Chow Bella's 12 Most Popular Phoenix Food and Restaurant Stories of 2012

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Good-bye historic charm, hello burgers and fries.


Fast Food Dump Continues at Seventh Avenue and McDowell, and It Stinks

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."

Are you a fan of the fast food dump? Check out the full debate here.


Is Matt's Big Breakfast Really Worth Getting Out of Your PJs For?

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.

See the debate here and weigh in on the debate.


What's the Most Overrated Food of 2012 So Far?

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?

I asked a few, and here's what they had to say.


Seven Hate-Free Chicken Sandwiches in Metro Phoenix

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.

Here are our seven favorite locally made, hate-free chicken sandwiches. Enjoy!

Location Info

Matt's Big Breakfast

825 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Federal Pizza

5210 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Amy's Baking Company

7366 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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