First Taste

Vovomeena: A Rose Between Two Fry Baskets at Seventh Avenue and McDowell

When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: Vovomeena Location: 1515 N. 7th Ave. Open: Just over a week Eats: Breakfast, brunch, and coffee Price: Between $10 and $20 per person

See also: DJ Fernandes Opens Vovomeena and Makes a Very Big Deal about Coffee Fast Food Dump Continues at Seventh Avenue and McDowell, and It Stinks

Although Vovomeena's locally crafted coffee and fresh-made breakfast and brunch items might seem out of place in an area where sushi rolls made Subway-style and fast-food burger joints placed directly across the street from each other pass for progress, it's a dining option that's desperately needed at the chain-infested, historic district corner of Seventh Avenue and McDowell in Phoenix.

And thanks to DJ Fernandes, owner of the Tuck Shop and its next-door little sister Astor House, Vovomeena (named after his grandmother) isn't just a comfortable spot to vote local, several dishes make it one worth stuffing the ballet box for.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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