Local Foodie News

Leah LeMoineAugust 11, 2021
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Photo courtesy Campo Italian Bistro and Bar 


All the news that’s fit to nosh. 

Brunch Time: It seems every week I come bearing brunch news, and this week is no different: 

  • After settling into a nice happy hour and dinner rhythm, Campo Italian Bistro and Bar is opening for brunch service starting this Saturday, August 14. Expect Italian-inflected brunch classics like eggs Benedict topped with spinach, capicola and roasted pepper hollandaise, and a savory Dutch baby gilded with prosciutto, pesto and fontina. Campo’s craft cocktails, beer and wine will be available along with coffee and espresso drinks using Illy Coffee. Brunch will be offered Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 
  • Is it brunch if there are no mimosas? Z’Tejas is offering a citrusy incentive to early-bird brunchers: a free mimosa with the purchase of an entrée between 9-10 a.m. You can take advantage of this special daily (!) at the Scottsdale location, which offers brunch between 9-11 a.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays at the Chandler location, which offers brunch from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Z’Tejas has a new brunch menu, to boot, with highlights including breakfast fajitas, green chile pork and tamale eggs Benedict, a beef barbacoa omelet and Kahlúa-agave French toast. 

On the Wagon: If you’re anything like me, the pandemic strengthened and intensified your already deep and abiding love for wine. The folks at AZ Wine Wagon understand this passionate affair and want to help us spend time with our beloved – safely. The luxe shuttle ferries imbibers from Scottsdale to the Verde Valley in a “luxe, hop-on, hop-off bus ride” to three wineries (tastings not included, BYOLunch). You get an hour and a half at each winery and then hop back on the bus to head home. Reserve the entire bus for $2,500 or, for the month of August, you can book a single ticket for $99 using the promo code RIDEFOR99 at checkout (valid until August 31). 

Hot Buzz: Kierland Commons habitués have a new nosh spot to fill the void left by the dearly departed Chloe’s Kitchen. The Buzz Eatery & Treats is now open in the space across from Anthropologie. Established by Tableside Partners, which owns Taphouse Kitchen and a number of restaurants in California, The Buzz has a malleable, all-day concept, with coffee and tea, an all-day breakfast menu, grab-and-go options, all-day availability of select lunch options, coffee, wine, cocktails, house-made popsicles (including boozy versions!) and more. “Kierland is the ideal location for The Buzz to put their flagship location, and the concept is a perfect fit for our guests,” says Jessica Janes, leasing manager of national restaurant group Macerich. “Buzz Eatery & Treats provides an inviting, convenient and casual place to dine, socialize with neighbors or get some work done outside the office. With so much vertical living in the area now, The Buzz has become a daily stop for those residents, which in turn brings even more traffic to the complex.” The restaurant is open Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m.-7 pm. and Sunday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.   

Free Sweets: There are few “win-win” situations in this cuckoo world of ours, but Hand Cut Chophouse just came up with one: Book a weekday reservation at the Scottsdale Waterfront restaurant and get a free dessert, now through Labor Day (September 6). It’s a win for the restaurant, which gets coveted weekday diners (summer is hard for Valley restaurants, people – support them all week long, not just on Fridays and Saturdays). And it’s a win for diners, who for the small effort of booking a dine-in reservation Sunday through Thursday on OpenTable or by calling Hand Cut directly, get a free dessert with the purchase of an entrée. Sweet endings include decadent butter cake with roasted peaches, vanilla bean ice cream and caramel (so summery!); sweet cream cheesecake with brown-sugared strawberries; and apple-berry crumble, a maple- and blueberry-infused apple mélange crowned with crunchy almond streusel and ice cream (one of a handful of exciting new menu items at the eatery). Limit one free treat per table. 

Vino A-Go-Go: In anticipation of its official opening in late August, Anthem wine shop and bar L’Entrata is offering a fun cyber deal. From Friday, August 13 (National Prosecco Day, fittingly), to Friday, August 20, customers who order a case or a split case of wine for delivery from the L’Entrata website will get free wine merch. It’s a fun way to preview the global wines that will be served at the North Valley wine bar.    

Desert Cuisine: This September, Arizona’s largest hotel will open an exciting new restaurant. Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, which reopened months ago following a massive renovation, will debut Carcara, an eatery inspired by the crops and flavors of the Southwest. Executive chef Chaz Frankenfield has crafted a Native American- and Sonoran-influenced menu using local ingredients: prosciutto-wrapped seared scallops with Ramona Farms red corn polenta, wilted spinach and tangerine-cranberry sauce; and ribeye with roasted fingerlings, jalapeño-cilantro chimichurri, shaved garlic and lemony broccoli. “We are thrilled to introduce Carcara not only to our local Phoenix community, but also to travelers and guests of Sheraton Phoenix Downtown,” Frankenfield says. “From the modern design incorporating lush greenery and warm earth tones to the Sonoran- and Southwestern-inspired menu using locally sourced ingredients, Carcara evokes the heritage and history of the local Phoenix community and welcomes all to immerse themselves in the destination.” We’re most excited to see the focal point of the restaurant, a 14-foot-tall, live chestnut oak tree with a 21-foot-wide canopy and branches draped with glass and metal lanterns. How striking it sounds! The patio, meanwhile, will be lined with Cara Cara orange trees – the restaurant’s juicy namesake.  

Mesquite Branches: Valley taco favorite Mr. Mesquite has rebranded and committed to bold expansion. Family-owned Mesquite Fresh Street Mex is opening its eighth Arizona location on August 28 at Happy Valley Road and 17th Avenue. “We are thrilled to expand the Mesquite brand in Arizona with our eighth location,” says Ahmad Alatrash, who co-founded the local chain with his brother, Naser Alatrash. “Northwest Phoenix is a thriving area with strong businesses, services and a great community around it. We look forward to connecting with residents and sharing our authentic-meets-modern Mexican concept with the neighborhood.” To celebrate the opening, the first 200 guests in line on August 28 will receive a free weekly taco for the next six months (restaurant opens at 10:30 a.m.). Additional giveaways (shirts, hats, stickers, etc.) and surprises will be distributed throughout the day. 

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