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The Post

PHM0614Flash-1-6Subtle spices and sweet endings materialize at east Phoenix’s best-kept secret.

Months before a new restaurant opens, my inbox is typically flooded with promotional info. Local newspapers blog about the new addition, foodies post on Chowhound message boards; there might even be a Facebook contest or streetside banners advertising the grand opening. Not so for The Post. When the Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport hotel leaked news of its new restaurant in late 2013, it was as if The Post materialized from thin air.

 

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Pink Pony

0614PHMEB07Spring training knickknacks aside, the venerable
Scottsdale steakhouse is all but unrecognizable after a gastropub-minded makeover.

While sipping a Moscow mule at the Pink Pony’s horseshoe bar in downtown Scottsdale, I watched a man approach the bartender. “This isn’t the Pink Pony I remember,” he said with a note of astonishment and nostalgia.

 

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El Chullo

0614PHMEB10Find delectable dishes served with a side of Peruvian pride at this Phoenix eatery.

Chef Omar Velarde is proud of his Peruvian heritage. The comfort food he serves at El Chullo is plated with a smile and a side of Andean trivia. For example, the eatery’s namesake is a woolen earflap hat worn to protect against chilly mountain winds. Chullo patterns are unique to the wearer, with designs indicating ancestry, wealth or marital status.

 

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Taco Haus

PHMEB10The duo behind Brat Haüs score with modernized Latin grub – meager taco menu notwithstanding.

The most surprising thing about Taco Haus, the new venture from the Brat Haüs team of Dave Andrea and Payton Curry, is how few tacos are on the menu – five, to be exact. That turns out to be a good thing, since the tacos are the weakest link on the compact menu of modernized Latin grub.

 

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Bink’s Scottsdale

PHMEB07A more approachable Binkley’s? The perennial James Beard contender satisfies expectations at his new Scottsdale outpost.

Kevin Binkley is a masterful chef – and it was never up for debate. From the moment the James Beard-nominated culinarian opened his eponymous post-nouvelle showplace Binkley’s in Cave Creek, his chapter of influence on Phoenix dining was written and filed.

 

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The Henry

PHM0514Flash-7Part comfort-minded eatery, part corporate nerve-center, this new offering from Sam Fox is everything a flagship should be.

When it comes to Sam Fox immersion, it seems the rich are getting richer. Anyway, that’s one take on The Henry and its prime Camelback corridor location, just a half mile down the street from Fox’s popular North Italia trattoria. Great news for Arcadia folk, but what about the rest of us? C’mon, Sam – open something in the sticks for once.

 

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Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

PHM0414 Slideshow EBSDPerfect poached eggs and squeal-inducing sweets make Denver’s hip brunch spot worth the wait.

Dining shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all experience: Just ask Jon Schlegel, founder of Denver-based Snooze. The trendy breakfast joint opened in the Mile High City in 2006, preaching a doctrine of scratch recipes, eco-friendly practices and customizable plates – a formula so popular it spawned seven more locations.

Phoenix is the latest city to hit the Snooze button. Town & Country’s former Souper! Salad! underwent a facelift in the process, transforming into a retro-modern diner with circular lounging booths, atomic-era starbursts and a ‘70s bowling alley palette.

 

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