• Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    The Pie Hole Tuesday, August 26 Believe it or not, Tonya Saidi's new brick and mortar pie shop is already up and running and ready to go. On Tuesday, the new The Pie Hole will open its doors at 2329 North 7th Street. Siadi says the espresso machine will be ready to go so she'll be serving both cof ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014
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    August 18, 2014

    10 Best Metro Phoenix Restaurants to Dine at Alone

    Getting a group of friends together to grab a meal and actually finding a place everyone agrees on can be a chore. Heck, even finding a place just you and one other person want to go to can be a task. If you'd prefer to skip the "I don't know. Where do you want to go?" debate, you can opt to eat sol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Joyride Taco House Delivers a Good Time Despite Uninspiring Food

    Considering that "joyride" is defined as "a fast and dangerous ride, especially one in a stolen vehicle," it would make sense to assume that Joyride Taco House delivers a pretty exciting meal. Unfortunately that doesn't exactly hold true, particularly when it comes to the menu of modern Mexican eats ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Battle of the Fondue: Windsor vs. The Arrogant Butcher

    Fondue has been around forever, but where do you go to get it aside from the Melting Pot? Being a native Wisconsinite, that was the first thing I was asking about when coming the southwest. (Yes, we love our cheese and beer!) Plenty of places around the metro-Phoenix area have fondue as an appetiz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Food & Wine Names Bar Crudo and Windsor Among the Best Bars in America

    We're not going to say we told you so, but we did say Bar Crudo was the best place for specialty cocktails in the Valley. And we're not the only ones who think so.

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Postino Owners Opening Joyride Taco House in Phoenix

    Described as the "fifth and final piece to Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey's nucleus of restaurants," a second location of Joyride Taco House will join Postino Central, Windsor, Churn, and Federal Pizza on Central Avenue in Central Phoenix this December. DeMarco and Bailey, the Upward Projects re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    5 Things To Eat and Drink This Week In Metro Phoenix

    Just because the weekend is over doesn't mean you have to starve. Here are a few things to put in your mouth this week in the Valley. National Root Beer Float Day There's no reason apple pie should be the only treat to get credit for being "All-American." Root beer is just as patriotic. Did you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Joyride Taco House in Gilbert Starts Out Sputtering

    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

    June 3, 2013

    Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey Open Joyride Taco House in Gilbert on Tuesday, June 4 (and We've Got Pictures!)

    Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey of Upward Projects (the restaurateurs behind all three Postinos as well as Windsor, Churn, and Federal Pizza) are hanging pictures and putting the final touches on Joyride Taco House, which opens for lunch and dinner in Gilbert on Tuesday, June 4. See also: -- 11 M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Kicking Off "Burger Summer" with the Bacon Cheeseburger at Windsor

    Editor's Note: When we asked our summer interns to tell us what they wanted to cover this summer for Chow Bella, David Holden didn't hesitate. "I really like burgers," he said. Okay, David. Game on. All summer long, Holden will sample burgers from around the Valley in search of the very best one. Ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    16 Favorite Places in Metro Phoenix to Eat at the Bar

    Restaurant bars stopped being strictly bars years ago. Nowadays, many people consider them the best seats in the house for a casual dinner that doesn't require reservations, waiting, or a deep reservoir of patience. Because most of them operate on a first-come, first-served basis, customers are free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Nine Favorite Mac and Cheese Dishes in Metro Phoenix

    Ah, mac and cheese. Whether it comes from a blue box or your mother's oven, few childhood comforts can compare. These days, your cheesy noodle perfection can be customized with additions ranging from the gourmet (pancetta, panko bread crumbs, and lobster) to the not-so-gourmet (hot dogs, ketchup, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Windsor in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Windsor, 5223 North Central Avenue, 602-279-1111, See Also: - Culinary Dropout at The Yard in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card - Butter Pecan and Vietnamese Coffee Ice Creams at Windsor/Churn - Windsor: Happy Hour Report Card The Hours: Happy Hour is offered daily fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Sunday Devoured in Phoenix: Decadent 'Til You Drop

    After all of the goodness Saturday's Devoured offered, we sent two more of Chow Bella's finest out to tag team the over 40 vendors at the event on Sunday. Heather Hoch and Minerva Orduna roamed the aisles of Devoured at Phoenix Art Museum to bring you the good, the bad and the blah of the event. Dig ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 28, 2013
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    December 17, 2012

    Five Favorite Spots in Metro Phoenix for Artisan Ice Cream, the Christmas Edition

    As autumn gives way to winter, it might not seem like the ideal time to eat ice cream. Then again, there's never a bad time for ice cream, and the weather has been so warm lately that December seems like the end of the world's longest summer. Pretend it's a snowy white Christmas by getting your chil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Butter Pecan and Vietnamese Coffee Ice Creams at Windsor/Churn

    What kind of restaurant has dessert so insanely good that it gets its own storefront? Windsor/Churn, that's what. It kind of feels like I'm cheating here because the whole premise of Dessert First is to test restaurants' final courses, but when breaking the rules tastes so sweet, who the hell cares? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Food, Beer & Wine Samples at the 8th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival

    Think there's no such thing as starting holiday shopping too early? Stock up on local goodies this Saturday, November 10, at Local First's 8th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival. Attendees get free access to vendors like Frances Boutique, State Bicycle Co., and Practical Art. See also: - Tour de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Bacon Dishes We'll Miss from Five Metro Phoenix Restaurants That Do Bacon Right (Assuming the Bacon-Apocalypse Really is Coming, God Forbid)

    Got a freezer? Like, a big one? If so, you might want to stock up on bacon and other pig products pronto before the world-wide shortage on all things porcine hits your wallet. See also: - Global Bacon Shortage - S'Mores Smackdown: Frank & Albert's vs. Beckett's Table Bad enough that it'll cost an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Postino/Windsor Owners Announce Opening of New Pizzeria

    See also: Postino, Windsor, and Churn Owners to Open Two More Concepts See also: Postino/Windsor Owners to Open New Phoenix Restaurant in Historic Digs A new pizza place in a historic bank building, wood-fired pizzas designed by master baker MJ Coe, small-batch craft beers, and custom growlers -- i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    Ten Favorite Playlists at Metro Phoenix Restaurants

    See Also: 10 Favorite Drive-Thrus in Metro Phoenix Let's face it, the music that streams through the speakers of a restaurant has the ability to make or break your dining experience. We know of a sushi shop that only plays religious music, a Mexican food joint that can't turn down the top 40 banger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Noca Re-Opens with New Look, New Breads and New Cocktail Program

    See also: Noca Owner Eliot Wexler on Chef Claudio Urciuoli See also: Windsor and Churn: Behind the Design Scenes with Craig DeMarco, Lauren Baily and Daniel Germani What a difference a month makes! Owner Eliot Wexler closed Noca for summer hiatus the first of July. And today, he re-opens with a b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    11 Favorite Summer Cocktails from Metro Phoenix Restaurants

    Toss the gin and tonic. And don't settle for a mediocre margarita. We've got 11 fresh summer cocktails that will have you dreaming of July all year long (really). Bottoms up. Tennessee Peach at Del Frisco's Grille Who doesn't love fresh, juicy peaches in the summer? So just imagine them in a cockta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2012

    Chow Bella's Top Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of new 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 thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Postino, Windsor, and Churn Owners to Open Two More Concepts

    Upward Projects, the group comprising Craig DeMarco, wife Kris DeMarco, and Lauren and Wyatt Bailey, hasn't officially released the information yet, but I've learned that the owners of Windsor and Churn and the three-restaurant mini-chain, Postino, are planning to open two additional concepts in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Windsor's Matty Helland Wins Devour Bartending Competition

    It was mixologist mayhem this Wednesday night at The Vig Uptown, where, among a packed house of more than 150 spectators, 11 bartenders went head to head for prizes and bragging rights at the 3rd Annual Devoured Cocktail Competition. Matty Helland of Windsor, restaurateurs Craig DeMarco and Lauren ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Windsor to Debut Brunch Menu and Bloody Mary Bar

    As if the stars were aligning to ensure at least one of my predictions for the Valley food scene actually comes true, Windsor, the cozy North Central neighborhood bar and restaurant from restaurateurs Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey, has announced it will debut its very own brunch menu -- which incl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Guess Where I'm Eating and Win a Prize!

    ​There are so many Thai food restaurants in the metro Phoenix it's hard to pick a favorite, and everyone has their own, but this Central Phoenix spot has been a stand-by of mine since they took over their one-time-diner digs on McDowell. On a recent trip, I strayed from my typical garlic chicken o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Valley Mixologists Compete For Greatest Hangar One Cocktail in U.S.A.

    Richie Moe from Citizen Public House, chef Josh Hebert of Posh, Julie Hillebrand Tomey from J&G Steakhouse -- they're just three of twelve Valley mixologists battling each other and competitors across America for the title of greatest Hangar One cocktail and an all-expense paid trip to the Hangar O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Windsor: Happy Hour Report Card

    Nicole Smith​The Spot: Windsor, 5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-279-1111.www.windsoraz.comThe Hours: 11 am- 5 pm, daily.The Details: Though this happy hour is limited to booze, $5 goes a very long way at Windsor. Enjoy pitchers of beer, wine on tap, AND their kick ass signature cocktails ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Roosevelt Growhouse Harvests for Food Day

    Ando Muneno​ Today is Food Day 2011 and restaurants around the Valley including Cibo and Windsor and at least one food truck (Short Leash Hot Dogs) are primed to participate by serving locally procured vegetables, harvested yesterday by a group of volunteers at the Roosevel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Everybody's a Critic, But Some Are Better Than Others. And Yeah, That Smarts.​Typically, here at Chow Bella, we prefer to sit back and let the conversation happen. We break the news, make the pronouncement, share the opinion. Then it's your job, reader, to hash it all out -- and of course let us know when we're wrong. But after the downright ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 22, 2011
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    July 13, 2011

    Jen Anderson's Halibut Banh mi from Windsor

    Shannon M. on​After talking all about how she creates her recipes this week, Windsor's Jen Anderson shares one for the Halibut Banh Mi currently available at Windsor. You'll make something close to the real deal but you'll have to go to the restaurant to get the plate with Jen's pic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Tracy Dempsey, Jen Anderson of Windsor, Aaron Chamberlain of St. Francis, and More to Hold Cooking Classes at Phoenix Public Market

    ​Learning how to prepare fresh ingredients with chef Aaron Chamberlain of St. Francis? Tastings with chef Jen Anderson of Windsor? Recipes from the Queen of Sweet, Tracy Dempsey? This summer is gonna be face-time fabulous thanks to the Summer Chef Series at the Phoenix Public Market. From 2 t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Chef Jen Anderson at Windsor, Part 2

    Maya Dukmasova Chef Jen Anderson in the kitchen at Windsor​Yesterday we heard from Chef Jen Anderson of Windsor on her strategies for creating recipes and cultivating kitchen leaders. Today, she shares more of her personal story and reflects on Phoenix food culture. Where do you come from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Chef Jen Anderson at Windsor

    Maya Dukmasova Chef Jen Anderson in the kitchen at Windsor​This week we talk with Chef Jen Anderson at the recently opened Windsor, a gastopub in central Phoenix. We caught her over lunch at the restuarant one afternoon and she gladly dished about her story, the local food scene, and h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Wine on Tap: Where to Tap It in Phoenix Gone are the days of ordering wine by the bottle -- not entirely gone, but in some circles, definitely kicked to the curb.Wine on tap is not exactly a new concept for Phoenix. It's actually not a new idea at all. A lot of wines are made in large metal casks, and there are vine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 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. Hot Bollix Spicy Potato Balls from Rula Bula Cakey Perry: The High Tea Pop-Up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Fattoush Fight: Windsor vs Phoenicia Cafe What to do with these leftover pita?​What the fattoush is a fattoush salad?! In the simplest of terms, traditionally it's a salad made to utilize pita bread that is going stale. It doesn't sound so appetizing in those words, but that's why the pita bread for the fattou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    June 1 In Blogs: Lili Gomez, What Laura Says, Fattoush, and Joe Arpaio

    ​​​In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Windsor and Churn: A Design Tour

    Claire Lawton ​When restauranteurs Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey went for a walk through the Windsor neighborhood in uptown Phoenix, they found a home for their third restaurant endeavor (they also run the Postinos in Arcadia and on Central Avenue). The building was old, even for Phoenix s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    May 26 In Blogs: Windsor and Churn, Randy Newman, Christpher Boffoli, and Botched Suicide

    ​​​In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Coming Soon: Private Rack Gastropub

    ​A few years back, New York jump-started the trend of "gastropubs" -- British-style watering holes that go beyond the standard pub fare of fried fish and greasy burgers to present a quality, chef-driven menu of creative dishes. Shortly afterwards, the trend made its way to Phoenix via Mabel's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    The Windsor and Churn a Good Fit for "Rad" People

    The folks at The Windsor and Churn really want you around.​Last month, a local blogger reported that a cheeky sign advertising "Wanted: Rad People" had gone up on the historic 1940 Windsor Court building at Central Ave. and Oregon set to house Postino founder Craig DeMarco's new culinar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Windsor and Churn, DeMarco's Latest, to Open Next Week

    ​The guy who brought us Postino and La Grande Orange is at it again, with news today that two stylish-sounding eateries will open next week in Phoenix. This morning, reported that on April 25 Craig DeMarco is opening Windsor (a bar with light food) and Churn (ice cream) i ... More >>

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