Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

Grilled Asparagus at Virtú Honest Craft in Scottsdale
Grilled Asparagus at Virtú Honest Craft in Scottsdale
Laura Hahnefeld

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.

10 Best Things I Ate in August

Summer may be taking its sweet time saying good-bye, but the good eats served up on [New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld's] plate for the month of August seem all but a blur.

From dishes like heady asparagus at one of my favorite new restaurants, to food truck pho, to a handful of a.m. eats perfect to start your day with, here are ten of the best things I ate this month selected from reviews, first-time visits, and places I've popped into just because.

It's not a countdown, it's a collection. And I hope it inspires. Enjoy.

- Laura Hahnefeld

Red Hut Coffee in Phoenix Making a Stir Even Before Grand Opening

Red Hut Coffee, located on the northwest corner of Seventh Street and Roosevelt, is brand-new to the neighborhood -- and already facing scrutiny, backlash, and a boycott after a Facebook post by owner David Marsh.

On August 21, Marsh posted a photo on the Red Hut Coffee Facebook page with the caption "Spending the day hanging with friends at Red Hut! After this many 'non coffee' drinks, these new friends could use a nice cup of Red Hut signature blend coffee . . . black!"

The photo, which later was deleted, showed Marsh lying on the ground giving the camera a thumbs-up in front of two presumably homeless men, who appeared to be sleeping.

- Laura Armenta

Vietnamese pepper shrimp with tomato and a sticky rice cake from The Gladly.
Vietnamese pepper shrimp with tomato and a sticky rice cake from The Gladly.
Evie Carpenter

August Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

Last month saw the closing of the one and only Saladworks in Arizona, but we welcomed two new pizza outlets and one Chandler neighbor bar and grill. Plus, fall is just around the corner and that means a whole slew of new eateries to look forward to. For now, here are the goodbyes and hellos from last month.

- Lauren Saria

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