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]

Picazzo’s: Fusion Approach to Modern Italian

by Chris Disney

Restauranteurs are an adaptable bunch. But last year was a wild ride none of us could have predicted. At Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen, we are fortunate to have a passionate and loyal customer base who continued to support us with takeout orders during the shut-down, and a seasoned staff who rolled with the unpredictability, solving each challenge that came along. I am … [More]

Renata’s Hearth: Latin America Meets the Southwest

by Mike Hunter

No, it’s not open for lunch, so really Renata’s Hearth is not a “Power Lunch” location. But it is a powerful experience. The Biltmore’s storied Frank Lloyd Wright architecture provides a dramatic setting, with the dining room furnished in aged leather and woven textures and brightened by colorfully rendered portraits that punctuate a few of the dividing walls. Opened in May, … [More]

The Herb Box: Return to Roots with a Casual Concept 

by Susan Wilcox

The Herb Box is ecstatic to announce the relocation of our North Scottsdale restaurant from DC Ranch to Shea Blvd. in a return to our roots just down the street from our very first restaurant location. Our beautiful, new, 6,000-square-foot space will open in June and will include a larger kitchen, an expansive patio, a gourmet marketplace, ample indoor and outdoor seating and … [More]

Ghost Ranch: Redefining Southwestern Cuisine

by David Mora

Navigating through the fire that 2020 imposed upon the hospitality industry was tough. As a restaurant that takes pride in the experience we provide for our customers, we knew being able to do so from a distance would be a difficult feat. Unwilling to sacrifice our identity, Ghost Ranch shut its doors from July to January to take the time to perfect our craft before reopening … [More]

The Craftsman Cocktails and Kitchen: Built on (of course) Craftsmanship

by Steven Morin

Roughly one year ago, The Craftsman Cocktails and Kitchen was in the works. With the COVID-19 crisis not yet in sight, business ventures were going as planned, and smoothly at that. When the pandemic took the world by storm, however, the owners and investors decided it was best to slow things down and push plans back. The Craftsman finally set an opening date for several months … [More]

Z’Tejas Continues to Sizzle

by Robby Nethercut

Operating and maintaining a lasting restaurant is a challenge. As new establishments open, food and dining trends come and go; how do you continue to stay exciting and popular, even during a pandemic?  Z’Tejas Southwest Grill has been shaking up margaritas and sizzling Southwestern food for more than 30 years in the Valley. We believe our team members and the indulgen t … [More]

Superstition Downtown: Uniquely Pairing Mead and Food

by Jeff Herbert

Superstition Downtown is the world’s first mead-and-food-pairing restaurant, a collaboration forged between chefs and mead makers, and we are so excited to offer a truly one-of-a-kind experience.  Opening a restaurant in 2020 was filled with challenges from the international pandemic and corresponding government shutdowns disproportionately targeting the service industry. In … [More]

Get Back to Lunch in Downtown Phoenix

by Devney Preuss

There’s no disputing that 2020 has pushed us to rethink the way we live, work and play. It has also left us with an insatiable appetite for the things we relish. High up on that list is taking in a leisurely midday break with colleagues and friends to catch up over a delicious alfresco lunch on an airy patio. Much like its namesake, which is known for rebirth and … [More]

Kasai Japanese Steakhouse: The Food, the Fire, the Fun 

by Mike Russello

The hospitality industry is all about bringing people together and creating lasting memories. If this pandemic has taught this industry anything, it’s how to creatively think outside the box when it comes to keeping everyone safe while not compromising on the experience. When COVID-19 caused us to have to shut down, we decided to begin the construction of some upgrades … [More]

Mr. Mesquite Taqueria: Mexican Street Food Experience

by Ahmad and Naser Alatrash 

The restaurant industry is a tough one in even the very best of times, but anyone navigating 2020 can attest that this year has created even more challenges and hurdles for today’s hospitality business owners. It wasn’t something my brother and I, who are Phoenix natives, expected to face so soon after launching our first Mr. Mesquite Taqueria in Old Town Scottsdale in 2015 — … [More]

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