• Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Bastila from Alzohour: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    Scottsdale Station at Village at Hayden Has Closed

    It's been a rough year for restauranteurs Robert and Linda Gabrick. In October they were forced to close their nine-year-old restaurant Carefree Station and now, less than six months after opening, their new restaurant Scottsdale Station has also shuttered. The 8,200 square-foot restaurant opened ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Moroccan Bastilla at Alzohour Market: Eat This Now

    When it comes to hidden gems, Alzohour Market is about as good as it gets. Located just west of the I-17 off Northern, this Middle Eastern and Moroccan grocery/clothing store greets customers with a a few rows of shelves stocked rather haphazardly with chocolates, canned goods, and spices. And if th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    5 Things to Eat in Los Angeles

    The difference between the Los Angeles food scene and the Phoenix food scene is that in L.A., every restaurant is a scene. And that's fine by us. L.A. is the place where the American cupcake takeover began (Sprinkles Cupcakes), In-N-Out was founded, and juicing became an acceptable diet. No, these ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Moroccan Mint Cashew Chocolate from Stone Grindz, Scottsdale's Bean-to-Bar Producers

    In the past few years, the selection of readily available chocolate has grown considerably beyond Hershey's and Ghiradelli to include artisanal bars sourced both nationwide and globally. Thanks to a few homegrown companies like family-operated Stone Grindz, you can even get chocolate that has been t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Nikki's Five Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week (May 18-27)

    Arizona Restaurant Week -- the Spring 2013 Edition -- begins Saturday, May 18 and ends Monday, May 27 (which is Memorial Day, when most of us will be grilling burgers and drinking beer at home . . . but never mind). By the end of this week, ARW officially will be upon us: a 10-day eating extravaganz ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 9, 2013
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    May 9, 2013

    Healthy Highs and Lows at Scottsdale's Original ChopShop Co.

    Think of the Original ChopShop Co., located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Scottsdale Road in Old Town Scottsdale, as a kind of casual convenience mart for the health-conscious. See also: - Miu's Cuisine: Sichuan Food That's Anything but Familiar - Surprise's Amuse Bouche: Excellent French Cuis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Searsucker Scottsdale's Steven "Chops" Smith Headed to James Beard Awards: Here's What's on the Menu

    Following in the contrail of Crudo chef Cullen Campbell, another Phoenix chef is headed to New York City for some James Beard culinary fun: Steven "Chops" Smith of Searsucker Scottsdale. See also: - Kevin Binkley, Searsucker, and Short Leash Hot Dogs Among Winners of the 2013 Foodist Awards - The 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Barrelhouse American Kitchen & Cocktails Opens in Chandler

    Bartender Kenta Usuzawa, who has pushed beverage of various sorts as bartender, sommelier, and/or bar manager at Tapino, Petite Maison, and Tottie's Asian Fusion (both locations), took the entrepreneurial plunge last week, quietly opening his own restaurant -- Barrelhouse American Kitchen & Cocktail ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013
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    February 13, 2013

    New Late-Night Salad and Sandwich Shop Opens in Old Town Scottsdale

    Restaurants touting fresh salads and sandwiches are nothing new, but if you're on the go and want to eat healthy, it's nice to know when there's a new one in the neighborhood. And (bonus) this one stays up late. See also: - Quick Service Pan-Asian Restaurant Chain from Canada Opens First Store in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    New Restaurant and Wine Bar, Nosh Arizona, to Open This Month in Chandler

    Not only is Nosh Arizona planning on hosting tastings for its wine -- one day, the restaurant that describes itself as "a cozy, small plate gastro pub and Pico-winery," hopes to make its own. See also: November Openings and Closings Opening later this month and located at 4080 West Ray Road (in t ... More >>

  • 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

    July 19, 2012

    Healthy World Cuisine Breakfast and Lunch Spot Now Open in Tempe

    The list of food styles for Tempe's new Desert Roots Kitchen reads like a global grocery list: American, Asian Fusion, Brazilian, Caribbean, Ethiopian, Moroccan, Thai, etc. But the new breakfast and lunch spot, which opened Monday at 414 South Mill Avenue (Mill and Fifth Street, in the former home ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Veggie Burger Battle: Hillstone vs. FEZ

    Veggie burgers have come a long way since yesteryear's pre-processed, cardboard-flavor hockey pucks. Nowadays, they are made-in-house masterpieces full of whole grains, spices, and tasty stuff like black beans and mushrooms. And you can find them in one form or another on many restaurants' menus. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Here's a Sneak Peek at Payton Curry's Menu for Brat Haus

    With a "coming soon" announcement first reported in January, Brat Haus, an artisan sausage and craft beer concept from restaurateur Dave Andrea (formerly with Old Town Tortilla Factory, Wild Noodles, and Fat Slim's BBQ), has been keeping diners' curiosities fed with several events and social media u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Three Things to Eat, Drink, and Bake this Weekend

    Happy Memorial Day weekend! Time for barbecues! And pool parties! And drinking beer out of cans! All in honor of the fallen souls who protected our country. We're pretty sure most of you will be hit the road to escape the heat this weekend, but if you're planning on sticking around, there's plenty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    The Spices in Chakra 4's Moroccan Nomad Stew Are Good -- and Healthy

    Most restaurants won't sell you the spice blends that they use in their renowned dishes, but that's one of the many things that sets Chakra 4 Herb & Tea House apart. The staff is passionate about the ingredients used, especially their medicinal properties, so the food they serve is as good for you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Israeli Couscous with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Preserved Lemon

    Lately, in this In Season/Meatless Monday series, we've taken a look at what I take home from Crooked Sky Farms each week and see what I've done with my CSA share, or part share. This week, I'm using roasted sweet potatoes, but you could use anything like butternut squash, carrots, or beets. I love ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Last Night at AZ Wine & Dine: Balsamic-Braised Short Ribs, Salted Caramel Chocolate Lollipops, and Much More

    Are you the kind of person who rushes home from the grocery store to eat a tiny nibble of every single thing you bought? It's okay; I'm like that too. If you are, you might think a tasting event featuring lots of bites from many restaurants is for you. But for me, the usual problem with tasting ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Premium Olive Oil Shop Now Open at Biltmore Fashion Park

    Calling itself, "the premium olive oil experience," Oliv, a new boutique and tasting room featuring over sixty flavors of olive oils and balsamic vinegars, is now open at the Biltmore Fashion Park. Open since late December and founded by Awie and Isabeau du Toit, who own a olive farm in South Afri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Ten Favorite Vegetarian Entrees in Metro Phoenix

    Phoenix isn't exactly known for vegetarian food, but the Valley has several unique, passionate vegetarian-friendly restaurants. Don't worry, you won't find any salads or veggie burgers on this list.

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    January 30, 2012

    Flavor-Packed Vegetarian Food at Chakra 4

    The name of Chakra 4 Herb & Tea House is somewhat misleading in that it offers so much more than dried leaves. While you're there, stay and have a healthy, flavor-packed lunch or dinner.

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Ten Favorite First Date Restaurants

    Hello Phoenix Cibo's Patio = Perfect First Date Spot​So you convinced that special someone -- or maybe that special someone that you've never actually met but you have a really strong connection with via instant messenger -- to actually go out to dinner with you. Where are going to take the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Hippopotamus Fritter Recipe from The Fresh Baked Freak; Pen and Fork Reviews The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfort

    A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. We're so excited when we stumble upon a really great local food blog. We need more of them, people. And if you have one you've been keeping secret, please let us know. This one we found is smart, funny, healthy, delicious and interesting - and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Your New Favorite Gardening Magazine: Wilder Quarterly

    Ola Wiberg​For those of you missing the garden sections of the recently deceased ReadyMade magazine, take heart, there's a new publication on the horizon and according to Trend Central, it's "poised to become the indie authority on the natural world." Ooo, gardening goodness! Wilder Quarter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Il Vinaio's Arizona Wine & Tapas Dinner and Fresh Green Bean Salad in Today's Eater's Digest​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Arizona Wine & TapasThis Friday, Mesa's Il Vinaio will be hosting a wine & tapas dinner featuring four great Arizona wines paired with four great tapas plates. Apple honey bruschetta with b ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    In Season: Carrots

    Whether you're a CSA devotee, a farmers' market weekender or consider ketchup a veg, we'll bring you fresh inspiration for how to prepare our local produce. This week's harvest: Carrots ​Jennifer Woods​ Easter is this month and with the bunny coming and all, we thought we'd feature the beloved ... More >>

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    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

    August 11, 2010

    46: Sticky Toffee Pudding at St. Francis

    ​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 >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Now Open in Arcadia: Vatra Grillhouse

    ​East Indian School is really hoppin' right now. Along with last week's openings (Maui Dog and Loving Hut) and another spot coming soon (Beckett's Kitchen Table), the latest debut is Vatra Grillhouse (at the southeast corner of Indian School and 56th Street). "The name Vatra means "fire" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    What's Selling: Revolver Records

    Ratatat's LP4​Revolver Records is often known for having some of the more unconventional lists for their ten best selling records of the week. (Once, their #1 slot was occupied by recordings of street music from an outdoor market in Morocco.)This week, indie cool takes over, with Ratatat on top, T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Five More Food Fixes for Phoenix​Typically, the fur really flies over on our brother blog, Up on the Sun, while things stay pretty staid around here at Chow Bella. But our esteemed food critic, Michele Laudig (who also happens to be our former music editor), keeps telling me that Phoenix is way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    92: Moroccan Nomad Stew at Chakra 4

    ​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 >>

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    November 4, 2009

    Grilled Eggplant Salad at Sapna Cafe

    ​After the extended Halloween weekend hangover -- chock full of too many S'Mores, wine, asskickingly strong microbrews, nachos, and various fried things -- something light sounded appealing. I'm so lacking in vitamins these days. So I immediately thought of Sapna Cafe.

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    September 10, 2009
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    April 2, 2009
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    March 24, 2009

    New Lunch Option: Coup des Tartes

    Can't wail 'til dinner to pop the cork? No prob. One of Phoenix's finest BYOBs, Coup des Tartes, just started a weekday lunch service (11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday). And even if you're not up for a little day drinking (a girl can dream, can't she?), this place is worth a visit for its s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2008

    Prado, M Bar, Crave Cafe set to debut at new InterContinental Montelucia Resort

    By Michele Laudig One of the most high-profile restaurant developments of 2008 also happens to be a home-grown Arizona original. Prado is the name of the new Spanish-style signature restaurant at the soon-to-open InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa, and unlike some of the other high-profile e ... More >>

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    March 12, 2008

    Slow Foodie at the helm of new PV resort's restaurants

    InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa isn't set to open until August, but there's already a reason to look forward to it -- they've hired Francesco Roccato as executive chef. The Torino, Italy, native is a Slow Food member who's done stints in kitchens around the world, from Spain to Bermuda to ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 13, 2007
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    April 6, 2006

    Liège Largess

    Belgian endeavor

  • Dining

    November 3, 2005

    Hat Trick

    About as Moroccan as Mo Rocca

  • Dining

    December 12, 2002

    On Tapas the World

    Ibiza Caf dishes Euro flair

  • Dining

    August 8, 2002

    Working Girl Blahs

    Cafe Santa Fe's New Mexican cuisine tastes like the same old thing

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 21, 2000

    Best Selection of Ethnic Art

    Arizona State University Art Museum Store
    10th Street and Mill, Tempe

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    January 30, 1997
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