Ross Simon Archives

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Both Aioli Gourmet Burgers and Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour are all about being innovative and ever evolving. The two award-winning concepts are now joining forces to bring an expanded menu of elevated street food to Downtown Phoenix. Aioli’s executive chef, Vicktor Velez, has taken the reins as the head of B & T’s in-house food program, introducing a gourmet, globally influenced menu that pairs perfectly with the cocktails at the lauded Downtown lounge. Bitter...

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Photo courtesy Studio Alcott   For fans of creative cocktails with sweeping Valley views, the highly anticipated Don Woods’ Say When rooftop lounge is finally open in Uptown Phoenix. Cocktailian Ross Simon (of Bitter & Twisted and Little Rituals fame) heads up the beverage program at this vibrant retro rooftop bar. If you live in the Uptown area, you have probably driven by the enticing dark neon sign for more than a year, anticipating its...

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Convenience and curiosity often lead me down Instagram holes. I shamelessly stalk popular Phoenix places and people to get the scoop on where to eat and what to wear when I go there. The app has actually influenced me to try out some of the places that I now frequent the most by simply enticing me with photogenic food or an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. ARRIVE Phoenix, a new boutique hotel in Uptown, is one such...

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