Food with a Side of Fun

by RaeAnne Marsh

Who says you can’t have fun and games with your meal? No, we’re not suggesting a food fight à la the famous scene from Animal House; rather, to take advantage of amenities some restaurateurs are incorporating into the ambience of their establishments. Culinary Dropout Debuted at its location at The Yard, a standard offering at this restaurant now are backyard-style games such … [More]

Tomaso’s – for the Love of Italian

by RaeAnne Marsh

Tomaso’s on Camelback’s longevity in a prominent Phoenix corridor is well-deserved. Chef restaurateur Tomaso Maggiore imbues the experience — from entering the warm timelessness of the upscale establishment to the final forkful of dessert — with an obvious love for what he creates. This is not a place for a hurried lunch; rather, it is a perfect choice to savor conversation and … [More]

A Broad Spectrum of Flavors Abroad

by RaeAnne Marsh

The Valley is blessed with a plethora of great restaurants, including an international smorgasbord of choices. Here are a few of the standouts around the Valley that offer a change of pace, place and palate. Caribbean Queen Not strictly Caribbean, the menu also draws on European and American influences, with a significant portion being jerk dishes and vegan dishes. Opens at … [More]

Ghost Ranch: Spirited Southwest Fare

by RaeAnne Marsh

A Southwest menu may conjure up images of tacos and enchiladas, and, in that regard, Ghost Ranch doesn’t disappoint. But there are unique surprises as well. The grilled trout is a standout, the spice notes of its preparation more than honoring its Southwest setting. Served liberally covered with a salad of fresh greens and root veggies (with colorful varieties that add to the … [More]

Mad for March

by RaeAnne Marsh

Offices that expect March Madness to be disruptive may as well bite the bullet and do lunch where the games can be watched. Here are some favorites with a nice sports-bar menu and a great assortment of TV screens. All open at 11 a.m. during the week.  Arcadia Tavern Arcadia Tavern takes viewing seriously. It’s not just that there are 34 TVs; eight are jumbo screens. Although … [More]