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‘Big Daddy’ is back, and so is his menu

‘Big Daddy’ is back, and so is his menu

After more than 30 years in the restaurant and bar business, Dave Smith was ready for retirement. In July 2018 he said goodbye to his..

Raise a glass to Huss Uptown’s anniversary

Raise a glass to Huss Uptown’s anniversary

Two years ago this month, Huss Brewing opened the doors to its laid-back taproom nestled in the corner of Uptown Plaza, 100 E. Camelback..

A ‘clever’ addition opens Across the Pond

A ‘clever’ addition opens Across the Pond

If you think the name “Clever Koi” is well, clever, then you’ll love the name of the newest restaurant opened by Nicholas Campisano..

Ocotillo is a culinary as well as visual feast

Ocotillo is a culinary as well as visual feast

This time of year, the outdoors beckon, and you can’t find a much better spot for enjoying great food on a sunny, breezy afternoon than..

Freidkin passes the apron at TEXAZ Grill

Freidkin passes the apron at TEXAZ Grill

Change is in the wind at TEXAZ Grill, 6003 N. 16th St., with the retirement of co-founder Steve Freidkin, who is passing on the torch on to..

Mamma Toledo’s pampers your Pie Hole

Mamma Toledo’s pampers your Pie Hole

The holidays are upon us, and time can be one of our greatest gifts. Throughout December we’re on the run—shopping; schlepping gifts,..

Collins brings new focus to two revamped concepts

Collins brings new focus to two revamped concepts

Christopher Collins had a good thing going, with successful restaurants in Scottsdale, Biltmore, and now Central Phoenix.

Dogs and doughnuts worth sitting up and begging for

Dogs and doughnuts worth sitting up and begging for

There’s an old saying that when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. In a twist on that adage, Brad and Kat Moore, handed lemons by the..

Restaurant Progress—small but mighty fine

Restaurant Progress—small but mighty fine

Squeezed into a shoebox-size storefront embellished with funky antiques, and working from a postage-stamp kitchen tucked at the back,..

Bobby-Q’s offers succulent, slow-smoked goodness

Bobby-Q’s offers succulent, slow-smoked goodness

What is it about the aroma of slow-smoked brisket that quickens the salivary senses and sets the stomach grumbling, even if you’ve just..

Treating customers and staff like family at Babbo

Treating customers and staff like family at Babbo

The first thing that you notice when you walk into Babbo Italian Eatery, 6855 N. 16th St., is the smell of freshly baked bread. It’s a..

Feeney’s is long-time neighborhood favorite

Feeney’s is long-time neighborhood favorite

In a part of North Central Phoenix where new restaurants seem to spring up like wildflowers after a rain, there’s a clubby, cozy..

Tacos entice with global flavors

Tacos entice with global flavors

Raised in a family of cooks, Rich Hinojosa's aunts taught him how to make Mexican dishes. His food is a blend of all the places he's..

Out with the old, in with the new

Out with the old, in with the new

The area on 7th Street just south of Bethany home Road overnight became a popular dining destination, spurred by the opening of The Yard.

Dust Cutter’s Chef Strong kicks it up with native flavors

Dust Cutter’s Chef Strong kicks it up with native flavors

Jack Strong was recently named executive chef for the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown hotel and its signature restaurant, Dust Cutter.

At Frasher’s Smokehouse, you’re in barbecue heaven

At Frasher’s Smokehouse, you’re in barbecue heaven

One glance at the seemingly scant menu at Frasher’s Smokehouse, 3222 E. Indian School Road, will not prepare you for the intricacies of..

Customization is key at Gadzooks

Customization is key at Gadzooks

There’s something new at Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soups, 3313 N. 7th St., and it’s served from 8 to 11 a.m. daily. Owner Aaron Pool..

Freshening things up at Gallagher’s

Freshening things up at Gallagher’s

Two sisters took over the family business in March and immediately started doing some spring cleaning at Gallagher’s, 7575 N. 16th St.,..

My Mother’s cooking is just like home

My Mother’s cooking is just like home

A busboy and a cook walk into a restaurant and become part of the family that runs the restaurant. Twenty years later, they buy the place..

Diner’s healthy food aids customers, cancer patients

Diner’s healthy food aids customers, cancer patients

The first thing you should know about The Joy Bus Diner, 3375 E. Shea Blvd., is that there is no bus, nor is there a food truck— but..

Malaysian flavors, meatless wonders

Malaysian flavors, meatless wonders

The menu at Veggie Village, 1255 E. Northern Ave., is full of delightful and tasty surprises for the non-vegetarian. The family business,..

Popular sushi spot is a hidden gem

Popular sushi spot is a hidden gem

At the start of each shift at Akai Hana Sushi and Grill (8041 N. Black Canyon Hwy., Suite 112) the chefs sharpen their knives and prepare..

A taste of France in central Phoenix

A taste of France in central Phoenix

There’s a lot packed under the roof of the French Grocery, 5345 N. 7th Ave., and it all reflects the origins of the owners, Kevin and..

Desert-centric menu, creative beers at Helio

Desert-centric menu, creative beers at Helio

Wide-open spaces and a menu that will surprise and pleasantly tantalize your taste buds are what you will find at Helio Basin Brewing Co.,..

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