Here it is: The definitive ranking of every single city and town in Maricopa County. We factored in things like livability, location, attractions for visitors, and any number of X-factors in ranking all 24 cities in towns in the county from worst to first.
Urban Ale Trail Saturday, September 20 This Saturday beer lovers will descend on downtown Phoenix's watering holes to participate in the inaugural Urban Ale Trail. The self-guided tour will guide drinkers to a number of downtown, midtown, and uptown restaurants and bars where they'll find beer sa ... More >>
As a city with a lot of transplants, there are a lot of lessons people are going to learn after moving here.Here are 10 things transplants will learn at some point after their move to Phoenix:
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 >>
Phoenix criminal-defense attorney Dwane Cates was robbed at gunpoint inside his office last month.Cates says if the men are caught, he'll fight for a "second chance" for those robbers and ask that they be placed on probation if it's their first offense.
If we ever moved from the Southwest, fresh, handmade tortillas surely would leave a hole in our hearts. Luckily, we're Phoenicians, so we're spoiled by vendors like Lula's Tortillas, who use years of tortilla-making expertise to bring delicious tortillas to local farmers markets. Though the tortilla ... More >>
When it comes to Belgium's culinary gift bag of treats, Liege waffles may be one of its hardest to find. Impossibly indulgent, the buttery-sweet oblong waffles are crisp on the outside, soft and chewy within, and feature a luscious, glistening coat of caramelized sugar that can be topped with thing ... More >>
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has scheduled "community outreach meetings," as ordered by a federal judge in the Melendres v. Arpaio civil rights case.According to the judge's order, "The MCSO shall clarify for the public at these meetings that it does not enforce immigration laws except to th ... More >>
This week, we're chatting with Meagan Micozzi. You might be more familiar with her blogging pseudonym, Scarletta Bakes. The Scottsdale-based food blogger has been sharing her culinary adventures online for several years and just released her first cookbook, The New Southwest, which she describes as ... More >>
Talk to chef-owner Jordan Murray about his new food truck, Rock A Belly, and it isn't hard to figure out what he's passionate about. With a love of rockabilly (Murray's a member of the Phoenix-based psychobilly band Stitch Hopeless and the Sea Legs), cooking, his Pittsburgh roots, and Arizona, Mur ... More >>
In case you haven't noticed, there are certain types of ladies you'll locate on the dating scene around Phoenix.The ladies you'll find in an Old Town Scottsdale bar are definitely of a distinct species -- as are the ones you'll find downtown during the artsy-fartsy festivals. So, we have a field gui ... More >>
Phoenicians welcomed a whole bunch of new restaurants last month, including the second location of Portillo's and couple new vegan-friendly spots. And the month also saw a few makeovers completed. You can officially check out the fresh digs at T. Cook's at the Royal Palms Resort, or grab a cocktail ... More >>
A Phoenix-area resident claims he swallowed a piece of metal that was inside a burrito he purchased at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant.According to the lawsuit filed on behalf of Tyler Maiden, that piece of metal got stuck in his esophagus, and he "suffered serious, significant, and permanent in ... More >>
This September, East Valley hot dog fans will be getting a little more Willy -- Pittsburgh Willy's that is. Randy Walters, owner of Pittsburgh Willy's, the five-year-old hot dog, sandwiches, chili, and pierogi joint inside Chandler's Merchant Square Antique Mall, is opening a hot dog-only spinoff i ... More >>
Just because your weekend is over doesn't mean you have to starve. Here's what we have to look forward to this week. California Wine Dinner If, like us, you haven't had a chance to get away this summer to sunny California to sip on a buttery Napa Valley Chardonnay or robust Cabernet, don't despai ... More >>
If you didn't make it to Quiessence, the destination restaurant at the Farm at South Mountain, before chefs Greg LaPrad and Tony Andiario left at the end of the season, you're in luck. In the not-so-far-off future, you'll be able to taste LePrad's talents at Overland Trout in Sonoita. And as for And ... More >>
Looks like Tempe's main drag will be getting a taste of handcrafted Italian cuisine this month (and only this month) courtesy of Tony Andiario. The former executive chef of Quiessence, the venerable farm-to-table restaurant at The Farm at South Mountain, worked alongside friend and fellow chef Greg ... More >>
The Spot: Schnepf Farms, Open Thursday through Sunday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. See Also: - Baiz Market in Phoenix: What We Bought, What We Skipped and What We're Still Lusting Over - Peach Festival at Schnepf Farms 2013 - Heirloom Tomato Dinner at Binkley's in Cave Creek June 19
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has been catching some serious heat over the way his office handled the search for missing hiker Christopher Hensley. The PCSO's own search crew combed the Superstition Mountains for days. But it was Superstition Search and Rescue, a private, all-volunteer team ouste ... More >>
A Queen Creek man was arrested for an incident at a Walmart store in Mesa, which included drunkenly driving an electric cart in the parking lot, and swinging a knife at an employee, according to police.Jeremiah Kuczynski, 19, was just recently arrested in the March incident, which started with him d ... More >>
Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See Also: 5 Sweet Spots for Valentine Treats in Metro Phoenix Botanica at the Farm at South Mountain Opens Feb. 1 Haute Chocolate Market & Festival at the Heard Museum The good people ... More >>
Last year's first-ever Street Eats festival did not exactly endear itself to many of our readers -- and we weren't so happy either, for that matter. Among the problems: long lines, terrible traffic, confusion about payment methods and trucks running out of food. To be fair, this is a challenge that' ... More >>
He doesn't have a commercial space yet, but Ricardo Palacio -- who dreams of having his own bake shop and eventually, his own restaurant -- is turning out some mighty fine-looking sweets from his kitchen at home. In fact, his Facebook pix alone are enough to send those of us who are sugar-susceptibl ... More >>
See also: Mark Matheny Accused of Failing to Kill His Wife and HimselfMark Matheny -- the alleged white supremacist who barricaded himself inside his house near Queen Creek on Tuesday -- didn't make it incredibly difficult for investigators to find out his motive for allegedly stabbing his wife last ... More >>
A man barricaded himself inside his house near Queen Creek yesterday when the cops came looking for him, as he's suspect of attempting to kill his wife.Mark Matheny, an alleged white supremacist -- which seems apparent, given the swastika tattooed on his chest -- then attempted to kill himself, whic ... More >>
See also: Jimmy Eat World Bassist to Team up with Four Peaks for New Distillery in Tempe See also: The Complete Tour Through Arroyo Vodka's New Home After 36 years of vacancy, the Beet Sugar Factory in Glendale is undergoing some serious renovations thanks to Ray Klemp, owner of AZ Wine Company i ... More >>
Robert Fischer, the California divorce lawyer accused of murdering his stepdaughter's husband in Queen Creek in 2010 and staging it as a suicide, pleaded not guilty today.Fischer -- not to be confused with the Scottsdale man of a similar name who blew up his family -- is accused of shooting and kill ... More >>
You might be under the assumption that when the summer heat arrives, the farmers markets shut down. You'd only be partially right. Some crazy folks keep the veggies coming all summer long. Lucky us. Here are six spots in the Valley. Know of others? Please leave word in the comments section.
A 2010 "suicide" in Queen Creek has now been determined to have been a staged suicide, and Orange County, California divorce lawyer Robert Fischer is the one accused of doing the killing.Fischer -- not to be confused with the Scottsdale man of a similar name who blew up his family -- is accused of s ... More >>
If you think that you have to live in Portland or Northern California to participate in the gratifying experience of picking your own fruit off a tree (or bush) then you are wrong. Arizona has all sorts of places to pick your own produce -- apples, blackberries,artichokes, cucumber, peaches, and mor ... More >>
In 2006, police searched nationwide for a Queen Creek man accused of a machete attack on his estranged wife and her boyfriend. The manhunt ended within days after Chandler cops arrested 33-year-old Armando Lopez Jr., who was accused of assaulting the pair inside the woman's home in Magma Ranc ... More >>
This is what spring in Arizona is all about, people. Fresh air, sun, smiling happy guests and some rockin' Arizona food at the Devoured Phx Culinary Classic. Here's how it went down on Saturday with our favorite booths and people.
Chef Matt Carvalho used to use Queen Creek Olive Oil in his kitchen at RnR Restaurant and Bar in Scottsdale. Now, del Piero, the in-house cafe of Tuscan-inspired cuisine at Queen Creek Olive Mill, is using Carvalho in theirs. Carvalho, who started with RnR as executive sous chef when it opened in 2 ... More >>
The New York Times piled more criticism of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio this afternoon over his office's record of poorly investigated sex crimes.Reporter Marc Lacey, in what will be one of his swan-song articles from Arizona before leaving to serve as deputy editor of his paper's fore ... More >>
Image: YouTube Cary Dolego, former Arizona write-in gubernatorial candidate, ended up homeless in the Ukraine after a failed matchmaking trip.Cary Dolego, a former Green Party write-in candidate for the 2010 Arizona governor's race, was found among homeless people in a Ukrainian town last ... More >>
Karl WolzAcoustic roots folk veteran Joe BethancourtIt's hard enough holding down regular gigs at country bars, blues clubs, and rock joints around Phoenix, as acoustic troubadour Joe Bethancourt has done since the '60s. But it's beyond tough when your house burns down and you lose everythin ... More >>
Most kids love getting chocolate bunnies and Peeps in their Easter baskets. But come adulthood, you start resorting to making things like Peepshi (Peeps sushi) and mole rabbit with leftover chocolate bunnies instead of bittersweet chunks just to make things ... More >>
Gary Barnett On Sunday, Gary Maitha found himself in a nightmare scenario for any married man: he lost his wedding ring. Luckily, the ring was found by 41-year-old Gary Barnett, who offered to return it to Maitha -- as long as he agreed to pay a $100 "finder's fee," which aside from being a reall ... More >>
Keyon FareghiWe covered background, heritage and his son's exotic eating habits yesterday. Today we cotinue our chat with Christopher Nicosia of Sassi. Nicosia's "garlic and Gaelic" heritage, as he put it, has contributed to why he became a chef. He took an interest in cooking at a young a ... More >>
Congressional beefcake Jeff Flake wants to be a senator.It's official: Republican Congressman Jeff Flake will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Jon Kyl.Flake made his announcement this morning at the same Phoenix hotel where Kyl announced his upcoming retirement last week. Fla ... More >>
Drool away at this big-buck seizure. The Arizona Department of Public Safety today released photos of cash seized in traffic stops by state troopers, including one of a stop that netted a duffle bag containing $248,249 in cash. The evidence shows what law enforcement is facing, ... More >>
By Jonathan McNamara It's amazing what people will do with vegetables these days. For the past five years, Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek has been cutting mazes through corn fields in the likenesses of celebrities including Larry King, Oprah Winfrey and Jay Leno. Whose face would be temporarily etch ... More >>
Here are a handful of concerts that were just announced this week.
They don't call it "going whole hog" for nothing. This morning, chef Payton Curry from Digestif is getting two full pigs from Queen Creek, which he plans to use for his homemade charcuterie. Curry's alluring pates, terrines, and rillettes have been the talk of the town since Digestif opened this sp ... More >>
Dining has become so darn pretentious, like a version of "ChefsGone Wild"