Desert Digest

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Openings 85°C Bakery Café Look for breads, cakes, sweet treats and sea salt coffee at this new to Arizona franchise next to 99 Ranch Market in Chandler. 1912 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, 85cbakerycafe.com Artichoke Basille’s Pizza New York-based pizzeria opens a third Valley location at Desert Ridge Marketplace, featuring eight pizza varieties, slices and “not pizza” starters and entrees. 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, artichokepizza.com Barstool Scottsdale Sports bar inspired by the Barstool Sports website...

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Lucky Chandlerians have plenty of sushi options following a wave of recent openings. For this comparative crawl, we picked the Warner-Ray dining nexus in West Chandler. THE RULES 1. Assemble 6-8 people. Visit the restaurants in order. 2. Always order one spicy tuna cut roll (maki) to split, as a benchmark of comparison. 3. At the conclusion of the crawl, vote for Best Spicy Tuna Roll and Best Overall. HI 5 SUSHI The youngster of...

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This time of year – harvest season – is imbued with reflection for the team at Los Milics Vineyards. Each vintage brings a new story and perspective. Precipitation coupled with harvest is not something desirable, but for better or for worse, part of the winemaking milieu here in Arizona. (Thanks for nothing, monsoons!) We had a very wet August both in Sonoita and at Jenny’s Vineyard located in Elfrida, and were forced to make picking...

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Sake Haus executive chef Joe Cajipe earned his cooking chops by working at his family’s Filipino restaurant in Chandler while going to college. The self-taught chef then worked in the kitchens of SumoMaya and Ra Sushi to learn the art of Japanese cuisine before landing the top chef gig at Sake Haus, which opened in April 2022. Here’s what he had to say about his new position. How much does your Filipino background influence your...

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Before founding Eat Clean Phx in 2018, Ryan and Brittany Powell tried various national meal prep services and found the quality to be lacking. Seeing a need, the couple started their own company specializing in organic, restaurant quality, made-from-scratch dishes. And the best part? They deliver within a 100-mile radius of their commercial kitchen in Scottsdale.  Here’s what Ryan had to say about his meal prep business. Who are your customers? We have such a...

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Berry Pancakes | Photo by Lisa Patel Vegan & Vine, a family-owned vegan café/wine bar/market, opened in the Moon Valley area last May. I had been hearing about this newest addition to the Phoenix vegan scene for a couple months and was quite delighted when my editor asked me to check it out. Vegan & Vine, easily spotted off the main road as you drive down East Thunderbird Road near North Seventh Street, is the...

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Paco’s Taco’s trio | Photo by Nikki Buchanan I’m always on the lookout for quick, inexpensive Mexican restaurants turning out great food. In a perfect world, they’re located within five minutes of my house, but hey, I’ll take what I can get. I’ve found a great one that checks most of the boxes, but alas, it takes me nearly 20 minutes to get there. Still, it’s going in the mental Rolodex for a couple of...

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Bodega Opening Angry Chickz California-based Nashville hot chicken chain lands in Glendale. If you choose the hottest level, you must sign a waiver. 5130 W. Bell Rd., Glendale, angrychickz.com Ay, Chabela Chubasco Taco’s Andrew and Nick Renteria and Sam Olguin of Killer Whale Sex Club have opened a Mexican seafood eatery. Look for swordfish, halibut and charred octopus tacos. 719 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, aychabelaphx.com Black Rifle Coffee Veteran-founded coffee company has opened a free-standing...

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Chef Rocco Pezzano, owner of Sfizio Modern Italian Kitchen in the Desert Ridge area, says that pasta with vodka sauce is making a comeback. “This (dish) used to be popular in the ’80s and then disappeared. Now it’s coming back and the younger generation loves it,” he says. Pezzano offers a couple of tips: Don’t put oil in the water, because oil coats the pasta and then the sauce won’t adhere; and use a short,...

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