Sunday, August 30, 2015

In Search Of...Best Dishes

They are the pinnacle of the culinary experience, the sine qua non of dining if you will.  Certain regions, certain times, or certain chefs have introduced the palates to dishes so singular, so ground breaking, and masterful that they become absolute 'must stops' for those of us who have Epicurean leanings.

To that end, we at Bitesized are going to introduce a recurring series wherein we go in search of locations here in our beloved Valley that feature some of these glorious dishes.  We will provide you the proper background on the dishes as well as the places here that feature them.  We also will let you know if we feel that the restaurants featuring these dishes adequately captured their essence.

Later this week our first adventure begins in the quaint colonial town of Puebla, Mexico the reputed birthplace of Mole.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Old town Scottsdale has long been a haven to buy kitschy bolo ties and hear about rumored legends of Paris Hilton's time spent clubbing here.  EVO solidifies this area, along with Franco's and Marcellino's as the Valley's "Little Italy".  We welcome back the original 'Cuoco Pazzo', Chef DeRuvo and he brings back many of the dishes that we have loved at his past spots, namely the Raviolo, Arancini, and Focaccia di Recco.

The 'Must Try'- A lot to like but you must get the Focaccia di Recco

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Vincent’s On Camelback

Once you properly adjust your expectations and assuming you don't show up at the same time that the gray hairs are partaking of their 'Early Bird'' meals you will find find out why this is one the long standing dining landmarks in Phoenix.  French food is a lot tastier and less pretentious when it has spent a little time in the Southwest.

   The 'Must Try'-  Sure the famed duck tamales are great but we are partial to the Wild Boar Loon

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Knock Kneed Lobster

A no frills, wrong part of town kind of place that simply serves some of the best fish and chips in town.  The best options are fried but they do offer a rather expansive seafood menu at some of the lowest prices you'll see around.

The 'Must Try'- Fish and Chips with some shrimp

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Sushi Broker

Good sushi but we all know that the scene is just as important. This place has an a great vibe for a congenial happy hour and a creative menu that satisfies the purist and the novice alike.

The 'Must Try'- The Surfer

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Born & Glazed

The donut is the next venerable American staple to get the artisan twist and this place has some of the better offerings in the Valley. Still new and with a few 'beginners' kinks related to consistency to work through.

The 'Must Try'- A Bacon Glazed and Prickly Pear

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Frank & Albert’s

Immerse yourself in a setting inspired by Mr.Frank Lloyd Wright himself and savor some of the better Southwestern infused upscale comfort food this side of anything offered at Kai.  It truly captures the essence of its famous namesake.

The 'Must Try'-  The Rocky Point Grouper

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Fry Bread House

Probably the most unassuming James Beard winning establishment that you will ever visit.  A easy and tasty way to comfortably enjoy some of our local heritage.

The 'Must Try-'s one of these

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015


A perfectly safe corporate restaurant concept incorporating recent trends in Italian and making them palatable to the trend following yet unadventurous Scottsdale majority.  Not destination by any means but a solid pairing with a movie next door.

The 'Must Try'- Chilean Sea Bass Livornese

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Dilly's Deli

A long-standing Phoenix spot serving up solid soup and sandwiches for the hurried business lunch crowd.  Still stands out in an increasingly competitive and creative sandwich landscape.

The 'Must Try'- Dilly Club with Bread Bowl of Chowder

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