New Restaurant Coming to Central Phoenix by Owners of Crudo & Bar...

April 14, 2015 | 11:45 AM | Bars | By Staff

Get ready for a great way to stay cool this summer with a new restaurant concept coming to Central Phoenix. This new hangout will be led by the trio behind the award-winning Crudo & Bar Crudo, Chef Cullen Campbell, wife/co-owner Maureen Campbell and co-owner/mixologist Micah Olson to open an all-new restaurant inspired by Southern and Italian cooking.

The new restaurant concept, Okra, was inspired by Chef Campbell’s yearning to connect with his family’s Southern roots. Okra will be an opportunity for Chef Campbell to showcase his Southern cooking from attending college across from the Mississippi River in Memphis and combine that with a modern take on traditional dishes with classic Italian influences.

The menu with have daily lunch & dinner items with entrées such as Southern Fried Chicken served two ways: Buttermilk-brined or Tennessee Hot, Pig Pot Pie, Redneck Burger and many more. Italian influences will include a selection of focaccia bread pizzas and the Southern Friend Chicken topped with Umbrian meat sauce. Even better, wash all the delicious food down with craft wines, beers and cocktails and small-batch bourbons.

Okra is currently under construction inside The Crown, a midcentury modern shopping center in north-central Phoenix (5813 N 7th St.). It features a stylish indoor-outdoor space, high top and table seating, expo-style kitchen and wooden bar top.

On Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 there will be a sneak peak tasting of dishes from Okra hosted at Crudo. The event will be a special Kentucky Derby Dinner with a three-course, rare bourbon- paired dinner. Courses will include Biscuits with honey, Pig Pot Pie and Ham Hock with black-eyed peas and other tasty sides! Tickets are on sale for $65 and reservations are required at (602)-358-8666.

Restaurants in Phoenix To Celebrate Tax Day on April 15

April 10, 2015 | 9:03 AM | Restaurants | By Staff
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The dreaded Tax Day on April 15th, 2015 is just around the corner, which means that it’s time to start crunching some numbers. While there’s nothing fun about a Tax Day deadline, there are many restaurants around the valley that are giving a silver lining to tired tax filers by offering delicious specials on April 15th.

On Tax Day (April 15), TEXAZ Grill will be offering a $10.40 Chicken Fried Steak meal, available all day. The dish comes with two pieces of steak, choice of potatoes, salad and bread and butter. This home-style Chicken Fried Steak meal is sure to hit the spot after a long day of dealing with taxes.

TEXAZ Grill is located at 6003 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ 85016. For more information call 602-248-STAR (7827) or visit

RA sushi will also be offering a Tax Day Wednesday special, with an extended happy hour from open to close at all five valley RA sushi locations. Guests can keep a little extra money by choosing from more than 25 sushi and appetizer selections ranging from $3.49 to $8.99, as well as a variety of beer, wine, sake and signature cocktails ranging from $3.75 to $8. Happy hour items include RA favorites such as Rainbow rolls, Pineapple Cheese Wontons, RA’s cocktail menu and much more!

Throughout the month of April, RA will be serving a $6 Blushing Geisha cocktail special, all day, every day. The Blushing Geisha is created with Skyy Raspberry Vodka, Chambord, cold lemonade, fresh lemon sour and soda. For more information visit

Lovers of Hard Rock Cafe can also enjoy the end of Tax Day on a good note with free Local Legendry Burgers for those who are willing to belt out their favorite jam on karaoke. This April 15thguests who visit Hard Rock Café and sing a song on the café stage will receive a free burger.

The “Sing for Your Supper” event on Tax Day is the perfect way to let go of all your stress and channel your inner rock star on the stage. Guest will have the chance to earn a free burger from 4-7 pm on April 15th at the Hard Rock Café in Downtown Phoenix (2 Soutch 2nd St.). For more information call (602)-261-7625.

Massimo De Francesca and Michael Rusconi to host Italian Dinner...

April 9, 2015 | 9:43 AM | Events | By Staff

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Everyone knows that Italy does food best, because who doesn’t love pasta, cheese and wine? There’s no need to travel to Europe to get the full Italian treatment because Italian Chefs, Chef Massimo De Francesca of Taggia at Fire Sky and Michael Rusconi of Rusconi’s American Kitchen are hosting an Italian Dinner Series this spring and summer.

In April, De Francesca and Rusconi will create an Italian menu with modern twists at Rusconi’s Kitchen (10637 N tatum Blvd) for Modern Italian Monday on April 20,2015 at 6 pm. Tickets for the event are $70 and dinner will be served with 5 courses paired with wine. Reservations are available at (480)-483-0009.

On June 25th at 6 pm, De Francesca and Rusconi will be holding a Throwback Italian Thursday dinner to pay homage to red sauce and chianti at Taggia (4925 N. Scottsdale Rd).  Tickets are $70 and this dinner will include 5 courses paired with wine. Reservations should be made by calling (480)-424-6095.

Menus for the events will be available at and very soon.

Build Your Own Grilled Cheese This Month At Sauce Pizza & Wine

April 8, 2015 | 10:05 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

Grilled Cheese

There really is no better combination than cheese and bread, especially when it is used to make a grilled cheese sandwich. It’s so good in fact that the whole month of April has been dedicated to celebrating the perfection that is a grilled cheese sandwich, with National Grilled Cheese Month. Sauce Pizza & Wine will be celebrating National Grilled Cheese month by hosting a BYOGC (Build Your Own Grilled Cheese) contest.

Guests will have the opportunity to submit their original grilled cheese recipes by going to the store or submitting them online or on Facebook. The winning recipe will be featured in Sauce’s store during the month of May and each grilled cheese sole will have $1 donated to a charity of the winner’s choice.

To submit your grilled cheese recipe you may choose one of the following:

  • Visit the nearest Sauce Pizza & Wine to fill out a card
  • Submit your creation online:
  • Visit Sauce Pizza & Wine’s Facebookpage to submit your idea on social

The winner of the best grilled cheese recipe will be chosen by the Executive Chef based on taste, flavor, cost and creativity. All entries must be submitted before midnight on April 18th.

For a complete list of rules and more information visit, .

Southern Rail to Host James Beard Award-Winning Chef Dan Barber for...

April 7, 2015 | 8:44 AM | Events | By Staff

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On Tuesday, April 14, Southern Rail and Changing Hands Bookstore will host James Beard Award-Winning Chef Dan Barber for a dinner and book talk in celebration of his first book, The Third Plate.

The event will start at 6:00 pm with a three-course, exclusively Arizona dinner by Chef Justin Beckett that is inspired by The Third Plate ($79 and a signed paperback copy of The Third Plate). After dinner, guests will head next door to Changing Hands for a meet & greet and book talk at 8 pm with Dan Barber ($18).

Chef Dan Barber’s, The Third Plate, includes history of American cuisine from the last two centuries and highlights the concept of having food go from the farm-to-table. Barber has spent more than a decade investigating farming communities around the globe and looking for a definition of ethical and nutritious eating. The Chicago Tribune says that The Third Plate is “Funny, engaging and delicious.” Chef Dan Barber was also appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

To reserve a reservation for dinner and the book talk visit, This event is limited to 100 guests so buy tickets before they run out! The event will be held at Southern Rail and Changing Hands Bookstore (300 W. Camelback Road).

Hopdoddy Burger Bar Presents New Specials Through April

April 1, 2015 | 10:15 AM | Restaurants | By Staff


The Austin-born burger joint Hopdoddy Burger Bar is famous for its all-natural Angus burgers, hand cut fries and delicious milkshakes. Hopdoddy recently came out with a Triple B Shake Special ($12) that will be up for grabs through Sunday, April 5. The new Triple B burger is a combination of bacon, bourbon and blue cheese. The burger has Texas-style Kobe beef and is grilled medium rare and placed on a bed of peppery arugula. Even better, the burger has melted blue jack cheese, warm bourbon bacon onion jam and fried tobacco onions for a crisp texture.

In honor of springtime, Hopdoddy is also celebrating with two specials: the Almond Joy available through April 12 and What’s Up Doc available through April 30. The Almond Joy combines house made ice cream with chocolate syrup, coconut cream, almond butter and is topped off with whipped cream, toasted coconut flakes and chocolate drizzle. What’s Up Doc mixes carrot and orange juices spiked with organic vodka, ginger syrup and a hint of lime.

For more information on Hopdoddy, visit or follow them on twitter and Instagram.

TEXAZ Grill Celebrates 30 Years with $30 Three-Course Specials

March 27, 2015 | 2:02 PM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

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Since October of 1985, TEXAZ Grill has been a Valley favorite for authentic Texas-style eats. To honor its upcoming 30th anniversary, TEXAZ Grill be offering up a dining deal to thank its loyal customers for three great decades (and counting).

On the 30th day of each month (March 30 through October 30, 2015), diners can enjoy a build-your-own three-course feast, plus beverage, for only $30. Choose an appetizer, such as shrimp cocktail or award-winning TEXAZ Red chili, plus a hearty entrée from the delectable menu, a decadent dessert and a beverage to wash it all down with.

TEXAZ is also introducing a new cocktail, the $7 Dr Zhivago, which is offered in a take-home Tito’s Handmade Vodka glass mason jar for an additional $2.50. Available now through October, this Texas-twist on the traditional White Russian cocktail is made with Texas’ own, Tito’s vodka and Dr. Pepper, as well as Kahlua and cream.

Click here for more information about TEXAZ Grill.

La Piazza PHX Debuts New Specials and Outdoor Patio

March 26, 2015 | 3:02 PM | Eat & Drink | By Staff


La Piazza PHX, in the heart of downtown Phoenix, is debuting a new weekday happy hour, new rotating lunch specials, and a new outdoor patio along the award-winning restaurant’s 1st Street entrance. Justin Piazza, chef and owner of the restaurant, is bringing $7 classic margherita pizzas, along with $2 off all wine and cocktails and $1 off bottled beers to the happy hour menu, which runs every Monday through Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m.

La Piazza PHX’s new midday meal offerings will include chalkboard specials, $8 margherita pizzas, $6 bowls of pomodoro pasta, and your choice of any Panini for $6. Lunch is available every Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Frequent guests of the restaurant are sure to notice the sharp new curb appeal along 1st Street, with construction complete on the new semi-covered outdoor patio area with seating up to 10 guests. This patio allows patrons and passers-by a new perch to relax, dine, and people watch!

For more information about La Piazza PHX, visit

Tilted Kilt Celebrates National Whiskey Day,Tilted Tea

March 25, 2015 | 12:36 PM | Bars | By Staff

Tilted Tea

National Whiskey Day is this Friday and Tilted Kilt is taking the traditional Long Island Iced Tea and kicking it up a notch with their Tilted Tea. The drink blends four different kinds of liquor with Triple Sec for a tasty flavor. And with spring in full bloom, this drink is perfect to make on your own and enjoy outdoors!

The Tilted Tea is made of:

½ oz. Three Olives Naked Vodka

½ oz. of Tanqueray Gin

½ oz. Bacardi Superior Rum

½ oz. Triple Sec

½ oz. Bushmills Whiskey

Pour the vodka, gin, rum, and whiskey into a 14-ounce glass with ice. Fill the glass with Triple Sec and a dash of sweet and sour, garnish the drink with a lemon wedge, and enjoy!

If you would rather the experts at Tilted Kilt make the drink for you, there are five locations in the Valley: Peoria, Tempe, Downtown Phoenix, Paradise Valley and Scottsdale. And a fun fact for you: did you know that Tilted Kilt is known as “The Best Looking Sports Pub You’ve Ever Seen?” For more information about this Celtic themed spot, visit

Crudo’s Blank Space Dinner Series

March 23, 2015 | 8:47 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

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Crudo’s ongoing Blank Space dinner series is a can’t miss, wildly-creative and no-holds-barred culinary throwdown, and for $75++ per person, guests will receive only the time, date, and name of the celebrity guest chef. Everything else, from the gourmet multi-course meal to the handcrafted cocktail or wine pairings, will be left to Crudo chef Cullen Campbell and his talented co-chefs discretion.

Next up in the chef lineup is Josh Hebert from POSH Restaurant on April 13. He will be followed by Gio Osso of Virtu on May 4, while Kevin Binkley of Binkley’s/Café Bink/Bink’s Midtown will close out the series on June 1.

The Blank Space dinner series offers an opportunity for chef Cullen and his guests to push the culinary boundaries and present new techniques and ingredients. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 602-358-8666.

For more information about Crudo and their dinner series, click here.

Better Than a Pot O’ Gold: Great St. Patrick’s Day Spots in the...

March 16, 2015 | 9:31 AM | Bars | By Staff


St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, so here are some fun facts about this festive holiday:

  • Guinness drinkers around the world lift 13 million pints of the dark Irish stout to their mouths on this day.
  • 26.1 billion pounds of beef and 2.3 billion pounds of cabbage is produced in the U.S. each year.
  • More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the U.S., with New York City and Boston home to the largest celebrations.

Now that we’ve peaked your interest in the greenest day of the year, here are some local spots gearing up to make your St. Patrick’s Day memorable.

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Get your fill of authentic Irish food from Tilted Kilt’s Hooley Menu. Patrons can enjoy Scotch Eggs, Olde Dublin Irish Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage and Sheperd’s Pie. Don’t forget to order their infamous Paddy Bomb drink and watch it change colors. Tilted Kilt can be found in Peoria, Tempe, Downtown Phoenix, Paradise Valley, and Scottsdale.

Rosie McCaffrey’s

Rosie McCaffrey’s will be ready for early risers, opening at 6 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. The pub and restaurant will serve hearty Irish breakfast and coffee. The big party starts at 10 a.m. as Rosie’s will shut down the parking lot to host beer trucks and music from the Brazen Heads, Sea Merchants, and Celtic Cowboys.

The Dubliner

The Dubliner in north Phoenix will open early and serve an Irish fare buffet for just $10 per person. Irish dancers, bagpipers, and bands will be performing all day and employees will be selling T-shirts to commemorate the event. The bar will open at 10 a.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party on Mill Avenue

Handlebar Tempe, El Hefe Tempe, and Fat Tuesday join together for a bash on Mill Avenue. The parties will take place inside of the bars and extend to the courtyard outside. There will be four stages and six bars serving specials including green vodka and Jameson whiskey. The party gets started at 11 a.m. and tickets are $10 in advance or $20 the day of.

What’s Cookin’ at the Westin Phoenix Downtown?

March 11, 2015 | 8:35 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

Westin ChefWith over 23 years of culinary experience in hotels and hospitality, Chef Martin Scott will be joining the Westin Phoenix Downtown team as the new executive chef of the hotel and its signature restaurant, Province.

Chef Scott began his career with a European flair 6,000- hour apprenticeship on the U.S. territory of Guam with Hilton International. Scott previously served as an executive chef for San Marcos Resort in Chandler, Ariz., Troon Golf Scottsdale and most recently, as clubhouse executive chef/property executive sous chef for Boulders Resort, the Waldorf resort in Carefree, Ariz.

Chef Scott will direct all culinary operations for the hotel and oversee day-to-day operation of all areas in the kitchen for Province, in-room dining, hotel banquets and stewarding. Chef Scott will work to develop new menus and recipes as well as be responsible for developing the culinary staff.

The Westin Phoenix Downtown and Province is located at 333 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004. For more information visit

Get Your Fish Fix on Friday’s at Del Frisco’s Grille

March 6, 2015 | 3:42 PM | Restaurants | By Staff


Fried fish fans and chips choppers are in for a treat with a tasty new dish debuting by Del Frisco’s Grille. Every Friday, Del Frisco’s will be serving Gourmet Fish & Chips for both lunch and dinner, featuring a hand-beer battered Northern Atlantic haddock known for its a mild, sweet flavors and punctuated with Del Frisco’s “Darned Good” tartar sauce.

Del Frisco’s will be serving this delicious plate through April 3, 2015. If you’ve given up a particular treat for Lent and need to fill your craving, the Fish & Chips from Del Frisco’s will be sure to satisfy your hankering until Easter.

Be sure to join Del Frisco’s for their Fish & Chips Fridays. Lunch is $16.50 and dinner is $24.

Kelly’s to Donate 100% Cocktail Proceeds to Charity

December 10, 2014 | 10:01 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

image010The holidays are a perfect time to give back. We’ve said it before, but it must be reiterated that some people aren’t as lucky as us. That’s why it’s important to give back. There are countless ways to do that this holiday season. For example, you can order a drink at Kelly’s at SouthBridge. It’s not an ordinary drink. It’s the All That Glitters Eggnog Martini. The fancy and festive martini is made with homemade eggnog, Bacardi Rum, a splash of Tuaca and garnished with edible gold flakes and costs $25 per drink. Sure, that seems pretty steep for a cocktail, but hear us out. Kelly’s will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sales on the martini to Andrea’s Closet, a non-profit devoted to giving to toys to children in the hospital. What other reasons do you need to order a drink? The cocktail is available now through Dec. 31. Now, get out there and make a difference.

Lobster Food Truck Heading to Phoenix

December 9, 2014 | 11:59 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

lobsterFood trucks are one of the newest (and our favorite) fads to gain popularity in the culinary world. Just because it’s food served from a truck doesn’t mean it can be delicious. We’re not talking hot dog delicious, we’re talking lobster. Yes, a lobster food truck is making it’s way to the Valley. Voted the most popular food truck in Los Angeles, Cousins Maine Lobster will debut on Dec. 13 at the Phoenix Festival of Arts located at Margaret T. Hance Park from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Cousins Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac will be bringing some unique dishes features Maine’s best export. Menu items include lobster rolls, lobster quesadillas, lobster tater tots, and lobster bisque. Sure, it’s lobster from a truck, but live a little.

The Upton Makes a Splash in Old Town Scottsdale

December 8, 2014 | 12:17 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

z8rSIQ-yOAJUoJDNiwEZkuiR7dojCjt8TcCaEs9iRy0,Osqa4-8JKd9Z9mwyOotUraoXqP0kOhgQ3Yw9KEau-LQOld Town Scottsdale has a new restaurant that is definitely worth your while. Taking over the space that previously housed Petite Maison, The Upton is a unique blend of new and old. Chef Chris Schlattman has put together a menu with a combination of flavors. With influences that span the globe, like Thai, Southern American, Mediterranean, Korean, and Cuban, it’s truly a distinctive menu. The restaurant itself saw a very quick $100,000 facelift. With the new look and the new food, patrons are sure to get their money’s worth. What kind of fare can you expect from The Upton? Dishes like Korean Pork Belly Steamed Buns and the Little Havana Pressed Sandwich adorn menu. Give it a shot.

The Upton | 7216 East Shoeman Lane | Scottsdale, 85251 

Juby True Opens First Stand-Alone Location

December 3, 2014 | 10:03 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

ixC7FTRvzAG-7ehiWLfLpDzW6fWGIG6a7Ojsj-PgfRQJuicing and everything organic has been quite the rage for a while now. When you combine the two, you get an unstoppable force of deliciousness and healthy living. Made and bottled by True Food Kitchen, their signature Juby True juices have gained so much popularity that they can finally open their own stand-alone store. Opening at Phoenix’s Camelback Corridor on Dec. 2, Juby True is ready for you to get your juice on. There is a wide variety of cold-pressed, 100% organic juices. Even if you’re not on a health kick, you may want to consider what they offer, like superfood meal-replacement smoothies, coffees and teas, and health-minded snacks. It’s an easy and delicious way to stay healthy.

Mother Bunch Offers Everything Local in Downtown Phoenix

December 2, 2014 | 12:14 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

10615338_955106487848387_167036940367072333_nWe’re always keeping an eye open for the newest, best spot around the Valley. Mother Bunch Brewing might be one of our favorites to open this year. Since opening its doors in September, the brewery (though, they haven’t brewed their first batch yet) only offers local beers on their taps. We love supporting local brews and the selection is quite expansive. What’s more is that the staff really knows their stuff, from beer to cocktails. You can spend $6 on a simple brew or step your game up with one that costs $10. Standard pub food applies here and that’s what we would expect, but don’t let that discourage you. High ceilings, a horseshoe bar and a huge floor plan give the brewery a nice, comfortable aesthetic. This has the workings to be a great after work bar. Check it out for yourself.

Mother Bunch Brewery | 825 North 7th Street | Phoenix, 85006

Black Friday Blowouts for the Foodie in You

November 26, 2014 | 9:45 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedTomorrow is Thanksgiving. Hopefully, you’re at least a little bit prepared. After stuffing your face with turkey and the other fixings, Black Friday will be here. A lot of people line up early to get the best deals on all sorts of stuff they don’t need. But there is one deal that you actually need. This Friday, stop by any Upward Projects restaurant to receive a great gift card deal. For every $100 you spend, you’ll receive an additional $40 gift card. What restaurants does that include? Oh boy, some of our favorites. Does Postino WineCafe, Windsor, Federal Pizza, Joyride Taco House, or Churn sound any good to you? Yeah, that’s what we thought.

Snooze Tempe Set to Open Dec. 10

November 25, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

snoozeOne of the best breakfast spots in the Valley is Snooze, an A.M. Eatery in central Phoenix. With so many options to choose from, you can actually order a flight of Eggs Benedict, how great is that? Well, Tempe and South Scottsdale residents should rejoice, the Snooze location by ASU campus is set to open on Dec. 10. In just a little while, you’ll be able to enjoy their from-scratch menu, brunch classics, and the freshest of ingredients at multiple locations in the Valley. Located inside the remodeled ASU Art Annex Building at the intersection of College Avenue and 6th Street, it’s in the heart of the ASU campus. Every new location of restaurant teams up with a charity to raise funds. This location has partnered with Tempe Community Action Agency and Project C.U.R.E. as opening charity partners with a goal of out-fundraising the others. Great breakfast and great people, what else could you want?

The Gladly Wants to Challenge You to a Chopped Salad Contest

November 21, 2014 | 12:15 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

L0FNTSvUdSXTd8-7dHHPb8LPEPXxWI8d6_IbWhAaq9g,zEP4w9ejCc8Dr31CRIhRIUyFnUmFG-qLtQNmNvRH4h8,_0JGpeOlJ99CYcqDrsBQicIe-FNIfesTumZpvEyEoWEIf you’ve been to The Gladly, then you’ve probably had their chopped salad. This isn’t hyperbole: it’s the best chopped salad we have ever had. EVER. That being said, The Gladly wants to challenge you to a chopped salad contest. What do you get if you win? Free chopped salads for a whole year. If you think you have the chops (oh God, we’re sorry for that pun), go ahead and submit your recipe on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #MyChoppedSalad, also be sure to tag @TheGladly in your posts, and list the ingredients in the comment section. If you win, your salad will be featured on their special menu from Dec. 14 to Dec. 20. The contest ends on Dec. 8, so you better get chopping.

Black Friday Special at Central Bistro

November 20, 2014 | 12:21 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

centralbistro_lowres-38Can you believe that in exactly one week Thanksgiving will be here? One of the best parts of that four-day weekend is the shopping on Black Friday. Yes, it’ll be hectic. Sure, some people may even get hurt, but it’s a just cause because of the savings. Okay, we really don’t believe that, but if you’re looking for something fun to do, Central Bistro will be having a Black Friday special. Starting at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, the restaurant will be serving their weekend brunch and daily lunch menu, along with bottomless Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas for $15. The menu will include the classics, like pancakes with soft butter and warm maple syrup, stuffed French Toast with sweet cream, and more. Now, we’re hungry.

Central Bistro | 3160 East Camelback Road | Phoenix 85018

A Craft Beer, Five-Course Meal Perfect for Cold Weather

November 19, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

culinaryHave you been watching the news? Apparently, Buffalo, New York has already gotten a ridiculous amount of snow. We’re talking around six feet of the white stuff. And you thought it was cold here. Okay, to be fair, it has been a bit chilly in the morning and at night here. What goes with well with cold weather? Craft beer and warm food. Scottsdale’s Culinary Dropout will be hosting a five-course dinner with the help of Odell Brewing Company. The meal will cost $45 per person and takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. To make reservations, call  480-970-1700. We’re guessing you want to see the menu?

First Course
Roasted Baby Beets – goat cheese, fritters, preserved Meyer lemon, pepita brittle, mint, baby arugula
Pairing: Loose Leaf Session Ale

Second Course
“Pork and Beans” – braised pork belly, white bean cannelloni, Carolina barbecue, spiced chicharron
Pairing: 5 Barrel Pale Ale

Third Course
Diver Scallops – fuyu persimmon, pomegranate seed, sage brown butter
Pairing: Myrcenary Double IPA

Fourth Course
Chestnut Stuffed Ribeye Cap – black truffle duxelle, creamed spinach, sauce au poivre
Pairing: 90 Shilling Ale

Pumpkin Sticky Bun – salted butterscotch, cinnamon roasted pecan
Pairing: Mountain Standard Double Black IPA

5th and Wine Celebrates 5th Anniversary Next Month

November 18, 2014 | 12:18 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedIt’s a major achievement when a restaurant/bar celebrates its fifth anniversary. In honor of 5th and Wine turning five, they will be celebrating with multiple days of fun, specials, and events. What exactly will they be doing? Trust us, it looks good. Here’s a list of what December has to offer:

December 2: Anniversary Wine Dinner, Oregon (Roco and Argyle wineries) vs. France (Louis Latour), 6:30 p.m., $75++

December 3: Live Music from Ivan Harshman starting at 6:00 p.m.

December 4: Live Music from Alan Dequina starting at 6:30 p.m.

December 5: Two-Dollar Wine Night plus live music by Korbe Canida starting at 6:30 p.m.

December 6 and 7 – Special Holiday Weekend Brunch, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. that includes $12 bottomless mimosas and poinsettias. There will also be live music on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 3:00 p.m.

December 13: The #SaturdaySantaSelfie event on 5th and Wine’s Expansive Patio is perfect for the holidays. Santa will be posing for pet or personal selfies from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Donations of new and unwrapped toys are appreciated to benefit Toys for Tots.

Pita Jungle to Sell ‘Empty Bowls’ in Order to Fill...

November 14, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

AhSHVLhTud2087m7Ec5FL15stRVljVJcRZTuNV9k7sY,SysL14WOEdD0GLcFY-HjM-7IENCOi3eQkPlU9ZzcoA4Pita Jungle is doing good things. Seeing how it’s the holiday season, it’s important to remember to give back to others in need. Pita Jungle will be hosting an “Empty Bowl” fundraiser to benefit the non-profit Waste Not, an organization that feeds hungry people in the Valley. Every PJ location will sell a limited quantity of hand-crafted, clay bowls created by local artisans. The bowls are made by Arizona Clay Association artists and will be sold for only $15 each. With 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting Waste Not, it’s small price to pay to help others and get a cool, new bowl. This will only be happening between Dec 1. and Dec 7. That gives you one whole week to do your part to help others in the Valley.

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