Saturday, February 6, 2016

1000 Degrees Neopolitan Pizza

I know you're probably thinking 'do we really need yet another fast casual pizza place offering up $9 pies made in 90 seconds'?  Finally, one fast pizza concept worth keeping around.The price point is on par and the flavor is Naples approved.

The 'Must Try'- Tick off the purists and savor the Buffalo Chicken

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Simon's Hot Dogs

A welcome fast casual and lower price point for the area.  The frantically fantastic owner and his staff aim to please with some very well executed fresh takes on the Hot Dog.  Do yourself a favor, imagine a Caribbean breeze, and sample the Colombian dog.

The 'Must Try'- Take their suggestion and go full Colombian!

Simon's Hot Dogs Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Tortilla Fish

The fish taco torch has been officially passed from Rubios.  Tough to find better seafood at this price.  Fresh and flavorful fish that can be dressed a variety of ways as well as a few other solid earth bound options.  Also, a friendly staff that works hard to ensure your experience is up to par.

The 'Must Try'- Get a standard fish taco and a machaca style fish taco

Tortilla Fish Taco Shop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Yard

They do a pretty good job "manufacturing" fun for those who typically don't have the ambition or wherewithal to generate some on their own.  Good restaurants and a safe bet to hold your next office party.  Also, the parking/valet situation is a mess.

The 'Must Try'- All the favorites from Culinary Dropout and Barrio Urbano but we recommend something shareable like the soft pretzels.

Culinary Dropout Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, December 7, 2015

Hiro Sushi

From the outside it looks a typical Scottsdale strip mall.  But open that door and you will be instantly transported to an awesome Izakaya style restaurant you'd likely find tucked away on one of Tokyo's busy side streets.  While they do have menu items that cater to our Western tastes the experience is far more enriching when you leave the familiar script and get a little more adventurous. 

The 'Must Try'- Their Chirashi

Hiro Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Keegan's Grill

A solid spot for pub fare, camaraderie, and a game.  Not destination eating by any means but a comfortable setting with a comfortable menu.

The 'Must Try'- Rosemary Chicken

Keegan's Grill on Camelback Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Cafe Rio

Utah's culinary contribution to the world which means something overly sweet, cheap, and served in large portions.  A more tasty and less heralded lunch alternative to Chipotle.

The 'Must Try'- Sweet Pork Salad

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Noble Eatery and Bakery

This place has the pedigree and expectations that come from Claudio Uriciuoli and his time at Noca and his apprenticeship with Nancy Silverton.  A very simple setting and concept executed at a high level by one of the best craftsmen in the Valley.

The 'Must Try'- The menu board varies but is always good

Noble Eatery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, November 1, 2015

In Search Of ... Uovo Raviolo

Pasta. The gluten laden sauce sopping staple that has satisfied humanity since the days of Confucius. But the Italians deserve special recognition for taking advantage of Marco Polo's travels and elevating the noodle to new heights.  Think it's all just spaghetti and penne?  Read this link first and get back to us in a minute.

What typically makes pasta so universally loved is its simplicity and versatility.  In the right hands it can be made in minutes and it truly accentuates whatever it is mixed with, whether it is something from the garden or the nearby sea.  While most pasta shines in these humble farm fresh settings there are some moments that require something truly rich and decadent.

And when that moment calls we suggest the uovo raviolo.  

A peak at the beginnings of this blissful dish
You want something memorable?  Try this on for size.  Let's start with hand made ravioli that oozes out a creamy orange yolk. That's just the first step, the pasta is also joined by ricotta cheese & spinach. Had enough?  Well now it gets real with thinly shaved white truffle and parmigiano.  Top it off with some sea salt and freshly ground pepper for good measure. Yes this dish was originally invented for an Italian royal.

Ok, let's bring it back home to Phoenix.  

The version offered at EVO
You are probably asking yourself where you can sample such sumptuous dish?  The Olive Garden?  Not quite yet, my never ending breadstick loving friend.  Back in the day your best bet was Noca.  With that option gone we direct you to the good folks at EVO in Old Town Scottsdale. We have Chef Peter DeRuvo to thank for this.  He brought this dish over from his days at Davanti Enoteca and his time spent in Tuscany. 

While not quite as rich as the original from the San Domenico in the old country this holds up well.  The super expensive truffles have been substituted for a more sensible but equally tasty portion of bacon.  A little ironic don't you think? 

The raviolo is destination eating at it's best.  It truly is pasta elevated. We are surprised that more spots around Phoenix don't offer this.  In the mean time make a beeline to EVO.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Mod Pizza

A slightly tastier and moderately more hip pizza place then its fast casual corporate cousin, Fired Pie.  A solid Thursday night option when you want something quick and easy for the family.

The 'Must Try'- The Tristan

MOD Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato