94: Hanna Gabrielsson

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From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creatives on Jackalope Ranch.

Today, a woman with a truly unique restaurant -- beginning with the name.

There are few things in life that make us smile the way uttering the words Beaver Choice do -- and no, we're not smiling because of the unusual name, we're smiling because of the utterly delicious Swedish/Polish/Canadian food Hanna Gabrielsson serves up from tiny this Tempe spot. Born and raised in Poland, Gabrielsson discovered her love for food while living in Sweden where she worked as a waitress in Stadshuset -- Stockholm's City Hall. In 2001, she moved from Sweden to Canada, and by 2010 had decided to open a restaurant in Phoenix. And the rest is (delicious) history.


I arrived in Phoenix with... two dogs, my family and the American Dream in mind.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... President Obama, Bill Maher, Hillary Clinton, Shirin Ebadi [Nobel Peace Prize winner of 2003], and George Clooney.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Venezia's Pizza.

One menu item this city could do without is... hot-and-sour soup (tom yum) at Thai Basil -- it's a disaster.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... Yupha's Thai Kitchen -- the best Thai
food in the Valley.

The Tastemakers so far:
100: Tracy Dempsey
99: Craig DeMarco
98: Lara Mulchay
97: M.J. Coe
96: Betty Alatorre de Hong
95: Eric Schaefer

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Location Info

Beaver Choice

745 W. Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Venezia's New York Style Pizzeria

33 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Thai Basil

403 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Yupha's Thai Kitchen

1805 E. Elliot Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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David Bickford
David Bickford

"hot-and-sour soup (tom yum) atThai Basil -- it's a disaster."

I'm not sure whether to think of that answer as weird for being so specific or unprofessional for being such a sharp criticism of one restaurant by the owner of another. 


seriously the food at Beaver Choice is good and I am certain nothing has castoreum in it

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