Dining Archives

Food Truck Caravan celebrates 1-year anniversary

Every Saturday evening for the last year, the Food Truck Caravan has taken over downtown Scottsdale, along 5th Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard. The Food Truck Caravan’s one-year celebration is Saturday, June 28, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The trucks have been asked to whip up something special for the caravan-wide themed “A Night in Tuscany,”… Read More →

Fogo de Chão Hosts Scottsdale Summer Feast

Fogo de Chão gaucho chefs use churrasco-style cooking techniques passed down through generations in Southern Brazil.

Fogo de Chão Scottsdale will once again host The Fogo Summer Feast that lasts from July 1, 2014, through September 19, 2014. Guests will enjoy the full Fogo dining experience that includes 16 cuts of meats, the gourmet salad bar, tasty side dishes, and a choice of dessert (chocolate mousse cake, New York style cheesecake… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Honeydew Cucumber Sour

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is one of our favorite places to spend a day at the spa. But that isn’t the only way for the resorts’ guests to get refreshed. Sanctuary’s newly renovated jade bar is serving up a new Honeydew Cucumber Sour ($14) with its summer menu, and we can’t wait to give it … Read More →

Fired Pie opens Scottsdale location

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Last year, locally-owned and operated Fired Pie, exploded on the dining scene in the Valley as the first fast-casual pizza restaurant. Today, the eatery announces plans to double their store locations by fall of 2014, going from four to eight. The fast-casual movement has continued to see an upward trend. For the fifth consecutive year… Read More →

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

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 →