Local Foodie News

Leah LeMoineJune 8, 2021
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The Jolly Green Mintser
The Jolly Green Mintser / Photo courtesy Hotel Valley Ho

All the news that’s fit to nosh. 

Seeing Green: Things are getting minty fresh at ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho. The restaurant’s monthly “Show Stopper” Shake is The Jolly Green Mintser, a vanilla-mint shake crowned with a stack of cream cheese brownies, milk crumb, mint ganache, Andes mints and fresh mint leaves. Order the over-the-top treat from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at ZuZu. It costs $20 but can easily be shared by multiple people. Plus, $1 from each shake sold in June will benefit Desert Botanical Garden.  

Beer City: Those craft(beer)y devils at Huss Brewing Co. are at it again with the expansions. This time they’re branching out into a new taproom and full-service restaurant at the Phoenix Convention Center in Downtown Phoenix. “Jeff and I have been working on this project for almost three years,” says Leah Huss of her husband and co-owner, head brewer Jeff Huss. “It has been a joy working with the Phoenix Convention Center and Aramark throughout the process of putting this dream together. Most important, we’re looking forward to being a part of the Downtown Phoenix community and helping the revitalization of the area, especially bringing a vibrant nightlife back to Downtown’s sports, arts and events community.” The taproom will also feature a dedicated to-go counter, in a nod to the changing face of the restaurant industry as a result of the pandemic. The indoor-outdoor space is set to open in fall 2021. 

Tippling Tour: Speaking of beer, brewery tours are back at Four Peaks Brewing Co. after a pandemic hiatus. You can book a tour at the Eighth Street pub, Four Peaks’ original location, nestled in a 110-year-old building that once housed a creamery and an ice factory. It’s even on the National Register of Historic Places! Tours are offered Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. and include a souvenir pint glass and a full pour of one of Four Peaks’ year-round brews. Sign up here.  

Brewing Goodwill: As part of its ongoing Community Blend series, Press Coffee is donating a portion of all sales of its Community Blend coffee to Cloud Covered Streets through August 1. The Valley-based nonprofit helps those experiencing homelessness get access to essentials like showers, haircuts, laundry services and more. The blend is available at Press locations or online here for $19. 

Rainbow Bright: West Valley hot spot The Lola is celebrating Pride Month with a vibrantly colored Pride Board ($30). The platter features a slew of waffles in rainbow hues along with seasonal fruit and fun toppings like peanut butter, bacon, chocolate and butter. 

Summer Slurping: Now through September 30, get your fill of milkshakes and ice cream floats at Miracle Mile Deli for just $4 each. The Summer of Shakes & Floats has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? From July 1-31, you can pair your budget shake with a discount dog: a hot dog, fries and a drink are just $5. 

Lunch Bunch: Starting today, Christopher’s at the Wrigley Mansion is offering lunch service. The three-course prix-fixe menu is $65 per person and includes options like roasted half Two Wash Ranch chicken, mussels and tarte tatin. A limited cocktail list, wines by the glass and full wine list are on deck, too. Reserve your lunch, brunch, wine dinner, guided tour or private dining experience on Tock 

Sandwich Junior: For discerning pint-size diners, Wildflower now offers half-size artisan sandwiches and salads on its healthy kids’ menu. Each sandwich or salad comes with fruit, a beverage and a cookie. 

Italian Ice Invasion: Homesick Floridians can now get a taste of the Sunshine State in Queen Creek. Today, Florida transplants Mark and Becky Leonard opened a Southwest outpost of Jeremiah’s Italian Ice in their adopted home of QC. “We are excited to finally be opening our doors and introducing Jeremiah’s to Queen Creek residents and visitors,” Mark Leonard says. Becky Leonard adds: “It’s more than a frozen dessert shop. It’s a place where people come to connect and celebrate the sweet moments of the day.” The 1,560-square-feet shop has indoor and outdoor seating, a mural by local artist Jesse Perry and more than 40 house-made flavors of Italian ice, along with seasonal flavors. Unique to Jeremiah’s is its Gelati, made by layering soft ice cream with Italian ice. 

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