Babbo Italian Eatery: Innovating Traditions

by Mike Hunter

Babbo Italian Eatery’s is a comfortable atmosphere in mellow browns and soothing designs. Size variation among the many locations lends a different ambience from restaurant to restaurant — for instance, Arrowhead feels more intimate; Cave Creek, more open and informal; Scottsdale, the most spacious. Décor is understated, with framed old-timey-style photographs creating a sense of… [More]

Sandwich Flair

by Mike Hunter

Sandwiches are designed for convenience, but that’s no reason to neglect culinary flair and flavor (The origin of the sandwich is generally credited to the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu by name, who did not want to interrupt the hunt by having to sit down to a repast). Providing that in abundance, these are… [More]

Hash Kitchen: Hash Tagged ‘Good’

by RaeAnne Marsh

Very open and friendly, Hash Kitchen goes in for simplicity in its décor. Simplicity and comfort. Tables are widely spaced and booths allow leg room. Patios vary in size with location, but the outdoor seating option is available at all the restaurants. The new design puts more emphasis on the restaurant’s Bloody Mary offerings. Its… [More]

Smoothie Moves

by RaeAnne Marsh

In the heavy heat of summer, a smoothie can be a satisfying lunch as well as a refreshing drink. Here are some restaurants that allow patrons to increase the nutritional value with some whey protein or any of their own selection of add-ins. Juby True by True Food Kitchen Health-focused menu offers smoothies, juices, almond… [More]

Flower Child – Farmhouse Sensibilities

by RaeAnne Marsh

Well-suiting its focus on healthy eating, Flower Child’s décor evokes a back-on-the-farm feeling. The newest location, recently opened in Desert Ridge Marketplace in North Phoenix, is especially open and airy in its farmer’s market styling – simple, homey designs; a lot of light; and the chain’s signature cheerful touch of a cut flower on every… [More]

Tacos Not Just for Tuesday

by RaeAnne Marsh

Attesting to the popularity of tacos, “Taco Tuesday” is now showing up on the menu of restaurants not usually offering South of the Border selections. For great tacos any time, In Business Magazine suggests these as among the best in the Valley. America’s Taco Shop The concept began with the hand-written recipes from her mother… [More]

Farm & Craft: Community Eatery

by RaeAnne Marsh

Farm & Craft has a split personality — from the breakfast and lunch menu, it’s counter-order and table-delivery; off the dinner menu from 3 p.m. to closing, it’s table seating and waiter-order. What’s most important, however, shines through at all times — healthy food, locally sourced. “Local” is, in fact, so much a focus that… [More]

Resort to Lunch

by RaeAnne Marsh

Summer is a good time for locals to take advantage of the multitude of exceptional resorts and hotels that, in the other seasons, draw crowds of out-of-towners. Here are In Business Magazine picks for some of the best on-property restaurants for getting-away for lunch. Hearth ´61  In the modern contemporary architecture of Mountain Shadows Resort… [More]

Morning Squeeze: Relish the Retro

by RaeAnne Marsh

Some meetings call for a power breakfast, and Morning Squeeze  has that covered as well as the lunch-time option — especially at the new location in Tempe, where tables can easily hold portfolios or notebooks along with the food. There is also plenty of solo dining at the indoor-outdoor bar. The patio wraps the south… [More]

Fishing for a Compliment

by RaeAnne Marsh

Some days can make a businessperson just want to hit the bar. If that need means a sushi bar, here are some In Business Magazine picks: AJ’s Fine Foods AJ’s lunch café includes made-to-order sushi with either white or brown rice. Multiple locations Hillstone Hand-crafted sushi is available inside or on the patio. 2650 E.… [More]