Top Five Most-Read Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

Torta Ahogada at Tortas Paquime
Torta Ahogada at Tortas Paquime
Photo by Nikki Buchanan

Every week, there's a cornucopia of 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. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.

9 Favorite Tortas in Metro Phoenix

When it comes to making a great sandwich, served on fresh bread and piled high with ingredients, the United States (famous for its subs, muffaletas and Philly cheese steaks) has got absolutely nothing on Mexico. Mexican tortas -- sometimes made on a bolillo (a torpedo-shaped variation on the crusty French baguette) but most often made with pan telera (a flatter, softer, rounder-shaped roll with two indentations on the top) can be filled and garnished with just about anything: a variety of meats, cheese (often mozzarella or panela), refried beans, avocado, pickled jalapeño, onion, tomato, cilantro, lettuce and more. So who makes a good torta in this town? Here are nine of our favorites.

--Nikki Buchanan

Chef Eddie Matney of Scottsdale's Eddie's House Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Looks like longtime Valley chef Eddie Matney may be in more hot water than anything he'll cook up at his five-year-old restaurant, Eddie's House, in Scottsdale.

The colorful, big-hearted chef, admired by many in the industry, was recently arrested for, among other things, ABC 15 reports, possession of marijuana.

Here's the full story on Eddie Matney's arrest.

--Laura Hahnefeld

CLOSED: Sam Fox's Modern Steak in Scottsdale

Just shy of two weeks following the opening of Little Cleo's, his new fish house and oyster bar at The Yard in north Central Phoenix, restaurateur Sam Fox has shuttered Modern Steak, his contemporary steakhouse in the Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Following a three-and-a-half year run, Modern Steak closed rather suddenly last Saturday night.

Here's the full story on Modern Steak's closing.

--Laura Hahnefeld

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