Joyride Taco House Is Now Open in Central Phoenix

January 8, 2014 | 9:35 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 8.04.04 AMYou would think this state has enough Mexican food spots. You are wrong, friend. Joyride Taco House has just opened their new location in central Phoenix. Located on Central Ave and Colter (right by the Postino), this is the second Joyride to grace the Valley. This is the perfect spot for anyone who loves a good taco and is open now but will celebrate a grand opening on Jan. 21. This new restaurant comes to us as the final restaurant for Upward Project’s to turn that iconic stretch of Central Avenue into a food destination. The menu has more than nine varieties of tacos served family-style on made-to-order tortillas. If tacos aren’t your thing, flavorful salads, burritos, tortas, and “especiales” are available, as well. For drinks, you can enjoy draft, bottled, and canned beer, wine, tequila, and more.

Joyride Taco House | 5202 North Central Avenue | Phoenix, 85012

Fox Restaurant Concepts Introduces ‘The Henry’

December 12, 2013 | 12:08 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

foxIt really seems that Fox Restaurant Concepts are the royalty of restaurants in the Valley. With huge successes like True Food Kitchen, Olive and Ivy, Sauce, Culinary Dropout — the list goes on, it doesn’t appear that they will be stopping anytime soon. The company has just announced their fifteenth concept, The Henry. Located in Phoenix, The Henry will be an American brasserie and will housed in the company’s office. Set to open on Dec. 17, the new spot will feature lunch and dinner during the week and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the weekends. It will also feature a coffee bar that opens at 6:30 am every day. A plethora of menu items will be made from scratch. Knowing Fox restaurants, this place will do well. We can’t wait to try it.

Scottsdale Station to Open this Friday

November 26, 2013 | 12:01 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

Sea Bass 1 - low resWith a name like that, you may be thinking that this is a fire station or something of the sort. You are mistaken, friend. Scottsdale Station is the newest restaurant to call the Valley home. With Scottsdale in the name, it’s pretty obvious where the new restaurant will be located. Owned by longtime restaurateurs, Robert and Linda Gabrick, the restaurant will open its doors for dinner on Friday, Nov. 29 and will offer dinner and Sunday brunch throughout the weekend. Lunch will start being served on Monday, Dec. 2. The Gabricks are known for their other stations, Carefree Station — which unfortunately closed in September, and Prescott Station. They decided to bring their culinary chops to Scottsdale and we’re pretty excited. Some dishes include Sea Bass NO-Ka-Oi, pan seared sea bass, served with coconut forbidden black rice, asparagus chop sticks and a roasted-garlic chile butter. The Steak Bleu Diablo, a Niman Ranch flatiron steak paired with a masa relleno filled with chilies, bacon, tomatoes and scallions, topped with Point Reyes bleu cheese-tequila butter sauce. Be sure to check out the new restaurant this weekend.

Scottsdale Station | 8220 North Hayden Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Now Open: PHX Public Market Café’s Full-Service Dinner

November 20, 2013 | 12:08 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

the perfect dinner finalThe Phoenix Public Market was always a great place to spend your afternoon. After some revamping, they’ve finally stepped up their game. They now have a full-service supper menu. What’s more is that they also have an all-night happy hour. We thought you would like that. The popular downtown Phoenix café’s dinner menu is available every day, starting at 5:00 pm. With items like prime rib, porchetta, leg of lamb, or even whole cauliflower, the food has a home-cooked-by-grandma aesthetic that you’re sure to love. The all-night (from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm) happy hour is also good. Nothing pairing up a homemade meal with the freshest ingredients with a delicious craft beer.

New Restaurant Mystery Soon to be Revealed

February 27, 2013 | 12:30 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

urlThe wildly successful and popular restaurant, Citizen Public House, in Scottsdale has been keeping a secret for quite some time now. In a sold out event to more than 1,500 food enthusiasts, the people who brought us Citizen will unveil the name and details of their new restaurant project, that will open later this year.

The event is going down on Sunday, March 10 at 12:15 p.m. Just because the event is sold out, that doesn’t mean you can’t keep track of emerging details and hints. For all of you Twitter junkies, pay attention to #CitizenSecret in the Twitter sphere.

We’ll update you when we learn more.

Swine, Wine and Beer

February 20, 2013 | 11:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

_MG_6738cA brand new restaurant concept is coming to the Valley on Monday, March 4. Bringing sustainable, modern farmhouse cuisine to Phoenix, Salty Sow will be located on Cactus and Tatum.

So, what can you expect from the Salty Sow? Chef and restaurant partner, Harold Marmulstein plans to have signature food that features the most elegant of pork. Pork belly with collard greens & soy balsamic syrup; milk braised pork shoulder with white beans, escarole & pecorino; and crisp chicken thighs with fried smashed potato and neck bone gravy, these are just a few examples.

It was also feature an excellent happy hour everyday from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. You can hang out in the lounge or on the patio while sipping on wine, beer, and cocktails and enjoy $5.00 bites.

For more information, click here.

Central Bistro Grand Opening Mid Oct.

October 2, 2012 | 12:00 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

Bringing unique European flavors to the Biltmore neighborhood, Central Bistro will be celebrating its grand opening mid October. Located on 32nd Street and Camelback, the Bistro brings together the flavors of Italy and France ala German Osio and Chef Andrea Volpi. This comes two years after the team brought us Local Bistro in North Scottsdale.

The modern surroundings are complemented by atmospheric lighting in Central. You can watch the kitchen do its magic in the wood-fired grill and traditional Italian pizza oven, all from behind a glass wall.

All menu items at the Bistro are made from scratch, a lot of which come from local sources. This includes the handmade pastas, sauces, and dressings.

We’ll keep you posted on the exact opening day. For more information about the restaurant, click here.

Central Bistro | 3160 East Camelback Road | Phoenix, AZ 85016

The New Italian in Town

September 25, 2012 | 3:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

This Thursday, September 27, The Shops at Gainey Ranch will be home to a new Italian joint. Serving a taste of northern Italian cuisine, we can’t wait to try La Prima Donna.

Here’s why: Pastas and salads will be prepared right in front of you at the table. Specializing in the simplicity of the ingredients, be ready for an authentic Italian experience. Aside from in house accommodations, La Prima Donna will also have an extensive catering experience. Whether you want a charcuterie board for work or a nice picnic in the park, everything is customizable.

You shouldn’t miss out on the atmosphere, though. Large skylights and two fire places set the mood. Once you walk in, you’ll feel like your in Verona. Chef and owner Giovanni Leonel truly created a restaurant masterpiece.

La Prima Donna | 7704 East Doubletree Ranch Road | Scottsdale, Arizona

Grind Opens Second Location

September 11, 2012 | 1:30 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Tuesday, September 18 is National Cheeseburger day. What better way to celebrate than heading into The Grind in Scottsdale or Arcadia. September 14 marks the grand opening of The Grind’s second location in Scottsdale. Enjoy the same menu from coal-fired ovens while sipping on cocktails and enjoying the great patio seating.

These award-winning burgers will win you over if you haven’t tried them yet. To give you a taste (figuratively, unfortunately,) pictured above is the scrumptious Sweet & Spicy burger. Our mouthes are watering just looking at the picture. To get the real-life effect, head over to The Grind.

For the location nearest you, click here.

The Grind Scottsdale | 20511 North Hayden Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85255


Need A New Spot To Watch Football?

August 30, 2012 | 3:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

El Santo Cantina Patio Bar and Restaurant will sack your football cravings this season. Over 40 TVs, great food and drinks, and an excellent atmosphere will all be waiting for you every game of the season. El Santo kicks off their football season specials on Sunday, September 9. It gets better with El Santo kicks off their football season specials on Sunday

For just $25, the PREGAME Brunch includes food and bottomless mimosas. GAMETIME (ALL DAY) include $2 Mimosas, $2 Tacos, $3 Drafts, $5 Bloody Mary’s, $6 Beer-Garitas. HALFTIME (of the Feature Game), 2 for 1 drinks and HALF PRICED Appetizers.

El Santo Cantina | 7301 East Butherus Drive | Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Raising Cane’s Labor Day Donations

August 30, 2012 | 1:30 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Lately we’ve been talking a lot about Labor Day and the festivities that come with it. There are plenty of pool parties, dance parties, bars, and get togethers. But only place will be doing something truly different. On Monday, September 2, which of course is Labor Day, Raising Cane’s will be donating 100-percent of its Labor Day sales to Valley of the Sun United Way. Yes, all three locations will be donating 100% of their profits to charity that day. That’s pretty much unheard of. Give it up for Raising Cane’s. You can do so by stopping by one of their locations and grabbing some grub.

Chef Eddie Matney To Serve Northern AZ

August 23, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Chef Eddie Matney, one of our favorite local culinary masters, will be heading up north tomorrow to serve patrons at Ranch House Restaurant at Hidden Meadow RanchMatney, owner of “Eddie’s House” will work side-by-side with Hidden Meadow Ranch’s own Chef Kurt Jacobsen to create a spectacular menu for you.

Starting at 6pm on Saturday, August 25 Chef Eddie Matney will prepare 3 courses of his classic American and Mediterranean inspired cuisine, ending with a “cherry on top” dessert. Let’s take a look at the menu:


Mint Pesto Grilled lamb Chops, mint cumin hummus

Mo’ Rockin shrimp with honey dough balls

Magic Mushroom Bisque Cappuccino


Smoked Salmon, Peach & Arugula Salad with shaved red onion & toasted white beans


Buffalo Osso Bucco over cheesy poblano grits & Jack Daniels Demi Glace


Mount Rainier Cherry & Mascarpone Turnover finished with a Thyme Caramel Glace, served with warm Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Tequila On Tap Is Coming

August 22, 2012 | 12:45 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

You read that correctly, Tequila on tap will be heading to the Valley next month. Mesa’s new restaurant hot spot TQLA will be opening Monday, September 17. Voted one of the best Tequila Bars in USA Today, the tequila on tap is hyper-cooled to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Excuse the pun, but how cool is that?

TQLA will feature more than just an unheard of way to serve tequila; it’s menu is a great blend of Southwest and Coastal Mexican cuisine. The most anticipated dishes: crawfish and spinach enchiladas, table-side guacamole, pumpkin seed crusted salmon, and for dessert—the Cuatro Leches is not to be missed.

This is a tequila bar with a conscience. The TQLA family will also hold a VIP charity party leading up to the grand opening to benefit Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center.

TQLA | 1840 South Val Vista Drive | Mesa, Arizona 85204

Sushi Roku Celebrates Four Years

August 17, 2012 | 3:30 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

It has been four years since Sushi Roku has called the Valley home and they want to say “domo arigato.” How you ask? From September 25 to the 27th, Sushi Roku will be selling every dish on the dinner for half price. Yes, we just said half price on all dinner entrees. This includes everything from Yellowtail Sashimi with Diced Chilies, Spicy Tuna Rolls, and Yuzu-Drizzled Octopus, to Rib Eye Steak and the critically acclaimedOysters with Uni and Caviar and Omakase. Our mouths are watering too.

There’s more. Roku’s signature cocktail, the Roku Fusion can be yours for only $5. A fusion of Svedka Vodka, honey, cantaloupe, and watermelon, the cocktail is perfect thing to compliment your delicious meal. The deal is only good for three days, so make sure you find yourselves there.

Sushi Roku | 7277 East Camelback Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Raising Cane’s Raises The Bar

August 15, 2012 | 11:30 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

It’s been less than a year since Raising Cane‘s has opened its first restaurant in the Valley. Guess what? The third installment of this great chicken place is heading to Tempe, with a grand opening this Friday, August 17.

Located on University Drive, 10 a.m. marks the opening where you can indulge in some free food. The first 101 people through the door will receive a free box combo. It gets better when you hear that one lucky person will be winning free chicken for a whole year.

That’s perfect for that ASU student in your life. Make sure they don’t go hungry this coming school year by heading to Raising Cane this Friday. Speaking of ASU, Also attending the grand opening festivities Sparky and four members of ASU’s Spirit Squad.

During the day, Raising Cane will be helping the community by providing United Way with a $5,000 check. Now that’s an admirable chicken joint.

Raising Cane | 960 E University Drive | Tempe, Arizona 85281 

Del Frisco’s Grille is a Hot Concept

August 6, 2012 | 2:06 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Del Frisco’s Grille at Camelback’s Esplanade is proud to announce that they have been named one of this year’s “Hot Concepts” by Nation’s Restaurant News. On June 9, Phoenix became the new home of this great restaurant. It is no wonder they won this award. Well, that and the contemporary American cuisine and approachable menu, a vibrant atmosphere, an expansive wine list, hand-crafted cocktails and genuine hospitality, were all factors in the decision as well.

“We built Del Frisco’s Grille to feel modern, inviting, stylish and fun for our guests, and I think the editors at Nation’s Restaurant News saw those qualities come together in a unique way at our restaurant,” Mark S. Mednansky, CEO of Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, said.

If you haven’t check out Del Frisco’s yet, we highly recommend that you do.

Del Frisco’s Grille


Some Like It Hot: Barrio Queen’s $2 Tacos

August 1, 2012 | 10:00 AM | Deals | By Alanna Watson

Have you heard the news? Barrio Queen has just started offering $2 tacos all day every Tuesday. No, this is not a scam, we just went and experienced the mouthwatering reality for ourselves and let us tell you, it was worth every penny – and far less pennies at that.  The delicious Old Town Mexican restaurant is under the same famed magical chef wand of Silvana Salcido Esparza, head chef of Phoenix’s Best Mexican Restaurant, Barrio Cafe,  and the food is every ounce as delicious with just the right amount of spice…if you like it spicy. The extended happy hour also allows you to drink house margs, beers and select wines for just $3 a pop all while picking and choosing from dozens of different tacos for prices that rival T-Bell.  With excellent service, delicious table-side guacamole and amazing atmosphere, we recommend you make a reservation for all Tuesdays in the foreseeable future. We also recommend that you try the Barrio Pollo and Chorizo taco (pictured). Heck, try two, they’re cheap!

Also, if you happen to own a lowrider vehicle (or know some distant cousin who does), you can drive it in after 7 p.m. to snag the same tacos for just $1. It’s called the Summer Park-N-Shine and we think it’s the greatest idea…ever.

7114 E. Stetson Drive, 105 l Scottsdale, 85251 l 480.656.4197


Working Downtown? Check Out These Great Deals

July 30, 2012 | 11:18 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, Cityscape has something for everyone. Whether it’s a fancy schmancy restaurant or just a casual place to grab a drink, it’s starting to attract much of the nightlife in the downtown area. But what about lunch time?

With plenty of offices in the surrounding area, Cityscape is the perfect spot to gather your co-workers for a lunch that doesn’t come in a sack. Check out our round-up of the restaurants that offer lunch specials so you can make the most of your mid-day escape.

Fuego CityScape

Happy hour at this newly opened modern Mexican restaurant goes beyond the typical fare. Monday through Saturday from 3pm to close, enjoy 18 different menu items for $6 or less. Menu choices range from Cubano sliders and a BBQ pork quesadilla to empanadas and mini veggie tostadas. For drinks, chose from wines by the glass, premium drafts, housemade sangria, the Fuego Margarita or the mojito of the day.

Copper Blues

Every weekday from 11am-3pm, Copper Blues is taking a section of their menu and making it available for $9.95 and adding in a soft drink. Monday is burgers, Tuesday is salads and sandwiches, Wednesday is pizza, Thursday is the entire menu and Friday is pizza with a beer for $9.95.


Top Of The Rocks Gives Back

July 27, 2012 | 2:10 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

Just in time for the Olympics in London, Top Of The Rock restaurant at the Buttes Resort wants to raise money for a good cause. The restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine, Gavino Borquez , has crafted a special three course menu, where portions of the proceeds will go to the Special Olympics Arizona charity. The menu will be offered seven days a week the entire month of August for just $29.95 per plate.

  • First course: Crooked Farms Melon & Mexican Prawn Salad served with Crow’s Dairy Pepper Feta, Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette and Crystallized Ginger
  • Second Course: Roger’s Farm Pressed Chicken with Roasted Corn, Quinoa and Sausage Hash, Local Vegetables and Cranberry Chicken Jus
  • Third Course: Cookies & Milkshake. Buttes Signature Cookies with Local Goat Milkshake

The Special Olympics Arizona charity provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Top Of The Rock | 2000 West Westcourt Way  | Tempe, AZ 85282

Windsor Beer Series!

July 26, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Bars | By Maxfield Barker

It’s no secret that we here DLT are big fans of beer. We are human, after all. But when you combine our favorite beverage with an amazing restaurant, well, then you have our hearts…and our wallets. Enter: The Windsor. This funky CenPho eatery has quickly become one of our favorite places to chow down due in large part to the awesome atmosphere, great menu and throwback cassette wall. But now, we can add another reason to park it on the patio and it’s all got to do with (you guessed it) beer. This passed Tuesday, The Windsor introduced their Beer Dinner Series with outstanding results.

So why are we telling you this? Because if you missed it the first time, there are three more chances for you to get your drink on in the coming weeks. On August 6,  August 20th and September 3, the series will continue featuring beers from breweries such as Sierra Nevada, San Tan Brewery, Oskar Blues and Four Peaks. For just $40 a pop, you can enjoy awesome food like Petite Filet and Short Ribs and was it down with something tan and frothy to compliment your meal. To tap top it all off, you can finish your night off with a delicious root beer float to keep the theme going.  To make reservations call 602.279.1111 or send an email to [email protected]

Matt’s Big Breakfast Moves to Bigger Location? Say What?!

July 25, 2012 | 10:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Alanna Watson

Great news, Phoenicians, everyone’s (and we really mean everyone’s) favorite breakfast spot is moving on up and it may cut your wait time down significantly. Chow Bella reports the famed CenPho restaurant will be relocating to a larger space that will seat significantly more people and have a bathroom you can use in the facility. Does it seem ridiculous that for eight years the place was pot-less and forced patrons to hold it for hours? No. The food is amazing and worth any minor bladder discomfort. But alas, come the end of August, all that waiting may be a thing of the past. Just head a few streets north and enjoy the benefits of a bigger and better Matt’s. According to the article by Laura Hanehfeld by way of The Arizona Republic, the old space will be used as a take-out only spot that will feature a limited menu. Hey, when it comes to Matt’s, we’ll take what we can get. Now you have no excuses not to check out the grub that everyone has been raving about in a space that won’t make the name seem so ironic.

Mudshark Brewery Beer Dinner

July 19, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

It’s not uncommon for a fixed menu to pair wine with its courses, but have you ever tried it with beer? Yeah, we’re curious too. On Thursday, August 2, Spotted Donkey Cantina continues its summer beer dinner series. Complete with a beer reception with complimenting appetizers, the night starts at 6:30 p.m.

The three course meal, courtesy of Executive Chef Esteban Colon, sounds delicious:

  • Vegetable Empanadas with Chile and Cheese & Grilled Avocado, Guacamole Nachos paired with Mudshark Full Moon Belgian Style White Ale
  • Grilled Shrimp Chopped Salad with Charred Corn, and Tortilla
  • Strips with a Lime Dressing paired with Mudshark Magic IPA
  • Grilled Chicken Breast with Roasted Garlic Oregano Vinaigrette, served with Roasted Poblano Chile Cakes and paired with Mudshark Scorpion Amber Ale
  • Mixed Berry Gaspacho with Basil with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream paired with Mudshark Wild Watermelon

The dinner costs $39.00 per person and does not include tax or gratuity. To make a reservation call 480.488.3358 or click here.

Spotted Donkey Cantina | 34505 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale, Arizona 85266

Chow Down: This Week In Food Blogs

July 18, 2012 | 3:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Kara Philp

In a week where instant mashed potato dispensers in Singapore 7-11s dominated food headlines (watch the now viral video here), let’s just say we sifted through the odd, marinated on the gross and poured over the monotonous to bring you the most worthy consumable news (not a zombie joke). Here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:

Let’s start with an appetizer aka an unusual headline or two:

Man vs. Food’s Adam Richman may have lost the Chompie’s Ultimate Slider Challenge, but Valley residents continue to make him look bad. Mouth By Southwest spotlights the latest victorious diner here. In case you were curious, Chow Bella polled 15 Valley chefs to get their thoughts on the “most overrated food of 2012 so far,” curious about the results? Find out here.

For the main course, a serving of more traditional foodie news local deals:


The Anticipation is Killing Us: The House Set to Open Soon

July 18, 2012 | 10:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

Even in this fledgling economy, it seems that Old Town Scottsdale has no trouble expanding in the face of adversity….by this we mean no trouble expanding our waistlines, of course. From the men who brought you Zinc Bistro and The Mission, two of the city’s most successful and raved about restaurants by locals and critics alike, comes The House, a brand new eatery that has taken over somewhat of a historic property on Main Street. When we first heard the news, we squealed like Augustus Gloop in a chocolate factory and practically set up camp outside the decided location next to Grazie Pizzeria. But like all good things, we’ve had to wait for the charming abode to get a makeover and for all the elements to come together. Well, that wait is almost over according to this recent article by EaterAZ that actually takes readers inside the new restaurant whilst under construction. We’re already in love from the looks of it, but will obviously review in time just to make sure. Check out the video on their website and start counting down the days.

Michael’s Cafe Hosts Wine Tasting, BBQ Challenge

July 17, 2012 | 1:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Kara Philp

Michael’s Cafe has become known as a central Phoenix destination for both soul food and live music. But wait, there’s more. Michael’s is hosting two July events that will surely delight the taste buds of all in attendance.

Michael’s presents Mix & Mingle Wine Tasting with jazz by DJ Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Wines include Canyon Oaks Moscato, Anakena Chardonnay, Cellarmaster’s Riesling, Fizz56 Brachetto Spumante and Gnarly Head Authentic Red. Cheese, crackers, fruit, salad, chocolate meatballs and more will be available for pairings. Cost is $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Save your spot and RSVP here.

Michael’s is hosting the first-ever “Best BBQ in the Valley Challenge” July 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. Bring your grilling gear, your finest marinades, your meat (beef, pork and chicken categories) and find a spot in the parking lot. Judging will be based on taste and presentation with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes as well as one overall People’s Choice Award. Cost is $25 to enter and includes booth, table and tasting utensils for setup. For more information, call Tyrone at Michael’s Cafe at (602) 248-2233.

For more information on Michael’s menu, karaoke, live music and other specials, visit the website or follow them on Facebook.

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