32 Shea – Elevating Classics for Dining-In, Patio and Drive-Thru

by RaeAnne Marsh

Thirty-two Shea’s recent additions to its dinner menu also call out attention to this gem-of-a-restaurant’s lunch and breakfast selections. And there must be a little magic involved for Executive Chef Jordan Marshall to produce the variety of exceptional dishes from the restaurant’s small kitchen. With some seating inside, 32 Shea offers relaxed seating under a canopy on its … [More]

Chestnut: Breakfast, Lunch, Happy Hour & Community!

by Nicole Myden

Founder and restaurater Kirsten Steele recently opened the doors to Chestnut’s new home in the Biltmore. The community-first-based restaurant, which first came onto the scene in 2013 in the Arcadia area, can now be found on 24th Street and Camelback. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, happy hour and a great full outdoor patio facing 24th Street — plus comfortable inside seating … [More]

The Collins: Open for Lunch by Popular Demand

by RaeAnne Marsh

With the restaurant already an operating success for dinner, owner Christopher Collins was not planning to open for lunch. “But,” he says, “the guests asked for it. The regulars convinced me we needed to open for lunch.”  Collins added lunch service this past May, expecting to take the summer to build up business and to staff up accordingly — “But it was busy Day 1,” he … [More]

Rosso Italian Imports Italy to Downtown Phoenix

by Sam Herdrich

Rosso Italian, surrounded by high-rises and just steps away from the Footprint Center, brings a contemporary take on premium Italian cuisine to the downtown Phoenix foodie scene. Launched earlier this year, Rosso Italian is the latest creation from the restaurant group behind POMO Pizzeria. The restaurant opens its doors at 11 a.m. and immediately welcomes a flock of … [More]

Z’Tejas – Elevated Tex-Mex in a Sophisticated Ambience

by Madeleine Bell

With two locations in the Phoenix metro area, Z’Tejas offers a captivating fusion of modernity, sophistication and a unique take on Tex-Mex cuisine.  Through extensive renovations in 2021, Z’Tejas elevated its interior to combine contemporary elegance with a Southwest ambience. From luxurious furnishings to thoughtfully curated lighting, every detail is meticulously … [More]

The Italian Daughter Celebrates Tradition

by RaeAnne Marsh

Family tradition plays huge with The Italian Daughter. The restaurant’s name is, itself, homage to the late Tomaso Maggiore, whose restaurant on Central Camelback, Tomaso’s, was a Valley favorite. Following that tradition of hospitality, Melissa Maggiore Meyer sets a welcoming environment for fine dining with overtones of casual for diners to relax over their meal and enjoy … [More]

Savor the Mediterranean at Arboleda

by RaeAnne Marsh

Mediterranean is a relaxed atmosphere, which Arboleda delivers in the midst of the bustling urban shopping center Scottsdale Quarter. The restaurant’s indoor-outdoor design of open flow from patio to dining room is even more pronounced thanks to the indoor arches that create a courtyard effect. “I lived nine years in Spain, and I wanted to give Arizona something different … [More]

PHX Beer Co.’s Downtown Taproom Puts the Brewery on View

by Adam Wojcik

It has been a few years since PHX Beer Co.’s Brewery and Taproom in Downtown Phoenix became a fan favorite addition to the craft beer scene in Arizona.  Since its opening in 2019, the staff has been working to expand the taproom’s menu, adding sharable items such as house-made chips and salsa plus the pretzel bites paired with Arizona Gold cheese fondue and Iron Horse Porter … [More]

Recreo Cantina Takes Community to Heart

by RaeAnne Marsh

“At the end of the day, the community’s going to decide.” This statement by Schuyler Estes, general manager of Recreo Cantina, captures the heart of the transformation of Recreo to Recreo Cantina — because what the community told Estes and restaurant owner Niels Kreipke that they missed was the Mexican food experience. That could start with guacamole, made fresh daily with … [More]

Sfizio Makes Italian Personal 

by RaeAnne Marsh

“Something you don’t need but, for whatever reason, you want.” Chef Rocco Pezzano may have had tongue planted firmly in cheek when he named his restaurant “Sfizio,” but he understated the attraction of this Italian eatery. Family-owned and family-run, Sfizio Modern Italian Kitchen is a cozy neighborhood restaurant in north Phoenix where the warm atmosphere owes as much to … [More]

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]

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