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

Sunday Brunches at Taco Haus

March 26, 2014 | 11:57 AM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

10007438_1452461761653853_396102945_nWhen you think of brunch, eggs benedict, mimosas, and bagels and lox are generally what come to mind. This is the southwest, isn’t it about time we had a brunch that caters to our needs? Taco Haus has just started serving brunch every Sunday. From 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, the Scottsdale restaurant will be serving two types of items, eggs or no eggs. Ones with eggs like Huevos Rancheros, a chorizo skillet, and Chilaquiles (basically, brunch nachos). Some without eggs include breakfast fajitas, an exotic fresh fruit platter, and more. Every Sunday, the restaurant will also feature live mariachi music from the award-winning, all-female group Mariachi Pasion.

Taco Haus | 7318 E Shea Blvd  | Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Arcadia Breakfast Joint Named One of Top in the World

March 25, 2014 | 12:04 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedWe think Carmel’s Breakfast House deserves a round of applause. The Arcadia restaurant was just named one of the top six places in the world for breakfast by Travel + Leisure Magazine. We’re not sure if you’re grasping this. IN. THE. WORLD. Other winners included locations like Amsterdam, Vienna, Istanbul, and Copenhagen. Eating at Carmel’s, a 1940s home rebuilt for a restaurant, is like having breakfast at grandma’s on a Sunday morning, according to owner Patrick Flanigan. With entrees like the Warm Croissant Egg & Bacon Sandwich, Breakfast Panini-eggs, French Toast Croissant, and Sweet Crepes, we can see why it won the prestigious title. It puts our little Arcadia on the world stage and we couldn’t be happier. If you haven’t been to Carmel’s, go. Go right now.

Carmel’s Breakfast House | 4233 East Camelback Road |  Phoenix, AZ

TapHouse Kitchen Now Open in Scottsdale

March 24, 2014 | 12:11 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

taphouseThe beer connoisseur in you is going to love this place. TapHouse Kitchen has just opened in the Valley and we’re pretty excited about it. Located at the at the Hilton Village in Scottsdale, the new restaurant is filled with modern American cuisine, along with an excellent beer list. A rustic feel fills the building and is complimented by the wine bottle chandeliers. The menu comes to us from Chef Patrick Karvis, formerly of Wright’s at the Arizona Biltmore and he’s cooking up some pretty interesting things. Our favorite part is the twenty craft beers, 5 select wines and 3 different types of whiskey that are all served on tap. That’s pretty spectacular itself. You should really check it out.

TapHouse Kitchen | 6137 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale

Latest Fleming’s Concept Opens in Scottsdale

March 20, 2014 | 12:04 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

image008Everyone knows Fleming’s. What everyone may not know is that Paul Fleming is a restaurateur and if you think his signature joint is good, wait until you check out his latest concept. Paul Martin’s American Grill is your stop for the finest American cuisine prepared in a kitchen where mostly everything is made from scratch. Just how American is the cuisine? The “Brick” Chicken with mashed potatoes and fresh herb jus and Marinated Skirt Steak with grilled maple-bourbon sweet potatoes and arugula are just a couple examples of the menu. Signature desserts, hand-crafted cocktails, craft brews, and great wine list compliment the new restaurant. Located at the Borgata in Scottsdale, Paul Martin’s opened this month.

Paul Martin’s American Grill | 6186 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale

Salty Senorita to Open Newest Location Jan. 30

January 23, 2014 | 12:03 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

final perspective revised-1We’re always looking for a new bar and taco shop. For the people of Scottsdale, you’ve got a good one coming to you. The Salty Senorita will be opening its newest location in the heart of downtown Scottsdale. On Jan. 30, at 7:00 p.m., residents and visitors are invited to celebrate the “official” grand opening. During the festivities, you can enjoy live music until 11:00 p.m., enjoy tableside margaritas, and samples from the Taco-yaki menu. There will also be valet parking, cab service and a full service menu and bar. The restaurant will be open earlier that day from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., but will close for a few hours to prepare for the grand opening. Admission is free.

Salty Senorita | 3748 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Tilted Kilt Debuts Heaven & Hell Menu

January 22, 2014 | 12:13 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

tiltedThis is an interesting gimmick by the folks at Tilted Kilt. They’re not exactly known for their… Well, for lack of a better word, classy establishments, but it is indeed pub and sports bar, so, we’ll let it slide. Anyway, the “restaurant” has just debuted their Heaven & Hell menu. Basically, it’s two menus, one for those of who you are keeping your New Year’s resolution and those of you who said screw it. Check it out:


Grilled Salmon Salad – Grilled salmon filet atop our fresh lettuce blend tossed with tomatoes, cucumbers and avocado ranch dressing

Blackened Chicken Salad – Blackened chicken breast atop our fresh lettuce blend tossed in your choice of dressing with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and shredded cheddar and jack cheeses

The “Fit Wrap” – Jalapeño cheese tortilla filled with shaved roasted turkey and spinach, julienne peppers and onions, diced tomato and julienne cucumbers tossed in pesto balsamic vinaigrette. Served with sweet potato fries

Black Bean Veggie Wrap – A spinach tortilla filled with a spicy black bean, corn and tomato combination, lettuce, fresh veggies, cheddar and jack cheese and cayenne ranch sauce. Served with sweet potato fries

Blackened Grilled Salmon – A blackened grilled salmon filet served atop a bed of steamed seasonal vegetables topped with white wine lemon sauce


Chili Spaghetti – Fresh cooked spaghetti pasta tossed in our famous TK chili with diced onions topped with a generous portion of shredded cheddar and jack cheeses. Served with garlic bread

Blackened Chicken Green Chili Mac & Cheese – Fresh cooked cavatelli pasta tossed with roasted green chilies and creamy cheese sauce. Topped with blackened chicken and parmesan cheese

Roasted Turkey Melt – Shaved roasted turkey, thousand Island dressing, pepper jack cheese, roasted green chilies and caramelized onions served on toasted sourdough

BBQ Bacon Dublin Burger – Two 1/2lb. choice butcher’s blend beef patties grilled to perfection, topped with applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, crispy shoestring onions and Guinness BBQ Sauce

Garlic Parmesan Baby Bakers – Crispy baby bakers tossed in garlic parmesan sauce and served with a side of cayenne ranch dressing


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.

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