Buck & Rider Reels in Daily Fresh Catches

by Mike Hunter

Arizona’s lack of coastline couldn’t hold Adam Strecker from his dream of opening a seafood restaurant — and it took just one year from idea to opening the first Buck & Rider in Arcadia nearly eight years ago. Now, the north Valley boasts its own Buck & Rider — twice the size of the original. Arizona’s lack of coastline couldn’t hold Adam Strecker from his dream of … [More]

Giving Tree Café Nourishes Mind, Body and Soul

by Holly Harmon

Just north of Downtown Phoenix, on a bustling stretch of 7th Street, sits an unassuming green building. Framing the parking lot, a large, life-sized sculpture replicating the iconic “Lunch atop a Skyscraper” photo beckons passersby to pause and give a second glance. Whether it’s to take a closer look at the impressive street art or to peek inside the business that erected such … [More]

Merkin Vineyards Old Town Scottsdale – Showcasing Arizona-Grown

by Jim Cunningham

Merkin Vineyards Old Town Scottsdale is on a mission to delivering a 100% Arizona experience through the use of its homegrown produce and wine. It is a mission few would choose to take on, but it is essential when regional, sustainable and a sense of place are the main goals. Merkin Vineyards’ and its sister label Caduceus Cellars’ backyards are known across the state and … [More]

More than a Coffee Shop, Bottle & Bean Offers Unexpected Surprises

by Holly Harmon 

Bottle & Bean Coffee House & Wine Shop is the newest dining destination to join the south Chandler hot spot, Downtown Ocotillo. Located in the heart of the bustling mixed-use development, the coffee shop and wine bar is an all-day destination, ideal for the busy professional. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., the restaurant serves a complete line-up of morning to … [More]

Liberty Market – A Nod to Gilbert’s Roots in a Contemporary Vibe

by Molly Smith

Liberty Market resides in the heart of bustling Historic Old Town Gilbert and serves as a nod to the town’s rich roots, its vibrant present and its future. The all-day café and restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, with a wide selection of food and beverages to choose from throughout the day. For East Valley businesspeople, it serves as a perfect spot … [More]

Anoche Cantina Breathes New Life into Mill Ave. 

by Erin James

Highly anticipated restaurant and nightlife concept Anoche Cantina is a perfect example of “right place, right time.” The first Arizona concept for Washington state-based Ascend Hospitality Group, Anoche opened on August 18 in the heart of Tempe’s Mill Ave., when the neighborhood was needing it most. “We’ve had our eye on Tempe for a while, and when the opportunity arose for … [More]

Phoenix City Grille: A Hidden Gem in the Heart of the Valley

by Molly Cerreta Smith

Phoenix City Grille has been quietly experiencing success as a locals’ and visitors’ favorite since it opened its doors in the iconic Bethany East shopping center in 1997. Nestled into the Madison neighborhood with many surrounding historic districts, Phoenix City Grille is owned and operated by Sheldon Knapp while Executive Chef Micah Wyzlic, who has worked for the restaurant … [More]

Los Sombreros Uptown: Get Down with Oaxacan-Inspired Mexican Cuisine 

by Elaina Verhoff

Los Sombreros, a Scottsdale institution since 1994, brought its popular concept to the Central and Camelback area in 2019, when the new owners opened their second location in the Uptown Phoenix shopping center. After temporarily closing at the end of 2020 for little over a year, the charming restaurant located inside the brick house-style building at 3rd Street and Camelback is … [More]

Birdcall – High-Flying Chicken Concept

by RaeAnne Marsh

This fast-casual has spirit. Spirits, actually. Cocktails make even dry business meetings more enjoyable. Birdcall’s house-made selections include a traditionally salt-rimmed margarita (on the rocks or frozen) and a spicier-rimmed spicy cucumber margarita. Craft beer and wine are also on the menu. Also indulgent, but in a different way, are rich, thick milkshakes in not just … [More]

Etta – Hearth-Driven from Kitchen to Dining Room

by RaeAnne Marsh

Warmth is the overriding theme at Etta, which builds its menu around the wood-fired hearth that is also prominently featured in the exhibition kitchen that spans nearly one full wall of the main dining room. Warmth also reflects and rebounds off the copperware hanging in profuse display above the flames. In fact, hearth is central to the restaurant’s entire concept, as the name … [More]

Terra Tempe – Grounded in Southwest Inspiration

by Chef Alex Robinson

Terra Tempe is the latest addition to Tempe’s bustling downtown corridor. Located on the ground floor of The Westin Tempe at the corner of 7th Street and Mill Avenue, Terra Tempe brings a sophisticated yet approachable dining experience to the neighborhood with a menu of Modern American cuisine that cleverly combines bold, rustic flavors with locally sourced ingredients to … [More]

Santé: Healthy Dining with a Wow! Factor

by RaeAnne Marsh

Healthy eating never looked so appealing. Santé’s first impression gives off vibes of haute couture, with the outsize fashion photos and a feathery boa-inspired chandelier. Co-owner Nico Doniele Scegiel worked in the fashion industry, and credits her passion for healthy nutrition to overcoming the bad influences of that former career. She worked with award-winning Chef Saul … [More]

Daily Dose Kitchen & Bar Innovates Crave-able Breakfast & Lunch

by Elaina Verhoff

Daily Dose Kitchen & Bar has been a Valley favorite for scratch-made breakfast and lunch since 2008, when owners JenLyn and Matt Long opened their first Daily Dose on Scottsdale Road. This locally owned restaurant now has three locations — the original Daily Dose Old Town, plus Daily Dose Midtown near 20th Street and Highland, and Daily Dose Rio Salado, located next to … [More]

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant 

by Mike Hunter

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant offers its modern, casual dining experience in an inviting upscale setting, with a unique blend of a full-service restaurant inside a winery. American-fusion dishes feature flavors from around the world.  “At Cooper’s Hawk, we do not believe wine should be intimidating or complicated. Our focus is on creating great-tasting wine and … [More]

Streets of New York – Italy in the Neighborhood 

by Erica Shipione

There is something to say about a classic, and that’s just what the local and privately-owned pizzeria, Streets of New York, brings to the table with classic East Coast-style pizza and authentic Italian cuisine. Starting with the opening of the original Streets of New York location at 32nd Street and Cactus in north Phoenix in 1976, and now with locations across Arizona and in … [More]

Mora Italian: Convivial Dining Destination

by Scott Conant

 Power lunch moves to evening … One of the cornerstones of my career has been the belief that a table surrounded by good friends and a spread of soulful food makes for a great gathering. This, along with the desire to bring elevated Italian cuisine to the Valley, was one of the driving forces behind the creation of Mora Italian in Phoenix.  Mora is a modern osteria with a … [More]

Ling’s Wok Shop: Different as Day and Night

by Danielle Baker

What happens when outstanding Asian cuisine and a pandemic are combined in the brilliant brain behind foodie favorite Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill in Scottsdale: Ling’s Wok Shop, a flexible new dining concept. “The pandemic gave us an opportunity to capitalize on a changing marketplace,” says President and CEO John Banquil. “Even though we are not 100% sure how our … [More]

STK Steakhouse – Dishing in Style

by RaeAnne Marsh

The term “power lunch” implies grand impression. STK Steakhouse lives up to that. At the corner on a bridge overlooking the Scottsdale waterfront, the restaurant has a commanding presence and offers a wonderful view of the canal from seating on its wide-open patio (weather permitting). The almost Victorian-garden exterior décor transitions to an interior that is sleek and … [More]

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