Kona Grill – Island Delectables

by Mike Hunter

Kona Grill has added a new Valley location, opening in the urban streetscape of Scottsdale Quarter. The vibe inside is perfectly suited to its environment: It’s very much a lounge feel throughout under the high ceiling with its contemporary design of exposed duct work. The restaurant concept’s signature water feature in this case is a… [More]

Valley Standards: They Are All Ours

by RaeAnne Marsh

And they defy categorizing. These Valley lunch standards stand out because of their history, great food and service during that mid-day meal. Cowboy Ciao At this Old Town Scottsdale favorite, lunch will likely lead to dinner there the same night. Cowboy Ciao’s incredible creations include the famed Stetson Chopped salad. 7133 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale… [More]

Doughbird Takes Flight

by RaeAnne Marsh

Fast, simple and comfortable. In a nutshell, Doughbird — the newest concept in our midst from restaurateur Sam Fox — delivers a quality option for businesspeople fitting lunch into a busy day. The large dining room welcomes with an atmosphere that is an unusual amalgam of the contemporary warehouse vogue with cafeteria-style tables and chairs… [More]

The Coffee Perk

by RaeAnne Marsh

Coffee bars retain their allure for casual meetings and a quick time out. Adding to the corporate mix are several local stand-outs. These are some of our favorites. Cartel Coffee Lab Cartel has built up its profile by partnering with numerous retail purveyors around the Valley as well as its wholesale distribution. But it also… [More]

Hearth ’61 – A View Forward and Back

by RaeAnne Marsh

The Valley’s celebrated Chef Charles Wiley has brought his creative touch to Hearth ’61 at the newly reopened Mountain Shadows resort. The Paradise Valley property first welcomed guests in the mid-1950s, and retains its boutique nature. Guests entering from the valet station to the lobby make a quick left to reach the restaurant just past… [More]

A 50% Power Lunch

by RaeAnne Marsh

Take high-powered down a notch to “impress” that more casual client. FEZ on Central With its contemporary atmosphere, FEZ is great for a quick, casual luncheon. It will be bustling, but that fits the urban experience for that metropolitan client. 3815 N. Central Ave., Phoenix (602) 297-8700   5th and Wine  Simple and tasteful is… [More]

Tommy Bahama – Menu as Lifestyle

by Mike Hunter

Department stores include a café where customers can rest in-between purchases, and highway tourist stops include a sometimes-extensive gift store where travel-weary customers can be tempted with impulse shopping, but higher-end restaurants are usually stand-alone operations. Tommy Bahama is unique in that regard, offering dining alongside retail of its signature line of clothing and accessories… [More]

The Elevated Burger

by Mike Hunter

Time and time again, the classic hamburger beats out over many other choices on a menu. So much so that the gourmet burger joint has become its own genre for diners. Here are our current tops: Hopdoddy Burger Bar This interesting concept is all about custom orders. Customers pick the type of burger they want… [More]

Cornish Pasty Co.: Main Course Pastry

by Mike Hunter

Growing up in Saltash, Cornwall, the westernmost county in England, Dean Thomas, founder of Cornish Pasty Company, was introduced to this famed food — the pasty. Thomas’ first restaurant in Tempe was a local favorite, and he has expanded now to other parts of the Valley, including a bungalow-style location in Old Town Scottsdale. The… [More]

Cheers for St. Paddy’s Day

by Mike Hunter

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day and includes some very serious lore — although most Americans know St. Patrick’s Day as the day of the year to drink at an Irish Pub. Here are our picks for eats, drinks and a St. Paddy’s Day celebration. Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant The local classic, hands… [More]