Phoenix restaurants Archives

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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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STK Steakhouse    Love is in the air at these Valley restaurants, which are offering swoon-worthy multi-course meals and sweet dining deals for couples this Valentine’s Day. Adams Table Share the love with half-off bottles of wine and a Chef’s Board (Noble bread, sour cherry jam, rosemary ham, marinated olives, deviled eggs and cheese) at this beloved Downtown haunt. This offer is available February 11 through 14. eatatadams.com Alto Ristorante e Bar The culinary team...

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Roasted Chilean Seabass | Photo by Madison Rutherford   The iconic Arizona Biltmore resort recently reopened, revealing a $70 million renovation that included Renata’s Hearth, an upscale, Latin-influenced eatery that debuted on May 18. Combining Old World mystique with a distinctly modern identity, Renata’s Hearth (née Wright’s) presents a full sensory experience – from enticing aromas and bold flavors to ornate décor and pleasant sounds. During my visit, a live flutist and guitarist serve as...

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Open Barrio Cosita A new fast-casual concept from the folks at Barrio Queen, featuring tacos, tequila and other Mexican food favorites. 15801 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-436-6559, barriocosita.com Fat Willy’s Family Sports Grill The former Teakwoods Tavern & Grill is now home to the Valley’s fifth Fat Willy’s Family Sports Grill. Lots of pub grub here from chicken wings to burgers. 151 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert, 480-590-3757, fatwillysaz.com Freely Taproom & Kitchen...

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Photo courtesy Morning Squeeze   All the news that’s fit to nosh.   Grand Openings: A slew of food-and-bev establishments have recently opened. Some are opening this week! To wit: Morning Squeeze: The local breakfast and lunch joint is opening its third location this Friday, September 17. The Downtown Phoenix outpost is located at the corner of First and Washington streets. The eatery will include an indoor-outdoor bar, wraparound patio and a takeaway-friendly grab-and-go area. Open from 7...

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T. Cook’s Burger | Photo courtesy J Lauren PR   Fall is finally here and with it comes seasonal dishes! Here are five brand-new menu items from local restaurants that we can’t wait to try in the next few months. Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast from North Italia This healthy brunch dish won’t be available until October, but that won’t stop us from drooling over its decadence. It features avocado, smoked salmon, arugula, basil, watermelon radish...

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Photo by Mirelle Inglefield   If you’ve fallen in love with Chula Seafood and its many-splendored oceanic options — the poke bowls, the confit tuna sandwich, the Hatch chile tuna melt, the CA burrito, the chowder, the oysters, the daily specials — then you’ll be thrilled to know there’s a third location in the works. The new Chula will be in the former Hi-Health space in Hayden Peak Crossing at Hayden and Thompson Peak Parkway....

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Renata’s Hearth | Photo Courtesy Arizona Biltmore   Now open 5th Street Burgers & Fries If you’re looking for a burger, 5th Street has 10 varieties, including a build-your-own option. 1158 W. Washington Tempe, 480-912-1621, 5thsteetburgers.com Artichoke Basille’s Pizza New York-based pizzeria opens a second location in Phoenix, featuring 16- and 22-inch pies, slices and  “not pizza” starters and entrees. 6031 N. 16th St., Phoenix, 602-314-6776, artichokepizza.com Brooklyn V’s Pizza Brooklyn native Vito LoPiccolo opens his...

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Thanks to a slew of new and established plant-based eateries, the Valley is quickly becoming a burgeoning hub for vegan and vegetarian fare. Whether you’re a veteran vegan or just looking for a meat-free meal, here are a few of our fave local dining establishments that avoid animal products. 24 Carrots Daily specials and a cozy, coffee shop vibe make this vegan café a regular destination on our rotating list of Valley eateries. Billed as...

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Photo courtesy of CRUjiente Tacos   All the news that’s fit to nosh.  New Pasta-Bilities: Pop-up favorite Saint Pasta, late of Linger Longer Lounge, is one of two high-profile food concepts moving into the architectural gem in the Coronado Historic District long occupied by Valley fave Tuck Shop, which has sadly shuttered. The other restaurant, we have just learned, is vegetarian mainstay The Coronado PHX, which will decamp from its longtime home on 7th Street (just a few blocks away from the new...

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When multi-talented musician Ben Rector isn’t in the studio or on stage, he can be found on the fairway. In addition to being a stellar singer-songwriter and inventive instrumentalist, he plays golf with the best of them. In “normal” times, one of his favorite tour stops is Phoenix. We caught up with the Nashville-based linksman to discuss his favorite things about the Valley of the Sun – from its pristine golf courses to a certain...

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Scottsdale neighborhood restaurant Humble Pie Pizzeria has a fresh look, a menu makeover and a new chef-owner, Jorge Gomez. Gomez has been a fixture in the Valley for years, helping to open restaurants for LGO Hospitality and Genuine Concepts. Trained at the Culinary Institute of Mexico, Gomez has also competed in Food Network shows – Guy’s Grocery Games and Summer Cook Off. Humble Pie’s second location is in Happy Valley. We recently checked in with...

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Openings Acai Waffle Start with a waffle or bowl, pick your flavor, granola, pudding and toppings for a choose-your-own acai bowl experience. Also on the menu: signature bowls, customized waffles and smoothies. 425 S. Mill Ave, Tempe, acaiwaffletempe.com Adalberto’s Mexican Food Scottsdale stalwart Adalberto’s opens a new outlet near Chandler Fashion Center. 3605 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, 480-899-5802 Belle’s Nashville Kitchen Honkytonk-themed bar and restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale pumps out Nashville hot chicken and...

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The Valley boasts amazing Asian cuisine. If you know where to look, you can easily find some authentic, delicious food. Take, for example, these nine mouth-watering Thai restaurants in the greater Phoenix area. The Wild Thaiger Located in the heart of midtown, The Wild Thaiger is a family-owned restaurant operated by head chef and owner Olashawn Hasadinratana-Weaver. Family culinary traditions meet a lively dining experience at The Wild Thaiger, and the restaurant is open for...

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