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Now That's Italian! Now That's Italian!
, June 28, 2007
Just because Phoenix doesn't have a Little Italy doesn't mean there aren't plenty of Italians here. You just have to know where to look. A few... More >>
Jewel in the Desert Jewel in the Desert
, June 21, 2007
For me, reviewing restaurants is so personal, so subjective, that it's hard to imagine anyone doing it with an actual checklist in hand. But for... More >>
Drive-Thru Detour Drive-Thru Detour
, June 14, 2007
People often ask me about how I decide what restaurants to review, and how I find them. Well, there's really no formula for it. A lot of the... More >>
Steak in the Heart Steak in the Heart
, June 07, 2007
Now I'm really stumped about how those girls from Ipanema get away with wearing the scandalous scraps of spandex that pass for bikinis in Brazil.... More >>
Market Value Market Value
, May 31, 2007
I've always marked the official beginning of summer by the last day of Vincent's Camelback Market. Before the heat is on, one of my favorite... More >>
West Side Pride West Side Pride
A steak in the community
, May 24, 2007
On one of the recent nights I visited Skye, the flashy new fine-dining destination in Peoria, the place was abuzz with rumors of a celebrity in... More >>
Raw Emotion Raw Emotion
Fish come true
, May 17, 2007
I could probably devote my entire job to visiting all the Japanese places opening around the Valley these days. Even for an avid sushi eater like... More >>
Pink Slip Pink Slip
Um, forgettable
, May 10, 2007
For all I've heard about Pink Taco in the year since it opened, there hasn't been a peep about the food. Numerous feats of PR brilliance have... More >>
Slash City Slash City
Plate spinning
, May 03, 2007
I've always been amused by the way overachieving types tack together their job titles and hobbies with a bunch of slash marks. It's never good... More >>
Turkish Delight Turkish Delight
A good reason to fight your way into Tempe
, April 26, 2007
It's a total pain to get anywhere in Tempe, especially when you're hungry. More and more over the past few months, I've found myself avoiding... More >>
Hot Cakes Hot Cakes
Breakfast all the time
, April 19, 2007
There's a reason they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I don't think it has anything to do with getting your... More >>
Jet Set Supper Jet Set Supper
New noshery turns the eats around
, April 12, 2007
The day that Publishers Clearing House shows up at my front door with a giant check for $10 million is the day I become a full-time globetrotter.... More >>
Hood Wink Hood Wink
Using their noodle
, April 05, 2007
I've got neighborhood envy again. This time it's an unassuming pocket of Mesa, on Dobson Road just north of Southern, where you'll find one of... More >>
Grill About Town Grill About Town
Three reasons upscale burgers are still going strong
, March 29, 2007
The recent burst of summerlike weather had me scrambling for something to wear, shopping for sunblock, and dreaming about backyard barbecues.... More >>
Southern Exposure Southern Exposure
The new South
, March 22, 2007
Living in Arizona, it's easy to become familiar with the nuances of Mexican cooking. From corner taquerias and casual family-style places to... More >>
Vu to a Thrill Vu to a Thrill
Tasty pretty things
, March 15, 2007
I'm used to looking for hole-in-the-wall ethnic restaurants or modest indie bistros, but I didn't expect to have to hunt for one of the Valley's... More >>
Getting Cocky Getting Cocky
Better be good -- and it is
, March 08, 2007
Waiting for a table at Asia de Cuba on a recent Saturday night, my friends and I knew time was dragging on when we started to nurse the ice cubes... More >>
Family Style Family Style
Escargot there
, March 01, 2007
Restaurants conjure their magic in many ways, and sometimes it takes some pretending on the part of the guest. When I want to be wined and dined,... More >>
Wright On Wright On
Lodge in your mouth
, February 22, 2007
Say the name Frank Lloyd Wright, and suddenly I'm 18 again, new to New York City and stressing out about one of my very first college... More >>
Leggo My Fuego Leggo My Fuego
Breaking the Curse of the Doomed Location
, February 15, 2007
I could probably dig up a really good statistic to illustrate the fleeting nature of the restaurant industry, but why bother? We've all stumbled... More >>
Posh Poseur Posh Poseur
Don't pass the bar
, February 08, 2007
An extended dance remix of the Stone Roses' track "Fool's Gold" was blaring out of the sound system as I tried — fruitlessly — to flag down my... More >>
Raw Power Raw Power
Briny deep impact
, February 01, 2007
As a food critic, I often find myself meticulously planning my restaurant visits weeks or months ahead of time. Too bad, because I love... More >>
Sweet Spot Sweet Spot
Breath of fresh air for a chain-choking 'hood
, January 25, 2007
I had no idea I wanted a D-Backs jersey, but when a friend gave me one for Christmas — in the perfect size, with the new team colors of white,... More >>
Heaven Can Wait Heaven Can Wait
Served by the bell
, January 18, 2007
It's not a good thing when a restaurant makes you feel like you're in an airport. Or a cafeteria. Or even worse, an airport cafeteria. That's... More >>
Hidden in Plain View Hidden in Plain View
The "little French place" done right
, January 11, 2007
Let me apologize to the cult of Coup Des Tartes: Your little gem is just way too wonderful to keep a secret. This intimate French bistro has... More >>
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