• Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Mucho Macho Taco Coming Soon, Courtesy of Former Tacos Atoyac Owner

    If you're a taco eater you'll likely remember -- with a shudder -- when Tacos Atoyac closed its doors suddenly in March. The team behind the popular Mexican restaurant, Daniel Maldonado and Pablo Lopez, had gone their separate ways. Lopez returned less than two months later -- same space, same con ... More >>

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    June 16, 2014

    Oaxaca Special Burro from Carolina's: 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Restaurant Atoyac Estilo Oaxaca, Formerly Tacos Atoyac, Is Now Open in Phoenix

    It's been almost a month since we told you the well-loved Phoenix taco spot, Tacos Atoyac, closed its doors indefinitely without giving notice or reason to its loyal following. We were far from the only ones saddened to hear the news, which makes us all the happier to be able to say that the restaur ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2014
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    January 2, 2014
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    August 19, 2013

    The Larvae and the Cricket in Mexican Food: Biting Into Tradition

    It takes a special kind of person to respond with bright enthusiasm at a request for an order of gusanos de maguey, but, hell, he may have thought it takes a crazy sort of person to make such a request so far away from southern Mexico. But perhaps years of Anthony Bourdain/Bear Grylls all-day beer-a ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    10 Best Restaurants Near ASU Downtown Phoenix: Chow Bella's Back to School Guide

    Whether you're ready or not, school's about to be back in session, kids. Sure, it seems like just a few weeks ago you were wrapping up finals and cracking a beer (or, like, 50) in celebration. And now it's time to start over again. If you're new to Arizona State University's downtown Phoenix campus ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 25, 2013
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    March 21, 2013

    CLOSED: Poblano in Central Phoenix

    Poblano, the casual Mexican eatery in Central Phoenix, has shuttered. See also: - Cafe Posada in Gilbert Closing This Month - Hao Bao Food Truck Hitting the Brakes -- For Now Owned by Isamary Diaz and daughter Vanessa, who also operate three Armando's fast-food Mexican spots in the Valley, Poblano ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 28, 2013
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    February 4, 2013

    January Openings and Closings

    This month we bid adieu to longtime Valley restaurant Oaxaca Restaurant and Cantina but we also welcomed a few new ones, including a couple coffee shops and a spot in Queen Creek that serves traditional Dominican food. See Also: --Metro Phoenix's 2012 Restaurant Openings and Closings --November O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    CLOSED: Oaxaca Restaurant & Cantina in Downtown Phoenix

    Oaxaca Restaurant & Cantina has closed -- again. But this, time, it looks like the downtown Phoenix Mexican restaurant and 30-year-plus landmark near the state Capitol has shuttered for good. See also: Mesa's Monsterland Bar & Grill Closing Its Doors CLOSED: Ivy League Dogs in Goodyear Oaxaca fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Pizza People, DGP Gourmet Fry Bread, Julio's Latino Hot Dogs and More to Eat at the 4th Annual Grand Avenue Festival This Saturday

    The annual Grand Avenue Festival -- taking place all day and evening tomorrow, Saturday, October 20, celebrates all of the small businesses and local artists who call the neighborhood home. Many artists' studios and gallery spaces located along lower Grand Avenue open their doors for curious visitor ... More >>

  • News

    October 18, 2012
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    September 18, 2012

    Carolina's Oaxaca Special Burro, Enchilada-Style: A Must-Try Classic.

    The Guilty Pleasure: Oaxaca Special Burro, enchilada style. Where to Get It: Carolina's Mexican Food Price: About five bucks. What It Really Costs: No more damage than your average Mexican meal in this town. Which is to say, your cardiologist will make his boat payment this month. See also: 10 Favo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2012

    Five Must-See Shows This Weekend

    Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.

  • Music

    June 28, 2012
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    June 14, 2012

    Russell Pearce Fundraiser Scrapped by Macayo's, Oaxaca's...

    Seems there's there's no room at the posada for former state Senate President Russell Pearce.Yesterday, I gave you a rundown of the nativist goons set to appear at Macayo's Mexican Restaurant on Central Avenue tonight for a fundraiser to benefit Pearce, a veritable who's who of anti-Mexican bigots i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Chapulines: Edible Grasshoppers from Oaxaca Restaurant

    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: Chapulines from Oaxaca Restaurant ¿Como se dice?: Depending on how adve ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 26, 2012
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    January 26, 2012

    Tacos Atoyac: Street-Style Oaxacan Eats

    The abundance of Sonoran-style Mexican food in the Valley is so great, it's almost taken for granted. On the other hand, Oaxacan food, from the state of Oaxaca in southwestern Mexico, is something you have to look a little harder for. And for those looking for Oaxacan eats, served up street-style, ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 6, 2011
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    September 30, 2011

    Oaxaca Restaurant and Cantina Re-Opening Next Week

    ​It's been just over a month since Oaxaca Restaurant and Cantina, the downtown Phoenix eatery and 30-year-plus landmark near the state Capitol, closed and its former owners, the Verdugo family, forced to go through a trustee sale. But starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jose Martinez, Vice Preside ... 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 >>

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    September 2, 2011

    This Week In Chow Bella

    Another week has come and gone leaving us to ponder the upcoming events that will shape our lives and, more importantly, our dinners out. But before we move on, let's have one last look at the blog posts from this week. Five Favorite Sushi Experiences in Metro Phoenix Spicy Tofu Soup from Chodang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Oaxaca Went Through Trustee Sale; Sky Harbor Location Also Closed, Will Re-Open "As Soon as We Can," Says Lender

    ​On Tuesday, Oaxaca Restaurant and Cantina, the downtown Phoenix eatery and 30-year-plus landmark near the state Capitol, closed amid a hubbub of activity involving the police and an ominous sign on door stating "closed for plumbing repairs." Oaxaca borrowed money to double its siz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Empanadas Flor de Calabaza from Oaxaca Restaurant

    Wikimedia Commons One empanada flor de calabaza filled with Oaxaca cheese and pretty wilted blossoms. ​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 Mex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Dan Maldonado of Tacos Atoyac

    Maya Dukmasova Dan Maldonado of Tacos Atoyac​Four months ago, Dan Maldonado and Pablo Lopez opened up an unassuming taco shop on the corner of Glendale and 19th Ave, formerly the site of Chik a Ribs. Since then, Tacos Atoyac has been on a steady road to popularity, serving two to three hund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    "Cinco de Cycle" on Cinco de Mayo

    ​The boys from Scottsdale's Citizen's Public House are taking over the Cycle kitchen next week for Arizona's second favorite drinking holiday, Cinco de Mayo. Chef Bernie Kantak and master of cocktails, Riche Moe are bringing their skills to Cycle for the one time only event "Cinco at Cycle" Thursd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    20: Oaxaca Special at Carolina's

    ​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 ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    Kevin Patterson, What Are You Eating?

    Kevin Patterson sips a beer​Kevin Patterson The Empty Frames Experiment improv troupe member, writer and photographer performs at Firestage at The Firehouse Friday, February 19 at 8:30 p.m. What'd you eat for dinner last night? Spinach salad with sunflower seeds, cheese and olive oil. Favorite ... More >>

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    July 8, 2009

    Recipe: Enchiladas del Mar from Barrio Cafe

    Lauren GilgerEnchiladas del mar from Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza at Barrio Cafe.Don't go serving Silvana Salcido Esparza some over-worked, over-wrought, over-thought dish that sits in a nice little design in the very center of the plate. "I don't like my food to be puréed, recongealed, molded and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    AZ Capitol Times Announces "Best of Capitol" Winners

    Arizona Capitol Times just announced the winners of its annual "Best of Capitol" survey a few days ago, and it's interesting to see the restaurant picks of our local political movers and shakers. Not surprisingly, Cheuvront's gets props (owner Ken Cheuvront is a state senator), while Durant's seems ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Art Burn: Cafe Carumba's Decorator Has Multiple Personality Disorder

    Cafe Carumba! in Old Town Scottsdale serves seriously tasty comfort foods, from hearty breakfast fare to Southwest specialties like Chicken Oaxaca and Habenero Braised Ribs. But while you're downing that Mercado Chicken Chili, don't look up -- because while the eats are stellar, the decor suffers f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Sky Harbor Named "Healthiest Airport," but Some of Its Restaurants are Filthy

    How's this for ironic: Just days after Health magazine reports that Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is America's "Healthiest" airport, local Channel 15 (KNXV) broadcasts a report on how the airport's restaurants have been cited for numerous health code violations since 2006. We're big ... More >>

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    November 25, 2008

    Veggie Boy Goes To Mexico

    By Benjamin Leatherman A spectacular view of the crystal blue Caribbean Sea from Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula (photo by Jenna Leatherman). Despite having an ultra-hectic schedule these days, I was fortunate enough to be able to slip off to Cancun with friends and family a few weeks ago for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2007

    Signs of life downtown: Bar Smith

    Just in time for First Friday comes Bar Smith, a new restaurant/hangout/watering hole that's taken over that spot on Washington that housed the short-lived Taste of N'Awlins, and before that, Oregano's. The place has been open a few weeks now, but last night was the grand opening. I haven't had a ... More >>

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 28, 2006
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    February 5, 2004

    Groovin' on a Sunday

    Wind down the weekend with dance

  • News

    December 18, 2003

    Big Scam Theory

    Downtown Phoenix has always had its high points, but the Civic Center boondoggle isn't one of them

  • News

    October 2, 2003

    Us vs. Them

    Make downtown attractive to locals, not to outsiders wearing knee socks and nametags. It only makes sense.

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 18, 2003
  • Dining

    February 20, 2003

    Feeding Fido

    Picky patrons find some meat is for the dogs

  • Dining

    October 31, 2002

    Soul Celebration

    Celebrants get into spirit of Day of the Dead

  • Dining

    October 24, 2002

    Oaxacan Wonders

    Mini Mercado is big on flavor

  • Dining

    November 1, 2001

    Food and Spirits

    Eating tacos and tamales by candlelight . . . in a cemetery

  • Dining

    November 1, 2001

    Oaxacan the Wild Side

    Tiny restaurant is surprisingly big in its approach to regional Mexican cuisine

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 20, 2001
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    March 22, 2001

    Iguana Diet

    Mexican family cooks up tamales you won't find on this side of the border

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    August 26, 1992
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