North-American Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Kelly Fletcher's The Revival Revamps Menu from New American to Mexican

    Earlier this summer, Tempe said goodbye to long-standing Mexican restaurant Mucho Gusto to make room for a new concept from well-known local chef Kelly Fletcher. After closing down for a month of renovations, the restaurant re-opened as The Revival, a neighborhood spot with an eclectic menu of inter ... More >>

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    October 21, 2014

    Mejico in Central Phoenix Delivers Well-Prepared, Northern Mexican-Inspired Fare

    If the crowds at Mejico Cocina Mejicana are any indication, there's room for another Mexican restaurant in Phoenix. And if the well-­prepared, northern Mexican-­inspired fare there is a guarantee, this cool, contemporary restaurant, opened in February in the old Linda's space, ought to be around ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Aaron Pool of Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soups on The Perfect Enchiladas and Why Sporks Suck

    Aaron Pool Owner, founder Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soup 3313 N. 7th Street, Phoenix When you hear the word "Gadzooks," you probably don't think of food. Toys, maybe. Or a children's clothing store. But a place for a good meal isn't likely to be the closest association. "People ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Castillon's Brings Crazy Cheap Breakfast Burritos to North Phoenix

    There's no shortage of outstanding Mexican fare in metro Phoenix, but we're more than happy to welcome another south of the border joint onto the scene -- especially when it offers to-go breakfast burros at just $2.75 a piece. Since that's exactly what one experienced Phoenix by way of Ft. Collins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    10 More Cult Restaurants in Metro Phoenix: Readers Choice

    When we picked out our ten favorite cult restaurants in the Valley last month, many of you had a thing or two to say about your own favorite cult-status dining spots -- and we listened. Cheap Mexican eats, underground seafood joints, and stoner delights all fall into the realm of fan-favorites. He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Homemade Tortillas at Menuderia Guanajuato on McDowell in Phoenix

    Menuderia Guanajuato has stood in the same location between auto shops for years on McDowell Road near 24th Street. It's a humble building with no fancy artwork or signage outside. In fact, the only element that causes the building to stand out is the lime green paint and the iron bars covering the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    The Two Most Important Food Words Have Been Added to the Dictionary

    Two of the best foods in the whole world are now officially words in the eleventh iteration of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. Joining 148 other new (less important) words like turducken and freegan, the food world is making its mark this year, along with the ever-expanding requisite bunc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    10 Best Places to Eat and Drink Cactus in Metro Phoenix

    You drive by prickly pear cactus everyday in the Valley. But chances are you didn't know every part of the plant is edible, and chefs around the Valley are making use of the Arizona native in their restaurants. We're not just talking about prickly pear margaritas, either. (Though there's a very go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Corazon Mexican Cocina in Central Phoenix: Homemade Horchata and Chilaquiles Off the Beaten Path

    Several members of the Chow Bella team noticed a now brightly painted Mexican restaurant, Corazon Mexican Cocina, and sent me to investigate. Before the facelift, the spot was known as Altamar Mexican Grill and still operates under the same owners. We approached with the question: Truly authentic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    The Stand: Gluten-Free Tacos and Burgers (Rejoice!)

    A taco is the no-brainer choice for gluten-freers. In fact, almost any Mexican food option usually will work because corn is the go-to grain south of the border. But you have to be careful, because some restaurants use corn tortillas that include wheat flour. I've had it happen more often than you'd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Baby Kay's Abandons Plans to Open Second Location in Phoenix

    It's been more than six months since Baby Kay's closed its doors at Town & Country in Phoenix, at which time the restaurant announced plans to move into a new location nearby at 1582 East Bethany Home Road, in the former home of Richardson's Cuisine of New Mexico. But now the owners have abandoned ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 31, 2013
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    June 13, 2013

    New Menu Items and Spicy Drink Specials Tonight At Crescent Ballroom for "FRIED"

    Have you heard? Chow Bella writers will be playing with fire tonight at "Fried," an evening of true stories of food and heat. But no food-focused reading would be complete without food, duh, so check out the three newly debuted menu items and two special drinks the Lounge at Crescent Ballroom has li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    8 Great Guacamoles in Metro Phoenix

    Some snooty conquistador way back when once noted that in Mexico, avocados and guacamole were "butter for the poor." My, how times have changed! Guacamole -- a literal and linguistic mash-up of the Nahuatl (Aztec) words ahuacatl (avocado) and mole (mixture) has gone so upscale, customers now routine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Satisfying Street Eats and More at Taquitos Jalisco in Mesa

    Looking for your next favorite spot of quick-service Mexican food in Mesa? Taquitos Jalisco might just be a place to pull over. See also: - A Formidable Cuban Sandwich and More on Phoenix's West Side - Lamp's Wood-Fired Pizzas Shine in North Scottsdale The small eatery has been quietly serving loc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Sunnyslope Mexican Restaurant Makes CNN's List of "Best Eats in U.S. Airports"

    For travelers, getting decent eats at the airport has come a long way since candy bars and cheeseburgers were choked down with some duty-free Jack Daniel's. See also: - Two Scottsdale Restaurants Make OpenTable's List of Top 100 Hot Spots - Chou's Kitchen in Chandler Makes Travel Leisure's List ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 14, 2013
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    February 5, 2013

    Doug Robson on Robert McGrath, LGO, and How He Embarrassed Himself in the Kitchen

    This is part two of my interview with Doug Robson, chef-owner of Gallo Blanco Café. If you missed part one, where Robson described eating beatles and maguey worms, read it here. See also: Gallo Blanco: Happy Hour Report Card -- Gallo Blanco's Doug Robson Won't Ditch the Rooster Your most embarra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Gallo Blanco: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Gallo Blanco 401 W. Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, 602-274-4774, See also: -- BLT Steak: Happy Hour Report Card -- Gallo Blanco's Doug Robson to Open New (and Slightly Different) Mexican Restaurant in March Hours: Happy Hour is offered 3 to 6 p.m. every day.

  • Dining

    October 25, 2012
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    October 22, 2012

    10 Favorite Places for Pozole in Greater Phoenix

    Pozole (pronounced poh-SOH-lay) just might be the ideal Mexican comfort food. Enjoyed nearly everywhere in Mexico and throughout the American Southwest, the hearty meat broth, laced with chile and enhanced with hominy (essentially dried maize kernels soaked in lime) boasts several variations. Most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Barrio Cafe: Good -- But Glorified -- Mexican Food

    Hey, readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    10 Favorite Tacos Right Now in Greater Phoenix

    Tacos, like sandwiches and burgers, come in so many delectable variations that it's hard to commit to just one. Especially when these traditional, wallet-friendly Mexican snacks can be found in a multitude of restaurants and stands throughout the Valley. Here, for now, are 10 of our favorites. If y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Tediberto's: Drop Your Vitamix and Put on Your Animal-Friendly Dancing Shoes, Vegans, We're Goin' Out to Eat

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    SOL Cocina's New Brunch: Pick Your Friends Carefully

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

  • News

    June 7, 2012
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    May 15, 2012

    96: Betty Alatorre de Hong

    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 >>

  • Dining

    April 26, 2012
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    April 19, 2012

    10 Nuggets of Wisdom from Gustavo Arellano on How Mexican Food Conquered America

    Gustavo Arellano, the scribe behind the syndicated column ¡Ask a Mexican! (and also editor-in-chief of New Times' sister paper, OC Weekly), is on a quest to find out just how Mexican food got to be el norte's most American one. He's explored the Aztecs' contribution to world cuisine, the latest str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    AndyTalk: Rice on the BBQ (Ultra-Small Grill Not Required)

    Just keep in mind that the rice will lose some moisture when it's grilled. Make sure that you fill the husk with moist rice - and a little cheese wouldn't hurt.

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    All About Achiote

    Here in the Southwest, chances are pretty good that everyone's had their fair share of Mexican food. But as much as we all love to eat the stuff, how much do we really know about the flavors that we're so helplessly addicted to? Unless you grew up with a Mexican grandmother (don't we wish) or have s ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 23, 2012
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    December 12, 2011

    Phoenix Tequila Fest: Long Lines, Bad Venue, Good Booze

    Tequila-tasters who reached the front of the Cruz Tequila line could take their time sampling the brand's silver and reposado varieties, as well as a sweet and cool margarita. The new Caldero Mezcal & Tequila Bar of Scottsdale served chimichangas and chips with queso, which we paired ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Pambazos: Chile-Dipped Sandwiches from El Nopalitos

    Flickr- Emannuel Delaloy One massive, chile-dipped pambazo to put stale tortas to shame. ​Tacos may very well be the perfect food, but let's face it, the standard Meximerican fare can get a bit stale after a while. Taco the Town is here to highlight some of the more unusual Mexican finds in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Lunch under $10 at Cafe Rio

    With a $6.50 lunch special and $2.60 chips and salsa, you could have all this for under $10 at Gilbert's Cafe Rio. ​Let's face it: Chipotles are as plentiful in the Phoenix metropolitan area these days as churches in Oklahoma or Starbucks coffee shops in DC: There's one on every corner. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Mexican Chocolate Cake from Blanco

    ​Tacos may very well be the perfect food, but let's face it, the standard Meximerican fare can get a bit stale after a while. Taco the Town is here to highlight some of the more unusual Mexican finds in the Valley. This week: Mexican Chocolate Cake served up by Blanco Tacos & Tequila ​¿C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Oaxaca Black Mole Chicken from La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop

    Erica O'Neil The mole chicken taco platter from La Condesa. Chocolate and chicken? You better believe it.​Tacos may very well be the perfect food, but let's face it, the standard Meximerican fare can get a bit stale after a while. Taco the Town is here to highlight some of the more unusual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Lunch Under $10 at Cantina Laredo

    Cantina Laredo's Tortilla Soup is poured table side over crispy strips and fresh avocado. ​Cantina Laredo is an upscale Mexican eatery in Gilbert's SanTan Mall with some choices for the under $10 budget. The interior is clean and sophisticated, modern but not too "southwest". Ourserver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Patrick Boll's Dos Equis Battered Fish Tostadas

    Keyon Fareghi​ Yesterday we finished chatting up Patrick Boll of The Spotted Donkey Cantina ii and today he will guide us in putting together a super simple fish tostada. With the dog days of summer just nearly here, lighter fare incorporating fish just sounds all the more appetizing. This dish f ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 1, 2009
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    January 21, 2009

    Los Sombreros Revamps Menu

    Unforgettable mole poblano, mouthwatering carnitas, and naughty flan drenched in Almendrado tequila were already reason enough to head to Los Sombreros in south Scottsdale, but now the charming Mexican restaurant has a revamped menu with some new additions (old faves remain, of course): Los So ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 25, 2008
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    November 25, 2008

    First Taste: Blanco Tacos Tequilla

    By Jonathan McNamara   See more shots from Blanco in our slide show.There's no shortage of Mexican places in Phoenix. Whether you're jonesing for a quick stop at the Taqueria or just looking for the best glass of horchata, you're almost never more than five minutes away.  Amidst thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2008

    This Sunday: Brunch at Mickey's Hangover

    By Michele Laudig Let's face it: As groovy a bar as Mickey's Hangover might be, the name of this retro-fabulous Scottsdale scenester joint really lends itself to a breakfast spot. Well, nobody's turning off the beer tap at the bar, but now the folks at Mickey's really are going to help up nurse ou ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 5, 2008
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    May 10, 2007

    Pink Slip

    Um, forgettable

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2007

    Good question...

    Just got this note from a hungry New Times reader (see below). I can think of a lot of great meat-free Mexican dishes out there, but honestly I haven't paid much attention to who makes truly vegetarian rice and beans. Does anybody have any suggestions? If so, please comment so we can get this gal a ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 27, 2004

    Fish Tales

    Seafood spectacle: wading through the oceanic buffet at Serrano's

  • Dining

    August 8, 2002

    Tempe Treasure

    A hidden home of southern Mexican fare reveals how to eat dried worms

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    April 20, 1995
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