Dining Archives

Community remodels vacant ’50s diner into charitable cafe

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A vacant ‘50s diner has been given a facelift through the support of donations and volunteers in the Phoenix community. The once black-and-white tile flooring, red sparkly booths and neon signs have been replaced and updated to fulfill a larger purpose — a cafe with a conscience. Helpings Café Catering and Market is more than… Read More →

Grill Your Way Lean

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Grilling is the most popular pastime of summer. While outdoor cookouts are a great opportunity to relax and visit with friends and family, did you know that the average barbecue meal exceeds 1500 calories? That’s almost an entire day’s worth of calories in one meal. That type of eating will do some serious damage to… Read More →

Arizona celebrates National Doughnut Day

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In honor of National Doughnut Day (June 6), Experience AZ rounded up its favorite locally owned bakeries in Phoenix! Don’t let this important holiday go to waste; it’s one of the few days a year when you can experience the light and sugary flavors without judgment and guilt. From an old fashion doughnut to the… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Bitter & Twisted

The not-so-secret ingredient in Bitter & Twisted's house punch is tequila!

The Luhrs Tower, aka the majestic old geezer nestled behind CityScape, aka downtown Phoenix’s first high-rise, just got a double dose of dapperdom with the grand opening of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour on its ground floor. For those who enjoy a bit of trivia and irony, it’s said the Luhrs Tower was the nerve… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Wine Smoothie

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Luci’s Healthy Marketplace is the spot to go for a conscious meal — the kind with transparent origins and packaging stamped with seals that confirm it the food choice of world-conscious people. It’s the kind of place that manages to work kale, wheat germ and healthy foodstuffs into sandwiches and breakfast burritos in all sorts… Read More →

Mesquite Grill & Lounge opens at Sagewood

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Sagewood, a senior living community featuring resort-like amenities and health care services, has opened Mesquite Grill & Lounge, a 100-seat restaurant with lounge and patio featuring intercontinental cuisine in a contemporary, casual design with a display kitchen. Three distinct dining experiences are offered at Mesquite Grill & Lounge: a relaxed, casual dining area featuring an… Read More →

Bitter & Twisted moves into Luhrs Building

Led by the Scottish-born Principal Barmen & Proprietor, Ross Simon, Bitter & Twisted’s expert bar staff will be performing cocktail theatre nightly while whipping up a selection of globally inspired concoctions.

Tucked into a corner space inside the city’s first-ever high-rise, the new Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour (1 W. Jefferson St.) is set to help make downtown Phoenix once again the epicenter of the Valley’s dining and drinking scene when it opens on May 30. Housed in a soaring, window-lined space inside the historic Luhrs… Read More →

The Dish: Cocktail Popsicles

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Stay cool by the pool this summer with these adult popsicles. Of course you can make them non-alcoholic and they’ll still be delicious but that little extra kick just makes them so much more special. This recipe for super simple strawberry margarita popsicles is amazing! Replace the alcohol with the same amount of sprite or… Read More →

Valley’s hottest chefs battle in Gelato Wars

Olive oil with lemon zest stracciatella by Cullen Campbell at Crudo.

As the temperatures soar outside, look for the competition to heat up inside The Gelato Spot as 10 of the Valley’s most popular chefs head into the freezer to create their one-of-a-kind gelato concoction for Gelato Wars. Held at all three Valley Gelato Spot locations, and at participating chefs’ restaurants, the 2nd Annual Gelato Wars… Read More →

Fired Pie takes slice of fast-casual dining pie

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Fast casual pizza is on the rise. For proof, look no further than Fired Pie, the build-your-own pizza and salad concept created by Rico Cuomo, Doug Doyle and Fred Morgan, who met while working together at California Pizza Kitchen. Their business exploded from nothing into four locations in less than eight months. “We decided to… Read More →

RA Sushi hosts fundraiser for children’s hospital

Nicholas "Nicky" Mailliard, the nephew of one of RA's founders, who lost a long battle with brain cancer at the age of 13.

From Sunday, May 25, through Saturday, May 31, RA Sushi will host its largest annual fundraiser, “Nicky’s Week,” to help kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases. In its 10th year, the week-long fundraiser benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where thanks to community support, no family ever pays for anything. The cost of treatment,… Read More →

May at the Food Truck Caravan Scottsdale

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The Food Truck Caravan, which is held every Saturday night from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the NW corner of 5th Ave. and Goldwater in Scottsdale has an announced its May line-up. May 17 lineup includes: Menime’s Wacky Waffle Truck, Frank’s, Bent Fork, Extra Virgin, Press Italian, Saffron JAK, and Super Farm Super Truck. May… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: SOL Cocina

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If you are looking for an authentic Mexican restaurant, look no further than SOL Cocina. The restaurant’s food and drinks are inspired by traditional Baja cuisine and are simply delicious. Pair the carne asada tacos, xolo tacos, or ceviche with a fruity watermelon margarita (my favorite), a classic SOL Granda Casa Noble Reposado Margarita, or… Read More →

Review: Sam Fox opens Flower Child in Arcadia

Jasmine lemonade, avocado hummus, Flying Avocado wrap and a gluten-free bittersweet brownie.

The newest addition to Sam Fox Restaurant Concepts’ Phoenix takeover is an unimposing, healthy lunch spot tucked away in an Arcadia strip mall. The space is filled with efficient seating (indoor tables, an intimate outdoor patio on the south side of the restaurant and a bar along the south wall), waves of natural light, an… Read More →