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    July 8, 2014

    Love Shack: Angry Crab Shack in Mesa Delivers Seafood by the Pound

    Originality is dead. It is a universal truth that we have come to accept, whether it be with regard to Hollywood's inability to produce anything but sequels and remakes, fashion's predictable cycle of "what's old is new again" or restaurateurs who seem to latch on to a popular idea and perpetuate it ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014
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    May 8, 2014

    Mexican Sushi: A Trend We Hope Doesn't Stick

    Mexican sushi. That's one fusion we never thought would exist and one we're not too sure we want to stick around. Apparently it is a thing, since there are at least two spots in metro Phoenix that craft the rolls. Señor Sushi on Indian School and 43rd Avenue and Taco Kissi on Bethany Home are t ... More >>

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    April 23, 2014

    Hot N Juicy Crawfish Is Open in Tempe -- Prepare to Get Messy, Seafood Fans.

    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 >>

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    April 16, 2014

    Catch The Maine Lobster Lady Today -- Or Wait Until Next Year

    We love all our local food trucks, but when it comes to fresh seafood options of the mobile variety there's really nothing better than The Maine Lobster Lady. The only problem? She skips town when things get hot (smart woman) and therefore cuts off our supply of super fresh lobster rolls all summer. ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Noca vs. Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions: Lobster Roll Rumble

    Normal people eat on vacation; around here, we go on vacation to eat. And while we love our desert home, we're not above booking a ticket to the coast just to get our hands on some decent seafood. The good news: With a handful of Valley menus offering fresh lobster rolls, we can now get shellfish wi ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    Cthuken: An Octopus-Stuffed Bird with Crab Legs. Yum.

    The Turduken is obsolete. Behold the Cthuken.— Mana (@damana) December 16, 2013 Last week the tweet above hit the Internet, courtesy of Damana Madden a.k.a. @damana, and as you can imagine it didn't take long for the disturbing image of a Turducken-like creation to g ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013
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    July 2, 2013

    Roka Akor in Paradise Valley: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Roka Akor 7299 North Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley 480-306-8800

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    May 7, 2013

    Mother's Day in Metro Phoenix: 12 Recommendations Based on Time, Budget, and Location

    Sunday is Mother's Day, and (especially if you don't do it throughout the year) you'd better find a way to honor the woman that gave you life. Brunch is the traditional meal of the holiday, and there are plenty of those in the Phoenix area if your mom loves waffles, omelettes, and bacon. But there a ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    Astor House in Phoenix to Host "Mega-Authentic N'awlins Crawfish Boil" on Sunday, April 14

    Astor House, the charming little eatery in Central Phoenix, may be the smallest of owner DJ Fernandes' three restaurants (next-door Tuck Shop and Vovomeena on Seventh Avenue and McDowell being the other two), but it's celebrating a big milestone. See also: - Caramelpalooza 2013: And the Winners Are ... More >>

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    March 20, 2013

    10 Easter Dining Options at Metro Phoenix Restaurants

    Whether or not you celebrate Easter, with the holiday falling early this year (Sunday, March 31), a seasonal brunch or dinner is the perfect way to kick off spring. The following 10 restaurants are our top picks for Easter dining, thanks to menus that highlight local greens, succulent lamb, and fres ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    88: Jan Wichayanuparp and Helen Yung

    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 >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Soft-Shell Crab Done Right at Quiessence, Teeter House and Binkley's

    It's soft-shell crab season now until the end of summer, which means we're going to be seeing lots of it on local menus -- usually served lightly battered and deep-fried, always eaten whole. The good news? No futzing around with crab-crackers. The bad news? Having to eat those beady little eyes. ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011
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    September 7, 2011

    Peruvian Jalea Fight: Inka Fest vs Contigo Peru

    Tedd Roundy​Who doesn't love seafood in the summer? Especially if you have a summer love to share it with. We're pretty sure that same thought crossed the minds of Peruvians when they started serving up Jalea (a seafood platter commonly meant to serve two). There are several Peruvian plac ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Cafe: Citizen Public House

    ​We can't remember the last time a salad (much less the description of a salad) got us this excited. Yet, hearing about the neatly-presented rows of smoked salmon, couscous, Asiago cheese and currants in the chopped salad at Citizen Public House has us clamoring for a trip to Scottsdale in the ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Filet and Crab Cake from Cheuvront

    Erica O'Neil​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email 83: F ... More >>

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    April 29, 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. The Ron Swanson Turkey Burger: A Fried Turkey Leg Inside a Grilled Hamburger ( ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011
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    March 16, 2011

    Oyster Doomsday! Where to Get Them in Phoenix Before They're Gone

    MMPR MarketingThe raw bar at J&G Steakhouse offers four to six varieties of oysters daily. ​The end is nigh. Doomsday is upon us! The Apocalypse has begun - for oysters, at least. Scientists recently declared wild oysters functionally extinct. 85 percent of the reefs they live on have disappe ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Casey Moore's Oyster House: Happy Hour Report Card

    Fried Clams at Casey Moore's are reminiscent of summer in New England.​ The Spot: Casey Moore's Oyster House, 850 S Ash Ave, Tempe, 480-968-9935, http://www.caseymoores.comThe Hours: Happy Hour runs from 3-7 Monday-Friday and from 11-4 on Saturday and Sunday.The Details: Casey Moore's features a b ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    Beer For Brains' Off-Centered Experience Lets You Drink For a Good Cause

    Louis Dolgoff, beer aficionado and Founder of the Beer For Brains Foundation ​Talk to Louis Dolgoff for a moment or two and you'll understand what a busy guy he is. He's working on a beer pairing television show for PBS. He continues to orchestrate several ornate, beer-tasting dinners all ove ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    U-Call-It Lobster, Labor Day Clam Bake and Apple Bacon Fritters in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Seafood WeekendHooray for three day weekends! Hopefully you don't have to work and can enjoy an extra day off, but if you do have to work, there are two special dinners this weekend that ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    The Salt Cellar: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: The Salt Cellar550 N. Hayden Rd.Scottsdale Erica O'Neil New England clam chowder and a frosty beer at Salt Cellar.​ The Hours: The world is your oyster with daily happy hour and reverse happy hour deals at Salt Cellar: 4 to 7 pm and 10 pm to 1 a ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010


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    December 30, 2009

    Chef Talk: Eddie V's Crab Cake Maryland Style

    Yesterday, we chatted him up. Today executive chef Brian Feirstein, from Eddie V's Prime Seafood, shares this recipe for Maryland-style crab cakes. The dish is super-simple and quick to make, but its beautifully plated presentation makes it seem way fancier. Nicki Escudero​Here's how to mak ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009

    Forking: Crab Legs

    ​ This week's Forking column focuses on the perils of getting attached to the live animal you plan to serve for dinner. Now you can bring the fun and awkwardness of serving something with a face home for your next date with this recipe for crab legs. Steaming crab legs: Add crab legs to rapi ... More >>

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    April 17, 2009

    Artichokes "Sizing Up Nice Now" at Farmers' Markets; Closing Date Correction

    Update on last week's post about summer market closings: Next month, the market at the Trilogy Golf Course at Power Ranch in Gilbert will move indoors to the ballroom, switch to first and third Wednesdays, and hang in there through June (which means April 22 outside, and May 6 and 20 and June 3 and ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 2, 2008

    I Love It: Lobster Roll at NOCA

    By Michele Laudig Here's some more porno for foodies. A dear friend and I stopped by NOCA last night and couldn't resist the night's special, a lobster roll with a big pile of duck fat fries. My god, we were ecstatic. The meat was impossibly tender and sweet, mixed with celery root and coated in ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Budget Beat: Fenix Eatery & Bar

    By Jay Bennett Seems most of the time, when a restaurant touts its happy hour, it boasts nothing more than $2 domestic bottles and some free chips and salsa. Whee. So when you discover a true happy hour bonanza, you want to rejoice because you feel you've found a salve to ease the discomfort of the ... More >>

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    May 9, 2008

    Bourbon Steak launches Summer Barbecue Series

    I never thought I'd find myself looking forward to Arizona summers, but it's actually come down to that -- and I think it has a lot to do with all the specials that local restaurants and resorts roll out for locals. The latest is Bourbon Steak's Summer Barbecue Series, running from 6 to 9 p.m. eve ... More >>

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    March 13, 2008
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    September 14, 2006

    Crabby Chic

    Reeling in a big one

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    September 23, 2004

    Seoul Survivors

    Lemons picks his hypothetical "last meal"

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    December 18, 2003

    Cave Creek Carnivores

    In search of the unexpected and the unusual

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    June 5, 2003

    Clam Dunk

    An energy drink for the Latin market

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