Agave del Scottsdale Celebrates Southern Mexican

by RaeAnne Marsh

Mexico boasts a variety of cuisines that go farther “south of the border” than cheese-drenched enchiladas and fried street tacos. Delivering that broader culinary experience is the mission of the restaurateurs behind Agave del Scottsdale, where the dishes reflect flavor traditions of areas from Mexico City south. Several ceviche dishes offer many flavors “del mar” such as … [More]

Local Restaurateurs Put Meatballs on Top

by RaeAnne Marsh

Two of our Valley’s favorite restaurateurs have taken what used to be just an add-on to a spaghetti dish and made meatballs a culinary category of their own. The Sicilian Butcher From The Maggiore Group – which opened its first restaurant, Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant, in Phoenix in 1977 – is this build-your-own meal experience that puts an emphasis on craft meatballs. … [More]

Jazzin’ It Up at Voodoo Daddy’s

by RaeAnne Marsh

Laissez les bons temps rouler! That phrase (“Let the good times roll!”) is nearly synonymous with “New Orleans.” And while that city is geographically a ways away from us in Metro Phoenix, restaurateur Ron Lynch strove to give us a taste of its atmosphere through Voodoo Daddy’s Steam Kitchen’s décor and menu. A mural dominates the dining room, depicting vividly garbed jazz … [More]

Sushi Unbarred

by RaeAnne Marsh

There are a lot of sushi restaurants that declare themselves with the word a prominent part of their name. But there is good sushi to be found at other dining establishments. Here are three that offer great sushi as part of a broader menu. HILLSTONE Subdued dining room or friendly bar. 2650 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (602) 957-9700 AJ’S FINE FOODS Hardly a … [More]

Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse: Carving a Tableside Experience

by RaeAnne Marsh

The brightly colored painting of a South American urban landscape of houses and rooftops — even more striking within the décor of dark woods and black slate tile floor — welcomes guests to the unique culinary experience created by Galeto founders to celebrate and share their cultural traditions. The bar area includes a peaceful brick-walled patio, but the main attraction is … [More]