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5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

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Barrio Queen Tequileria

Just last week, culinary queen Martha Stewart (who tweeted that she was in town for a meeting with PetSmart) stopped in to eat at Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza's Barrio Queen in Scottsdale, proving that all it takes to dine with the stars is good taste in restaurants. Esparza says she served Stewart a few carne asada and chorizo and bleu cheese tacos -- as well as the restaurant's not-tobe-missed tableside guacamole. During Stewart's first visit to the Queen (Esparza says Stewart visits the Cafe about once a year), the two chefs also tasted four of the restaurant's more than 300 tequilas and talked tequila with the restaurant's resident expert, Jared Putterman. She also ate at Pizzeria Bianco, where she tweeted pics of two pizzas, a glass of wine, and a tomato and mozzarella salad.

Nobuo at Teeter House Today

Starting today until the end of spring, Chef Nobuo Fukuda's Nobuo at Teeter House will be open on Mondays for dinner only. Fukuda, who has won Best New Chef from Food + Wine and a James Beard Award serves small bites and cold and warm entrees from 5:30 p.m. to close at the renovated historic bungalow in downtown's Heritage Square. Call 602-254-0600 for a reservation or visit the Nobuo at Teeter House website.

The Handlebar Tempe

Tuesday night brings two hot deals at The Handlebar on Tempe's Mill Avenue. From 8 p.m. to close, you can cash in on its Two Craft Cocktails & an IPA special, which means the bar's mixologist will sling two different boozy concoctions for $5 a piece. The bar also will offer a special IPA for half price. The drinks and discounted brew will change each week, so there's always something new to try.

Welcome Diner Friday, February 7

The Welcome Diner opened its doors February 8, 2004, and this Friday is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The party will also celebrate one year of business for Michael Babcock and Jenn Robinson's team cooking food and mixing drinks inside the historic Valentine Diner. To thank their customers and the community, the diner will offer $6 Welcome Burgers with fries, $3 Hurricane shooters, and $1.50 PBRs. Happy our will be on all day too, so look forward to $5 chicken cheddar biscuits, $6 share fries, $1 off drafts and $2 off cocktails.

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company

If you haven't tried out this new brewery yet, here's a good reason you might want to: Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company recently was named the number-one new brewery in the world by ratebeer.com. The Gilbert brewery opened last year and already has wowed our resident beer expert with its Picacho Pecan Pie Brown Ale. You can check out its website to see what brews it currently has on tap. There's also a small menu of bar snacks, salads, and burgers available.

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