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]

Southern Rail: Creative Comfort

by RaeAnne Marsh

A friendly neighborhood destination resurrected just a few years ago from Phoenix landmark Beef Eaters as part of Phoenix’s revitalization project, The Newton shopping center is anchored by Southern Rail. “Friendly,” in fact, suffuses the restaurant, helping give the wide-open dining room a cozy atmosphere. Décor combines industrial concrete floors with the warmth of wood,… [More]

Tastes of Fame

by Mike Hunter

The Food Network’s Guy Fieri likes our Valley of the Sun. Nearly 30 of our restaurants have his signature on the premises. He’s been bringing “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” here for 10 years; here are three of his more recent stops. Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse The long menu here is long on BBQ and smoked… [More]

Original Chop Shop: Focus on Fresh

RaeAnne Marsh

After the excesses of the holidays, it’s good to find a place focused on healthy eating. The Original Chop Shop is built on a simple concept, executed simply, and summed up succinctly in the restaurant’s tagline, “Just Feel Good Food.” Fresh, whole ingredients go into the scratch-made menu, from “between bread” (sandwiches) to protein shakes… [More]

Feast for the Eyes: Framing that Meaningful Business Dinner

by Mike Hunter

From the beginning of time, man has looked to climb higher and higher heights to show off a sense of success. The Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan is home to celebration every time GE makes that next big deal. It is also the best view of New York City. Here are some… [More]

Over Easy: Breakfast for Lunch and Vice Versa

by Mike Hunter

At Over Easy’s recently opened site in the Biltmore Business Park, eye-catchingly yellow umbrellas set the mood for cheery, and the interior brightens it even further with yellow chairs and banquettes set off by brilliantly white tile in a spacious ’50s diner style. The patio’s attraction is its location, affording a view of the commanding… [More]

Soup’s On

by Mike Hunter

Soup has become a prominent menu item at popular fast-casual eateries. Some even lead with it in their name. Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup Enchiladas and soup is what the storefront lettering promises. The soups nicely complement the variety available for create-your-own enchiladas. 3313 N. 7th St., Phoenix (602) 279-5080 Panera Bread There are always several… [More]

Bobby-Q: Hot for Barbecue

by RaeAnne Marsh

The Valley of the Sun is known for saguaros, golf courses and … barbecue. Bobby-Q is nationally recognized by barbecue aficionados, and offers its ribs in a vintage countrified setting featuring reclaimed woodwork and antique gas lamps that enhances the dining experience. Owner Bob Sikora’s first expansion from the original location at Dunlap and the… [More]

Pasta Amore

by Mike Hunter

Pasta is a perennial favorite in many forms. Here are three local restaurants to enjoy its menu versatility. Aiello’s Northern Italian cuisine in white tablecloth elegance. 777 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix (602) 547-3354 Marcellino Ristorante More than 200 house-made pasta specialties, with infused fresh pasta. 7114 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale (480) 990-9500 Va Bene The… [More]