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.

A Three-Course Gourmet Meal for Mom

April 30, 2014 | 9:54 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

crudo pics loomis 001Alright, folks. This is another friendly reminder that Mother’s Day is coming up. Sunday, May 11, is the day to treat mom right. She put up with all your crap growing up. The least you can do is take her out for a nice meal. On you, of course. One suggestion from us is Crudo. On that day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the special Mother’s Day menu includes a gourmet three-course meal. Check it out:

Course One (choose one)
Grilled beets w/ cauliflower & olive oil whipped goat cheese
Arugula, kohlrabi, strawberry & dill salad
Burrata with pickled grape & Campari tomatoes w/ radish sprouts
Ricotta with lemon curd, olive oil & grilled bread
Testino fritto w/ herbed vinegar, beans
& fried egg
Crudo salad w/ local vegetables & greens

Course Two (choose one)
Ham & yam crespelle w/ easy eggs
Grilled brisket w/ beet hash and poached eggs
Chicken and biscuit Gnocchi w/ carrots, celeriac & herbs
Hoe cakes w/ syrup braised bacon, easy egg & (add foie gras $5)
Polenta & meatballs w/ easy eggs
Spinach scramble w/ Iitois, avocado toast & quark

Course Three (choose one)
Desserts By Tracy Dempsey
Carrot cake w/ marscapone
Key lime tart w/ whip cream
Neapolitan budino

Zinburger Now Open at Scottsdale Quarter

April 23, 2014 | 11:04 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

NNwOkMdgpKNA33TPfzmJ4BwFccgVkMcK-YXVi8RD_UcFox Restaurant Concepts really knows how to make a good eatery. Scottsdale Quarter is home to the newest location of the always-great Zinburger. This is good news because May is National Burger Month. This isn’t McDonald’s. Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar adds a touch of gourmet and class to the hamburger. The restaurant has won every single Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Burger Battle since it opened its first restaurant. There are 17 signature burger, which obviously includes their namesake, award-winning Zinburger. They even have a breakfast burger. Yes, you read that correctly. Their breakfast burger is made up of Angus beef with Neuske’s applewood smoked bacon, fried egg, avocado and American cheese. If you need a good burger and are in north Scottsdale, Zinburger is the place to be.

Wine Dinner for Two Every Monday at Paul Martin’s

April 23, 2014 | 9:51 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

image001The weekend seems to fly by too quickly, doesn’t it? You’ll be having fun and relaxing and before you know it, you’re stuck in traffic on the way to work to start the grind all over again. Mondays don’t have to be like that, though. When you feel like you need a break and it’s only Monday, Paul Martin’s American Grill should be your destination. Just $49, couples receive an organic green salad and entrée for each guest, along with a choice of one bottle from a selection of 25 wines to share. You could make Mondays your new date night, it could be for night out with a friend, or just because you feel like downing some wine and good food.

Salut Kitchen Bar Celebrates One Year Anniversary Next Week

April 22, 2014 | 10:51 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

image001It’s already been one year since one of our new favorite restaurants opened their doors. Tempe’s Salut Kitchen Bar has it all. Atmosphere, ambiance, a delicious menu, and great drinks. We’re glad to see this place thriving. To say thanks for keeping them in business, Salut will be having some great deals to celebrate their first birthday. On Wednesday, April 30, you can enjoy $1 Hummus Nachos (normally $8) and when you purchase a bottle of wine you can get another one for $1. There are over 100 different types of wines to choose from. If you haven’t check out Salut yet, we highly recommend that you do.

‘The Local’ is a Refreshing Addition to Roosevelt Row

April 2, 2014 | 9:54 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

localThe Local might be one of the most refreshing places to be added to the famous Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix on third street and Roosevelt. In the heart of the arts district, the new restaurant adds an element of class to the neighborhood. With stunning views of the downtown skyline from its patio and giant doors that can be opened wide, you get the sense of a community lunch counter that doubles as a hip restaurant and bar. The Local stays true to its name by using as many locally grown and raised ingredients as possible. Their beer list is strictly local brews. That’s something a lot places don’t do. The restaurant will also be serving food until 2:00 am every night. Now, that’s unheard of. They will be celebrating their grand opening next weekend, Saturday, April 12. But stop in now while it’s still kind of a secret. We’re guessing this place is going to blow up.

The Local | 1011 North 3rd Street | Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Steak 44 Open Its Doors This Saturday

April 1, 2014 | 12:01 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

image002No, that isn’t a joke. Seriously, we know it’s April Fools and all, but we’re totally serious. This Saturday, April 5, Steak 44 officially open its doors to the public. The new Phoenix restaurant is one of the most anticipated of the year. The owners of Dominick’s Steakhouse, Jeffrey Mastro, Michael Mastro, Dennis Mastro and Scott Troilo, have all teamed up to show central Phoenix some love. The upscale restaurant will offer delicious steaks and succulent seafood. A great feature of the restaurant, aside from the food, is the aesthetics. When entering Steak 44, you will walk through a 3,000-bottle wine vault in the entryway. From there, a beautiful sunken bar or multiple dining rooms will be your options for seating. For food, Petite or Bone-in Filet Mignon, Denver Lamb ribs, veal chop, Shetland Island Salmon, and a raw bar featuring an extensive shellfish selection are just some of the bites you’ll find. Really, Steak 44 is magical. Is your mouth watering, yet?

Steak 44 | 5101 North 44th Street | Phoenix, AZ

5 Nights of 5 Courses for J&G Steakhouse’s 5th Anniversary

March 31, 2014 | 11:47 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

jeansHas it really been five years since J&G Steakhouse first opened its doors? Time really does fly when you’re eating great food. To celebrate a half decade of business, the restaurant will be serving a special five year anniversary menu for five days. From April 14 to April 18, French-born, NYC-based celebrity chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s menu is nothing short of exquisite. For just $55 per person, the menu features two courses of former J&G favorites, one current best seller, and a sneak peek at two new dishes to come. With all that food, wine is a must. There will be five exquisite bottles of red and five bottles of white all priced under $50. Want to see the menu?

J&G Chopped Salad

Avocado, Spicy Radish, Ginger Marinade

Slowly Roasted Alaskan Halibut

Vegetable Vinaigrette, Cilantro Seasoning

Caramelized Beef Tenderloin

Carrots with Miso Mustard

Warm Chocolate Cake

Tuna Tartare

Caramel Ice Cream

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