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Jackie Mercandetti
Aaron May's Praying Monk in Scottsdale Plays Out Like a Punk Rock Show

If a restaurateur could be likened to a music genre, then chef Aaron May is punk rock.
The well-known Valley chef and restaurateur does what he wants, the way he wants to, and with zero apologies.

And his newest venture, Praying Monk, in Old Town Scottsdale, plays out like a punk rock show. The scene is a mash-up of industrial and dimly lit DIY. The ever-changing menu of modern American food, like a set list, offers May the ability to add and subtract whenever and however he likes. Some songs (or dishes) are fist-pumpers, while others aren't nearly as good -- and have you heading for the bar. That's a good thing at Praying Monk, since an extensive selection of beer is one of the things it does best.

Read the review of Chef Aaron May's Praying Monk.

--Laura Hahnefeld


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Micheal McManara Photography
OpenTable Announces 100 Best Restaurants in America: Arizona Nabs Four, Chicago Gets Zip (Wait, What?)

Open Table, the online restaurant reservations provider, has released its 2012 Diners Choice Award winners for the Top 100 best restaurants in the United States. And while its thumbs up for four Arizona venues, one of the country's top food cities, Chicago, doesn't get a single restaurant mention.

Whoa, first we were all like, "Yay!" and know we're all like, "Hey . . ."

See who made Open Table's list from Arizona.

--Laura Hahnefeld


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7217 E. 1st St., Scottsdale, AZ

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