10 Most Anticipated Metro Phoenix Restaurant Openings in 2014

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LoLo's Chicken and Waffles (and Zinburger), Gilbert Summer 2014

There's still a while to wait but Gilbert-ites have a couple of reasons to get excited this year. In addition to Postino East, SoCal Fish Taco Company, and Joyride Taco House -- all of which put down stakes in downtown Gilbert within the past few years -- Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles and Sam Fox's Zinburger will open locations at Heritage Marketplace, a new, 31,000-square-foot mixed-use complex in Gilbert's historical Heritage District, in 2014. The new development will be located at the northwest corner of Gilbert Road and Vaughn Avenue and will also feature retail and office space.

Joyride Central Early 2014

And speaking of Joyride Taco House, the "fifth and final piece to Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey's nucleus of restaurants," one will be coming soon to Central Phoenix. The restaurant will join Postino Central, Windsor, Churn, and Federal Pizza on Central Avenue, bringing tacos, salads, burritos, tortas, and other specials to the dining hub. Though originally expected to open in December 2013, it looks like we'll be able to expect the new spot sometime in the first couple months of this year.

Grassroots Kitchen & Tap, Phoenix January 2014

You could say we're fans of Grassroots Kitchen and Tap, the North Scottsdale restaurant specializing in simplicity, precision, and clarity. It may not be where you'll find the most interesting food in the Valley, but when it comes to service and plainly delicious food the restaurant totally delivers. Owner and fourth-generation restaurateur Christopher Collins will be bringing the concept to the Town and Country Shopping Center early this year, to join Snooze, Pizzeria Bianco and the Valley's newest Whole Foods Market.

Taco Haus Early 2014

Chef Payton Curry and restaurateur Dave Andrea -- the duo behind Brat Haus in Scottsdale -- are teaming up again this year. This time they're focusing on tacos, specifically Latin eats inspirited by the cuisines of Mexico, Spain, and Central and South America. Expect housemade tortillas, fresh seafood, and Niman Ranch pork and beef, family-style entrees, and a ceviche bar. As far as the booze goes, look forward to some fun offerings including tableside margaritas, micheladas made with Mexican imported beers and local tomato juice, and aguas frescas available either with or without alcohol.

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Lauren Saria
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