Rick Phillips

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Bootleggers Modern American Kitchen Taps Stephen Jones as New Executive Chef

    For a while now, Bootleggers Modern American Steakhouse has been a ship without a captain -- or at least, an official one. Several months ago, executive chef James Fox and the restaurant quietly parted ways. Now owner Rick Phillips is ready to announce the restaurant's new culinary lead. And good n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    10 Best Pork Belly Dishes in Metro Phoenix

    By Heather Hoch and Lauren Saria During our quest to find Phoenix's best offal dishes, we noticed a great deal of pork belly popping up on the menus around town. While pork belly didn't quite make the weirdness cut for our offal specifications, we thought the delicious, luxurious cut of pork deserv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    20 Best New Restaurants of 2013

    The good news is that, in 2013, as most of the country was transfixed by the shenanigans of the now-infamous Amy's Baking Company, we eye-rollers in the Valley were being treated to a crop of new restaurants more focused on well-prepared food than overcooked reality. From big-name chefs and restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Arizona Taco Festival: Peoples Choice Award Winner and More

    This weekend the tacos were flowing at the Salt River Fields in Scottsdale where the fourth annual Arizona Taco Festival took place. The annual event brought food lovers from all over the Valley to partake in testing thousands of tacos in order to crown the best selections in a variety of categories ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Aaron May's Praying Monk in Scottsdale Shutters, Space to Become Bootleggers

    When the restaurant gods shutter a Monk, they open a Bootlegger. At least that's the case with Praying Monk, restaurateur and chef Aaron May's stylish American beer cafe in Old Town Scottsdale opened in May of last year. Shuttered last night, Praying Monk, located at 7217 East First Street, will b ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 8, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Bootlegger's in North Phoenix Gives Valley Barbecue a Boost

    Bootleggers in North Phoenix is a kind of barbecue pit gone the way of a gastropub. It's a place where a half-pound of sliced brisket can be paired with a well-crafted Old Fashioned served up in a mason jar; cold-smoked chicken wings can be chased with gourmet jelly shots; and a griddled pork belly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Five Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See also: - 12 Spots for BBQ, Beers, and More for Father's Day in Metro Phoenix - 15 Summer Festivals in Metro Phoenix and Across Arizona Kaiseki Dinner at Posh It's no secret to Phoenix ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Apple Pie Moonshine, Brisket Hash Nachos, and Quite Possibly the Best PBLT in the Valley at Bootleggers in North 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Rick Phillips of EATERAZ to Open Casual Restaurant with BBQ Component Moonshine -- and Guess Who's Consulting for Him?

    As the likable smart-ass behind the food scene blog EATERAZ and the guy who puts on both the Arizona Taco Festival and the Arizona BBQ Festival (all with considerable help from his equally likeable and possibly more smart-ass partner Dave Tyda), Rick Phillips is known for being a magazine publisher ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    AZ Taco Fest Planners School Judges in Taco Tasting

    You think judging a taco contest sounds like a lark? Yeah, I thought so, too. But the AZ Taco Fest, held October 20-21 at Salt River Fields gets bigger and better every year (this is its third), and its founders-promoters-and-all-around-grunts Rick Phillips and David Tyda (a.k.a. the Eateraz boyz) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Meat Up at This Weekend's AZ BBQ Festival

    ​I doubt the AZ BBQ Festival will be a one-off event. Those guys over at the EaterAZ blog, Rick Phillips and Dave Tyda, have done a bang-up job with organizing and promoting their brand-new culinary festival, which takes place this weekend at the Scottsdale Waterfront. I drove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Reading: EATERAZ

    ​Blog name: Who writes it: There's no identifiable writer on the blog, but we've confirmed it's run by Rick Phillips, former publisher of Item magazine, with possible contributors. Catch up here.

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Who is Eater AZ?

    Inquiring minds want to know. I'm one of those people who pays attention to bylines and actually reads those goofy contributor bio pages in the front of magazines. So when I came across a local food blog called Eater AZ -- where there are no bylines -- the first thing I checked out was the "Abo ... More >>