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]

Gino’s East – from Chicago to Phoenix

by RaeAnne Marsh

Gino’s East of Chicago brought a little of its namesake city with it when the pizza parlor expanded into Phoenix. The walls are hung with pictures of the city’s iconic landmarks. But there’s still plenty of room for the brand’s signature décor element: guests’ signatures and personal messages scrawled on every visible wall surface —… [More]

Celebrity Chefs Do Lunch, Too

by RaeAnne Marsh

The Valley is known for many celebrity chefs — too many to mention, in fact. Here are a few of their lunch hot spots to tempt the palate and likely allow patrons to engage with the on-property celeb chef himself. (They are also all longtime community supporters who work with hundreds of local nonprofits to… [More]

Hearth ’61 – A View Forward and Back

by Mike Hunter

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]

Soak Up That History

by Mike Hunter

Metropolitan Phoenix is home to some famed dining spots that are popular at lunch for their history and their food. Geordie’s Restaurant & Lounge — Phoenix Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch, Geordie’s is located in the historic Biltmore-area Wrigley Mansion. Views and an Arizona landmark make this a must for lunch. 2501 E. Telawa… [More]