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Top 5 Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix: New Year's Edition

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San Tan Brewing Company Today

It's illegal in nine countries. And it's made with bits of real panther, so you know it's good. Just kidding, but San Tan Brewing's Sex Panther porter does take its name from the pungent, aphrodisiacal cologne featured in the original Anchorman movie. The beer is a late-winter seasonal double chocolate porter that's become a favorite of Valley beer geeks. It's been available in cans since January 7, but as of today will be available on tap for a limited time at San Tan Brewing Company in Chandler. For more information, visit the San Tan Brewery website.

See also: SanTan Sex Panther: 60 Percent of the Time, It's Good Every Time

FnB Restaurant Tuesday, December 31

You could do a lot worse than closing out 2013 with a meal prepared by chef Charleen Badman, and on New Year's Eve, she'll be cooking cassoulet. FnB Restaurant's New Year's Eve dinner includes four courses: a seafood starter; cassoulet, served with an assortment of veggies; greens and cheese; and dessert. Seatings from 5 to 6 p.m. and 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. cost $50 a person. Seatings from 9:15 to 10:15 p.m. cost $75 a person and include a bubbly toast and party favors. Call 480-284-4777 for reservations. The restaurant also will be open on New Year's Day for a "Hangover Cure" lunch.

Bink's Scottsdale and Midtown Tuesday, December 31

If you're still looking to solidify your New Year's Eve plans, we've got plenty of suggestions for both dinner and drinks. James Beard Award-nominated chef Kevin Binkley will have two restaurants open on December 31. Both Bink's Scottsdale and Bink's Midtown will serve six-course menus with seatings at 5 and 7 p.m. Book a table at Bink's Midtown by calling 602-388-4879. For reservations at the new Scottsdale location in Shops at Hilton Village, call 480-664-9238. And if that doesn't fit the bill, check out our complete list of 15 Metro Phoenix Restaurants for New Year's Eve Dinner and Drinks.

The Herb Box Wednesday, January 1

The best part about New Year's Day brunch at The Herb Box is probably that it's not even asking you to change out of your pajamas. Well, that and its red velvet pancakes. The restaurant's Southbridge location will serve brunch from 9 to 11 a.m., as well as offer a complimentary Detox Green Smoothie Soup with organic spinach, mint, parsley, celery, and ginger, plus a free cake pop to celebrate the restaurant's third anniversary. But we've got a few more ideas for your brunching needs including Essence Bakery Cafe (both locations) and District American Kitchen and Wine Bar in downtown Phoenix. To see them all check out our list of 6 New Year's Day Brunch Options in Metro Phoenix.

Ollie Vaughn's

If your New Year's resolution involves something along the lines of "eating healthier," you'll be happy to know that Ollie Vaughn's is now open in Central Phoenix. The quaint sandwich shop from former Lux baker Lindsey Magee offers baked goods, prepackaged salads, and sandwiches. Grilled cheese with chard, chicken with apples and pecans and flank steak with caramelized onion and goat cheese are some of the sandwich options, all of which can be ordered up on a variety of freshly made breads. We tried the watercress salad and a few of the pastry treats, you can read all about our first impressions here.

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