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    January 17, 2014

    The Post Restaurant Opening at New Wren Hotel in Phoenix January 31

    After nine months, $8 million in renovations, and nary a peep to anyone, The Post, an American restaurant inside The Wren, a Crowne Plaza Hotel at 44th and Washington streets (near Sky Harbor International Airport), will open Friday, January 31. "Check everything you thought you knew about hotel f ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Pho A.V. in North Phoenix: a Vietnamese Restaurant with Heart

    On the surface, Pho A.V., the tiny, six-month-old Vietnamese restaurant in North Phoenix, looks like many of the no-frills spots throughout the Valley: fluorescent lights, a modest assembly of tables and booths, a buzzing cooler. But through its doors hung with white lace curtains, in the back of ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    Chef Johnny Chu Opening Two New Restaurants in Phoenix

    The new year is already shaping up to be a busy one for Johnny Chu. The Hong Kong-born chef, along with wife, partner, and general manager Linda Q, are planning to open not one, but two Asian-themed restaurants in midtown Phoenix by the end of February. The couple currently operates SoChu House in ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    The Market by Jennifer's in Arcadia Opens Tomorrow

    Arcadia's Gaslight Square, at Indian School Road and 36th Street and home to restaurants like Nook and Cullen Campbell's Crudo, will see the opening of its newest tenant at 11 a.m., this Saturday, January 11: The Market by Jennifer's. Owned by chef Jennifer Russo-Fitzgerald of Jennifer's Catering, ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014

    Top Chef Masters Contestant and NYC-Born Chef Herb Wilson to Head Up Scottsdale's New Sumo Maya Restaurant

    Sumo Maya, the Mexican-Asian kitchen from Valley restaurateur German Osio (Local Bistro, Central Bistro) is bringing on a chef who's no stranger to global cuisine -- or reality television, for that matter. The stylish new North Scottsdale restaurant (at the intersection of Scottsdale and Lincoln ro ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014

    CLOSED: Searsucker Scottsdale

    After just over a year, Searsucker Scottsdale, the nightclub meets restaurant at Camelback Road and Goldwater Boulevard, has shuttered. Co-owned by chef Brian Malarkey, a finalist on Bravo's Top Chef Miami in 2009, Searsucker Scottsdale, which opened in October 2012, was the second location of the ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    The Perch Pub & Brewery to Open February 14 in Chandler

    This Valentine's Day, Valley hop-heads will have one more reason to love the Valley's brew scene: The Perch. The new gastropub comes courtesy of craft beer aficionado James Swann, who has dealt in adult libations at spots like Chandler's SanTan Brewing Company (which he helped open), The Hungry Mon ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    Royal Coffee Bar Returns to Downtown Phoenix at Historic Heritage Square

    Royal Coffee Bar, owner and architect Hayes McNeil's shop of expertly made espresso drinks and fresh pastries, has come to downtown Phoenix -- again. Originally opened in 2006 at Second Avenue and Jackson Street, Royal eventually moved to downtown's Phoenix Public Market, where it shared space wit ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    Oaxaca Restaurant Inside Sunnyslope's Let It Roll Bowl Moves to New Location

    At Sunnyslope's Let It Roll Bowl, the days of mole and tlayudas sharing the same space as strikes and spares is no more. Last month, Oaxaca Restaurant, the Mexican eatery inside the vintage bowling alley at 8925 North 12th Street, pulled up stakes, moving into a new space in North Phoenix and chan ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Amy & Samy Bouzaglo of Amy's Baking Company Named Two of America's Worst Bosses of 2013: Here's the Surprising Part

    Amy and Samy Bouzaglo of the infamous Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale continue to shrivel the soul of society by being named two of America's Worst Bosses of 2013 by eBossWatch, an online career resource that enables people to anonymously rate their bosses and evaluate potential employers. With ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    24 Carrots Vegan Cafe and Juice Bar Now Open in Tempe

    Those eating vegetarian, vegan, raw, and gluten-free in Tempe can now put Carrots on the list -- 24 of them. 24 Carrots, the cafe and juice bar started in 2008 by Sadhana "Sasha" Raj (who came up with the idea for the restaurant while studying biochemistry at ASU), has pulled up stakes at its orig ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    New Food Truck Brings Beligum Leige Waffles to the Valley

    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 >>

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    December 5, 2013

    Henry's in Tempe: An Instantly Enjoyable Restaurant for Taiwanese Eats

    Chef and restaurateur Henry Ku has been credited with putting Taiwanese food on the map in Seattle. And with the opening of his Tempe restaurant, Henry's Taiwan, in August, he's looking to do the same in the Valley. Adding to the Asian island's melting pot of cooking styles from mainland China, Eur ... More >>

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    December 3, 2013

    Belgian Chocolate Shop and Cafe Comes to Old Town Scottsdale

    Luxury chocolates have arrived in Old Town Scottsdale by way of Belgium -- and just in time for holiday gift-giving. Chocolade van Brugge, 4225 North Marshall Way, comes courtesy of local owners Frederiek and Christine Verbeke. The couple's new shop, which opened in November, features an assortmen ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    Chef and Restaurateur Lisa Giungo (Lisa G.) Loses Battle with Lung Cancer

    The Valley food community lost a dear friend this past weekend when Lisa Giungo, more commonly known as "Lisa G.," passed away after a battle with lung cancer. Following years spent working at Scottsdale's Arcadia Farms, Giungo opened her own place, Lisa G's, in a 1930s bungalow in Central Phoenix ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    5 Best Places for Day Drinking in Scottsdale

    Shine, our annual pocket guide to all things Scottsdale, is out. And this year, local artist Luster Kaboom is taking readers on an illustrated ride through the city's best spots for food, drink, art, and entertainment. Here, in no particular order, are the five best places for day drinking in Scott ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    First Arcadia Cookbook Swap Includes Valley Chefs, Cooking Demos, Canned Food Drive

    Ready to trade your Jean-Georges Vongerichten in for a Joel Robuchon? How about your edition of How to Cook Everything for a copy of Gourmet Today? From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, December 14, home cooks, bakers, and gift givers alike can exchange their favorite cookbooks with those from their ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    Carefree Station Owners Start Anew with Scottsdale Station, Opening Next Week

    After nine years, a dispute with the landlord caused Carefree Station, located in Carefree's Spanish Village, to shutter in October. But as of next week, Carefree Station's owners Robert and Linda Gabrick (who also own Prescott Station) will start anew with Scottsdale Station, their restaurant of ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    Scottsdale's Barrio Queen Introduces Late-Night (Until 3 a.m.) Menu

    Barrio Queen already stays open until midnight Tuesday through Saturday. But the modern Mexican restaurant's owner and chef, Silvana Salcido Esparza, is taking the late-night scene in Old Town Scottsdale one step further: by staying open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. "Scottsdale has a weeke ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    Chef Michael O'Dowd and Business Partner Ed Leclere Are Splitsville

    Chef Michael O'Dowd and partner Ed Leclere, founders of Vivid Lifestyle Concepts (VLC), the company they started this spring after O'Dowd left as executive chef at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, have called it quits. Under VLC, O'Dowd and Leclere, a former Harley-Davidson promotions director, opene ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    New Coffee and Beer House (with Food from Payton Curry) Coming to Old Town Scottsdale

    Coffee and craft beer fans looking for a new hangout in Old Town Scottsdale will get their wish next month. Located at 3617 North Goldwater Road, in the new Creative Center of Scottsdale (along the western side of Scottsdale Road just north of Osborn Road), Sip Coffee & Beer House, courtesy of Trav ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    Sweet Republic Opening Second Location in Phoenix

    Just months after celebrating its five-year anniversary in June, Sweet Republic, Scottsdale's top-notch artisan ice cream shop from Jan Wichayanuparp and Helen Yung, is giving its fans another reason to celebrate: a second location in Phoenix.

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    November 14, 2013

    Short Leash Sit...Stay: A Shrine to Sausages in Downtown Phoenix

    Short Leash Sit . . . Stay is Brad and Kat Moore's urban shrine to sausages, a collection of frankfurters steamed, baked, and fried; decorated with things like roasted red peppers, mango chutney, and Cracker Jack; and wrapped most of the time in a warm naan "bun." The husband-and-wife team, who lau ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Eat St. Is Filming Food Trucks in Phoenix

    Another television crew is coming to Phoenix and surprisingly, this time, they're not headed for Amy's Baking Company. The Cooking Channel show Eat St., "a lip-smacking celebration of North America's tastiest, messiest and most irresistible street food," has a few Valley food trucks on their radar ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    James Beard Award Finalist Kevin Binkley Opening Bink's Scottsdale in December

    Just nine months after he opened Bink's Midtown, his top-notch bistro in Central Phoenix, James Beard Award finalist Kevin Binkley is planning on opening a new restaurant, aptly named Bink's Scottsdale, in late December. The fourth restaurant from the venerable chef who, along with his wife, Amy B ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    Mariscos Altata in West Phoenix: Tasty Sinaloan-Style Seafood Meets a Mexican Beach Party

    Does a loud and lively Mexican beach party sound tempting? If so, then Mariscos Altata on the city's west side is probably going to be a place you'll enjoy. But if your feelings about parties (and noise) don't include an ever-present blasting of banda beats from a jukebox, squawks from televis ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Coastal Italian Cuisine Coming to Scottsdale Courtesy of Maggiore Family

    A seafood restaurant with modern Italian flair is coming to Scottsdale, and its arriving courtesy of a well-known family of restaurateurs. Set to open in late November at the Shops at Gainey Village, Cuttlefish Ocean Kitchen is the concept of Joey Maggiore, son of Tomaso Maggiore, who has owned To ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    Renowned Chicago Chef Charlie Trotter Dead at 54: "He Strove for Perfection," Says Valley Tastemaker Christopher Gross

    The culinary world lost one of its titans today when famed chef Charlie Trotter, whose eponymous Chicago restaurant was regarded as one of the country's finest, was found dead in his apartment. Trotter was 54 years old. A self-taught chef, Trotter opened his Armitage Avenue restaurant, Charlie Tr ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    The Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix Appoints New Executive Chef

    After over two years at The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix, executive chef Stephen Toevs is moving on to warmer waters -- so to speak. Toevs will continue with the property as an executive chef, but this time at The Ritz-Carlton Aruba, which is set to open on November 22. Who next to take the helm of The Ri ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    Tempe's Cadillac Ranch Closing This Weekend

    After six years, Cadillac Ranch, the little bit country, little bit rock 'n' roll bar and restaurant in the District at Tempe Marketplace, is shuttering this weekend. And as you might expect, the hangout for ASU students and general party hounds into Southwestern pub grub, endless drink specials, ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013

    Getting Cozy at Krua Thai Cuisine in Phoenix

    Have an image of a cozy Thai cafe? It probably looks a lot like Krua. The little eatery on the city's north side is a pleasant space, small and tidy, with a handful of tables and booths frequently occupied by guests who tuck into bowls of steaming, fragrant curries, spicy salads kissed with lemon, ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013

    Rock A Belly Food Truck: "Like the Love Child of an East Coast Diner and an Arizona Taco Shop"

    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 >>

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    October 23, 2013

    Arizona's First Mobile Juice Bar to Hit the Streets in January

    When 30-year-old Brandon Bennett was deciding on the name for his food truck, he landed on the nickname his friends in Arizona called him when he moved to the Valley from Eugene, Oregon, in 1994: Yeti. "I was a tall, lanky hippie kid with an Afro," he says. "I didn't even know what a yeti was, but ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    Chef Jared Porter and Team to Open Central Phoenix's The Clever Koi in November

    In what may be the Valley's most anticipated new restaurant, The Clever Koi, a modern Asian food and drink establishment, has announced a tentative opening date of Tuesday, November 19. From former Parlor Pizzeria chefs Jared Porter and Joe Absolor, along with co-owners Joshua James (beverage direc ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Sunnyslope's Scramble Opening Second Breakfast Spot in Scottsdale

    Scramble, the four-year-old fast casual breakfast spot in Sunnyslope, is expanding to Scottsdale. And although the cheery theme, size, and breakfast and lunch menu of familiar American dishes will remain pretty much the same as the original, the Scottsdale Scramble will offer something the Sunnyslo ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Sam Fox's "Life-Changing Food Experience" on Camelback Is a Juice Bar

    In February, when most of us were still reeling over a giant-ass meteor in Russia, the lights going out at Super Bowl XLVII, and the awfulness of Seth MacFarlane hosting the Oscars, restaurateur Sam Fox threw another bombshell into the mix: a "life-changing food experience." The promise came in the ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    The Blind Pig: Scottsdale's Newest "Meat Market"

    The Blind Pig in South Scottsdale is the new venture of restaurateurs Bob and Sally Ann Molinari (Uncle Sal's Italian Eatery, the Side Door bar and restaurant) and Bret Pont, owner of Hobe Meats, a butcher shop in business for more than 50 years in Phoenix. Whether The Blind Pig's decidedly meaty ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    The House at Secret Garden in Phoenix Welcomes New Chef

    When notable farm-to-table chef Greg LaPrad left Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain to open his own restaurant, Overland Trout in Sonoita, owner Pat Christofolo (who also owns Morning Glory Cafe, Maya's Farm, and The House at Secret Garden) filled the high-profile position with her chef-son, 3 ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    Oregano's Coming to Cave Creek

    On the heels of opening of its first West Valley location in Glendale last week (6738 West Bell Road), Oregano's Pizza Bistro, the local pizzeria chain headed up by CEO Mark Russell, has announced plans to open a new location in Cave Creek. "We've found a really cool, and truly old, spot for our n ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    Sam Fox's Zinburger and Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles Headed to Downtown Gilbert

    Recently, restaurants such as Postino East, So Cal Fish Taco Company, and Joyride Taco House have put down stakes in Gilbert, home to restaurateur Joe Johnston's trio of dining spots (Joe's Real BBQ, Liberty Market, and Joe's Farm Grill) for around 15 years. Now, two more are doing the same.

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    October 14, 2013

    Chris Bianco Back in the Kitchen (and Loving It) at Pizzeria Bianco and Pane Bianco

    Last week, the Valley food universe nearly cracked its cosmos when Valley pizza legend Chris Bianco was spotted in the kitchen at Pizzeria Bianco in the Town & Country Shopping Center. Turns out the James Beard Award winner and Arizona's most famous pizzaiolo is indeed back and doing what he loves ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Halo-Halo Kitchen in Phoenix: Filipino Food That Likes to Party

    Halo-Halo Kitchen, the Filipino restaurant on the city's west side, is not only a place to eat, it's also a place to party. On one side, there is the eatery, a bright white room of Filipino baked goods and groceries and a turo-turo, or a cafeteria-style "point-point" setup of meats and prepared ste ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    The Parlor Pizzeria in Phoenix Names New Executive Chef

    When chef Jared Porter left The Parlor in September to start his own venture called Clever Koi -- a modern noodle and dumpling house in Central Phoenix planned to open this fall -- the venerable Central Phoenix pizzeria owned by father-and-son-team Dan and Aric Mei (the two also also own Nello's in ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 8, 2013

    Vintage Phoenix Business: Durant's

    Not many restaurants can say they have a "Marilyn Monroe table" and actually have a plausible story to back up the claim. But the legendary Durant's steak house does, and it's a little surprising. Talk to any of the waiters or employees and you'll quickly realize that the majority of the anecdotes ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    The VeraGroove, Last Exit Live Take To YouTube for an Acoustic Performance

    If you're old enough to be reading this post, there's a fair chance your parents carried a comically large camcorder around to capture your every toddle in the years before you were old enough to either love or hate the camera a little too much. You've seen the video enough times to know that the so ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    A Ramen Bowl with a Built-In iPhone Holder. Really

    Chin-up lonely college students, now you don't have to endure your nightly bowl of bachelor chow alone, you can enjoy it basking in the light of your iPhone! MisoSoupDesign is a small company that recently unveiled a ramen bowl with a smartphone holder integrated into the rim of the bowl. See Also: ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    Wanna Complain About Graffiti and Pot Holes? If You Live in Avondale, There's an App for That

    www.fairfax.cc​Complaining to the city about mundane crap like potholes and graffiti isn't just for geriatrics with rotary phones anymore. The city of Avondale has unveiled a new smart phone application that allows residents to alert city officials to municipal eye sores like graffiti, weeds, and ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    Scottsdale Weight Loss Docs Release Smart Phone Application That Rates Nutritional Value of Our Food; Is there Anything an iPhone Can't Do?

    www.mapds.com​As if our double chins and beer guts weren't painful enough of a reminder as to how unhealthy we all are, now our iPhones can scold us into healthier eating habits, too. Two Scottsdale weight loss doctors have created a smart phone application that gauges and rates the nutrition ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    App Pupils

    Mobile techies land in East Valley tech heaven

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