Monday, September 29, 2014

Rice Paper

More Brooklyn then Saigon which is understandable given the neighborhood. Good portions that satisfy your appetite without weighing down your afternoon. Not bad, even if the dishes aren't as authenticate as you'd like. 

The 'Must Try'-  The Firecracker Shrimp

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pig & Pickle

Feels more like Portland then Scottsdale which is very welcome.  A very accommodating staff and a menu that allows you to explore alternative pieces of animal from the comfort of your middle American sensibilities. A place you'd have no problem calling home.

The 'Must Try'- The Pork Shank with Yams

Pig and Pickle on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Save the date: New Times to Host Best of Phoenix A’fare at Burton Barr Central Library

Exclusive Discounted Tickets for All Bite Sized  Followers!

New Times will host the 15th annual Best of Phoenix A’fare at the Burton Barr Central Library on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 8 pm to 12:00am.

Tickets will include samples of signatures dishes from an array of Valley restaurants, as well as cocktails, wine and beer. Attendees can expect live music from local bands and DJs to provide the entertainment for the evening.

The restaurants participating in this year’s event include:  The Vig, The Rose and Crown Pub ,Hob Nobs, Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill, Bosa Donuts, Copper Star Coffee, 5 & Diner Phoenix, Nabers, Sweet Tomatoes, Frost Gelato, The Watershed, Oatmeal Café, Fogon Mexican Eatery, Giuseppe's on 28th, The Monastery , Rico's American Grill , Karl's Quality Bakery, Detroit Coney Grill, T-bone Steakhouse, Baby Kay's Cajun Kitchen, Tukee's Sports Grille, The Attic, Stacy's Smoke House BBQ, Focaccia Fiorentina, HEK Yeah BBQ, Wild Game Sports Grill, Metropolis, Boondocks , Jam Rock Café,  Central Wine, Uncle Bears with more to be announced.

This year's event will benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona.

The foundation's mission is to provide audio access to people who cannot read print because they have a disability. Service is available on the radio, telephone, and internet as a live stream or podcast. Sun Sounds of Arizona is also available in hospitals and residential facilities around the state. In fact, there are eight ways to tune-in. Sun Sounds of Arizona provides access to information many ways. Ways to Connect

In 2013, the event sold out, leaving zero tickets to be sold at the door. Those who want to ensure they get tickets to this year’s event can purchase tickets at .

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Ticket Cost:
– General Admission — $40 early bird, $45 advance, $55 day of event
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Tortas El Guero

Los Reyes gets all the Torta attention but El Guero is every bit as good with a slight edge for ambiance, service, and horchata. A few visits here and you will never consider a Subway sandwich again.

The 'Must Try'-We prefer the Cubana

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Los Reyes De La Torta

 The heavy weight of the heavy sandwich. The place responsible for introducing Phoenix to the meaty and complex splendor that is the Mexican torta.  Uncinch the belt, this sandwich will be with you for awhile.

The 'Must Try'- The Del Rey Torta

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Juan Jaime's Tacos and Tequila

Your taco options are limited in North Scottsdale but Juan Jaime's does the best job for those of us in need of a lunch time fix. The place might be better served as a fast casual concept but the service good and the salsa bar provides some nice color to the taco standards.

The 'Must Try'- Pick a trio of tacos.  They are all solid.

Juan Jaime's Tacos and Tequila on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Make it at home: Tarbell's Scotch Beef with Red Wine Gravy

Tarbell's is a long standing Biltmore cooridor staple with a reputation for fresh excellence.  This recipe is one of our favorites.

The Recipe: Tarbell's Scotch Beef with Red Wine Gravy

Beef and Veggies:
1 6-7 pound cross-rib or chuck roast
4 ounces vegetable oil
2 stalks celery
2 medium carrots
1 yellow onion
1 tsp chopped garlic
3 Roma tomatoes
2 cups red wine
1 quart water
Fresh herbs such as parsley, thyme, and oregano
  1. In heavy-bottomed pan, heat vegetable oil.
  2. Season beef with salt and pepper and sear on all sides until dark brown. 
  3. Remove to small roasting pan.
  4. Sauté all vegetables in same heavy pan until light brown, and deglaze with red wine.
  5. Add to beef.
  6. Add water and aromatic herbs, cover, and cook at 3500 until fork tender, about 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
Red Wine Gravy:
2 ounces flour
2 ounces melted butter
1 quart beef stock
1 quart veal stock
1/2 bottle dry red wine
2 sprigs fresh thyme
3 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
1/2 a yellow onion.
Salt and freshly ground pepper

  1. In small pan, combine flour and butter to make a roux.
  2. Add liquids, thyme, garlic, and onion and simmer to reduce by half.
  3. Strain, discarding solids.
  4. Season gravy to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve Scotch Beef surrounded with sautéed, seasonal vegetables. Serves 4-6

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fogon - A Mexican Eatery

Solid ambiance with the beginnings of a good menu but the execution still needs polish and we wish the menu would dive deeper into the heart of Mexico.  Work to be done before it can compete with Barrio or even the Blanco down the street.

The 'Must Try'- The fajita

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Hula's Modern Tiki

It's like Don the Beachcomber got a 21st century facelift.  The place is more haole then tiki but there is just enough vibe and menu to offer a "hang loose" respite from the Scottsdale heat.  We think the Phoenix location does a better job of capturing the island spirit.

The 'Must Try'- Macademia Crusted Butterfish

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