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Desert DigestFood & DrinkNovember 30, 2021Local Foodie News

All the news that’s fit to nosh.   Rock Lobstah: Tony and Roushan Christofellis – the genius couple behind the Valley’s favorite healthy fast-food joint, Salad and Go – have a new drive-thru darling. Angie’s Lobster opens today, November 30, at 835 W. Baseline Rd. in Tempe. Tony Christofellis was inspired by his mother, Angie, who had a career in seafood restaurants culminating in owning her own eatery, Angie’s Seafood, just outside of Boston. Angie’s Lobster will offer lobster finger or lobster roll meals – wild-caught Maine and Canadian crustaceans only – with fries, a...
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Photo by Leah LeMoine   THE SCENE While our highs are still depressingly in the 80s – so disheartening for this part of November, no? – the evenings have been getting a little cooler lately. The other night was chilly, dare I say. What better place to while away a few crisp afternoon and evening hours at a media happy hour than the famously pretty patio of Chelsea’s Kitchen? The Arcadia classic is just as charming as ever. Shade trees provide a verdant...

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Valley saloons are long in the tooth – in a good way. Rusty Spur Saloon Scottsdale’s oldest bar celebrates 70 years in 2021. Built in 1921 as the Farmer’s Bank of Scottsdale, it was converted to a saloon in 1951. These days, the vaults are full of booze. Harold’s Cave Creek Corral This rowdy institution opened as the Corral Bar in 1935. When Harold Gavagan purchased it in 1950, he christened it Harold’s Cave Creek...

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’Tis the season for gift card savings!     Bookmark this blog, where we’ll corral gift card deals from Valley restaurants through the end of the year. Check back often for new additions, and always verify with the restaurant, as offers are subject to change and may have specific date ranges.       Angry Crab Shack: Purchase a $25 gift card and get a $5 bonus card from November 26-December 31.      Born & Raised Hospitality: Buy $50...

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All the news that’s fit to nosh.   Hash Fund: Love the over-the-top bloody Mary bar, cereal-crusted French toast and myriad breakfast hash options at Hash Kitchen? So do the money people at Savory Restaurant Fund, a $200 million fund Mercato Partners formed to back up-and-coming restaurant concepts like Hash, owned and operated by Maggiore culinary family scion Joey Maggiore, his wife Cristina and their business partner, Flora Tersigni. “Hash Kitchen uniquely captures the demand from today’s consumer for restaurant experiences that...

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Photo by Leah LeMoine   THE SCENE The “all-day café” trend that has gripped both coasts has reached Phoenix, and it’s no surprise a California transplant has led the charge. Headquartered in Venice, Zinqué (pronounced zin-kay) is a Golden State-inflected French concept where you can get coffee and pastries in the morning, lunch in the afternoon, and dinner and drinks in the evening. In the first two-thirds of the day, it offers counter service. At cocktail hour, it switches to table service, which it also offers during weekend brunch.  ...

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My co-owner at FnB, Charleen Badman, and I started showcasing the bounty of the local terroir almost 12 years ago. We decided early on to reach out to our community to represent our state through the lens of food and wine. None of that has changed, and we continue to inculcate and foment our focus on provenance. Every time we discover a new artisan, farmer or winemaker, we are not only giddy, but also amazed...

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Photo by Nikki Buchanan   Key Lime Pie at Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn The weather has been perfect for eating outdoors, and what better place to do that than Lon’s? I had a great lunch there the other day, one of the standouts being this key lime pie, topped with whipped cream, lime zest and toasted coconut. The graham cracker crust was especially buttery, and the tart custard filling, creamy with condensed milk, had...

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Luna Kemp | Photo courtesy The Publicity Collective    In 2019, Luna Kemp was working as the beverage director for a local catering company. When the company suddenly closed, she decided to “take a leap of faith.” “I thought, ‘Why not try doing this on my own?’” Kemp recalls. That’s when Kemp launched Tipsy Moon, a Gilbert-based mobile bartending service that provides everything from custom cocktails to a Champagne bar to classic beer and wine...

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Graze Box | Photo courtesy BlackSheep   Sometimes being the black sheep isn’t such a bad thing, especially when wine is involved. Join the herd at downtown Chandler’s newest wine bar, BlackSheep, where you’ll find an array of authentic wines from around the globe, specialty craft cocktails and light bites. The bar, which opened in July, has a sleek, modern aesthetic. The patio is home to 1940s-era streetlamps with multiple table sections, perfect for those...

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Lemon Meringue Pie Cut through the richness of a holiday meal with Buck &Rider’s bright and citrusy showstopper. Available by the slice at B &R or whole at LGO Bakeshop ($44-$55/pie). lgobakeshop.com Tropical Pies Just want a slice? Pop into HULA’S Modern Tiki for a quick trip to a dessert-ed island via coconut or key lime pie ($7/slice). hulasmoderntiki.com Pumpkin Pie Is it Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? Sweet Provisions’ iteration boasts a halo of whipped...

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Though the recipe, presumably, has changed somewhat since the days when brew master Jonathan Buford “threw a whole pecan pie in the beer while making it,” as he told The Arizona Republic back in 2013, this AZ Wilderness offering remains a seasonal standard in the Valley of the Sun. Brewed with maple syrup, vanilla beans and dairy extracts sourced right here in Arizona, it’s candy in a can, and perfectly suited to the irresponsible sucrose...

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The Vanilla Gorilla interior | Photo by Nikki Buchanan   If you’re up on urban slang, you probably already know that “vanilla gorilla” is the term for a big, burly white guy. It’s also the shared nickname of feuding UFC fighters Chase Sherman and Jason Witt. More importantly, in my food-and-drink-loving world, it’s the moniker for a terrific new tap room and bottle shop that sits alongside Hush Public House in North Scottsdale. For all...

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