58: Richie Moe

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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 guy with a long pour.

Tastemaker 58: Richie Moe

See also: Citizen R+D Now Open and Serving Crafty Cocktails

Richie Moe brings an arsenal of bartending tools, 15 years of experience behind the bar, and a lifetime of restaurant and industry background to Citizen Public House as chief mixologist and partner. Moe and executive chef Bernie Kantak have created an inventive menu of artfully formulated dishes with cocktails to match. Check out Citizen R+D, Moe's "research and development" speakeasy-style lab tucked away above the restaurant to taste the latest and greatest from the one of Phoenix's most imaginative mixologists...if you can find the door, that is.

I arrived in Phoenix with... my family in 1997, from Chicago. At the time I was pretty unsure of my path in life.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... my girlfriend, Tara; my parents, Dick and Ann; my sister, Gina; and my business partners, Bernie and Andrew. I think that's six people, though. I guess I'll stand.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... T. Cooks at the Royal Palms. The place seems magical to me. The ambiance is a perfect blend of vintage pueblo and Southwest. The beautiful foliage adds another element and let's not forget about chef Lee Hillson and his team's food. The service there is always spectacular.

One menu item this city could do without is... Prickly Pear Margarita. In my opinion, it's overdone.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... Omakase menu at Roka Akor. I'd eat anything they put in front of me!

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
94: Hanna Gabrielsson
93: Shinji Kurita
92: Silvana Salcido Esparza
91: Mike Pitt
90: Christina Barrueta
89: Christopher Gross
88: Jan Wichayanuparp and Helen Yung
87: DJ Fernandes
86: Cullen Campbell
85: Chris Lee
84. Gwen Ashley Walters
83: Tony Morales
82: Lylah Ledner
81: Andrea White
80: Lori Hashimoto
79. Mrs. White
78: Eugenia Theodosopolous
77: Lou & Lovey Borenstein
76: Anthony Patafio
75: Carl Seacat
74: Sacha Levine
73: Sharon Salomon
72: Johnny Chu
71: Susie Timm
70: Jason Silberschlag
69: Gina Miller
68: Cindy Gentry
67: Amy Binkley
66: Dave Anderson
65: Mark Tarbell
64: Marianne Belardi
63: Audrey Lasalle
62: Brandon Gauthier
61: Brad and Kat Moore
60: Denise Clayton
59: Nobuo Fukuda

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Location Info

Citizen Public House

7111 E. 5th Ave. Ste. E., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Citizen R+D - CLOSED

7111 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

T. Cook's

5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Royal Palms Resort and Spa

5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Roka Akor

7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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