11 Metro Phoenix Couples We'd Rather Watch Run a Restaurant Than Amy and Samy

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Courtesy of Chris Gross
Chris and Paola back in the day
The horror of -- and fascination with -- the Amy and Samy Show may have been seeing people's obvious dysfunction laid bare. That's why we love reality TV. It lets us feel superior. And boy did we ever, watching that train wreck. Here were two people who seemed to love each other but obviously had no business 1. operating a restaurant and 2. operating a restaurant together.

See also:
-- Chasing Amy: Overcooked Reality and the Decline of Western Civility
Amy's Baking Company: The Complete History

So it got us thinking about the local couples who do a fabulous job of running a restaurant together. Here are eleven of of our favorites. Please, someone, give one of these couples their own reality show -- not Amy and Samy.

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Matt and Ernie Pool

Matt and Erenia Pool of Matt's Big Breakfast and Giant Coffee

When Matt and Ernie (Erenia) Pool opened Matt's Big Breakfast in 2004, they weren't entirely sure their idea would fly, so Ernie kept her day job with Marriott, coming into the restaurant on weekends to wait tables. A few years down the line, when they got crazy-busy with lines out the door, Ernie transitioned to full-time. These days, she's the GM, the one Matt says "runs the whole show" while he works behind the scenes on concepts, menus and relationships with vendors. "She opens the restaurant every day," he says. "Sometimes I have to reintroduce myself to customers, they're so accustomed to seeing Ernie."

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Courtesy of Larry White, Jr.
Lo-Lo and Rasheedah White, Jr.

Larry and Rasheedah White, Jr. of Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles

Larry White (aka Lo-Lo) is quick to say that his wife Rasheedah is "the brains of the outfit." She kept her own career for many years, but slowly became more and more involved as Lo-Lo's business grew. When they opened their fancy new downtown Phoenix location, right next to the tiny original, it was Rasheedah who handled the financials and made sure everything was in order. "My role," Lo-Lo says, "is to make sure the food tastes good. I get money in the door, and Rasheedah makes sure it stays in the door."


Location Info

Matt's Big Breakfast

825 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Giant Coffee

1437 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles

1220 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge

2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Binkley's Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Bink

36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Bink's Midtown

2320 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Amuse Bouche Gourmet Bistro & Catering

17058 W. Bell Road, Surprise, AZ

Category: Restaurant

BLD Restaurant

1920 W. Germann Road, Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Essence Bakery Cafe

825 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Vincent on Camelback

3930 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Breadfruit

108 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Rum Bar

108 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

America's Taco Shop

735 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Petite Maison

7216 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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12 comments
bmcphx
bmcphx

I've had bad meals at America's and the owner has berated me for saying so in the past. personally I think he's a jerk

MADD
MADD

It doesn't take much to beat the clowns who own Amy's Baking Company but this is a great list of decent honest hardworking people.

dnsbayer
dnsbayer

I have to disagree here and take ABC's side! These restauranteurs are 'boring'! Amy and Samy have pizazz, personality and truthfulness! Not too mention, brilliant marketers of their brand.

Karen Stone
Karen Stone

Sorry, but the above photo does not make me want to read the article.

Sumosommelier
Sumosommelier

I know alot of those restaurant couples and they're a pretty great list of how you do the couple thing in hospitality!

Rich Sullivan
Rich Sullivan

great idea, celebrate the successes, and let amy and samy slide into obscurity.

dontbugme.rubio
dontbugme.rubio

Great places and people, but you need to check out "Taqueria los Yaquis" behind Charlies on 7th ave and Camelback. THE BEST $1 TACOS IN PHX!!!!!

The owners are very professional and fun.


YAQUI TACOS #1!

latinogeorgie
latinogeorgie

America's was one of my favorite taco shops in town. However as of late the service has really gone downhill, I loved going there for breakfast burritos but now it seems the staff is always late starting, and never really prepared to take customers even an hour into breakfast service. Great food whenever you can get it, they open too late and close too early, they are missing out on a lot of money that could be going into the front door

latinogeorgie
latinogeorgie

Love Yaquis, but got food poisoning from a chicken Quesadilla

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