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    July 29, 2014

    Doughnuts Are the New Cupcake in Phoenix, At Least According to Yelp Trends

    Prepare to waste the next hour or so of your day on Yelp. No, we're not talking about revisiting some of your favorite Amy's Baking Co. reviews (though that's always fun). Yelp just released a city-specific trend analytics site that can tell you what's hip in Phoenix. And from the looks of it, we're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Postino and Short Leash in Phoenix Make the List of Yelp's Top 100 Places to Eat

    "Yelp Data" has mined its bevy of user reviews and rankings to reveal the absolute top 100 restaurants in the country that you have to try. Unfortunately, only two Arizona spots made the list, but both are in the Phoenix area. Short Leash's food truck locked in the 81st spot on the list, while Posti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Eddie Hantas of Hummus Xpress on Basketball and What Brought Him from Lebanon to Tempe

    Eddie Hantas Chef/Owner Hummus Xpress Since January, Eddie Hantas has been serving healthy, fresh Mediterranean food in a fast-casual atmosphere at Hummus Xpress in Tempe. The Subway- (or if you prefer, Chipotle-) style restaurant is his second venture, opened about year after ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 23, 2013
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    May 21, 2013

    Amy's Baking Company: Overcooked Reality and the Decline of Western Civility

    Editor's note: After the insanity of the last two weeks, we decided that the Amy's Baking Company saga desperately needed some context. New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld graciously complied. A tall, thin man with long, gray hair and a pair of saggy but expensive jeans shakes the handles of tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Amy's Baking Company: Top 5 Most-Read Stories

    Are you excited for the "grand re-opening" of Amy's Baking Company? We're thinking it could go one of three ways: anti-climactic, shit show, or surprisingly well. While we're waiting anxiously for tomorrow's events, check out our most-read Amy's Baking Company stories from last week. If you're one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Seven Amy's Baking Company Parodies in Video, Gifs, Memes and a Song (NSFW)

    We were there with front-row seats when all the drama began back in 2010. Since that time, when a local business owner totally flipped her shit over a negative Yelp review, the Amy's Baking Company drama has combusted and set off a national media firestorm. See also: - Amy's Baking Company - A Hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Amy's Baking Company Shit Show Continues: Now With Grand Re-Opening Press Release

    Seemingly moments after most of us were making Amy Bouzaglo's cat impersonation ("Meow, meow, meow -- meow, meow!"), uttered on last Friday's season finale of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, the ringtone on our cell phones, the Internet decided to blow up, bonkers-style. See also: - Meet Amy's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Colbert on Yelp: "The Critical Palate of Zagat With Not Having Anything Better to Do"

    Monday night on The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert joined the chorus of people who like to hate on Yelp, the business-review site. Colbert called Yelp a social media site that combines the "critical palate of Zagat with not having anything better to do." See also: - Is Yelp Fair to Restaurants? - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    What Is the Role of the Food Critic?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail, analyst, restaurant rater? To the reader, the job of a food critic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Rough Draft's Barrel-Aged Freudian Sip: Your Subconscious Will Love It

    Beer: Barrel-Aged Freudian Sip Brewery: Rough Draft Brewing Co. Style: American Strong Ale ABV: 10 percent Around 1901, Sigmund Freud came out with his book The Psychopathology of Everyday Life. In it, he described a number of verbal "slips" -- errors that seem trivial but may actually reveal repr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Is the Michelin Guide Still Relevant?

    Over a century old, the Michelin Guide, the star-ratings restaurant guide paid for by the French tire company, is arguably the best-known on the planet. See also: - What Are the Pros and Cons of Food Festivals? - What Are Three Cooking Skills Everyone Should Know? But recently, the guide has taken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Paradise Melts Food Truck Is Up and Running: Where to Find It

    Earlier this month, we shared the news that the Valley's homegrown grilled cheese mobile was under new ownership and getting geared up to hit the road again. And it didn't take long -- lucky for those melted-cheese fanatics out there -- for the new owners to get things ready to go. You can find th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Is it Rude to Take Photos of Your Food in a Restaurant?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail to social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    What's Your Least Favorite Holiday to Work?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail you're in the food business, holidays can mean big money. What's the w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Where Do You Side on the Tasting Menu Debate?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail Fair food writer Corby Kummer likened them to a form of culinary dic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    What National Chain Restaurants Do You Secretly Like?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail much as they may deny it, chefs and restaurateurs secretly enjoy nationa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    The "ReviewerCard" Will Allow The Ethically Challenged to Extort Local Businesses and Screw Up Crowd Sourced Reviews

    A Los Angeles-based entrepreneur has introduced a "ReviewerCard" which designates a person a prolific writer of reviews on sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor. The purpose of this card is simple: To extort local businesses into providing better service or face the wrath of the dreaded 1-star review. Pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Yelp Begins Including Health Inspection Scores In New York City and San Francisco Reviews

    Yelp has just announced plans to integrate health inspection information directly into restaurant reviews and they're starting with New York City and San Francisco. According to their blog post, the new system will be called Local Inspector Value-entry Specification (LIVES) and was co-developed with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Is Yelp Fair to Restaurants?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail December, when Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern called Yelp a "forum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Yelp Begins Outing Businesses with Fake Reviews

    Yelp has begun outing businesses which solicit for paid positive reviews. Businesses that are found to have participated in "significant attempts to pay for reviews" will be slapped with a "Consumer Alert" for 90 days. See Also: --Are Yelp Extortionists Giving Restaurants the Shakedown? --Ouch! To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    What's the Best Way to Send Food Back at a Restaurant?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail Miss a question? Go here.We've all been there: hungrily taking the first b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Silvana Salcido Esparza Dishes About Eating Iguana and Whether She Is or Isn't a Badass

    See also: Silvana Salcido Esparza: Tastemaker #92 This is part two of my interview with Silvana Salcido Esparza, chef-owner of Barrio Cafe and Barrio Queen. If you missed part one, read it here. Do you read cookbooks?: NEVER, but I like to own them. All those pretty photos of food are like food po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Real Actors Bring Hilarious Gravitas to Real Yelp Reviews

    See Also: Are Yelp Extortionists Giving Restaurants the Shakedown? See Also: CrazyAmy Yelp Feud Lands on TV Have you ever read an Yelp review so outlandish and melodramatic that you wished you could gaze into the face of the person who wrote them? Wait no longer, the fine people at Gotta Kid to Fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    "Talk to the Manager" Fights Passive-Aggressive Anonymous Reviews With Anonymous Texts

    In light of Yelp extortionists and other less than awesome experiences at restaurants across the nation, perhaps there is a market for Talk To The Manager, a new service that provides anonymous communication between consumers and the restaurants they eat at. TTTM acts as a digital middlemen betwee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Are Yelp Extortionists Giving Restaurants the Shakedown?

    Generally, here at Chow Bella we tend to report on restaurant owners behaving badly. Whether that be Amy's Baking Company's Yelp tirade or Tina's Ethiopian Cafe's comment section meltdown. We still have a team of our best people decoding some of those pseudo-sexual insults. But today we're consideri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Mirth Wants to Be the Groupon Killer

    Mirth, which announced its existence at TechCrunch's Disrupt NYC convention, bills itself as a business-friendly alternative to deal programs like Groupon and LivingSocial. A Mirth account is attached to your credit card and automatically recognizes when you've gone to an establishment twice in a si ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012
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    January 12, 2012

    Boners BBQ in Atlanta Is Awarded "Worse Use of Social Media 2012" Award

    ​And it's only the second week of January.While perusing the interwebs yesterday, I came across a disturbing story about a restaurant in Atlanta called Boners BBQ. I'll say that one more time -- BONERS BBQ. And their slogan is worse than the name. Wanna take a guess at what it is? Try "Put a Littl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Eat Out in Phoenix and Support Japan Disaster Relief

    ​Eating out is no guilty pleasure when it's for a good cause. And what better cause than the tragic trifecta of catastrophes in Japan? Phoenix area restaurants are supporting disaster relief efforts and you can help by opening your mouth. Follow the jump for some prime spots to dine and don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    2010 Redux: Culinary Happenings

    Crudo dished up beautiful plates of fish at the Devoured culinary fest.​In the spirit of tying up loose ends, we're recapping some of our favorite food-related finds of the year. We've already looked back on the Best Books, Battle of the Dishes, Just Offal, the Best R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Getting Fried for Chanukah: The Parlor vs. The Grind

    Sorry to disappoint, but no, we're not indulging in pot brownies or some other drug-laced food during the Festival of Lights. This is a serious religious holiday, folks. So for this week's Battle of the Dishes, we're clogging our stomachs and arteries with greasy donuts! Apparently, oil-fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    A Thanksgiving Dinner Fowl: Cornish Pasty Company vs. All Wrapped Up

    Remember that scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory where disgusting gum-chewing champion Violet Beauregarde gets her choppers on a piece of gum that tastes like a roast beef dinner, complete with tomato soup and blueberry pie? According to the Institute of Food Research,&nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    The Crepes of Wrath: Cupz N' Crepes vs. Sandwich Club

    Sometimes the best cure for a rough week (or the dreaded Monday blahs) is an international escape. When you can't literally hop a plane, the next best thing is to indulge in a foreign treat. My personal favorite are crepes, the wafer-thin stuffed pancakes that originated in Northern France ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    CrazyAmy Yelp Feud Lands on TV

    What does it take to make the evening news? A Yelp feud and a whole community chatting about a restaurant owner who went ballistic. Check out the clip from last night:

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Going Postal on the Web: More Lessons From the CrazyAmy Saga

    When I called it a "shit show," I had no idea just what kind of vague de merde was heading our way. My jaw dropped yesterday when I noticed a local restaurant owner's name-calling tirade in response to a negative Yelp review, and when I wrote an impromptu blog post, readers responded in dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Sugar Cookie Wars: Sweet Cakes vs. Cake Cafe

    Last week, I had a craving for one of my favorite childhood snacks: sugar cookies. While I could've gone to the grocery store for some take-and-bake dough, let's face it, only 50% of the dough would've ended up in the oven. The other half would've been hoovered straight out of the package ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Yelp Announces Changes ― Are They Enough to Satisfy Class-Action Plaintiffs?

    Three separate lawsuits accuse Yelp of strong-arming potential advertisers.​Are lawyers in the class-action suit against Yelp smelling victory? Yesterday, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman announced the user review giant would drop the "Favorite Review" feature and let readers see the reviews that w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Yelp Lawsuit Widens: From Washington to Chicago to L.A., Plaintiffs Charge Extortion

    ​Nine companies have joined the proposed class action lawsuit against Yelp, the San Francisco-based Internet giant, attorneys in Miami and California announced this morning. The new plaintiffs are located everywhere from Tujunga, California to Washington, D.C. They include businesses ranging from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Is Yelp Kind of Like the Mafia?

    Like many local food fanatics, I've had mixed feelings about Yelp. And I still do. Some of the most venomous restaurant reviews, posted by users with no prior history on the site, come across as blatant trash-talking by competitors, while some of the blow-jobbish raves also seem like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Battle of the Gazpacho Soups

    Pita Jungle vs. DeluxGazpacho is a cold soup, originally from Spain, and is the perfect antidote to these hellacious summer days. There are so many variations on gazpacho (chunky or pureed, spicy or mild) but they're all tomato-based and raw, making them vegetarian and, more often than not, vegan-fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Yelp Eats $25 Prix-Fixe Menu Starts Today

    OK, Phoenix, indulge a little. We've been telling you about it all summer, and today the week-long event is finally kicking off. All week (until Sunday, July 26) fifteen of the Valley's best restaurants are just asking you to let them do the dirty work for you. has recruited fifteen res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    July 20 In Blogs: Napolitano, Cronkite, McCain, and Pitchfork

    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: Feathered Bastard: Janet Napolitano Blasted as "Law and Order Extremist" by 287(g) Expert Aarti Shahani Up on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Cool iPhone Apps for Foodies

    The new iPhone is a lust-worthy gizmo to begin with, but if you're into food and wine, there are even more reasons to chuck your Crackberry and give in to Apple: the apps. One of the newest ones, WinePhD, was created by two locals, sommelier Brian Pierce and his business partner/co-in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    Coming in July: Yelp Eats! Prix Fixe Promo a full week in July (the 20th through 26th), the popular website Yelp will be sponsoring its own restaurant week, Yelp Eats!, showcasing 15 local restaurants that will offer three-course prix fixe menus for only $25 per person. Thanks to the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    The Return of Beef Eaters?

    Do you remember Beef Eaters? The old-school steak and seafood restaurant that closed several years ago and still sits vacant on Camelback Road? I drove by the other day on the way to Target, and noticed signs of life -- looked like there was some kind of construction going on. Somebody on a Yelp Ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2008
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    August 26, 2008

    What do Yelpers really think about free food?

    By Michele Laudig Wow -- I just stumbled on to a fascinating Yelp discussion about whether or not the Yelpers think it's okay to accept free food in exchange for a (possibly) favorable review on the popular everyone's-a-critic website. I'd secretly hoped that the majority of Yelp postings were si ... More >>

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