Phoenix dining Archives

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All the news that’s fit to nosh. We All Scream for Ice Cream: Dana Dumas, CEO and owner of SugarJam The Southern Kitchen, knows how to grow a business. She went from an at-home bakery to a brick-and-mortar brunch spot in North Scottsdale. Now, she is adding an ice cream trailer and a gift shop, known as The Market by Sugar, to her resume. The gift shop will sell handmade items like candles, crafts and...

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Birdcall | Photo courtesy Oh Partners  Openings Angel Thai Bistro Family-owned restaurant features a “divine dining experience” with popular Thai dishes, including pad Thai, multiple curries and coconut soup. 4010 E. Greenway Rd., Phoenix, angelthaiaz.com Birdcall Look for 100 percent all-natural fried chicken sandwiches and chicken fingers as well as salads at this Denver-based fast-casual restaurant. 7204 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, eatbirdcall.com Black Rock Coffee Oregon coffee chain opens its fifth Mesa location and 27th...

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The Genuine | Photo by Grace Stufkosky If you have been itching to try some new restaurants, Spring 2022 Arizona Restaurant Week starts Friday, May 20 and runs through Sunday, May 29. During the 10-day culinary event you can dine at more than 125 restaurants that will offer three, four or five-course prix-fixe menus for $33, $44 or $55 per person. A handful of new restaurants are participating this year, including La Locanda Italian Bistro,...

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Photo courtesy Tía Carmen All the news that’s fit to nosh.   Felicidades: Tía Carmen is now open! The hotly anticipated restaurant from Top Chef alum Angelo Sosa made its debut early this month at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The contemporary Southwestern eatery boasts globally inflected Southwestern/Mexican dishes including tuna crudo with chilled corn-coconut broth; Southwestern-style Wagyu tri-tip kebabs; lamb ragù with mesquite noodles; and the restaurant’s signature dish, chicken guisado, a...

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The Genuine | Photo by Grace Stufkosky Openings New York Bagels ‘n Bialys Valley bagel shop known for its boiled bagels and extensive breakfast and lunch menu opens in Gilbert. 2060 S. Power Rd., Gilbert, nybagelsnbialys.com Beer Research Institute Taproom & Arcade Second location for this craft beer and scratch kitchen spot, featuring Mesa’s first and only arcade bar. 213 W. Main St., Mesa, thebeerresearchinstitute.com Call Her Martina Scottsdale’s Waterfront has a new restaurant serving...

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After making waves in late 2020 with their debut restaurant, Southeast Asian-influenced Belly Kitchen & Bar (named one of our Best New Restaurants in 2021), Phoenix restaurant veterans and longtime friends Robert Cissel, Paul Waxman and Michael Babcock are back at it.     This summer, the Instrumental Hospitality partners will launch a second Belly at Epicenter in Gilbert. Then they’ll head back to Downtown Phoenix to open Sin Muerte, a vegetarian restaurant set to debut...

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All the news that’s fit to nosh.  Flower Power: To honor National Autism Awareness Month, on April 14 Flower Child will donate 5 percent of its sales – up to $10,000 – to The Autism Community in Action. This year marks the restaurant’s third Give Back Day to TACA. It has raised more than $33,000 for the nonprofit since 2019. Reason enough to feast on the Flying Avocado wrap and gluten-free mac and cheese.  Meat...

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Meatball Ferris Wheel at The Sicilian Butcher | Photo courtesy The Maggiore Group Spring has sprung in the Valley, and local restaurants and bars are celebrating the season with new menu offerings. Here are nine new menus to check out this month.  The Italian Daughter Expect traditional Italian delights with a modern twist on The Italian Daughter’s brand-new spring menu. We can’t wait to try the gnocchi fritto – fried stuffed gnocchi served with house-made...

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Carcara | Photo courtesy Sheraton Phoenix Downtown    Opening Andy’s Frozen Custard You’ll find frozen custard, sundaes, shakes and more at the Valley’s fourth location of Andy’s. 686 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, eatandys.com BEG Bakery & Creamery This Scottsdale bakery features butter-free, egg-free and gluten-free treats, including muffins, cupcakes, cookies and cinnamon rolls. 3030 N. 68th St., Scottsdale, begbakery.com Black Rock Coffee Drive through or order inside at Black Rock’s newest location at Block 7000....

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Cory Oppold | Photo by Ian Cahill/Precision Photography AZ Former Food Network Chopped champion Cory Oppold has worked everywhere, it seems. His resume is impressive. After graduating from Scottsdale Culinary Institute, he started his career at Different Pointe of View, later working as sous chef at Binkley’s, chef de cuisine at L’Auberge and executive chef both at Tarbell’s and Atlas Bistro. Now, at last, he’s opening his own Modern American restaurant in Scottsdale, and he’s...

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Photo courtesy Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort All the news that’s fit to nosh.   Architecture of a Great Meal: After shuttering dining institution Frank & Albert’s, the legendary Arizona Biltmore reconceived its space and recently debuted McArthur’s. The new restaurant is named after the resort’s lead architect, Albert Chase McArthur, a disciple of consulting architect Frank Lloyd Wright. “McArthur’s is a direct tribute to the heart of Arizona Biltmore, which is Albert Chase McArthur,” general...

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Opening Angie’s Lobster Angie’s Lobster, “Home of $9.99 lobster meals,” has opened a second location in Glendale. 4326 W. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, angieslobster.com Beard Papa’s A Beard Papa’s franchise specializing in cream puffs has opened its second Arizona location in San Tan Village. 2196 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert, beardpapas.com Bottle & Bean Coffee House & Wine Shop This coffee and wine shop open for breakfast and lunch also features a private dining venue. 2577...

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Photo courtesy Tía Carmen All the news that’s fit to nosh.  Tía Favorita: Wonderful news for my fellow Top Chef devotees. Chef Angelo Sosa (seasons 7, 8 and 17) is opening a new restaurant here in the Valley. Contemporary Southwestern eatery Tía Carmen – named in honor of his beloved aunt – is set to open in April at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. “Throughout my life, my Tía Carmen instilled in me...

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Yelp’s ninth annual Top 100 Places to Eat in 2022 list came out this week and Cocina Madrigal in Phoenix snagged the top spot in the country. Owned by Latinx chef Leo Madrigal, Cocina Madrigal is known for hand-crafted dishes including al pastor tacos, beef birria enchiladas, achiote chicken burritos and made-to-order guacamole. The south Phoenix restaurant has been open since 2018 and first made the Top 100 list in 2019. Yelp determines which restaurants...

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All the news that’s fit to nosh.   Egging Us On: Another high-profile athlete has joined the plant-based fray. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray recently announced a partnership with JUST Egg, the popular vegan egg alternative. In addition to billboards trumpeting the plant-based brand on the 101 near Westgate Entertainment District, Murray’s ambassadorial role includes a collaboration with Westgate restaurants The Lola and McFadden’s and Downtown Phoenix’s The Ainsworth on The Kyler sandwich. The JUST Egg...

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