Craig Outhier, Author at PHOENIX magazine - Page 2 of 12

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Utilizing delivery and curbside service options is an important way you can help keep the local restaurant industry afloat. More selfishly, it’s also a good opportunity to finally try out that bucket-list, James Beard Award-nominated bistro or steakhouse, via reduced-rate special menus. Binkley’s Kevin Binkley’s acclaimed, one-seating-a-night, 20-plus-dish prix fixe tasting menu ($200/person) has been remolded into Binkley’s At Home, a $65 to-go sampler of the chef’s small-plate masterpieces. Half-off wine bottles and cocktails also...

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The dining maestro weighs in on to-go dining and state support amid the coronavirus crisis.  Uncertainty and intense anxiety is gripping the Valley restaurant and bar industry following the coronavirus closures mandated by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, and a similar statewide policy expected from Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. Only takeout and delivery services will be permitted for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, one of the Valley restaurant owners who preemptively ended in-restaurant service last week, FnB...

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Airfare of the Month: March is arguably the Valley’s best month, weather-wise, and therefore not the most opportune time to travel. But doesn’t spring in New York City sound not-horrible, too? Budget carrier Frontier Airlines is offering a smoking-hot $140 round-trip, nonstop fare to the Big Apple in March, with a midweek departure. Reserve those Hamilton tix. flyfrontier.com Airfare of the Month, Regional Crisis Division: For what it’s worth, Air Canada will fly you from...

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Monday: “Family supper” at Worth Takeaway. Want to take your love of the Mesa sandwich legend to the next level? Pop in starting at 4 p.m. for Monday-only multi-item dinners, featuring savory sensations like crispy pork with guajillo chile. worthtakeaway.com Tuesday: Buttermilk fried chicken at Windsor. Available after 4 p.m., this crispy American classic is also served on Mondays at the beloved Uptown gastropub. windsoraz.com Wednesday: The green chile tuna melt at Chula Seafood. Hump...

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The Cheetos elote at Urban Phoenix in Arcadia Lite. Roasted Mexican street corn sprinkled with cheese-flavored puffed-corn snacks? So crazy, it just might work. urbanphoenixcafe.com Going to Taco Boy’s in the Roosevelt Row arts district and having one of those mesquite-charcoal-grilled carne asada tacos everyone and their madre is talking about. aztacoboys.com Noshing on the Valley’s best regional and ethnic eats at PHOENIX-sponsored Devour the World. See page 132 for more details. devourphoenix.com Trying the...

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Anchors Away: Rocky Point made its long-awaited debut as a cruise hub in January when the Astoria, a vintage trans-Atlantic ocean liner operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), departed from the Sonoran town’s still-under-construction deep sea port. The 11-day sail of the Sea of Cortez that followed (including stops in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and other beach cities on the “Mexican Riviera”) was scheduled to be repeated twice in January before CMV put the...

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Star-Crossed: Looking for a wedding date? L’Auberge de Sedona suggests February 20, 2020. That’s the calendar square pegged by British astrologer Carolyne Faulkner as the best day to get married due to key planets aligning for commitment, stability and sacred contracts. Gamely, the resort created a Celestial Ceremonies package pegged to the date, good for “star bathing” and other astro-themed experiences – along with the wedding ceremony itself, of course, in one of Arizona’s most...

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1. Chef Lee Hillson’s resurrected pasta carbonara at T. Cook’s. The resort restaurant’s longtime chef is back, and he’s bringing egg yolks with him. royalpalmshotel.com 2. Tipping back a Zombie at the new High Street location of Hula’s Modern Tiki. If anyplace needs a dose of tiki swerve, it’s North Phoenix. hulasmoderntiki.com 3. Crushing some of those delicious-looking wood-roasted oysters at Persepshen. Named the No. 3 best new restaurant in the Valley by PHOENIX dining...

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