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THE SCENE The Peoria outpost of this local Mexican chain is situated in the Park West shopping complex off the 101 and Northern Avenue. It’s modern, bright and airy inside, with blue and yellow chairs and bench cushions popping against pale neutral wood, breeze blocks and dangling geometric light fixtures. A decent wraparound patio has twinkling lights, fans and space heaters. Jalapeño Inferno’s Scottsdale locations (Pinnacle Peak and DC Ranch) boast even more spacious and charming outdoor dining.  THE FOOD Owners Terry and Laura Craig are...

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THE SCENE These irreverent, British pub-influenced bars (locations in Old Town Scottsdale and Uptown Phoenix) draw raucous patrons for sports viewing, bar games, off-track betting and general merriment. A wooden bar, plentiful barstools and plush banquette booths set the stage for lingering at both Bevvy locations.   THE FOOD Our go-to at the Old Town location is the juicy Bevvy burger, topped with American cheese, tomato, arugula, red onion, pickles and red relish on a buttermilk bun. It’s way better than your average bar burger. The...

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THE SCENE Warm, glossy wood and industrial touches dominate the décor at this elevated brewpub. A North Phoenix outpost joined the original Scottsdale location in January 2019 under new ownership. Newer ownership held a grand re-opening in September 2020. Abundant TVs make it a destination for sports fans.   THE FOOD Everything on the happy hour menu is $6, and since most dishes are carb-y, it’s easy to fill up quickly and inexpensively. The soft and chewy brewery pretzel is...

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When you grow up in the Valley, your experience of it is greatly dictated by which part you’re from. Phoenix and its sundry suburbs and surrounding cities are so spread out that if you grew up in Mesa, say, you’d have absolutely no reason to go to Avondale – at least not in the course of your daily life. We largely live in our own little community bubbles and only venture out to go to an event (pre-COVID) or try a new restaurant (and even then, it’s only people...

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Trying new restaurants is a big part of my life – for work and for personal pleasure. This year, though, I’ve made an effort to patronize (via takeout; I’m still quarantining) restaurants that are older, but new to me. I’ve especially made a point to try beloved Valley institutions I’d somehow missed in my dining adventures. Now I know that I, too, love Los Sombreros and Rusconi’s American Kitchen!   This time I thought I’d finally try Roaring Fork and its wood-fired Southwestern cuisine, made famous by former chef/owner Robert McGrath. When I was 12, I started religiously reading The Arizona Republic’s...

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I haven’t sat down in a restaurant or bar since my birthday dinner at Angry Crab Shack on March 10. Who knew my seafood boil and hurricanes would be my last tastes of restaurant life for five months and counting? To me, it still doesn’t feel safe – for me or the employees of restaurants – and I’m listening to my intuition and not feeling bad about that. I’ve still been spending a ton on takeout to support local throughout this mess, but we all know it’s...

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As much as I’d love to support local restaurants by ordering a massive takeout happy hour spread and gallons of to-go cocktails every week, I have to remember that we’re on a budget – me and the magazine. I know we’re not the only ones watching our spending right now, what with the global pandemic and economic depression and all. But you didn’t click on this to be reminded of all that sadness, you clicked on it for a boozy escape!   I began the quarantine with a...

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As the pandemic plods along and I continue to largely self-quarantine at home with my partner, our dogs and my mother, I have been coming up with imaginative and increasingly desperate ways to pretend like I’m somewhere else.   I know I’m not the only one. I’ve read articles about parents setting up in-home “pub crawls” for their newly 21-year-olds, Zoom dance parties for milestone birthdays and virtual tours of tropical isles. I read a great essay by a kindred spirit who opened a “pretend restaurant” for...

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Here is a trio of regular virtual happy hours that offer camaraderie, entertainment and an alcoholic education by some of the best bartenders in town – and you don’t even have to get up. Marshall Shore’s History Happy Hours “Arizona’s Hip Historian,” Marshall Shore, hosts this weekly happy hour filled with fun Arizona history trivia, tidbits from the state’s past, a view from the “Hist-O-Cam,” lively conversations with guests such as Valley drag performance legend...

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A few months ago, I asked my colleagues which local restaurants they’d always wanted to try but never got around to visiting. Our answers were varied, interesting and at times a little embarrassing (I don’t want to “out” anyone, but some were jaw-droppers).    One of many on my long list was Los Sombreros, which I’d read about years ago as a budding foodie hanging on every word Howard Seftel wrote in The Arizona Republic. That was back when Jeff Smedstad (pre-Elote Café...

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I don’t normally drink during the day. Certainly not on weekdays, at least. But after a particularly long and stressful “ship week,” the time each month that we proof and edit every page of the magazine multiple times before shipping it to the printer, I couldn’t find it within myself to decline the offer of a media Mid-Day Happy Hour from Daily Dose Kitchen & Bar, which has locations in Old Town Scottsdale, Midtown Phoenix and Tempe. “Hopefully day drinking is a part of your quarantine lifestyle,” Daily...

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If you’ve ever cohabitated with another human, you know how difficult it is to decide on dinner. You feel like sushi, your beloved feels like Chinese. You feel like fried chicken, your roommate feels like gyros. In my house, my fella and I agree on some cuisines – Thai and Vietnamese are weekly takeout treats for us, even before the pandemic – but he never feels like Indian, and I rarely feel like pizza. Our particular dinner dilemma is complicated by the fact that I will drive anywhere for good...

Ladera Taverna y Cocina may be temporarily closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a tipple or two from its award-winning mixologist, Colton Brock. He won Arizona Cocktail Weekend’s Last Slinger Standing competition in February, but lately he’s been slinging simple mezcal drinks at home. We caught up with Brock and asked him to share a couple of recipes for us to try.   What have you been mixing up at home? I predominantly drink mezcal and other agave spirits,...

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The first time I heard someone talk about tiki drinks in a positive light was at a “lunch and learn” with famed mixologist Jason Asher at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa six or seven years ago. I was new to professional journalism and new to drinking – green in every sense of the word. Instead of partying, I’d spent my high school and college years studying, working and being a designated driver for my “wild” friends (in retrospect: not wild at all). At 25 or so, I was playing major catch-up, trying to educate myself...

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It’s that time of week again. Time to plan your weekend and the beers you’re going to enjoy at home while social distancing. Here are the new releases from breweries across Arizona for the week of April 23rd. FATE BREWING ALL TOGETHER IPA. 6.5% ABV. $16 for a 4-pack. GOLDWATER BREWING MOON ROCKS triple hazy IPA. 9.5% ABV. $24 for a 4-pack. DYNAMITE IPA. 6.4% ABV. $16 for a 4-pack. SIMPLE MACHINE BREWING CAMPER RED American...

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