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Brandon Devine

About Brandon Devine

Brandon Devine is a senior graphic designer at AZ Big Media. Even at a young age he displayed a profound interest in all things art and technology related, which led him to pursue an education in the graphic arts. He earned his B.A. in graphic design at the Art Institute of Phoenix and graduated with honors in 2008. Brandon has been working within the graphic arts industry for the past seven years; during this time he has honed his skills including, but not limited to the following areas: identity, collateral design, multiple facets of print design, web design, annual reports and Flash. Additionally Brandon has a strong background in creative photography, and enjoys drawing upon these talents whenever the opportunity arises. He also loves animals, cars and occasionally playing the piano.

Brandon's Best List: Best Valley Food

Brandon’s Best List: The Best Valley Food

Brandon’s Best List: The Best Valley Food

1. BEST Greek Food /Gyro Sandwich:
Gyros Express / Gyros Restaurant

Price: $

What to order:

  • Gyro Sandwich with extra creamy homemade tzatziki sauce
  • Compliment your sandwich with a basket of freshly made crispy french fries.
7132 E Becker Ln
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 483-0300
Best Valley Food, Best Greek FoodIn a bit of an awkward location lies a gem of a restaurant … that is of course if you enjoy the traditional Gyro Sandwich as much as I do. Throughout my travels, I have come to try more than a few Greek eateries in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area that claim to have the best gyro. However, there is only one in my opinion that deserves the crown. Gyros Express is family owned and operated and has been located at its Scottsdale location since 1980 for good reason. As you watch the lamb being cut directly off of the leg rotisserie, one thing that’s apparent is nothing’s frozen here.

2. BEST French Dip: Houston’s Restaurant

Price: $$$

What to order:

  • “Famous French Dip Au Jus” with a side of creamy horseradish
  • Try the hand-cut shoestring french fries or a baked potato if it’s dinner time; you won’t be disappointed.
6113 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(480) 922-7775
Best Valley Food
There is no shortage of places in the Valley where one can order the classic prime rib French dip au jus sandwich. However, few restaurants get it right. Houston’s, part of the Hillstone Restaurant Group, provides a rich, sophisticated atmosphere, all the while serving up one of the best french dips around. It consists of thinly sliced roasted prime rib cooked to perfection, piled high upon a toasted house-made French roll.

3. BEST Hot Dog: Taste of Chicago

Price: $

What to order:

  • Hot dog or Polish sausage with your choice of toppings, but make sure to include cheese as one of them.
  • Share a basket of cheese fries, and enjoy a soda.
13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 130
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 951-1615
Supplied by Vienna Beef, Taste of Chicago is one of the best places in Phoenix and Scottsdale to satisfy your hot dog craving.

4. BEST Barbeque Baby Back Ribs: Charleston’s Restaurant

Price: $$

What to order:

  • House salad that includes eggs, cheese, bacon with creamy garlic dressing and a honey butter croissant
  • Barbeque baby back ribs with a baked potato; try the glazed carrots instead of the beans.
1040 N. 54th St., Chandler
(480) 961-9434
1623 S. Stapley Dr., Mesa
(480) 635-9500
17001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Best Valley FoodEverything here is made in-house; from the salad dressings to the soup, it’s all freshly concocted just for you. That being said, you can pretty much order anything on the menu and not be disappointed. However, if you like ribs, you’re at the right place. Topped with Charleston’s signature barbeque sauce, “fall off the bone tender” doesn’t even begin to describe how good these ribs are.

5. BEST Steak: Eddie V’s at the Scottsdale Quarter

Price: $$$$

What to order:

  • Start off with a bowl of the Main lobster and Shrimp bisque made with fresh Maine lobster, cream and cognac.
  • Dinner entree: Filet Mignon (cooked medium) with a side of Bearnaise sauce
  • Share a side of crab fried rice or scalloped potatoes au gratin.


15323 N. Scottsdale Rd., #E1-160
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 730-4800
Best Valley FoodOne thing is for sure about Arizona — it does not have a shortage of steakhouses, most of which are on the expensive side. That being said only a handful dish out great dining experiences that are worth the drain on your wallet. Whether it’s a special occasion or you just feel like indulging, Eddie V’s is the place to do it. An elegant contemporary atmosphere provides the perfect setting for some of the best cuts of beef in town.

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NASA Shuttle Infographic

NASA Shuttle Atlantis Landing Tribute: Space Exploration Infographic

NASA Shuttle Atlantis made a flawless landing Thursday morning (July 21st) in the early morning hours, marking the end of an era as the 30-year program comes to a close.

As heartfelt goodbyes and tears of joy filled the Kennedy Space Center, Chris Ferguson, NASA Shuttle Atlantis mission commander, spoke a hopeful note.

“The space shuttle changed the way we view the world, the way we view the universe,” Ferguson told NASA mission controllers. “America’s not going to stop exploring. Thanks for protecting us and bringing this program to a fitting end.”

To honor this momentous occasion, AZNow.Biz proudly presents this three-part infographic outlining the public’s opinion on America’s continued leadership in space exploration, as well as 10 NASA inventions you might use everyday and a brief visual history of the shuttle program itself:

America's Space Exploration, NASA Shuttle Atlantis Tribute