From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creatives on Jackalope Ranch.
Today: a guy with a long pour.
Tastemaker 58: Richie Moe
Richie Moe brings an arsenal of bartending tools, 15 years of experience behind the bar, and a lifetime of restaurant and industry background to Citizen Public House as chief mixologist and partner. Moe and executive chef Bernie Kantak have created an inventive menu of artfully formulated dishes with cocktails to match. Check out Citizen R+D, Moe's "research and development" speakeasy-style lab tucked
away above the restaurant to taste the latest and greatest from the one of Phoenix's most imaginative mixologists...if you can find the door, that is.
I arrived in Phoenix with... my family in 1997, from Chicago. At the time I was pretty unsure of my path in life.
If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... my girlfriend, Tara; my parents, Dick and Ann; my sister, Gina; and my business partners, Bernie and Andrew. I think that's six people, though. I guess I'll stand.
One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... T. Cooks at the Royal Palms. The place seems magical to me. The ambiance is a perfect blend of vintage pueblo and Southwest. The beautiful foliage adds another element and let's not forget about chef Lee Hillson and his team's food. The service there is always spectacular.
One menu item this city could do without is... Prickly Pear Margarita. In my opinion, it's overdone.
My last meal in Phoenix would be... Omakase menu at Roka Akor. I'd eat anything they put in front of me!
The Tastemakers so far: 100: Tracy Dempsey 99: Craig DeMarco 98: Lara Mulchay 97: M.J. Coe 96: Betty Alatorre de Hong 95: Eric Schaefer 94: Hanna Gabrielsson 93: Shinji Kurita 92: Silvana Salcido Esparza 91: Mike Pitt 90: Christina Barrueta 89: Christopher Gross 88: Jan Wichayanuparp and Helen Yung 87: DJ Fernandes 86: Cullen Campbell 85: Chris Lee 84. Gwen Ashley Walters 83: Tony Morales 82: Lylah Ledner 81: Andrea White 80: Lori Hashimoto 79. Mrs. White 78: Eugenia Theodosopolous 77: Lou & Lovey Borenstein 76: Anthony Patafio 75: Carl Seacat 74: Sacha Levine 73: Sharon Salomon 72: Johnny Chu 71: Susie Timm 70: Jason Silberschlag 69: Gina Miller 68: Cindy Gentry 67: Amy Binkley 66: Dave Anderson 65: Mark Tarbell 64: Marianne Belardi 63: Audrey Lasalle 62: Brandon Gauthier 61: Brad and Kat Moore 60: Denise Clayton 59: Nobuo Fukuda