Tastemaker No. 1

    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 >>

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    September 25, 2012
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    September 8, 2012

    Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    CLOSED: The Roosevelt Tavern

    See also: Matt's Big Breakfast: New, Bigger Location Now Open Chef and restaurateur Matt Pool's been a busy man lately. Last week, the chef-owner of Matt's Big Breakfast, the popular breakfast and lunch spot in Central Phoenix, opened the restaurant's new and bigger location a few doors north of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Pie Social 2011 Winners Announced

    ​Don't know about you, but we're still on a sugar high after the second annual Chow Bella/Roosevelt Row Pie Social. And with good cause. Hundreds of pies were consumed Saturday afternoon in downtown Phoenix, as some of the best chefs in town squared off in an extraordinary display ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Five Favorite Breakfast Joints in Phoenix Mom always said breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and who are we to argue? Whether you're just waking up or never went to sleep, a big plate of something delicious is vital -- and we're full of ideas about where to get it. Here are Chow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    CNN's "Phoenix in Five Stops" Highlights The Usual Suspects

    Matt Pool of Matt's Big Breakfast. What about sending visitors to The Roosevelt or Giant Coffee? ​If you live here, none of CNN travel reporter Brendan Newnam's restaurant recommendations will come as a surprise -- FnB, Matt's Big Breakfast, Rita's Tacos, Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe. Yadd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Eat Out in Phoenix and Support Japan Disaster Relief

    ​Eating out is no guilty pleasure when it's for a good cause. And what better cause than the tragic trifecta of catastrophes in Japan? Phoenix area restaurants are supporting disaster relief efforts and you can help by opening your mouth. Follow the jump for some prime spots to dine and don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Giant Coffee Ditches Cash-Only Payment Policy

    Chrystall Kanyuck ​Is it a big deal if a coffee shop doesn't accept plastic? Perhaps it shouldn't be, but when the cafe is in CenPho (where there's plenty of stylish competition, and people take their hangouts very seriously) and the java joint happens to be owned by Matt and Erenia Pool ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Closed for Business: Verde

    ​Verde turned out to be the little Mexican restaurant that couldn't. Couldn't make it for more than seven months, that is. Sadly, Joseph Aguayo and Matt Avila's affordable Downtown eatery, where handmade tortillas were the focus, closed Sunday. Word on the streets is that they weren't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Will Giant Coffee's Cash-Only Philosophy Work?

    Photo by Chrystall Kanyuck ​ You read the headline right. Giant Coffee, Central Phoenix's newest gourmet coffee house, doesn't take plastic. And that's caused a bit of a stir on Yelp and among foodies around town. Owner Matt Pool doesn't mind.   "I think using a debi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    72: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup at The Roosevelt

    ​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 sister blog, J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Giant Coffee Opens Alongside Bunky Boutique

    ​There was a lot going on this weekend, but one of the biggest buzz-creators was Saturday's long-awaited opening of Giant Coffee, the third downtown hangout created by Matt and Erenia Pool of Matt's Big Breakfast and The Roosevelt. Saturday's grand opening party was held in conjunction with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Outer Bounds of Sound 12/13 At Revolver Records

    ​"The music in there is terrible," says a customer to Revolver Records co-owner Steve Zimmerman, referring to the warbling tones of saxophonist Lol Coxhill  spinning on the turntable as doom-metal one man band Via Vengeance sets up.  The bands gathered to perform at the record store's Su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    Food Network Star Guy Fieri Rock n' Rolls into Town

    Food Network star Guy Fieri is taking his show -- and his rock and roll attitude -- on the road with The Guy Fieri Road Show, a 21-city tour that combines Guy's love of music and his passion for food. The tour will hit the Mesa Arts Center on Friday, December 18, with tickets ran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Lots Going on Downtown This Weekend . . .

    ​This week's Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, taking place downtown, seems to have spawned all kinds of fun activities planned for this weekend. On Friday night from 6 to 10 p.m., the free Green Streets Festival will take over Roosevelt Street between 4th and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Friday: Butter Burger Night at Welcome Diner

    ​Fans of the Big Butter Burger at Matt's Big Breakfast can rejoice.   This Friday night, Matt and Ernie Pool's homage to the all-American classic will be the featured flavor of the week at Welcome Diner, as owner Sloane McFarland continues his series of weekly culinary one-off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Coming Soon: Giant Coffee

    ​One of the neatest things I saw when I was out and about on First Friday wasn't actually a painting or a photograph, although you could call it a work of art. Giant Coffee isn't open just yet, but Matt and Ernie Pool of Matt's Big Breakfast (get it?) opened up their new coffee shop fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    More Bon Appetit Love for the 'Nix

    To me, coming home, thrashed, at the end of a long day and finding a new mag in the mailbox is one of life's simple pleasures. Better still is to flip it open and find something familiar in its shiny pages. This time, I expected there'd be some kind of Phoenix props in the May Bon Appetit, who ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 1, 2009
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    July 3, 2008
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    March 6, 2008
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    August 23, 2007
  • News

    June 28, 2007

    Bird Alert

    The feathered fiend demands travel records from Sheriff Joe, decries Prop 100 hooey, and hangs with some art-geek meshuggenehs

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2007

    Jaimee Rose, I beg to differ

    Rarely do I feel like attacking another local writer's work in public -- usually I just share my criticisms with friends and fellow journalists, in private. But come on. How can a story that contains this sentence in the lede -- "Does anyone hear Phoenix and think yum?" -- make it on to the front ... More >>

  • News

    April 5, 2007

    Dueling Mormons

    Marshal Jeff Flake goes toe-to-toe with Russell Pearce, and a former New Times staffer's popped for armed robbery

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2006

    Cheers to this news

    Tony Blei The man behind (or rather, in front of) The Roosevelt: Matt Pool Good things are happening. Last night I met up with a bunch of friends at the brand-spanking-new downtown tavern, The Roosevelt, and we were all in awe. "This is perfect," murmured one. "Oh god, First Friday ... More >>

  • News

    November 30, 2006

    Matt's Big Hassle

    Three years ago, Mayor-elect Phil Gordon promised to make it easier for small businesses to renovate old buildings. But the problems faced by one indie restaurateur show that, if anything, it's harder than ever

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 28, 2006
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    December 2, 2004

    Meet Cute

    Dueling luncheonettes