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LON’s named one of the Top 100 Al Fresco restaurants

The Hermosa Inn and LON’s at the Hermosa is being being recognized by both TripAdvisor and OpenTable.

The travel review giant TripAdvisor awarded The Hermosa Inn with their Certificate of Excellence for the fifth year, placing the boutique resort in their 2015 Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. This award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

Deluxe Casita Hi-ResOpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, also named LON’s at the Hermosa as one of the 2015 Top 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America. Highlighting restaurants in some of the nation’s most coveted vacation destinations, the complete list features winning restaurants in 15 states; seven of which are in Arizona. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Bobby-Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ is located at 8501 N 27th Avenue in Phoenix.

Bobby-Q named one of the best BBQ restaurants in America

Bobby-Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ has been named the one of the Best Barbecue Restaurants in America, as voted by OpenTable diners. One of only 30 restaurants nationwide to earn this prestigious honor as part of the 2014 OpenTable Diners’ Choice awards, Bobby-Q was selected after analyzing more than five million reviews of nearly 19,000 restaurants across the country – all submitted by verified diners. The world’s largest online reservation company, OpenTable seats more than 15 million people per month across more than 31,000 restaurants.

“The recipients of these inaugural awards have elevated the craft of barbecue to a form of edible art,” says Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. “With patience and passion, the pitmasters at each of the winning restaurants are using their expertise to transform even the most humble cut of meat into a smoky and tender fare to remember.” The complete list includes notable restaurants in 12 states and Washington, D.C., with six award winners in California, followed by Illinois and New York with five each, Texas with four, and Ohio with two; Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin are also represented. The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/m/best-BBQ-restaurants-in-america.

And the accolades keep coming, as Bobby-Q also received a 2014 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.com, and is ranked #3 out of the 2,565 restaurants listed across Greater Phoenix.

So what makes Bobby-Q such a standout? Bobby-Q owner, Bob Sikora is a true BBQ aficionado, spending more than 10 years researching cooking techniques from the masters across the country. The secret lies in the slow cooking process over Almond and Mesquite wood and the perfect blend of spices in the dry rub. This results in succulent hand pulled pork, smoky sausage links, fork-tender brisket, and ribs that fall right off the bone. Three different ribs are offered (St. Louis, Texas Beef and Baby Back) as well as chicken, salmon, burgers, and hand-cut steaks. Nestled in a charmingly rustic setting, Bobby Q’s building features reclaimed woodwork with exposed brick walls, antique gas lamps, and 10-foot vintage French doors.

“When you’ve been in the restaurant business as long as I have been, you learn you’re only as good as your staff,” Bob Sikora says. “So I’d like to recognized Chef Mark Hittle, managers Laura and Ignacio, and my entire staff for their resilience and their dedication to Bobby-Q’s and our valued customers. Thank you for this incredible honor.”


Five AZ Restaurants Take the Cake on Outdoor Dining

Triple-digit temperatures aside, Arizona boasts some of the most delightfully fresh fall, winter and spring days in the country. Visitors find that so many Arizona residents are here because of our pleasant, consistent sunshine, multifaceted landscapes and generally warm, predictable weather. While air conditioning does become man’s best friend come July, not many other states boast such an excellent recipe for the ideal outdoor dining experience – and this month, the world has taken notice. In a list based on the opinions of more than five million verified diner reviews for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and in the nation’s capital, OpenTable has revealed the Top 100 Outdoor Dining spots in the country, of which our great state has captured FIVE. See below for the five that made the list and be sure to visit before monsoon season! Have your own favorite AZ outdoor dining joints? Let us know below or on Facebook and Twitter!


Rita’s Kitchen

El Chorro Restaurant: this storied Paradise Valley treasure is one of Arizona’s oldest traditions. Nestled near Camelback mountain in the lush Arizona desert, the menu consists of fresh, local ingredients – many of which are grown onsite.

House of Tricks, Tempe: a whistle away from the ASU Main campus and Gammage Auditorium, House of Tricks is known for romantic dining under soft lights and delicate foliage – not to mention a homey yet eclectic cuisine.

L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek in Sedona: quaint and enchanting, the elegant L’Auberge Restaurant is comfortably situated right at the edge of bustling Oak Creek.

Lon’s at The Hermosa, Paradise Valley: with fresh vegetation straight from the Hermosa Inn garden, Lon’s is an idyllic Southwestern hacienda with a bright, artistic patio.

Rita’s Kitchen, Scottsdale: Rita’s dramatic Southwestern setting and masterful regional menu can be enjoyed under the stars in a lavish, intimate courtyard.





SkySong hosts part of Innovation Summit

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center will host one of the largest events in its history on Tuesday night as more than 900 people dine under the project’s iconic shade structure as part of ASU’s Education Innovation Summit.

The dinner at SkySong will feature two prominent speakers:

• “Above the Crowd with Bill Gurley,” a venture capital investor who was responsible for the launch of companies such as Amazon, OpenTable and Uber

• “Play It Smart, A Conversation About Making a Difference” with Former 49er & Super Bowl champ Ronnie Lott

More than 6,000 people visit SkySong every month for special events and to experience the project’s vibrancy and focus on innovation and technology. However, this dinner will be one of the largest events ever hosted at SkySong and the first time a large dinner has been hosted under the shade structure.

The dinner starts at 6 p.m., and is preceded by a reception and several other activities at SkySong related to the conference.

Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, said the event is truly a showcase of how SkySong is having an extraordinary influence in the Valley’s business environment.

“This is an example of how SkySong can showcase the synergy of technology and innovation it provides through a major event celebrating those principles,” Harper said. “SkySong is a true destination for entrepreneurship and advanced thinking when it comes to business, and we are proud to be able to host this exceptional event for the ASU Education Innovation Summit attendees.”

Plaza Companies is the master developer of the project in partnership with the Arizona State University Foundation and the City of Scottsdale.

Along with the vibrant activity by the more than 1,000 employees and 50 companies on the SkySong property, work continues on pre-leasing SkySong III and SkySong IV, the next two office towers to be built at the project. The two buildings would include approximately 300,000 square feet of new development, and combined with SkySong I and II and the apartments, would bring the total square footage of development at SkySong to more than 900,000 square feet.

SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is a home to a global business community that links technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and education to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders of the knowledge economy.

SkySong is a 42-acre mixed use development designed to:

•    Create an ecology of collaboration and innovation among high-profile technology enterprises and related researchers;
•    Advance global business objectives of on-site enterprises;
•    Raise Arizona’s profile as a global center of innovation through co-location of ASU’s strategic global partners; and
•    Create a unique regional economic and social asset.

Companies located at SkySong enjoy a special relationship with Arizona State University, which has more than 70,000 students at four metropolitan Phoenix campuses. Its campus in Tempe is the single largest campus in the U.S., and is located less than three miles from SkySong. More than 16,000 students are pursuing degrees in engineering, science and mathematics fields, and ASU made $343 million in research expenditures in FY10, placing it among the top 20 research universities that do not have a medical school.

In addition to locating its own innovative research units at the center, ASU provides tenants with direct access to relevant research, educational opportunities and cultural events on its campuses. Through ASU’s on-site operations, tenant companies have a single point of contract for introductions to researchers, faculty and programs to address their specific needs.

For more information on SkySong, visit www.skysongcenter.com or www.facebook.com/skysongcenter.