The 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.
Food 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.
Old 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
Juicing 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.
We’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
Tomorrow 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.
One 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?
If 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.
Can 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
Have 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?
Roasted Baby Beets – goat cheese, fritters, preserved Meyer lemon, pepita brittle, mint, baby arugula
Pairing: Loose Leaf Session Ale
“Pork and Beans” – braised pork belly, white bean cannelloni, Carolina barbecue, spiced chicharron
Pairing: 5 Barrel Pale Ale
Diver Scallops – fuyu persimmon, pomegranate seed, sage brown butter
Pairing: Myrcenary Double IPA
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
It’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 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.
In just one week, Chandler tragically lost two of their finest. Officer Bryant Holmes and Officer David Payne both passed away before their time in auto accidents. To honor the men and their families, Loco Patron Tempe will be holding an all-day fundraiser today to raise money for their families. Fifty percent of the bar and restaurant’s sales will go directly to the officer’s families. Guests at the restaurant will also be able to donate directly to the family’s funds and participate in raffles that will do the same. Let’s not make it a sad event but remember that these two men devoted their lives to protecting and serving.
Tomorrow, Tuesday Nov. 11, is Veteran’s Day. It’s a day we as a country give thanks to the countless members of the armed forces of the past and present. Who knows what would life would be like if it weren’t for their sacrifice. The least we can do is offer them a free meal. SASSI will be hosting a three-course meal where all members of the military and veterans will eat for for free. The specially created menu features an Italian chopped salad, Chicken Marsala or Beef Short Ribs, and for dessert, there’s a choice of flourless chocolate cake with espresso cream, and chocolate espresso. The meal is free for the military members, for everyone else, it’ll cost you $39. Reservations must be made at their website, you can do so by clicking here.
Everyone has that friend or loved one. They rave about the latest restaurant or entree they’ve had. They use words like artisan, farm to table, grass-fed, and heirloom. We’ve been there. So much in fact, we have the perfect gift for them. We have to accept that the holidays are practically knocking on our door, it’s time to get the gift giving out of the way. Fox Restaurant Concepts gift cards are a great start. For every $100 FRC gift card purchased between now and Dec. 31, you will receive an additional $20 gift card. You can keep it for yourself or give it away, as well. You can also enter to win $1000 in Fox Restaurant Concepts gift cards this holiday season, too. It’s easy, just snap a photo showing how you would enjoy the $1k card and post it using the hashtag #EverybodyWantsOne. Will it be mainly for drinks? Or maybe treating your whole family to dinner. Let them know.
This Sunday, Nov. 2, runner from around the Valley will get together to participate in the 39th Annual Phoenix 10K and Half Marathon. Every year, the run raises money to prevent childhood obesity. On the day before, Nov. 1, runners and everyone who’s hungry should head to the Arrogant Butcher in downtown to load up on carbs. Why? The restaurant will be donating 10 percent of their sales that day to the Mollen Foundation, a local non-profit and the race’s beneficiary. On that Saturday, Arrogant will feature The Record Breaker, a dish made with pappardelle pasta, smoked chicken sausage, roasted squash, asparagus, mushrooms and ricotta. Sounds like a tasty way to donate to a good cause.
Lux Central is one of those where you can purchase a great cup of a coffee or a nice beer or glass of wine. The popular spot on Central avenue has just announced that they will be opening a new location in downtown Phoenix. Some of you may think that downtown doesn’t need another coffee shop. What the new location, dubbed Lux Commonwealth and County, has to offer may change your mind. Unlike other coffee shops, they will be open from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday. On weekends, they keep their doors open until 2:00 a.m., just like your favorite bars. Handcrafted cocktails, full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, bakery, and delicious coffee/espresso, will keep Lux alive and prospering. The new location will be located on Portland and First street in downtown. Be on the lookout for the opening in 2015. We know, it’s a long time to wait.
We know how much you like brunch. Heck, it might even be a slight addiction. Don’t worry, we won’t judge you. In fact, we very well may just enable that brunching habit of yours. You’re going to have to get brunch this Sunday when we tell you it’ll actually do some good. Yes, you can brunch for a cause this Sunday, Oct. 26 at SumoMaya. They will be donating 10% of their brunch sales this Sunday, to Be The Match, a bone marrow donor registry, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thousands of people are diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma every year. The donation of bone marrow saves countless lives suffering from those diseases. If you want to know more about Be The Match or the donation process, representatives will be onsite to answer all your questions this Sunday.
SumoMaya | 6560 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Halloween 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.
Sushi 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.
The 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
With 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
October 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.
After 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?
It’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