Local Foodie News

Leah LeMoineMarch 23, 2022
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Allison DeVane of Teaspressa / Photo courtesy Mountain Shadows
Allison DeVane of Teaspressa / Photo courtesy Mountain Shadows

All the news that’s fit to nosh. 



Tea Party: Fancy a spot of tea? Head to Mountain Shadows on April 21 to celebrate National Tea Day with the new Library Teapot. Conceived as an addition to the resort’s Library Coffee Cart (with specialty coffee drinks holding court with design books), the Library Teapot will feature Royal-Tea, a custom tea concoction created by Allison DeVane of Phoenix company Teaspressa. Royal-Tea combines Teaspressa Charles Grey tea, London Fog sugar cubes and Blue Daisy petals with milk for a dreamy tea break ($7). The experience will be available in The Living Room Friday-Sunday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. throughout 2022 and potentially beyond.  



Absinthe-Minded: Want to learn more about France’s mysterious, oft-mythologized spirit? On April 15, FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel’s Match Market & Bar will host Absinthe 101. The mixology class will be offered by bar manager Christian Jenkins at three separate times, each with a limit of 10 attendees. Tastings, tips and cocktail recipes are included. Cost is $35 per person and you can register here. 



Special Release: To celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 – and National Autism Awareness Month in April in general – Visit Mesa has partnered with local breweries on a limited-edition brew. 12 West Brewing Co. and Chupacabra Taproom collaborated on Spectrum Double IPA, brewed with Mosaic and Simcoe hops and redolent of blueberry, citrus and passionfruit. The beer will be available Valleywide at various breweries and restaurants, and proceeds will benefit the Mesa Regional Foundation for Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion. It’s part of Mesa’s ongoing efforts to support autism awareness. It holds the honor of being the nation’s first Autism Certified City. 



New Restaurants on the Block: Itching to try something new? Bookmark these new eateries.

  • Sake Haus: Restaurateur Julian Wright’s Tokyo-style sushi and cocktail bar will have its soft opening on March 30 and grand opening on April 7. Located in the monOrchid building in Downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row, Sake Haus will boast a mural by Phoenix artist Yuko Yabuki, cocktails utilizing Japanese spirits (Matcha Colada or Shishito Whiskey Sour, anyone?), happy hour Wednesday-Friday and sushi by chef Joe Cajipe, including nigiri, sashimi and maki rolls.
  • Society by EVO: Finally, a late-night spot near ASU that isn’t a fratty dive. This new concept from EVO owner Nick Neuman and his partners, Lee Baron, Randy Feldman and Dominic Scappaticci, will have a Euro vibe, sleek cocktails and a menu with some of EVO’s greatest hits: focaccia, arancini, meatballs, salad and butter cake. Society by EVO opened this week.
  • etta: Maple & Ash’s hotly anticipated sister restaurant – from parent company What If Syndicate – is opening in early April at Scottsdale Quarter in the spot formerly occupied by BRIO. Expect wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, fresh focaccia, salads and fire-roasted dishes from oysters to branzino. The family-focused spot will have a dog-friendly patio.
  • Desert Ridge Marketplace: Three new food tenants are coming to the North Phoenix shopping and dining complex. Sid’s Garage (burgers, beer, shakes, adult games) will set up near the splash pad, Fly Bye (square pan pizza from Fox Restaurant Concepts) will post up near Albertson’s and Artichoke Basille’s Pizza (you guessed it – pizza) will debut near Copper Blues Live. 



Eligible Menus: Exciting new menus are always popping up at some of your favorite Valley restaurants.           

  • Hansel + Gretel Delivery: Arizona’s only German food delivery restaurant has expanded its menu. New highlights include the Wunder Tuete special (pork schnitzel, fries, cucumber salad and drink, plus branded drink koozie), curry wurst and Der Party Bites (pork or chicken schnitzel bites with fries). For a limited time, guests ordering directly from the website ChowNow can save 15 percent on their bill using the code YOUAREGR8.
  • Z’Tejas: This Southwestern grill has entered the Bloody Mary bar fray with its new build-your-own Bloody Mary on its breakfast menu. Diners can choose a house-made classic or spicy tomato base and add on toppers ranging from a Southwest Slider to a bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapeño.  



$aving$: Watching the old budget? Who isn’t? Here are some sweet deals to help you $ave.

  • Foch Café: Spring training ticket holders can save at this new Tempe hot spot. Bring in your ticket (the same day as the game!) and get one $1 draft beer.
  • Miracle Mile Deli: Burger specials are on deck this May for Burger Month – a different burger each week is discounted to $11. May also brings Miracle Mile Deli Day, the family-run eatery’s anniversary. Celebrate its 73rd year in business with the $19.49 Special: pastrami, brisket or corned beef sandwich with draft beer or slice of pie for just $19.49. The deli will also host hourly $100 gift card giveaways from 12-7 p.m.