It’s that time again. The best part of your week. The moment you’ve been waiting for. The time when you can take a sigh of relief because your endless page refreshing just to see this amazing headline has finally paid off. Here it is in all its glory: The in-depth review of Phoenix’s finest Food Bloggery brought to you by a food obsessed writer who (in all honesty) was forced in cruel and unusual ways to write this weekly post. But you don’t care about that, you just want the goods. Alright. we won’t deprive you any longer. Here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:
Marble Rye and Jerry Seinfeld. That is how this week’s PHX Rail Food post opens up, but for good reason. You see, apparently there was a famous episode of Seinfeld where Jerry steals some elderly woman’s loaf of marble rye bread (hilarity ensures) and there is a Phoenix deli that serves sandwiches on marble rye bread, too. Makes perfect sense, right? Flawless transition. The point of the story being, Downtown Deli in (shocker) Downtown Phoenix serves delicious deli classics like brisket, pastrami, corned beef, smoked turkey and egg salad served on your choice of wheat, rye, onion rolls, kaiser rolls, sourdough and good ol’ marble rye. The sides are also traditional, but rotating specials like lasagna and chicken fried steaks accompanying daily soups are also standard practice. The menu is fairly small for a deli and you order cafeteria style to ensure you meal is out quick and fresh. Considering great delis are few and far between here in AZ, it’s nice to know you can take the light rail to this one and buy your marble rye fix, to avoid misdemeanor charges, of course.
If you didn’t hear about the new downtown restaurant concept closing in the Fall of 2011 called Cycle, then you have been living under a rock. As Chow Bella reports, this week’s menu will be anchored by Strada Bella Food Truck and will offer Pat Simiri’s delicious Italian classics courtesy of his Nana. Look forward to pasta campanelle in a spicy sauce, ziti with Nana’s meatballs, caprese (offered in a sandwich or salad) and brussel sprouts. Well, brussel sprouts sauteed in a brown butter sauce. And that makes all the difference.
Because in Arizona, people do not eat or drink unless there is some kind of elaborate festival going on, leave it to the boys of EaterAZ to let us know about this one. Tequilazona! is happening this weekend at Tempe Marketplace and we feel it’s pretty self explanatory. 50 different kinds of top shelf tequila sure to kill ya’ the next morning, if you know what we mean. Tickets are $60 for regular patrons (funny how that word looks exactly like Patrón, feel free to say it will the accent) and $100 for VIP. Get them here and drink yourself to Tequila Sunrise.
Finally, because no Chow Down is really complete without a recipe, here’s a easy and healthy Roasted Shrimp and Orzo salad (pictured) from Cupcakes and Cashmere. Good hot or cold, this dish keeps well and feeds plenty. Perfect to make on a Sunday and enjoy when your week gets a little crazy. Get the Food Network recipe from Ina Garten here and enjoy summer in a salad.
That’s all folks. Until next week, stay interested, my friends.