RA Sushi to Host Boo Bash Halloween Parties

October 20, 2014 | 12:08 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

ra-sushiHalloween will be here before you know it. Seriously, it’s less than two weeks away. Lucky for all of us, the holiday falls on a Friday. So, you’ve got your costume picked out. You’ve got your party to go to, you’re probably going to want to eat beforehand. That’s where RA Sushi comes in. They’re pretty good about having deals around any holiday. For Halloween, you can enjoy food like:

Zombie Roll: spicy salmon, cucumber, cilantro and jalapeño rolled and topped with avocado and sriracha.

The Black Widow Roll: crispy soft shell crab, kaiware sprouts, kani kama crab mix rolled in rice and soy paper, then topped with shredded daikon, spicy mayo and eel sauce.

The Wicked Shrimp: crispy shrimp served on a bed of mixed greens, with a creamy ginger teriyaki dipping sauce.

You can get your drink on with their Potent Potions:

Witches Brew: a bubbling blend of Southern Comfort, Amaretto Disaronno, cold sake, liqueurs and tropical juices.

Frozen Black Lagoon: a spine tingling mix of sparkling white wines, Bacardi Rum, yuzu, and peach and strawberry purées.

Geisha’s Spell: a magical concoction of cold lemonade, Skyy Raspberry vodka, Chambord, fresh lemon sour and a splash of soda.

These specials are only good on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 11:00 am to close at all RA locations.

Celebrate Sushi Roku’s Anniversary with Half-Off Dinner +...

October 15, 2014 | 10:01 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

1384177_646202738734264_1970988107_nSushi Roku will be celebrating their sixth anniversary for multiple days starting on Oct. 27. When you’ve been together for more than half a decade, a massive celebration must be hard. Relationships take a lot of work, even if its between us and sushi. From Monday, Oct. 27 to Thursday, Oct. 30, you can celebrate with Roku with 50% dinner and a glass of Veuve Clicquot. Sounds great, right? There will be a variety of dinner-only specials and a gourmet two-course tasting menu, which includes one dish from the sushi bar, one from the kitchen. The $40 dinner specials also include a glass of the always-great Veuve. This seems like it will be a pretty popular deal, so to guarantee a spot, you should probably make reservations.

Scottsdale Eatery Provides the Comforts of ‘Home’ with...

October 10, 2014 | 12:03 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

10367134_822229897799089_976916733912962593_nThe Standard opened way back in July, but it seems they haven’t gotten very much press. Dedicated to healthy eating (while being delicious, of course) the restaurant offers a unique menu selection. Well, the new American kitchen and bar is adding a couple more things to the mix. Like many others, they will be serving brunch every weekend, but with a twist. From 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., live music will be your entertainment as you drink and dine on the traditional items like Bloody Mary’s, Bottomless Mimosas ($15) and Omelet Bar. What’s not so traditional is their Chicken and Waffles (pictured), Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Nutella Stuffed French Toast, Baked Huevos Rancheros, Braised Brisket and Grits and more. Do we have your attention? Thought so.

The Standard | 10500 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Orange Table Reopens Its Doors in Tempe

October 7, 2014 | 12:02 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

10403311_1549468241951389_8837978715292646236_nWith the countless breakfast and lunch spots around the Valley, it gets hard to choose which one to venture to. But when you find that place that cooks your eggs just right, you know it’s your go-to spot. That’s how we felt about Orange Table, formerly in Old Town Scottsdale. Though, they’ve have management difficulties over the years, their food was always on point. In early September, they closed their doors for the second time. Have no fear, they’ve reopened at a new spot in Tempe. Located on 7th street and Forest Ave, the move was probably a wise decision. Tempe is expanding its dining game and it seems Orange Table is stepping up to the plate. If you’re a fan of corned beef hash, gourmet hamburgers, and craft beer, you should probably check this place out.

Orange Table | 203 East 7th Street | Tempe, AZ 85281

One Dollar Oysters at Little Cleo’s All Month Long!

October 1, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

SP9wuUI8RmwXV1hM9iOjcHPId81xG75LU1j5-eyyHsAOctober is going to be a good month. The weather is finally starting to cool down. There are too many fun events to count, like Octoberfest and Halloween. It’s also a good month for people who love seafood. Throughout October, Little Cleo’s will be offering $1 chef’s choice oysters. Named “Best Seafood” by Phoenix New Times and PHOENIX Magazine,  you can imagine their oysters are delicious, if you haven’t had them already, of course. The deal is good Monday through Saturday, from open to 6:00 p.m. or until they run out. So, it’s best to get their early to guarantee some grub. We’ll see you there.

Autumn Is (Practically) Here, Enjoy Some Pumpkin Pancakes

September 29, 2014 | 11:45 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

image011After the recent storms, the weather seems to be cooling down, even if just a little bit. Since it is looking like the triple digits will soon be gone, let’s go ahead and pretend that fall is upon us. You’ve seen it everywhere. Pumpkin season is in full effect. You’ve had the lattes and the beer, but what about pancakes? Luci’s Healthy Marketplace will be offering pumpkin pancakes for breakfast. Available through the month of October, the pancakes are a refreshing change from traditional breakfast food items. Obviously, the café will have other autumn inspired creations but we’re pretty excited for the pancakes. How about you?

Local Brewery to Host Chef’s Table at ZuZu

September 26, 2014 | 11:55 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

image003It’s important to support local businesses. From mom and pop shops to local wineries and breweries, supporting the locals is good for the economy. That being said, local favorite Four Peaks will be hosting Monday Night Chef’s Table on Oct. 13 at Café ZuZu. Since it will be October, you better believe their famous pumpkin porter will be on the menu. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 480.421.7997. The cost $64 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Now, the fun part. Here’s what will be on menu:

Duck Sausage – sun-dried cherries, pistachio + dijon mustard

8th Street Ale

 Roasted Pumpkin and White Bean Stew – crisp pork belly + aged balsamic


 Slow-Roasted New York Strip – curried cauliflower + creamed organic greens

Hop Knot IPA

 Crème Caramel – vanilla shortbread

Pumpkin Porter


Need a Place to Watch Football? Try The Yard

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

S7AyScmJHDwyyl9erQkk5ZB-6g8uC8EXsCETMVmet9UWe’re in week four of the 2014 NFL season. Every Sunday is filled football. Whether you’re just a Cardinals fan or in a big money Fantasy Football league, you’re going to need a place to watch all the games. If you’re looking for a new spot, you may want to consider Culinary Dropout at The Yard in Phoenix. Complete with the NFL Sunday Ticket, you can watch every game on Sunday. Opening at 10:00 a.m. just in time for the first games, the gastropub also offers some pretty stellar food and drink specials, as well. If beer is your thing, there are 50 beers on tap or you can go for breakfast-inspired cocktails like the Bacon Bloody Mary (pictured) or the Last Man Standing. For food, try something healthy (not really) like buffalo chicken meatballs, house cranked brats, and shrimp and pork belly ramen. There’s something for everyone. This seems like a nice way to spend a Sunday.

Central Bistro to Host Wine Dinner Oct. 12

September 24, 2014 | 11:57 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

CentralBistro_1098There’s nothing better than a great meal with a great glass — or bottle — of wine. Central Bistro is the latest restaurant to host a wine dinner, fit for every foodie or wine lover in the Valley. Partnering up with Darioush Winery, the evening of Oct. 12 looks to be filled everything you could want. At $150 per person, it better be. To make reservations, call 480-646-8560. Here’s a look at the menu:

First Course
Lobster terrine, crunchy marinated vegetables, basil vinaigrette – Darioush Viognier 2012

Second Course
Heirloom squash soup, brown butter pear, hazelnut oil – Darioush Chardonnay 2012

Third Course
Chicken and wild mushroom tortelli, black truffle-foie gras sauce – Capataz Malbec 2010 by Darioush

Fourth Course
Bone marrow crusted filet of beef, potato pave, sunchoke creamed spinach – Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Mulled wine plum tart, dark chocolate ganache, pistachio crumble – coffee & tea

Postino Winecafé in Tempe Opens Oct. 1!

September 23, 2014 | 12:09 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

dwfPJoygIAWwsUq-KHgn97sdUx-cg9PpHMk0NVej2i4,TXNXQ4IF3YRmbZrz-StBjecs8Kz5Cp77wbOMaAqCymo,FFyb_u1aKv-r3mMglgeK7Nk4V2T7-D4dfDQ-TLLCGVkIt’s really about time Tempe got a little classier. Don’t get us wrong, we love the city as much as the next ASU fan. That’s our point, though. Since it is a college town, you’re mainly going to find bars and clubs, with a few exceptions, of course. That’s why we were ecstatic to discover that Tempe will be home to the new Postino Winecafé. And guess what? Postino Annex officially opens on Oct. 1. In just about one week, the new location, located in the historic ASU Art Annex building, will open its doors for lunch and dinner, and will feature brunch every weekend. You can’t go wrong with their incredible wine selection and 16 rotating beers on tap. If you’re already familiar with the Postino menu, then you know that bruschettas, from-scratch soups, fresh salads and hearty panini sandwiches all adorn it. Every Saturday and Sunday, the restaurant will feature farm-fresh brunch fare with $5 mimosas. As you can tell, we’re pretty excited for this new location. Be sure to check it out when it opens.

Postino Winecafé | 615 South College Avenue | Tempe, 85281

New Exec Chef to Take the Reigns at Bootleggers

September 10, 2014 | 11:50 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

SJBWBootleggers is one of those concept restaurants that instills our faith in Phoenix food culture. It’s surprising that there are not a lot of BBQ places around here. That’s why we love the fact that Old Town Scottsdale is home to Bootleggers. The modern American smokehouse has just announced that Chef Stephen Jones, of Blue Hound Kitchen fame and more, will be taking the reigns as executive chef. Trained at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, California, Chef Jones has made waves in some of the Valley’s best restaurants. At Bootleggers, he will be overseeing both kitchens, menu development, the catering division and with his roots in Southern cooking, we believe he is pretty good match for the BBQ concept.

Arizona Restaurant Week Is Coming!

August 28, 2014 | 12:08 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

ARWspring14-281Are you ready? The local culinary elite will once again be going head-to-head for the annual Arizona Restaurant Week. From Sept. 19 to Sept. 28, more than 150 Valley restaurants will offer prix-fixe dinner menus, for $33 and $44 per person, that show off their skills. This year, the pros like like Rusconi’s American Kitchen, Posh and Roaring Fork will take-on newcomers like Paul Martin’s, Southern Rail and Barrio Queen for bragging rights. The ARW website will offer complete menus for each participant and will also an interactive feature that will allow you to search for a favorite local chef, type of cuisine or restaurant. Arizona is really becoming a foodie state with events like these. It’s important to support local businesses so we can keep growing. That said, go to the website and get ready to chow down on some great food.

The Finale to Little Cleo’s Legendary Dinner Series

August 26, 2014 | 11:53 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

oyster-bar-925x522Have we mentioned that Little Cleo’s is our new favorite restaurant in the Valley? If you love oysters or anything seafood for that matter, you should probably head there. Anyway, the restaurant just announced the finale to their Legendary Dinner Series. Taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 pm, Executive Chef Eric Ramirez has a very special lineup of seafood delicacies ready for your consumption. The price is $55 per person plus tax and gratuity, with an option for a bottle of wine for the table at an additional $20 per person. To make a reservation, call 602.680.4044. Here’s a look at the dinner, seafood puns and all:

Bait: Fluke crudo, red curry coconut emulsion, samphire, Thai basil, lime

Cast: “Hog & rock” deviled eggs, bacon, fried oyster, pimentón

Nibble: Lobster and corn “chowder,” brandy, tarragon, lemon panna cream

Bite: Cajun shrimp and local grits, roasted jalapeno, Amish cheddar, watercress

Hook Line: Miso glazed black cod, shiitake mushrooms, sunchoke chips, dashi

Sink Her: Cream cheese ice cream sandwich, carrot cake cookies, sultanas


Treat Your Kids to a FREE Healthy Meal… For One Whole Week

August 21, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

1975077_10152176510889541_6557069850047756845_nEating healthy is an important part of life. It is quite easy for people, especially children, to become dependent on and addicted to fast food. A balanced meal is absolutely fundamental to a growing child’s well being. To celebrate the kids going back to school, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill has just announced that they will be providing healthy meals for kids, for free, for an entire week. Starting Monday, Aug. 24, just stop by either Garbanzo location to treat your kids to quick healthy meal. It’s imperative to introduce kids to healthy eating habits early and Garbanzo is doing that right. The deals is good for either lunch or dinner. So, if you don’t have time to cook a good meal next week, let Garbanzo do it for you.

Celebrate Fired Pie’s Grand Opening with a Free Pizza

August 20, 2014 | 12:12 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

fired pieThere’s no such thing as a free lunch, according to economists. This is about as close are you’re going to get. Fired Pie will be celebrating its Grand Opening in downtown Phoenix this Saturday, Aug 23. If you decide to pay them a visit from 11:30 am to 6:0 pm, you can get yourself a free pizza or salad while dining. Free pizza? That’s the best news we’ve heard all week. When you dine in there on Saturday, you have your choice of a pie or salad. We’re thinking of indulging in the pie. Remember, this deal is only good at the Collier Center location in downtown Phoenix. We’re growing hungry just thinking about it.

Fired Pie | 201 East Washington Street #111 | Phoenix

Zuzu to Host Chef’s Table Featuring Fess Parker Winery

August 6, 2014 | 11:57 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

ZuZuCafé ZuZu seems to host some of the most unique dinners in the Valley. The restaurant inside Hotel Valley Ho has done it again with their upcoming dinner. On Monday, Aug 18, they will be hosting a chef’s table featuring wine from Fess Parker Winery. A unique menu has been paired with some of Fess’ finest wines.

Marinated Watermelon Salad
Goat cheese, toasted pine nuts + basil vinaigrette
2012 Riesling “Santa Barbara County”

Wild Mushroom Tortellini
Roasted butternut squash, crisp pork belly + sage butter
2012 Viognier “Santa Barbara County”

Ancho Chile Glazed Beef Tenderloin
Sweet potato au gratin + grilled corn succotash
2011 Syrah “Santa Barbara County”
2010 “The Big Easy”

Georgia Peach Cobbler
Dulce de leche ice cream

$1 Oysters at Little Cleo’s on Aug. 5

August 1, 2014 | 12:10 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

tk8nLtl-oWCcg7H9oLQNjlYcOQBrllGgQNRf0_O3ad8Have you been to Little Cleo’s yet? In our opinion, it is Fox Restaurants’ best concept, as of yet. The atmosphere, the service, the menu, and the quality of food are all spectacular. Located at The Yard on 7th street and Bethany Home, Little Cleo’s should be your go-to spot for anything seafood related. That being said, they have just announced a heck of a deal happening next week. On Aug 5, the restaurant will be offering $1 oysters. On that Tuesday, which happens to be National Oyster Day, you can indulge in your favorite shellfish all day long. We’re guessing it’s going to get crazy there, so, you might want to head over there early. Remember, they open at 5:00 p.m. That gives you five hours of oyster-related heaven.

The Watershed Brings Food & Drink to the Water’s Edge

July 29, 2014 | 11:42 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

Watershed Aerial Shot BlueWhen dining in the Valley, seldom are you able to enjoy waterfront views. We’re in the middle of a desert, after all. The Watershed, a new restaurant and bar in Tempe, wants to give you that experience. Located on the edge of a lake, the restaurant is the perfect stomping ground for people wanting to escape the heat while trying to mix up the culinary and bar scene. Every Thursday, they a hold a complimentary tasting event. For example, in the last couple of weeks, they tasted Ace Ciders and. champagnes and sparkling wines. Complete with live music nightly Tuesday through Sunday, The Watershed is looking like a very promising addition to central Tempe.

The Watershed | 5250 South Lakeshore Drive | Tempe 85283

‘Snooze, an A.M. Eatery’ Is Coming to Tempe

July 15, 2014 | 12:02 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

bJfg6WDIHoq8bbiB-LULSZsIV2y_4L3eOvslQ10X4fkOne of our favorite breakfast and brunch spots is opening its third location in the Valley. Sun Devils and Tempe residents are lucky, Snooze is coming to you. Opening later this year inside the remodeled Art Annex Building at Arizona State University on College Ave and 6th street, the eatery will have all of your favorite breakfast and brunch items. It’ll be an interesting place to dine with its signature colorful atmosphere and retro-futuristic décor, which kind of sounds like “The Jetsons meets Happy Days.” Tempe is really the perfect place for the new restaurant. Think about it. Hungover college students love breakfast. Forget Denny’s and breakfast burritos, Snooze is the way to go. We’re not sure when they will open their doors, but we will be sure to let you know when we find out.

Scottsdale’s First Nano-Brewery to Open in July

June 25, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

Union Barrelhouse smScottsdale will soon be home to its first nano-brewery. Think of it as a smaller microbrewery. Union Barrelhouse will pair artisanal beer with delicious pub food with an element of class and sophistication. Opening its doors in early July at the former Salty Senorita location in Old Town, Union Barrelhouse, Modern Ale will produce its own beer. Any craft beer aficionado will be excited about what’s to come. The restaurant will feature five specialty craft beers, made in house, including Barrelhouse Golden Ale, Barrelhouse IPA, Barrelhouse Imperial Porter, Barrelhouse Hefeweizen, and Barrelhouse Wheat Bock.  Chef Brian Feirstein’s menu will concentrate on fresh foods from farmer’s market salads to outstanding burgers. Their signature food items will be the Modern Melt selections. These are the chef’s take on the classic grilled cheese. For example, the “PB & J” (Pear, Brie and Jam), is crafted of triple crème brie, bosc pears, bacon jam, and wild arugula on sourdough. Fancy, right? Be on the lookout for Union Barrelhouse early next month.

New Pizzeria Grand Opening to Benefit Phoenix Children’s...

June 24, 2014 | 12:06 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

static.squarespaceLocal businesses and philanthropy go hand-in-hand. Momenti Local Pizzeria will be celebrating their Grand Opening this Friday, June 27. From the group that brought us  Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt, both of the restaurants will be donating 50% of their sales to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The casual pizzeria is known for their personal size 12-inch homemade, thin crust pizzas. The pizza and salad menus are pretty standard, but what’s cool here is the donation to the Children’s Hospital. It always nice to see businesses doing their part to help the community. If you want to support children, head to Momenti this Friday.

A Couple More Mother’s Day Food Ideas

May 9, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

salut4Alright, folks. We’re getting down to the wire, here. Mother’s Day is just a couple days away and if you haven’t figured out what you’re doing, you’re in some serious trouble. Don’t worry, we have your back. Here are a couple more ideas for where to take mom on Sunday.

Salut Kitchen Bar – The popular Tempe restaurant has a pretty killer mimosa deal going on. You can get them for $1 a piece, all day long. If vino is more of mom’s thing, they will also be offering half-price bottles of wine. The menu is the same but the drinks specials are where it’s at.

Paul Martin’s American Grill – Paul Martin’s is the place to be for a classy meal this Mother’s Day. They will be offering their offering their 3-Course Prime Rib Dinner all day for only $25. The $25 will get you organic green salad, all natural prime rib served with mashed potatoes, and house made ice cream for dessert. Sounds good, right?

Now go out there and make mama proud.

National Burger Month at Kelly’s at SouthBridge

May 8, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

image007Regardless if you’re are on a health kick or not, who seriously doesn’t like a good burger? Well, vegetarians, but we’re not talking about them. We’ve mentioned it before, but May is National Burger Month. That’s a movement we can get behind. To celebrate the month, Kelly’s at SouthBridge has a pretty cool deal going on all month. When you purchase one of their burgers, you can get a second one for 50% off. Not that you want to eat two, but you can bring a friend or a date. In case you were wondering, their burgers are good. So good, in fact, they win awards. That’s probably because they’re made with Short Rib, Sirloin, Chuck and Brisket. Pictured is the Kelly’s Original Four Cut Burger. Who’s hungry?

Eat to Support the Angelman Syndrome Foundation

May 1, 2014 | 12:05 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

l8nZLFUoAX1Kw1wMVvI_dNmRTmkln588v-_eegT3EbEIf you could eat some delicious food and support a great cause at the same, all of life’s ailments would be cured. Sadly, that’s not the case, but by eating pretzels and fondue, you can do a little bit to support the Angelman Syndrome Foundation. If you dine at either of the Culinary Dropout locations in the Valley on Tuesday, May 13, you can help support medical research and raise awareness for Angelman Syndrome. How? When you order the Soft Pretzel & Provolone Fondue, all proceeds of that item will go to the foundation. Angelman Syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes neurological and developmental issues like seizures, speech impairment, sleep disorders and difficulty walking and balancing. Your support will go to a good cause, so, we recommend you get a craving for pretzels and fondue on May 13.

Celebrate the 140th Kentucky Derby at American TapHouse

April 30, 2014 | 12:08 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

20140421_155349Ladies, grab your floppy hats because it’s Kentucky Derby time. Okay, not everyone really cares about the Kentucky Derby. It does kind of seem like animal abuse, doesn’t it? Regardless, thousands of people flock to the tracks and have viewing parties of this famous horse race every year. If you’re looking to get in on the action, American TapHouse in Gilbert will be hosting a derby party, this Saturday, May 3. Complete with their Mint Julep for $3 and their BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich for $5 all day long, you can lounge on the patio or enjoy a table inside while watching your favorite horse race to be the best.

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