The Crêpe Club: Fare with Flair

by Mike Hunter

If a visit to Paris seems out of reach for a weekday lunch, it’s time to expand lunch options to a small salon at Biltmore Fashion Park. Open there a little more than a year after expanding from its origins as a popular food cart on the ASU Tempe campus, the crêperie keeps that casual… [More]

A Taste of …

by Mike Hunter

With a slight alteration to the adage: Diversity is the spice of life. And spices are a cornerstone of culinary diversity among cultures. Here are some of our favorite ethnic eateries. Barrio Café Since 2002, Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza has been celebrating regional Mexican favorites with such flair that she’s put Barrio Café in the… [More]

Dust Cutter: Cutting-Edge ‘Not Just Bar’ Food

by RaeAnne Marsh

Breaking the ice over a few shared dishes makes a great start to a productive power lunch. Dust Cutter offers an array of interesting palate pleasers from the creative mind of Executive Chef Joshua Murray, a Phoenix transplant whose immersion in the Valley of the Sun’s edible bounty and culinary influences yields Avocado Fries, firm… [More]

A Straw Meal

by RaeAnne Marsh

It’s quick; it’s easy; it can be nutritious; and it goes down smooth … ie. This is a perfect lunch for these 115-degree days. Jamba Juice Real fruit, real juice and other fresh ingredients come together for a variety of fresh flavors, with a few solid foods that include oatmeal and flatbreads on the menu… [More]

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]