• Favorite First-Taste Restaurant Photos of 2020 in Greater Phoenix
    October 20 at 9 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    Despite the springtime intermission, we've covered some great spots in 2020 for our First Taste series. A few outstanding hotel restaurants, a sustainable sushi restaurant, a Black-owned wings hub, and a few spots specializing in Peruvian,…

  • Visual Aid: A Guide to the Indigenous Food Scene in Greater Phoenix
    October 16 at 6 a.m. by New Times Staff

    Recently, we released a two-part guide to the Indigenous food scene in greater Phoenix. First, we caught up with three Native authorities from different spheres of the ancestral food world, followed by a guide to Indigenous-run stands,…

  • Our Favorite Dining Rooms in Greater Phoenix in 2020
    October 15 at 10 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    Do you love a cheery, modern dining room? Maybe some potted plants acting as centerpieces? Perhaps a classic lunch counter? Or do you just want a look inside the kitchen? We understand. Often the restaurant's atmosphere is as inviting as the menu…

  • Our Favorite Cafe Review Photos of 2020
    October 15 at 9 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    It's 2020, which means a whole new year of our now monthly cafe review. Food critic Chris Malloy is ready to talk about some outstanding tacos, Nepalese dishes, Neapolitan pizza, and much more — all accompanied by some stunning food photography.…

  • Best of Phoenix 2020: Our Favorite Food and Drink Stores in Photos
    October 7 at 6 a.m. by New Times Staff

    Plated food photos are great, but so are neatly arranged produce sections at the Valley's top grocery stores, stacked and jarred products at farmers' markets booths, and colorful, family-owned carnicerias. The Valley has some choice choices in…

  • Best of Phoenix 2020: The Valley's Top Dishes in Photos
    October 6 at 6 a.m. by New Times Staff

    Love food photos? We've got a neat collection of colorful sandwiches, barbecue platters, mesquite rolls, and even a hearty bowl of bugs. And they've all got something in common — a Best of Phoenix 2020 award. Here a visual aid to our Best of…

  • Best of Phoenix 2020 in Drinks: Top Bars, Breweries, Booze, and Cafes in Photos
    October 2 at 6 a.m. by New Times Staff

    Our recently released Best of Phoenix 2020 issue highlighted the top watering holes, coffee shops, and booze pushers all over town. Some are pretty photogenic, too. Thirsty yet? Here's a visual aid to all things drink in the Valley.

  • Best of Phoenix 2020: The Valley's Top Restaurants in Photos
    October 1 at 6 a.m. by New Times Staff

    We recently released our 2020 Best of Phoenix issue, and many of those awards went to superior restaurants in the Phoenix area. After you browse all the food and drink awards at your leisure online, here's a visual aid to help you work up more of…

  • First Look: Postino South Tempe Wine Café Is a Midcentury Punk Venue Hybrid
    September 24 at 6 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    Open since September 14, Postino South Tempe is the eighth location of the Arizona-based wine café. It takes over the former spot of Tempe Public Market Café, closed since January 2020, and a Circle K before that. This is the second Postino in…

  • Visual Aid — Top 100 Restaurants in Greater Phoenix
    September 9 at 8 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    We’ve put together a guide to our 100 favorite places to eat in greater Phoenix right now. Consider this list of restaurants — ordered alphabetically, not ranked — a guidebook to culinary delight in a city growing faster, hotter, and better by the…

  • Visual Aid: Great Restaurant Patios in Metro Phoenix
    September 2 at 9 a.m. by Jacob Tyler Dunn

    Arizona residents are lucky to have relatively great weather most of the year, which means there are plenty of amazing patios around the Valley. We rounded up our favorites, because it's time to eat outside.

  • Visual Aid: The Second, More Intimate Not Our Last Call Rally
    August 26 at 6 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    On Tuesday, August 25, roughly 75 people attended the second Not Our Last Call Rally at the Arizona State Capitol. The protest — a follow-up event to last Thursday's initial rally — began around 9:30 a.m., circled the State Capitol Executive Tower,…

  • Visual Aid: Not Our Last Call Rally at the Arizona State Capitol
    August 21 at 7 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    The Not Our Last Call Rally drew more than 300 people from the Arizona bar industry to the Arizona State Capitol. Bar owners, bartenders, and general supporters created a sea of green (the agreed-upon color of support) at Doug Ducey's doorstep on…

  • A Look at Francine, Scottsdale's New Mediterranean Restaurant With a French Riviera Vibe
    August 14 at 6 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    Francine has officially opened in the Luxury Wing of Scottsdale Fashion Square. The new 5,000-square-foot Scottsdale restaurant was created by restaurateur Laurent Halasz (of Fig & Olive fame). And in the kitchen, we have Executive Chef Brian…

  • Visual Aid: Table Scraps — Taking on Food Waste in Greater Phoenix
    July 22 at 9 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    Maybe you’re a regular reader. Maybe this is your first go-around. Either way, welcome to Table Scraps. This roundup is from my online series on the growing issue of food waste and what some Phoenix-area eateries, organizations, and everyday people…

  • Outstanding Black-Owned Restaurants in Greater Phoenix
    July 15 at 6 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    Recently, we've shared where to find outstanding food offered by Black-owned restaurants in the Phoenix area, and we also took a journey through the Valley's Black barbecue scene. And if we missed anything, the Chandler-based Phoenix Black…

  • First Look: Cruisin' 7th Show Bar & Lounge Got a Major Remodel During Shutdown
    June 25 at 6 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    We are lucky to have a place like Cruisin’ 7th Show Bar & Lounge in Phoenix. It’s open 20 out of the 24 hours in a day — closes at 2 a.m. and opens back up at 6 a.m., making it one of several bars in town where you can imbibe that early — and…

  • Visual Aid: Our First Look at H Mart in the Mesa Asian District
    June 16 at 6 a.m. by Kris Vera-Phillips

    H Mart, the Asian supermarket chain from New Jersey opened its first Arizona store in Mesa on Thursday, June 11, just across the street from Mekong Plaza in the Mesa Asian District. The Mesa location is the newest addition to the H Mart company,…

  • Visual Aid: The Past Lives of Tempe's Bars and Restaurants
    June 4 at 5 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    Not so long ago, Tempe was one of the few drinking and dining destinations in central Arizona. Over the years, many a restaurateur or tavern proprietor has set up shop in Tempe, hoping to attract business from the alternative thinkers — and…

  • Visual Aid: 10 Phoenix Restaurants That Didn't Survive the Shutdown
    June 2 at 9 a.m. by Lauren Cusimano

    Between March 17 — when all restaurants and bars in the city of Phoenix (and other cities in the metro area) were closed to the public — and May 31, this group of 10 eateries and taprooms did not make it through the COVID-related closure. They will…


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