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¶lim¶2012 Best New Restaurants

Our annual guide to the Valley's newest crop of culinary keepers.

Astor House
2243 N. 12th St., Phoenix
602-687-9775, astorinphx.com
Opened: April 2012
Cuisine: American
Price: $
Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Su; happy hour 3-6 p.m. Tu-Sa.
Toast-worthy: A progressive happy hour (drinks only) starts at 3 p.m., with $3 wines by the glass at 3 p.m., $4 at 4 p.m., etc., plus $1 off beer and cocktails.

Architect-turned-restaurateur DJ Fernandes showed a knack for turning a historic home into a cozy, neighborhood hotspot with Tuck Shop in 2008, and he’s done it again with the adjoining Astor House.

 

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¶lim¶Water, Water Everywhere

From posh pools to shimmering streams to aquamarine mountain lakes, we present 71 of Arizona’s loveliest liquid assets – places prime for paddling, plashing, fishing, boating, tubing, watching wildlife and panning for gold this summer.

FLAGSTAFF & WILLIAMS

Bag a Bass at Kaibab Lake
Plunging to an average depth of 37 feet, Kaibab is the deepest, coolest lake in the Williams area, and consequently flush with fish. During summer,

 

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¶lim¶Hidden Cultures: Middle East

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Phoenix isn’t famous for its diversity. But peer into its margins, and you’ll find a city flush with people from around the world. In part two of a three-part series, we delve into the Valley’s Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian communities.

 

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2012 Summer Getaways

Loving the Valley means seeing it in your rearview mirror from time to time – especially when the mercury hits triple digits. So in the spirit of sweet summer relief, we present seven weekend road trips to cooler Arizona climes, featuring every place to eat, drink, shop, discover and play from Friday to Sunday.

SEDONA
Nowhere else is rust so captivating. Sedona’s oxidized iron-tinted red rocks have attracted daytrippers, enlightenment seekers, hikers, bikers (both kinds), and world travelers for years. You’ve probably been there more than once, and probably been let down a few times by overhyped attractions and amenities that paled next to the geological grandeur. So we’ve distilled the sans pareil of Sedona into an easy weekend getaway calibrated to everyone from outdoor adventurers to shopaholics.

 

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¶lim¶Hidden Cultures: Eurasia

Phoenix isn't famous for its diversity. But peer into its margins, and you’ll find a city flush with people from around the world. In part one of a three-part series, we delve into the Valley's Romanian, Armenian and Bosnian communities.

 

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¶lim¶Secrets of the City

Tired of the tried-and-true? Does the above-board leave you feeling, well, bored? Then join us for a tour of the Valley’s hidden gems, secret shops, infamous haunts and unseen underbelly. From extra-menu eats to suburban moonshiners, we throw back the covers on the uncoverable.

How better to begin our exploration of “undergound” Phoenix than to look, literally, underground? The Valley is not an obvious hotbed for subterranean adventure – after all, we have that troublesome,

 

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¶lim¶Cloud City

How now, brown cloud? As State agencies struggle to clean up the harmful pollution that hangs over the Phoenix skyline, the recent rash of haboobs stirs up even more trouble. — why won’t the brown cloud just blow away?

 

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