• Our Favorite Dining Rooms in Greater Phoenix in 2019
    August 16 at 3 p.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    Do you love an elegant dining room? A stunning view? A garden-heavy patio, or just a garden? Maybe a sleek bar with soft lighting? For some of us, the restaurant’s whole vibe is as important as its food and drink. It's the same thinking behind a…

  • The Best Cafe Review Photos of 2019
    August 15 at 10 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    In 2019 we've visited a number of restaurants for Cafe Reviews — everything from pasta at a busy Asian supermarket to the follow-up locations of Little Miss BBQ and Chula Seafood. Plus some showstopping paella at Talavera. In addition to the…

  • Visual Aid: Take a Spin Through the Seventh Street Dining Corridor
    August 9 at 6 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    In the past few years, the stretch of Seventh Street in Phoenix between Camelback Road and Glendale Avenue has become one of the fastest-growing dining districts in town. And while much has come and gone since the recent restaurant district began,…


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  • Slideshow: 21 Bygone Restaurants in Greater Phoenix — Then and Now
    July 26 at 7 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    Though essentially gone, reminders linger everywhere. The My Florist sign on McDowell Road, stories of purse stools at Mary Elaine’s, and what the Obamas ordered at the old stair-step Macayo’s. The Phoenix area has had some fascinating restaurants.…

  • Getting Back in the Kitchen with Public House Creative
    July 16 at 5:15 p.m. by Charles Barth

    Providing a variety of custom cabinetry and other wood products, Public House Creative sees the kitchen as more than just a space for meal prep. It's a focal point, a meeting place, where food is made with love and enjoyed with loved ones.

  • Favorite First-Taste Restaurant Photos of 2019 in Greater Phoenix
    July 11 at 11 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    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…

  • Visual Aid: Best Restaurants and Bars in Downtown Chandler
    July 5 at 7 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    Chandler meets the two qualifications for a historic downtown dining district — good restaurants in old buildings. Yes, there is a lot of history in this pocket Chandler, which goes back to days of people riding in their horses for a beer, and now…

  • Visual Aid: An All-Day Dining Guide to the Melrose District
    June 21 at 7 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    The Melrose District, especially the Melrose Curve along Seventh Avenue in central Phoenix, is one of the most colorful neighborhoods in the entire city. Businesses range from TV repair to music and bike shops, antique stores to salons and retro…

  • Dining Guide: A Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard Visual Aid
    June 14 at 6 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    Yes, the intersection of Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard is just that, an intersection, but it’s utterly bustling with bars, restaurants, lunch counters, and dessert shops. And the north Scottsdale neighborhood has some impressive tenants,…

  • Dining Guide: Old Towne Glendale and Catlin Court Historic District
    May 31 at 7 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    Old Towne Glendale, often referred to as historic downtown Glendale, is one of those ultra-concentrated city centers with all the charms. There are antique shops, comic book and music stores, a little library, and the best part — food and drink…

  • 47 Deals for Arizona Restaurant Week — Spring 2019
    May 24 at 3:19 p.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    The 10-day Arizona Restaurant Week event is a way to showcase local chefs' culinary achievements with special menus and dining experiences at participating restaurants. Presented by Arizona Restaurant Association, the Spring 2019 Arizona Restaurant…

  • Dining Guide: Gilbert Heritage District Visual Aid
    May 17 at 7 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    In recent years, the city of Gilbert has clearly had some fun with its Heritage District. A Gilbert location of seemingly all local restaurant chains started springing up faster than the freaking airport — and all to our benefit. Gilbert is a…

  • A Look Inside the New Thunderbird Lounge in the Melrose District
    May 14 at 12:35 p.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    This conversation has happened countless times, “Dude, we should open a bar.” Well these dudes went and did just that. The Thunderbird Lounge is nooked up in the last slot of the historic Wagon Wheel Building in the Melrose District, and many…

  • Cocktail Creations and Fine Food at Nirvana Food & Wine Festival's Bourbon Street Blues
    April 29 at 12:22 p.m. by Amanda Mason

    A New Orleans-style celebration, Bourbon Street Blues, part of the Nirvana Food & Wine Festival, has an extraordinary spread of food and drinks made by a mix of chefs and mixologists. On April 25, attendees gathered at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain…

  • PHX Night Market Brought Asian Food, Music, and Culture to Downtown Phoenix
    April 23 at 9 a.m. by Jacob Tyler Dunn

    Four city blocks of downtown Phoenix were transformed into the PHX Night Market, an Asian-inspired food, music, and art festival, on Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21. Both days of the event were full of exciting live performances, pop-ups,…

  • The Best Food and Other Stuff We Saw at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival
    April 15 at 2:02 p.m. by Jacob Tyler Dunn

    This weekend, April 12 through 14, Scottsdale Civic Center Mall hosted the 41st annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival with three stages, tons of food vendors, and plenty of smiling faces. The Arizona sun welcomed people from around the Valley and…

  • Meat, Music, and More Meat at the  Great American BBQ & Beer Festival
    March 28 at 11:21 a.m. by Charles Barth

    Filling downtown Chandler with sauce, suds, and sounds, the 102.5 KNIX Great American BBQ & Beer Festival brought a diverse array of meat lovers and music fans to Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. Food trucks lined the park's walkways, and other local…

  • Getting Global at Devour the World 2019
    March 22 at 11:23 a.m. by Charles Barth

    Part of the Devour Culinary Classic, Devour the World 2019 was postponed for a month, but finally filled the Japanese Friendship Garden on March 21 with Phoenix's global food vendors. The small culinary event sought to shrink Phoenix a bit, and…

  • Beer Drinkers, Foodies, and Family Fun at the Downtown Mesa Brew Fest
    March 9 at 6 p.m. by Amanda Mason

    The fifth annual Mesa Brew Fest happened this past weekend, March 9, 2019 in downtown Mesa. This festival was filled with breweries, food trucks, live music, a DJ, and festival vendors from around the valley. Wrestling, cornhole, painting, and pets…

  • The PHX Vegan Food Festival Was a Tasty Treat
    February 25 at 2:25 p.m. by Jim Louvau

    There was no shortage of fun, drinks, or delicious vegan options at the PHX Vegan Food Festival at Margaret T. Hance Park on Sunday, February 24, 2019. The two-day festival was packed with vendors, music, and plenty of different vegan food…


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