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    March 7, 2014

    12 Favorite Places for Seafood During Lent in Metro Phoenix

    It's the Lenten season, which for many out there means skipping burgers, steaks, lamb chops, pork chops, and, well, all other forms of meat on Fridays. Luckily, that doesn't cover fish -- so to make the sacrifice of all things rich and meaty a little bit easier, we've rounded up some of our favorite ... More >>

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    April 27, 2013

    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. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.

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    March 9, 2013

    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. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.

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    March 5, 2013

    Jared Porter of The Parlor on Cooking with Chemicals and Eating "The People's Food"

    Jared Porter The Parlor 1916 East Camelback Road 602-248-2480 www.theparlor.us See also: The Parlor Offers Nose-to-Tail Dinners Wednesday Through Saturday Starting February 6 Gallo Blanco's Doug Robson Opens New Mexican Restaurant in Phoenix This is part one of my interview with Jared Porter, exe ... More >>

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    March 2, 2013

    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. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.

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    February 18, 2013

    15 Metro Phoenix Restaurants to Visit During Spring Training 2013

    Spring Training is almost upon us, which means winter is officially over and it's time to break out the shorts. This right here is the weather we Phoenicians live for, the reason we endure five hellish months of summer and severe cases of cabin fever . . . just for the few all-too-brief months of ba ... More >>

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    January 12, 2013

    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 >>

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    November 3, 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 >>

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    October 30, 2012

    Michael Rusconi Dishes on Vincent Guerithault, What He Learned at Lon's and His Pet Peeve When He's the Guy Getting Waited On

    This is part two of my interview with Michael Rusconi, chef-owner of the new Rusconi's American Kitchen. If you missed part one, where Rusconi dishes about his guilty pleasure and what he metaphorically eats for breakfast, read it here. See also: Two New Brunches Hit the Valley in October: Mastro' ... More >>

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    October 28, 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 >>

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    October 2, 2012

    Timo: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Timo, 8801 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602-354-3846, www.timocentral.com. See also: Citizen Public House: Happy Hour Report Card Timo Fires Up Bread and Much More in Sunnyslope The Hours: Happy Hour is offered from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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    September 29, 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 >>

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    September 22, 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 >>

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    September 18, 2012

    Trading Places: Five Chef and Restaurant Switches We'd Like to See Happen in the Valley

    After hearing that Chicago's Alinea and New York's Eleven Madison Park, two of the country's highly celebrated restaurants, will be trading chefs and staff for one week in the fall, it got us to thinking: What chef/restaurant switcheroos would we like to see in the Valley? Here are five we'd love to ... More >>

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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 >>

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    August 28, 2012

    Bryan Dooley Dishes About Who He'd Like to Spend a Week With (Not a Chef) and the Lunch That Made Him Fall in Love

    See also: Pulled Squash Sandwich at Bryan's Black Mountain BBQ This is part two of my interview with Bryan Dooley of Bryan's Black Mountain BBQ. If you missed part one, read it here. Favorite thing to eat growing up: Frog legs, blue gills and ribs. Favorite thing to eat now: Steamed blue crabs an ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    Bryan Dooley Dishes on His Favorite Food Smell (It Isn't Food) and How He Became a BBQ Boss

    See also: Silvana Salcido Esparza Dishes About Eating Iguana and Whether She Is or Isn't a Badass See also: Jeff Kraus Explains What's Cool About Food Trucks, Waxes Nostalgic for S.O.S. and Names Four Over-Hyped Food Terms He Wishes Would Go Away Bryan Dooley Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue 6130 E. ... More >>

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    August 25, 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 >>

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    August 24, 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. Dinner & Drinks @ Angels Trumpet Ale House Downtown Phoenix's newest drinking establishment opened this past Tuesday night with a stellar beer line ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Clove-Scented Ham and Baked Pancakes at Wy-Knot Cafe

    Welcome to Brunched, where Chow Bella samples local restaurants' offerings for our favorite meal. Hey, you get to sleep in and eat breakfast -- what's not to like? See also: Frescas and Pozole at Distrito What: Wy-Knot Cafe Where: 2325 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix, 602-218-6646 When: 7 a.m. to 3 p. ... More >>

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    August 14, 2012

    Local Bistro: Happy Hour Report Card

    See also: Kelly's at SouthBridge: Happy Hour Report Card See also: Ruth's Chris Steak House: Happy Hour Report Card The Spot: Local Bistro, 20581 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, 480-302-6050, www.localbistroaz.com.

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    August 10, 2012

    Frescas and Pozole at Distrito

    Welcome to Brunched, where Chow Bella samples local restaurants' offerings for our favorite meal. (Hey, you get to sleep in and eat breakfast -- what's not to like?) See also: Iron Chef Jose Garces of Distrito at The Saguaro What: Distrito at the Saguaro Hotel Where: 4000 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    Pickle-Savant Sacha Levine Makes Green Thumb Brand Seasonal Pickles and Sells Them at Bodega

    See also: Sacha Levine: Tastemaker #74 If you keep abreast of culinary up-and-comers, then you already know about Sacha Levine. She works for Chrysa Robertson at Rancho Pinot and puts in prep time for Charleen Badman at FnB -- which is to say, she's been mentored by two of the biggest, most badass ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Bernie Kantak Explains What's Good about Food Network and How Josh Hebert Inadvertently Changed His Life

    See also: Lifting the Wine-List Veil at Citizen Public House This is part two of my interview with Bernie Kantak, chef and co-owner of Citizen Public House. If you missed part one, read it here. The great thing about being a chef is: I get to throw a party every night! The tough thing about bein ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Kelly's at SouthBridge: Happy Hour Report Card

    See also: Ruth's Chris: Happy Hour Report Card See also: District American Kitchen: Happy Hour Report Card See also: Bar Crudo: Happy Hour Report Card The Spot: Kelly's at SouthBridge, 7117 E. Sixth Avenue, Scottsdale, 480-393-3205, www.kellysatsouthbridge.com. The Hours: Happy Hour: 4 p.m. to ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    From Pickled Pork Cheeks to PB&J Foie Gras, Phoenix Chefs Are Serving It Up In a Jar

    See also: Tracy Dempsey: Tracy Dempsey Originals See also: Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House See also: Chef Pete DeRuvo To Head Kitchen at New Davanti Enoteca See also: Tastemaker 86: Cullen Campbell Nothing says "Hey, Y'all" like a big ol' Mason jar of sweet tea, and folksy restaurants (corpo ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    Ruth's Chris Steak House: Happy Hour Report Card

    See also: Bar Crudo: Happy Hour Report Card See also: District American Kitchen: Happy Hour Report Card The Spot: Ruth's Chris Steak House, 2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602-957-9600, ruthschris.com The Hours: Dinner 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 5 p. ... More >>

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    July 28, 2012

    Chow Bella's Top 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 >>

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    July 24, 2012

    Bar Crudo: Happy Hour Report Card

    See also: District American Kitchen: Happy Hour Report Card See also: Humble Pie: Happy Hour Report Card The Spot: Crudo, 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602-358-8666, www.crudoaz.com. The Hours: Dinner, 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at Crudo. Happy Hour: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through ... More >>

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    July 21, 2012

    Chow Bella's Top 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 >>

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    July 17, 2012

    Blue Hound's Stephen Jones on Cooking for Steve Wynn's Wife, the Joy of Fennel Pollen, and Why Pizza's Overrated

    See also: Well, Gastro my Lounge This is part two of my interview with Stephen Jones, the executive chef of Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails. If you missed part one, read it here. What's your favorite food smell: A whole roasted suckling pig. What's your favorite cookbook: Eggs by Michael Roux. ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    District American Kitchen and Wine Bar: Happy Hour Report Card

    See also: Humble Pie: Happy Hour Report Card See also: Sierra Bonita Grill: Happy Hour Report Card The Spot: District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, Sheraton Hotel, 320 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. 602-817-5400, districtrestaurant.com. The Hours: Breakfast 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    Humble Pie: Happy Hour Report Card

    See also: Sierra Bonita Grill: Happy Hour Report Card See also: Los Olivos Mexican Patio: Happy Hour Report Card The Spot: Humble Pie, 21050 N. Tatum Blvd., 480-502-2121, www.humblepieusa. There are three other Humble locations in metro Phoenix (the newest in Kierland Commons) with more to follow. ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    Sierra Bonita Grill: Happy Hour Report Card

    See also: Los Olivos Mexican Patio: Happy Hour Report Card See also: Z'Tejas: Happy Hour Report Card The Spot: Sierra Bonita Grill, 6933 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix, 602-264-0700, www.sierrabonitagrill.com. The Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday th ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    Los Olivos Mexican Patio: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Los Olivos Mexican Patio, 7328 East Second Street, Scottsdale, 480-946-2256. www.losolivosrestaurants.com (Second location: Los Olivos Norte, 15544 North Pima Road, Scottsdale, 480-596-9787) The Hours: Old Town location: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m to 11 p.m. Friday ... More >>

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    June 22, 2012

    Bianco's Italian Restaurant: Great Lunch, Great Back-Story

    A friend and I met for lunch at Chris Bianco's Italian Restaurant the other day and I was so pleased to find an independent serving lunch (in the summer no less!), especially when it's a restaurant wedded to local and seasonal ingredients. Flooded with natural light and hung with a unique collectio ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    Z'Tejas: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Z'Tejas Grill, 10625 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, 480-948-9010. www.ztejas.com. There are three other locations in metro Phoenix, with a fourth coming to Bethany Home and 16th Street in July. The Hours: 11 am-10 pm Sunday through Thursday, 11 am-11 pm Friday and Saturday Brunch: 10 am-3 pm S ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Chef Josh Hebert Dishes on Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain and the Cheat Ingredient

    Josh Hebert Posh Improvisational Cuisine 7167 E. Rancho Vista Drive, Scottsdale 480-663-7676 www.poshscottsdale.com How long has Josh Hebert been obsessed with food? Let's put it this way: one of his first words was "breakfast." It's an elaborate family story his mother loves to tell, he says, addi ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Chow Bella's Top Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of new 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 thi ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Chow Bella's Top Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of new 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 thi ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    Lo-Lo Dishes About Jean-Georges, Kool-Aid and Muhammad Ali

    Larry White, Jr. Lo-Lo's Fried Chicken & Waffles 10 W. Yuma Street, Phoenix 602-340-1304 and 2765 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 480-945-1920 www,loloschickenandwaffles.com This is part two of my interview with Larry White, Jr. (Lo-Lo), the owner of Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles. In case you missed it, ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Chow Bella's Top Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of new 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 thi ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Soft-Shell Crab Done Right at Quiessence, Teeter House and Binkley's

    It's soft-shell crab season now until the end of summer, which means we're going to be seeing lots of it on local menus -- usually served lightly battered and deep-fried, always eaten whole. The good news? No futzing around with crab-crackers. The bad news? Having to eat those beady little eyes. ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Killer Garlic Balls, Binkley's Staff Meal, A Fashionista Who Really Cooks, and Heirloom Tomatoes

    A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. Les Petite Gourmettes Garlic Knots​The Killer Garlic Balls on Linda Hopkins' Les Petite Gourmettes caught our attention this week. We know that garlic is in season right now and this sounds like the perfect way to savor it.

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    August 9, 2010

    Nikki Buchanan Joins New Marketing/PR Agency

    After keeping Phoenix guessing about his strategy to take over the universe (or at least the Valley), local food marketing/PR whiz, blogger (a.k.a. JuxtaPalate) and man-about-town Ty Largo announced his new agency today, and former Arizona Republic food critic Nikki Buchanan has officially come out ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Food Critic Nikki Buchanan Says Farewell to the Republic

    "Food philosopher" Nikki Buchanan has been a pet subject on Chow Bella over the past few years, not only because I've enjoyed reading her work, but also because she's had some interesting career twists. Earlier today, the news was leaked on EaterAZ that Buchanan just resigned from The Repu ... More >>

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    February 17, 2010

    Ask the Critic: What's the Etiquette if You See Another Food Critic?

    ​Yesterday one of the Chow Bella contributors asked me what I do if I see another food critic when I'm out at a restaurant I'm reviewing. Should there be some special protocol here? A secret code or handshake or something?  I don't do anything, except maybe spy on them from across t ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010

    Nikki Buchanan Blogs on The Wild Lavender

    Congrats to "food philosopher" Nikki Buchanan on her two-day-old baby, The Wild Lavender. The longtime local restaurant critic, who freelances for The Arizona Republic's "Everyday Dining" beat and spent the better part of her career with Phoenix Magazine, just launched her own blog, where she'll be ... More >>

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    June 19, 2008

    New food critics debut at Phoenix Mag

    By Michele Laudig No, that's not a typo in the headline. Instead of hiring one new critic to replace recently-ousted restaurant reviewer Nikki Buchanan, Phoenix Magazine's July issue reveals three new scribes: Carey Sweet, Geri Koeppel, and Gwen Ashley Walters, all of whom also write for the Ariz ... More >>

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    May 19, 2008

    Professional critics: An endangered species?

    Lately I've gotten inquiries about who'll be appointed the new restaurant critic at Phoenix Magazine, in the wake of longtime critic Nikki Buchanan's much-talked-about dismissal. No one, as it turns out. Ashlea Deahl, the magazine's editor, explained, "We don't have any immediate plans to hire an ... More >>

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