Seasons 52 Introduces Summer Menu

June 21, 2012 | 1:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

The 11-ounce Piedmontese All-Natural Bone-In Strip Steak as featured on the new summer menu. Photo courtesy of Seasons 52.

There’s something about summer that has Arizonans craving change. It could be the temperatures, it could be allure of an ocean (however far away) or it could just be the exceptional measures Valley restaurants take to accommodate that summer state of mind.

Like many Valley restaurants, Seasons 52 has introduced a new summer menu that features seasonal offerings in celebration of those of us who stick around for the not-so-tourist season.

Known for its fresh grill and wine bar, Seasons 52 changes its menu four times a year to capture the flavors of the season.

“… the summer menu features a variety of grilled vegetables, seafood and poultry that depict the essence of the season,”  said Cliff Pleau, Senior Director of Culinary at Seasons 52.


Who Doesn’t Love Sushi?

June 20, 2012 | 3:30 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

At DLT, sushi is one of our favorite meals, especially if it comes from RA. So how can sushi get better? Well, by learning how to make it yourself of course! Summer school has officially started. On June 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., RA Sushi in Tempe will be hosting its first-ever Sushi 101 class.

Participants will learn the art of sushi rolling while also enjoying lunch (sounds like our kind of summer school). Throughout this cool, interactive class, students will learn of the history of sushi, test their skills in sushi rolling, and enjoy a plethora of tasty appetizers and fresh sushi. For just $35 a person, the lesson include a non-alcoholic beverage (bummer but still fun), miso soup, edamame, two maki rolls, two pieces of nigiri, a sushi rolling mat to take home, and a voucher for a free lunch on a return visit.

Registration is required. Please call 480-303-9800 or email [email protected] to make a reservation. For more information, click here.

RA Sushi | 411 South Mill Avenue | Tempe, Arizona 85281

Chow Down: This Week In Food Blogs

June 20, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Kara Philp

Photo courtesy of Haute Living.

We know summer means warmer blazing temperatures, but in the desert it’s easy to forget that with summer comes exciting seasonal offerings, lighter fare and brighter colors. So besides all the tropical drinks and excuses to grill (which we are huge fans of, by the way) here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:

Here in the Valley of the Sun, we can take year-round farmer’s markets for granted, so take some time this summer to support local farmers and enjoy their goods. Our friends at Chow Bella profile a summer staple, the Farmer’s Market Salad at St. Francis. While you’re at it, take a peek at their piece on Binkley’s Heirloom Tomato Dinner, also courtesy of a local farmer. Just in case you’re now feeling inspired, here’s a list of local farmer’s markets, courtesy of Haute Living. »READ MORE

Palomar Hotel Completes CityScape Blueprint

June 19, 2012 | 1:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp
If CityScape is to Phoenix what Times Square is to New York City, then Kimpton’s Palomar Hotel is sitting on prime real estate. Since officially opening its doors June 7, the boutique hotel has been the talk of the town. See for yourself on their Facebook page.

Now that we’ve convinced you to view this urban property, don’t miss Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails where executive chef Stephen Jones and master mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout have complimented the already innovative “gastro-lounge” concept with their decadent menu items and lavish cocktail creations.

As you well know, no piece of real estate is compete without landscaping (i.e. the the hotel’s pool deck). This third floor “pool by day, lounge by night” features a 180-degree view of downtown as well as the Lustre Bar which is open daily from noon to midnight. »READ MORE

Mock Meat Monday: The International Veggie

June 18, 2012 | 1:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

Courtesy photo.

Eating foreign foods and bumbling over the basics of another language may sound like components of an unforgettable trip abroad, but we’re actually referring to international dining around the Valley. Much like traveling, food is best when shared with loved ones and good friends. Here are four international suggestions guaranteed to please the vegetarians and the carnivores in every group.

Mijana in Scottsdale is a Lebanese restaurant that has it all; flavor and class, more vegetarian options than you could possibly consume and live music and entertainment. Catch the buffet Wednesday through Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m. After 2 a.m. the place transforms into Hoookahmania lounge and offers a wide variety of Hookah flavors. »READ MORE

Chow Down: This Week In Food Blogs

June 13, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

Sports? Father's Day? Why not celebrate with a locally brewed beer. Here are some recommendations. Photo courtesy of Yumsugar.

With the NBA Finals underway, Diamondbacks’ season in full swing and the Stanley Cup just wrapping up (great run, Coyotes) it is no surprise that we’re seeing an influx of beer news, beer consumption and beer recommendations. In order to remain relevant and keep our buzz going, here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:

Let’s hope by now you’ve at least decided on a Father’s Day gift for dad (even if you haven’t crossed it off the shopping list yet), but for those of you procrastinators out there here are six brilliant beer suggestions based on your dad’s personality, thanks to Chow Bella.

If you’ve had your gifts for pop bought and wrapped for weeks now (and we’re boring you at this point), we turn to Mouth By Southwest for five fruit-flavored Arizona beer profiles. Don’t simply judge a beer by it’s cover fruit, be sure to try some of this frosty-cold, sweet summery bliss.

In other beer news, Mouth By Southwest is reporting that the opening of World of Beer in Tempe has been pushed back from July 2 to July 23. Construction permitting, you should be able to watch your favorite teams compete at the London 2012 Summer Olympics while sipping an international brew (since it is all about sports after all).

Mock Meat Monday: Burgers Five Ways

June 11, 2012 | 1:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Kara Philp

The secret recipe of Houston's House-Made veggie burger has inspired many "Almost Houston's" interpretations across the internet. Photo courtesy of

If the charbroiled cheeseburger is as classically American as it gets, the veggie burger would be the nation’s unsung hero. The reality of dining out is that every vegetarian hopes to find a fresh and savory meat-free option on any menu they might encounter, but that is not always almost never the case. The veggie burger may not always be the first choice, but is guaranteed to come through for you when searching for sustenance in say, an airport, in a drive-thru or at a sporting event. But why should we penalize this hero with a “last resort” stigma because of our lack of options or poor planning? This week is about revisiting the flavors and varieties that make the veggie burger unique and timeless. Here are five exceptional places to find the most worthy of unsung heros:

Should you find yourself in a steakhouse, let’s hope it’s Houston’s. Their House-Made veggie burger has come to the rescue of so many vegetarian diners. Don’t be deceived by the Monterey Jack cheese, onions, pickles, lettuce or tomato, the magic is in the veggie patty itself.  Which is why the “secret” recipe has created quite a buzz over the internet. To say it’s worth duplicating is putting it mildly. »READ MORE

Fleming’s Bar La Carte

June 11, 2012 | 12:05 PM | Bars | By Maxfield Barker

Being one of the most popular steakhouses around the Valley, Fleming’s is making sure to stay ahead of the game by introducing its new Bar la Carte menu this summer.

Exclusive to the bar, the menu offers guests six new dishes available any time, any day of the week. If you think these are just appetizers, you are mistaken friend. More substantial than the typical “bar bites” found at other restaurants, the addition of this Bar la Carte menu makes Fleming’s bar as much a destination for food as it is for wine and cocktails.

Fleming’s, being the classy bunch they are, have paired not only wine, but a variety of cocktails and beer with each of the six new menu items. Here’s how we know it’s good: Flemming’s spent over a year testing and tasting before deciding on the menu. Talk about research (where can we sign up for that job?)

Here’s a look at what the menu has to offer.

Salt and Pepper Shrimp ($15) served with crispy fried green beans, thin slices of lemon, and a caper-mustard dipping sauce; Prime Steakhouse Meatballs ($9) in a spicy peppercorn sauce with shitake mushrooms; Fleming’s Original Prime Rib Melt ($16) is slow roasted prime rib stacked on a toasted parmesan baguette with Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, whole-grain mustard, horseradish slaw, and au jus for dipping; Filet Mignon Flatbread ($12) is topped with Danish Blue and Monterey jack cheeses, and red onion confit.”

There are four Valley locations, to find the one closest to you, click here.


Hang With Your Girlfriends, Go For a Nice Dip

June 11, 2012 | 11:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Alanna Watson

While we’re practically bubbling over with fondue puns, let’s cut to the cheese chase and let you know what Girl’s Night Out at The Melting Pot has in store for you. It’s time to break out all those old bridesmaid dresses – the ones you have buried in the back of your closet along with your skeletons and secret shame – and head on down to one of three Melting Pot locations this week for a wedding themed girl power extravaganza. For just $30 a person, you can enjoy three courses of delicious fondue including creamy cheese served with assorted sliced bread and apples, a petite entrée with a trio of dipping sauces served with shrimp, meats and veggies and (the kicker) a chocolate fondue for dessert that comes with fruit, brownies, cakes and other sweets that are just used as a decoy to eat melted chocolate like you reallywant to when hanging with your bestest mates. Gather your girlfriends and make your way The Melting Pot Ahwatukee on Tuesday, June 12th, The Melting Pot Arrowhead on Wednesday, June 13th and/or The Melting Pot Scottsdale on Thursday, June 14th to relax and unwind. Why? Because it’s Ladies’ Night.



The Weekender: Apt. 5D

June 8, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

Photo courtesy of Del Frisco's Grille

It is no coincidence that Saturday marks both Arizona’s Annual Strawberry Festival and the opening of Del Frisco’s Grille at the Esplanade – the latter being home to Apt. 5D, our featured beverage recipe. This cocktail just so happens to be a strawberry celebration in and of itself. It’s simple, festive and certain to refresh.


3 oz. SKYY Vodka

1 oz. simple syrup

1 oz. lemon juice

¼ oz. Balsamic Vinegar

4 muddled strawberries


1. Combine all ingredients.

2. Add ice and shake (stirring optional).

3. Enjoy.

Staycation Dining: A Tourist Experience for Local Palates

June 6, 2012 | 3:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

Wish you were catching a wave at Waikiki beach or on a yacht cruising the Caribbean? How about a staycation dining experience at one of these five Valley restaurants. Photo by Kara Philp

Let’s face it, vacation season is upon us and while most Valley residents can’t take the entire summer off to soak up the sun poolside or sip tropical drinks on sandy beaches, we can still pretend. Enter the vacation dining experience; one part staycation and one part tropical cuisine and ambiance.

If seeing (and tasting) is believing, you could mistake these five local hotspots for an evening in paradise. Read all about it after the jump.  »READ MORE

Mock Meat Monday: Green

June 4, 2012 | 12:06 PM | Eat & Drink | By Kara Philp

Photo by Kara Philp

Truth be told, most carnivores don’t understand vegetarian cuisine and are often afraid they’ll be forced to eat a flavorless, textureless excuse for a _________ (fill in the blank). All while pretending they’re enjoying it.

In a feeble attempt to dispel such myths, we present the first installment of Mock Meat Monday: a classy look at the local vegetarian scene. Hopefully the next time you have guests in town from Portland or you end up on a blind date with a “veggie” you will call up one of these tasty suggestions. Win-win.

Where else would a respectable vegetarian voyage begin, than from the mecca, the almighty, the godfather: Green. Self-described as “New American Vegetarian,” Green is actually 100 percent vegan and features a gluten-free menu as well. And face it, it’s just plain trendy.

The menu includes traditional comfort food dishes made slightly different than one might be accustomed to, but the flavors and ingredients do not disappoint. With fresh salads and fruit, sandwiches, noodle and rice bowls, pizza (and we’d be remiss if I didn’t recommend the appetizers) supplemented with vegan cheeses and “mock meats” there truly is something for everyone.

The last thing you’ll want to do is to forget to save room for dessert. Green’s infamous Tsoynami’s are nothing short of a vegan blizzard. Not to mention the pastries, espresso and other treats that will remind you how glorious the experience of trying new things can be.

For locations, menu and hours, click here.

Sushi Roku’s Summer Kick Off Party

June 1, 2012 | 11:00 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

This Sunday Funday just got a whole lot more fun with Sushi Roku’s Summer Kick Off Party. From 5-8 pm on Sunday, June 3, you can enjoy Sake Snow Cones, a swimsuit fashion show and sushi, of course, all while listening to some great tunes spun by DJ Soulman. The restaurant, located in The W Hotel in Scottsdale, will have happy hour prices all night long in an effort to kick off some amazing summer specials like Locals Only Pricing (20% for all locals), Sunday Funday (DJ Soulman and all day Happy Hour) and the introduction of summer refreshments like Skinny Cocktail Pitchers and Sake Snow Cones (pictured). If you attend, you will be entered to win a prize package worth $1250 including a night at The W, dinner for two at Sushi Roku and a Vitamin A swimsuit from Diane’s Swimwear, among other things. Seems like things are looking up for summer Sunday’s in the Valley.

Dining After Dark at Biltmore Fashion Park (Sponsored)

June 1, 2012 | 10:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

While the calendar may not say so, summer has officially arrived in Phoenix. So what’s the best way to keep your cool? Aside from lounging in the pool and taking shelter in the frigid malls and movie theaters around town, going out to dinner after the sun goes down is a great way to enjoy what this city has to offer without melting in the process. That’s why Biltmore Fashion Park’s eclectic restaurants are teaming up to bring you the hottest deals for the coolest prices with Dining After Dark. Throughout June and July, participating Biltmore restaurants will be offering 1 appetizer, two entrees, two alcoholic beverages and one dessert for $35 or $50, depending on the place. Your favorite dining establishments like Black Chile Mexican Grill, Zinburger, Cheescake Factory, Christopher’s Crush Lounge, California Pizza Kitchen and The Captial Grille are all in on the action and because the deals run all summer long, you’ll have time to try them all.

Click here to take a peek at the menus offered and start planning your summer dining adventures at Biltmore Fashion Park today.

Calistro Bistro Introduces New Chef And Menu

May 31, 2012 | 1:32 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

You don’t have to travel far to get a taste of California. Calistro California Bistro in Scottsdale is gearing up for summer with a new executive chef and new happy hour menu. The new chef, Gerald Allen, has some pretty cool tricks up his chef coat sleeves. Let’s take a look.

The Hilton Village Location will feature mouth watering entrees like slow-cooked Beef Pot Roast with warm potato salad for $26. Tilapia with ratatouille, salsa verde and green been salad for $24. Also included are the new “Chef Signatures,” a house-made featured starter that showcase local ingredients like roasted dates or warm goat cheese. Soups are handcrafted daily from scratch and will vary based on the Chef’s “whim,” all for $8 to $12.

Calistro kicks off its new daily happy hour from 2pm – 6pm at the Hayden Village location and 3pm-7pm at the the DC Ranch location. It will be featuring draft beer and well drinks for $3, premium cocktails for $5 and all wines by the glass for $7. Bar snacks like “Yuri’s Popcorn” will be served and Calistro boasts the best sangria on the planet.

Calistro | 6107 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale, Arizona 85250

Chow Down: This Week in Food Blogs

May 30, 2012 | 4:17 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

After a Memorial Day weekend that included the finale of Arizona Spring Restaurant Week as well as the end of Anthony Bourdain’s run with No Reservations, we’re nearly at a loss. Nonetheless, here’s the redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs: 

In case you’re looking to replace your Travel Channel foodie, we recommend checking out Valley restaurants as they are featured in the Food Network’s series, Mystery Diners. The season premiered Friday and here is the schedule courtesy of Chow Bella.

Since nothing quenches the incessant summer thirst quite like a day at the pool, bar, pool/bar, Scottsdale’s new El Santo is perfect for getting the job done. This pool-cantina-patio-bar hybrid is the brainchild of Bryan Chittenden and is a seasonal and flavorful oasis for those looking for more than just a tan. As featured by Chow Bella.

If flip flops and fish tacos aren’t your idea of a good time inland, perhaps The Phoenix Ale Brewery’s First Friday mash up of art, fashion, beer and music is more your speed. For more info, click here.

Photo Courtesy of El Santo Cantina.

A New Old Town Eatery Open for Business

May 24, 2012 | 11:00 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

If there’s one thing they don’t have enough of in Old Town Scottsdale, it’s restaurants. It’s just so hard to go down there and get a decent meal, are we right? Forgive our facetiousness as the area is just littered with amazing places to dine, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a few more to join the party. Ready or not, Kelly’s at SouthBridge has just opened up across from Cowboy Ciao on 6th Ave. and the pub and grill offers plenty of space and choice for its patrons in a relaxed yet upscale atmosphere. Local Chef, Steve ‘Chops’ Smith (recently named one of the top five up-and-coming chefs in the Valley by the Arizona Republic), created a menu of pub classics with a modern twist and takes pride in the high quality ingredients as well as originality of the cuisine. They also offer a full bar and entertainment to satisfy the late night crowd. A new place to eat and hang? Sounds like something we’re just crazy enough to try.

Like Kelly’s on Facebook and visit at 7117 E. 6th Ave in Scottsdale

photo via Kelly’s at SouthBridge

Summer’s Happiest Happy Hours

May 22, 2012 | 12:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Alanna Watson

We all know that Phoenix becomes an eerie ghost town in the summer. People travel from air conditioned home, to car, to office rarely letting their skin see the sunlight for fear it will burst spontaneously into flames. This means that local businesses suffer and restaurants must pull out all the stops to get people in the (air conditioned) door. It’s great news for us locals because it means we can hit up some of the best restaurants for very little cash. Here’s a few of our favorite Summer-time happy hours: »READ MORE

AZ Spring Restaurant Week: Time to Stuff Your Face

May 17, 2012 | 12:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Alanna Watson

The wait is almost over. May 19th marks the kick-off of Arizona Restaurant Week much to the cheers of Valley residents (and the subsequent jeers of our waistlines). This means now is the time to book your tables and gather your favorite dining partners. For nine glorious days, over 150 Arizona restaurants will be offering pre-fixe menus at killer prices (just $30-$40 a head not including beverages or tip) and there is still plenty of time to map out an appropriate game plan. Check out the list of participating restaurants here to find out which of your favorite restaurants are in on the action, or you can scope out the ones you’ve always wanted to try.  There is no better time to get out there and sample the best of the best so get out those stretchy pants and prepare yourself for some amazing meals.

Image from Binkley’s Restaurant, a participant in Arizona Spring Restaurant Week 2012

Chow Down: This Week in Food Blogs

May 16, 2012 | 11:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Alanna Watson

What do you do when you’re depressed your team got beat down 4-0 at home in the playoffs? You eat through the pain. We’re not giving up on our Coyotes, but we will cope with the stress of such a devastating loss with some good eats around town. Here’s our redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs: »READ MORE

Chill Out With Cask 63

May 15, 2012 | 9:30 AM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

Surely you’ve noticed the increase in temperature recently and if you haven’t, please share your secret with us. For those of us who are attempting to escape the heat, Cask 63 is on our side. Though its only been open since January, Cask 63 is developing quite the reputation. As this new Scottsdale restaurant prepares itself for the Valley’s brutal summer, it’s got some cool tricks up its sleeve. Starting in June, Cask 63 introduces its ICE menu. This pre-fix menu features food and drinks designed to keep the heat in the kitchen and not on you. Twenty-five dollars a person (not including tax and gratuity) is an easy price to pay to beat the heat. Let’s take a look at the menu.


Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho with Tomato Granita


Sauteed Black Cod, with Israeli Couscous Salad, and Icewine Vinaigrette


Pina Colada Sorbet

Cask 63 | 8877 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale, Arizona 85253

Renegade Canteen Welcomes New Chef and Menu

May 8, 2012 | 10:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Alanna Watson

Renegade Canteen has undergone some recent renovations to both their staff and their menu. Newly appointed Executive Chef, Donald Fawcett, has brought a whole new element of “regional American comfort food” to the Scottsdale restaurant by creating a whole new menu including a light and affordable lunch menu and some classic dinner items with a twist. Everyone loves a good braised short rib, but how about one that’s Dr. Pepper braised with chili cheese grits? Sounds just rebellious enough to try. Check out the menu here and make some plans to walk a little on the wild side.

El Santo Cantina Opens May 4

April 24, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

via Yelp

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo a day early with El Santo Cantina + Patio Bar + Restaurant, which will open Friday, May 4 and 11 a.m. next to the Scottsdale Quarter. A fiery combination of cantina, patio bar and restaurant (obviously), El Santo is built around a Mexican resort style pool and is the hottest new concept by the Old Town Group that brought us Stingray Sushi, Jimmy Woo’s, Geisha A Go Go and Spanish Fly.

“We thought it was time to introduce a concept like this to the North Scottsdale area,” said Greg Donnally, owner of El Santo Cantina. “Fun music, food and drinks with a cantina vibe are exactly what the area needs. At El Santo it is Cinco de Mayo 365 days a year!”

El Santo Cantina features a Baja style menu prepared by Executive Chef Tim Fields, formerly of Chelsea’s Kitchen, and combines spicy Mexican flavors in both cuisine and cocktails. Outside, patrons can enjoy the resort style pool and patio with private villas, VIP casitas, Palapa Grande Bar, beautiful flowing waterfall and much more.

As a special treat just before the grand opening, El Santo Cantina + Patio Bar + Restaurant will host VIP parties May 2nd and 3rd to preview the venue and raise money for various Valley charities.

Eating Local is POSH

April 19, 2012 | 11:47 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

Celebrate all things (food) local as Josh Hebert, chef/owner of Posh Restaurant, and Chow Locally host a locavore dinner from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 30 at Posh Restaurant in Scottsdale. Not only will all the ingredients for the dinner be sourced from local farmers, but many resident farmers from around the Valley will also be at the restaurant to discuss the ingredients and farming in Arizona. The cost for the four-course dinner is $49 per person. Reservations required.

For more information or to make reservations, click here or call 480.663.7674.

Posh Restaurant | 7167 East Rancho Vista Drive, Scottsdale, AZ | 85251

POSH Restaurant opened in the heart of Scottsdale in 2009 as the first and only “Improvisational Cuisine” concept in the Greater Phoenix area. Created by Chef Joshua Hebert, the modern multi-course “menu” is thoughtfully composed everyday based on seasonal offerings, inspiration and the palates of each guest. The fare is globally inspired French cuisine, and whether choosing 4 courses or 15, Chef Joshua and his innovative culinary staff focus on making the entire experience truly unparalleled.

D’Lish Dishes Up New Location

April 18, 2012 | 7:55 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

Healthy on-the-go kitchen and coffeehouse D’LISH will celebrate the grand opening of their second location at 6 a.m. Monday, April 23 in Tempe.

Voted Best Fast-Food by Phoenix Magazine, D‘LISH provides a healthy alternative, made-to-order experience that can be enjoyed conveniently via eat-in or drive-thru dining.  Additionally, with an affordable and varietal menu, the ever popular kitchen and coffee house provides its guests with an opportunity to visit multiple times a week or even in one day. “We are over-the-top excited and grateful for this opportunity to conveniently serve tasty and healthy options to more valley residents,” says D’LISH Founder Chad Knudson. “The Tempe location will be a terrific addition.”

D’LISH provides organic and all natural fresh ingredients, including locally grown produce when available.  D‘LISH also chooses to reduce impact on the environment by recycling and using earth friendly products

The menu offers a wide selection of fresh tastes including breakfast, salads, ‘wiches, bowls and burgers. The protein packed quinoa black bean burger is vegetarian, but eats like a true burger; especially the TOP NOTCH style with grilled onions, crispy bacon, swiss and bbq sauce served on a soft artisan bun.

In addition, D’LISH offers a drink menu ranging from coffee, teas, smoothies and shakes including their signature, drink, the Breakfast Buzz.

D’LISH|1135 East Apache Boulevard, Tempe AZ|85281

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