Chow Bella's 12 Most Popular Phoenix Food and Restaurant Stories of 2012
Good-bye historic charm, hello burgers and fries.
By Laura Hahnefeld
For those of you lamenting downtown's lack of exciting restaurant choices, please direct your attention for a moment to an arguably more disturbing development going on at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and McDowell Road -- an intersection that touches the F.Q. Story, Willo, and Encanto-Palmcroft historic districts -- and take a long, deep breath.
Smell that? That's the stench of the fast food dump developers are continuing to take in what could have been one of many different and more interesting solutions of what to do with this historic district intersection. In this case, favoring several national fast food chains over independent restaurant owners as a way to define "progress."
Writers Lauren Saria and Ando Muneno debate the value of rolling out of bed and going to Matt's Big Breakfast on a lazy Sunday morning. Ah, the eternal question, to cook Sunday breakfast or to have somebody cook for you.
By Laura Hahnefeld
This year, it seems like we've seen more Angus beef, truffles, mesclun greens, and bacon on restaurant menus than ever before. And despite some food trends never seeming to die out (cupcake, anyone?), are there any eats in 2012 Valley chefs and restaurateurs would dub the most overrated thus far?
By Shannon Armour
All this talk of chicken sandwiches lately has made us hungry for one thing -- a chicken sandwich.
But not just any ol' chicken sandwich, we want a delicious, hate- free chicken sandwich that believes that everyone should have the chance to enter into a life of sitting on a couch getting fat with the person they love. A chicken sandwich that wants everyone to experience in-laws and family reunions. And, most importantly, we want a chicken sandwich from one of our fine, local restaurants.