Restaurant Reviews

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    October 28, 2014

    J&G Steakhouse at the Phoenician Brings Flavors of Fall to The Table With New Menu

    Even the drive up to J&G Steakhouse, located at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, feels luxurious. A winding road leads you up and up until you reach the driveway of the resort, perched at the base of Camelback Mountain, when you can leave your car and enter one of the Valley's more beautiful and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    Petite Maison in Scottsdale Sold to New Owners

    Chef James Porter doesn't want to say Petite Maison is closing, per se. But the truth is he and his wife Wendy have sold their five-year-old restaurant to new owners who will not be keeping the Petite Maison name or concept. "We are re-appropriating the space," Porter says of the change. "It's exc ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Cuff: New Restaurant to Open in Historic Downtown Glendale Next Month

    The West Valley hasn't exactly been a destination for ambitious chefs looking to make their mark in the local culinary scene. But with a new restaurant coming to downtown Glendale, that may start to change. Later this fall, Cuff, a New American Restaurant, will open its doors at 5819 West Glendale ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in The Biltmore Neighborhood Right Now

    You'd never know that fine dining has taken a downturn when you look at the restaurant scene in the Biltmore neighborhood. This upscale area surrounding the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa continues to be one of the best dining and shopping destinations in town. There's been a lot of growth in the are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in North Phoenix Right Now

    When it comes to the north Phoenix part of town, the question isn't whether there are good places to eat, but whether or not you can make time to get to them all. There's a lot of square mileage that constitutes this part of town, but whether you're from the neighborhood or just passing through, the ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in Glendale and Avondale Right Now

    When you think about it, you probably spend more time in Glendale than you realize. The city is home to the Arizona Cardinals, hosts the Phoenix Coyotes homes games, spring training, and a good number of large concerts throughout the year. With that being said, you don't have to eat at the numerous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Why Per Se's Wine List Sucks

    I try to be positive here in the Vine Geeks blog. I like cheering for Arizona wines, geekin' on what I really like and generally celebrating all the greatness in the wine world. Every now and then, though, I run into something that really chaps my hide. And right now, that is the wine list at acclai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in South Scottsdale Right Now

    This time of year downtown and central Scottsdale become the Valley's biggest tourist destinations, thanks in no small part to the high concentration of top-notch restaurants you'll find in these trendy neighborhoods. With so many choices it's hard to pick the very best of the crop but right now o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Now Open: La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar at CityNorth in North Phoenix

    North Valley-ites who hang around the CityNorth/Desert Ridge neighborhood will have a new locally-owned option for pizza and a glass of wine. Restauranteur Julian Wright's second location of La Bocca Urban Pizzeria Wine Bar opened earlier this week on High Street at CityNorth. The concept will b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Help Wanted: Phoenix New Times Hiring Restaurant Critic

    The first words that go through my head when I think of my colleague Laura Hahnefeld are "class act." Second: "Wow, that woman will eat anything." The two most important qualifications for a restaurant critic, right? And so it is with heavy hearts that we at Phoenix New Times accepted Laura's res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    11 Metro Phoenix Restaurants Open on Christmas Day

    If you're already up to your ears with holiday stress from gift shopping, you can forget about planning an elaborate feast for your friends and family. Make reservations at one of the Valley's finest restaurants to enjoy a Christmas dinner with lots of love and laughter -- and less of hearing your r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Can the Wrigley Bring Fine Dining Back to Phoenix?

    Welcome to "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. Whatever happened to fine dining? Sure, you can have a James Beard-worthy meal at a number of Valley restaurants, but establishments ... More >>

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    August 6, 2013

    Schaefer's Whining About Wine

    Introducing "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. Last week, I professed my love of White Castle hamburgers, a food that sits on the lowest rung of the culinary ladder. So, in the int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    5 Desserts That Pastry Chef Rachel Miller Is Totally Over

    I love sweets. Obviously. As a pastry chef, I fully understand giving the people what they want. But I also believe in challenging the diner to try something new, expanding their taste buds and minds. See also: - Sugar Rush: Confessions of a Wild West Pastry Chef, and the Launch of a New Column ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    "Arizona's Hottest New Patio" Opens in Tempe Today

    Heads up, outdoor lounge-y types; "Arizona's Hottest New Patio" opens in Tempe today. See also: - Bink's Midtown Is a Must (Especially When It Comes to Veggies) - New Restaurant Opens at Chase Field: Think Barbecue, Sandwiches Wrapped in Tape Measures, and the "Hottest Wings in Baseball" Featuri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    A Basketful of Wine Recommendations for Easter

    Easter means brunch and wine. Left: Luciano Frascarelli Jermann of Taggia and a Pinot Grigio recommended by Sarah Falconer, wine sommelier of Del Frisco's Grille/td> We love drinking wine at Easter time. And we're not talking about communion wine. Easter is a holiday known for its amazingly diverse ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    Fourteen Valley Restaurants to Take Your Sweetie Pie to on Valentine's Day

    On which day of the year does one-third of all Americans visit a restaurant? If you guessed Mother's Day, often referred to as the busiest day in the restaurant biz, you're wrong. Valentine's Day is the holiday that draws out the diners, so if you're planning a fancy date night with your special som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Sadie Hawkins Sommelier Showdown Jan. 23 at Cowboy Ciao in Scottsdale

    Cowboy Ciao is spicing up your Wednesday, and possibly getting you tipsy, with a twist on their "sommelier showdown." This time the showdown event is "Sadie Hawkins" style with ladies preparing the main course and pairing them with wines. And instead of waiting to be asked on a date to the dance, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    7 More Picks for Where to Drink and Dine in Phoenix on New Year's Eve

    The world didn't end on December 21, giving us even more reason to celebrate our asses off on December 31 as we ring in the New Year. Some New Year's celebrations feel lackluster, but this one is gearing up to be a celebration you won't want to miss. If you still don't know where you're drinking and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    New Culinary Award Program Will Select Five of the Valley's Most Cutting-Edge Chefs

    There are several culinary award shows throughout the Valley each year, but the newest, according to its public relations firm, aims to be "like a James Beard award, but way more hip and uniquely [Phoenix]." See also: - OpenTable Announces 100 Best Restaurants in America: Arizona Nabs Four - Zagat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    OpenTable Announces 100 Best Restaurants in America: Arizona Nabs Four, Chicago Gets Zip (Wait, What?)

    Open Table, the online restaurant reservations provider, has released its 2012 Diners Choice Award winners for the Top 100 best restaurants in the United States. And while its thumbs up for four Arizona venues, one of the country's top food cities, Chicago, doesn't get a single restaurant mention. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Hana Japanese Eatery Makes Travel Leisure's Best Sushi Restaurants in U.S.

    Hana Japanese Eatery, the charming Central Phoenix neighborhood hangout from brother-sister team Lori and "Chef Koji" Hashimoto, is in the news for the second time this month. First, it was named one of Zagat's 10 Best Restaurants in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Now, Hana's been dubbed one of the 20 Best ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Wine By the Pint? Talking to Four Seasons' Sommelier Shaun Adams

    In November, the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale is opening up a new restaurant called Proof - an American Canteen. See also: - Five Ways Not to Buy Wine - Lifting the Wine-List Veil at Citizen Public House The resort's sommelier, Shaun Adams, took some time to explain what will be available at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    New American Bistro Coming to Scottsdale

    Calling itself, "a traditional American bistro with a modern touch" Sevens' Bistro, a new restaurant at 7707 East McDowell Road (McDowell and 77th Street) that will also service the 3 Palms Hotel in Scottsdale, is scheduled to open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, August 4.

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Wine Somm Dave Johnson Takes Managerial Position at Davanti Enoteca and Ponders the Demise of the Sommelier

    See also: Chef Pete DeRuvo to Head Kitchen at New Davanti Enoteca Add another familiar name to the talented line-up who'll be working at Davanti Enoteca, slated to open in early August. Wine sommelier Dave Johnson -- best known for his stints at Atlas Bistro and the defunct Sol y Sombra -- will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Distrito Kicks Off Fourth of July with Barbacoa Tasting Dinner and Prix Fixe Menu

    Slow-cooked meats went fast at Chef Jose Garces' Distrito Barbacoa Tasting Dinner Thursday night. The dinner, which was led by Chef Michael Fiorello, Culinary Director for the Garces' Restaurant Group, served as both a barbacoa how-to as well as a preview for the restaurant's upcoming prix fixe di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    FnB's Spring Menu and Crispy Onion Rings in Today's Eater's Digest

    Pink Parsley ​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Springtime at FnBPavle Millic and Chef Charleen Badman have done it again. We just got a glimpse at Scottsdale restaurant FnB's latest menu and it sounds enchanting. Highlights of the spring menu ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    How Do I Navigate a Restaurant Wine List?

    In the spirit of wine-drinking adventure, we bring you tips for busting out of your wine rut one glass at a time the easy way: At a restaurant, where you don't have to commit to a whole bottle. UNCORK THE ISSUE: How do I navigate a restaurant wine list? SPILL THE JUICE: "If you are a lover of win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    More on Vatra/Kitchen 56 Changes

    Kitchen 56 is the new name for a completely overhauled Vatra Grillhouse.​Bill DeGroot, the industry pro who was brought in to help revamp Arcadia's Vatra Grillhouse this past fall, confirms that he's still in the picture as a consultant for the new Kitchen 56, and that chef Peter DeRuvo has i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Encore, Encore! New Year's Eve Ideas, Back By Popular Demand​There's nothing wrong with pouring a little extra rum in your eggnog. But apparently the festivities of Christmas have left us all with fuzzy memories about what to do for New Year's Eve. There's a lot going on at Valley restaurants, and thankfully, Chow Bella c ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    New Year's Eve Plans Part 2 and a Gluten Free Holiday Dessert in Today's Eater's Digest

    ​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?New Year's EveWith so much going on for New Year's Eve, there is no way we could cram it all into one Eater's Digest. Here s our second round of fancy dinner events going on around town. Good luck picking one! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Marcellino's Now Serves Lunch and Pizza

    ​It sounds like things are going really well for Sima and Marcellino Verzino at their stylish new SouthBridge location of Marcellino Ristorante Italiano. The couple recently returned from a trip to Italy and are "thriving" after five months in business, they tell me. This week, they're ampi ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    Nobuo at Teeter House Update: Lunch Menu

    Here it is, folks: the lunch menu for chef Nobuo Fukuda's new restaurant opening tomorrow, Nobuo at Teeter House. If you attended the final nights of Sea Saw or any of the chef's special dinners last summer at Welcome Diner, dishes like steam pork belly buns, okonomiyaki, and soft-shell crab sandwic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    AZ Wines Impress at FnB's Arizona Judgment

    Caffe Boa chef Payton Curry (left) joins FnB's Pavle Milic on the Arizona Judgment tasting panel.​Even though you'd never know it to look at his jovial expression, FnB owner Pavle Milic was a ball of nerves leading up to yesterday's Arizona Judgment, a by-invite-only blind tasting of wines that we ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    FnB Hosts Meet the Winemaker Series, Plans Preliminary Blind Tasting

    ​Chef Charleen Badman's creative, farm-fresh American cuisine, Pavle Milic's expert selections of top Arizona wines, and a relaxed, convivial atmosphere have already turned Scottdale's FnB into a favorite haunt of food enthusiasts, wine geeks, and other bons vivants, but now there's ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    FnB Brings Wine World Heavyweights for Arizona Judgement 2010

    In Italy or in Napa Valley, drinking the local wine is a given. But in Arizona, where the wine industry has waged an uphill battle to improve its image, local wines are still a novelty at most restaurants -- so much so, in fact, that when FnB owner Pavle Milic and chef Charleen Badman commi ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    "Frog Legs Are the New Chicken Wings" at Petite Maison

    ​So said the ever-quotable chef James Porter at Petite Maison, who just unveiled the new spring menu. One of the new additions has suddenly become one of the most popular dishes at the restaurant: frog legs. Cuisses de grenouille Provencal -- sauteed with tomatoes in white wine, butter, ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    What Do You Think of the James Beard Nominees?

    Today's news of the James Beard Awards semifinalists had barely been out an hour before readers and friends started messaging me by Twitter, text, and email. What did I think of the Arizona nominees, and how was that list created, anyway?A committee from the James Beard Foundation selects the semifi ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    Z Tejas Unveils Winter Menu

    Jonathan McNamaraCitrus Flank Steak. There is spinach in there...somewhere.​We walked in to Z Tejas expecting a Winter menu full of heavy, comfort foods. Stuffing your face with carb and fat-laden dishes is why we celebrate the holidays, right? What we found instead were dishes that provide th ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Phoenix Phoodies: David Johnson is a Sommelier and a Gentleman

    David Johnson has wine on the brain. Why not? It runs in the family. He can trace his familial roots in the wine and spirits business back to 17th century Jacobite revolutionaries. As a sommelier in training, he spent years in Europe, honing both his palate and his craft. Now back in Arizona, he i ... More >>

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    October 2, 2003

    Cafe Roulette

    Fine food and casinos rarely mix well in the Valley

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    October 4, 2001

    Shtick Happens

    Food writer dishes up leftovers to Republic readers

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    June 14, 2001

    Bar Trek

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