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. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this case, your day. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.
For those still wondering what to do this holiday weekend, checking out the new and bigger location of Matt's Big Breakfast might be reason enough to drag your late-sleeping ass out of bed.
The restaurant in Central Phoenix, from chef-owner Matt Poole, is as famous for its exceptional homemade breakfast dishes as it it is for its long lines. Which is why the new space, a few doors north of the old Matt's in the former Verde location, will accommodate more of Matt's fans by seating around 50 people (twice the number of the original restaurant) in addition to having its own restroom (that's right, no more next-door Coronado Hotel.)
Pavle Milic, the wine maven who committed to an Arizona-only wine list at FnB has been saying it for, what, nearly three years now? Arizona wines deserve your attention and your respect. The naysayers probably chalked up his zeal to clever niche marketing and blind boosterism, but these days, Milic is beginning to look more like a prophet than a nattering nut-case. And here's just one reason why:
Arizona Stronghold Vineyards in Cottonwood has taken home five gold medals and six silvers in four prestigious international wine competitions this year -- The Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition, the 25th Annual Tasters Guild International Wine Judging, Sunset International Wine Competition (affiliated with Sunset Magazine) and the San Francisco International Wine Competition.
For those who missed the early August opening of Scottsdale's Davanti Enoteca, the newest home (and third location) of the Italian restaurant from Chicago-based Francesca's Restaurants Group (which also brought Mia Francesca to the Valley), you now have another reason to stop by: lunch.
Headed up by chef Peter DeRuvo (formerly of Sassi, Prado, and Cuoco Pazzo), Davanti Enoteca, which opened for lunch last week, offers a small selection of Italian-inspired lunch items plus a few with a creative twist.
The dessert that I hounded my mother for the most when I was a kid wasn't chocolate chip cookies or cake or even ice cream -- it was butterscotch pudding. The kind out of the box that took two minutes to make. Five-year-old me thought this was the absolute best thing on the face of the earth. So whenever I see butterscotch pudding on a menu, five-year-old me speaks up and has to order the golden brown, buttery dessert.
Downtown got itself a brand new suds-focused bar and restaurant last week.
Located just south of Roosevelt and across the street from FilmBar, Angels Trumpet Ale House, owned by ex-real estate and property managers Mat and Sharry Englehorn, opened last week with 31 frequently rotated craft brews on tap, a 3,000-square-foot patio, and eats from chef Xane Brody.
Highly anticipated by hops-heads and the downtown set alike, the bar and restaurant certainly has the potential to be what its fans desire, but due to some initial hitches -- mainly having to do with the food -- Angels Trumpet Ale House (ATAH) is more toot than blare.
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