85 Metro Phoenix Places to Eat and Drink: Super Bowl Guide

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Hey there, Phoenix! We're rolling out the grassy green carpet in honor of the biggest event to hit town since - well, since the last Super Bowl rolled through. The 49th annual celebration of all things professional football promises to be the grandest yet, and Phoenix New Times has it all mapped out. From parties and Super Bowl-centric events to must-do restaurants, bars, shopping and attractions, we've got you covered.

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Cartel Hosts Two Brothers "Tap Takeover" Today, January 21

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Heather Hoch
For one day only, Cartel Coffee's Scottsdale store will surrender five of their taps to Chicago's Two Brothers Brewing Company.

Phoenix is about to get a lil' taste of Chicago: next week, Two Brothers Brewing Company will open a taphouse at Scottsdale Road and Drinkwater.

To welcome their beer brethren into town, Cartel Coffee Lab's Scottsdale location will be hosting a "tap takeover" today, January 21st at 6 pm.


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Help Wanted! Chow Bella's Looking for Cocktail, Wine, and Dessert Columnists

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Lauren Saria
Chow Bella has immediate openings on our freelance staff for writers -- including those looking to focus on cocktails, wine, or dessert.

We are looking to pass the baton on columns including Dessert First, Hooch, and Vine Geeks.

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5 Metro Phoenix Juice Bars That'll Make You Want to Drink Your Meals

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Heather Hoch
Drinking your vegetables is the new eating your vegetables.
So, you're thinking about juicing.

Maybe you're still clinging to that New Year's Resolution; maybe you're just looking to rid your body of last night's tequila. Whatever your motivation might be, Phoenix is #blessed with tons of local cold-pressed juice options. If you're not yet ready to splurge on a juicer of your own, or if you're just looking for inspiration, check out these local liquid-diet hot spots.

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Project Phoenix: Pulling Mozzarella with Robbie Tutlewski of Pane Bianco

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Happy New Year, Phoenix! What, you've already broken all your resolutions? Yeah, us too. But we're bouncing back with some inspiration. Whether you've been considering a new hair style or a new kitchen project, we're here to help with Project PHX, our annual "how to" guide. Step into Pane Bianco's kitchen to learn how to pull mozzarella. Or brew beer, crochet dread locks, learn how to build an electric guitar and make a screen print. Five local experts are here to guide you. Today: Pulling mozzarella with Robbie Tutlewski.

See also: Project Phoenix: Brewing Beer with Dennis Mitchell of the Arizona Society of Homebrewers

It's pretty much a rite of passage in Phoenix to get a mozzarella, tomato, and basil sandwich from Pane Bianco. Chris Bianco's little sandwich shop on Central Avenue between Indian School and Camelback roads offers only three sandwiches every day, after all, and that's one of them. While the aromatic basil and juicy local tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper certainly play a role in its popularity, the fresh slab of mozzarella is definitely the star of the show in this sandwich.

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You already might have known that the crew at Pane Bianco makes its own mozzarella, but you might not know that the restaurant's sizable back of house operates as both a commissary and a test kitchen for Bianco's other restaurants in town. At the helm, chef Robbie Tutlewski is free to experiment. Lately, that means making and curing his own salami, pancetta, breasola, and mortadella in house, but since the beginning of Pizzeria Bianco, which celebrated its 20th year in operation in November 2014, Bianco has been making mozzarella in-house.

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Project Phoenix: Brewing Beer with Dennis Mitchell of the Arizona Society of Homebrewers

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Photos by Heather Hoch
Happy New Year, Phoenix! What, you've already broken all your resolutions? Yeah, us too. But we're bouncing back with some inspiration. Whether you've been considering a new hair style or a new kitchen project, we're here to help with Project PHX, our annual "how to" guide. Step into Pane Bianco's kitchen to learn how to pull mozzarella. Or brew beer, crochet dread locks, learn how to build an electric guitar and make a screen print. Five local experts are here to guide you. Today: brewing beer with Dennis Mitchell.

Dennis Mitchell might not work at a commercial brewing facility, but as the only certified master-level beer judge in Arizona (one of 130 in the country) and the vice president of the Arizona Society of Homebrewers, Mitchell knows his beer.

That wasn't always the case. He admits that before he began brewing about five years ago, he really wasn't that into beer. A free class at Gilbert's Brew Your Own Brew changed all that.

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4 Favorite Breakfast Spots Near Your Favorite Metro Phoenix Trails

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The view from the top is so much more satisfying when you know that delicious food is waiting for you at the bottom.

There is no greater pleasure in life than waking up early on a cool Phoenix morning, walking around on a mountain for a few hours, eating your weight in breakfast food, and then taking a long, delicious nap. Here are a few awesome breakfast spots, near some of our favorite hiking trails. You'll have to supply the nap yourself.

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8 Mexican Restaurants in Metro Phoenix You've Probably Never Tried -- But Should

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Natalie Miranda
The pollo, fish and gobernador tacos from Gorda's Baja Taco.
If "try something new" is on your To Do list, you're in luck. We know you have your favorite Mexican spot, but leave your comfort zone and you just might discover a gem. Here are 10 places we urge you to try.

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What's Fresh Right Now at the Gilbert Farmer's Market

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Zaida Dedolph
Crooked Sky Farms offers a great deal on loose-leaf lettuce at the Gilbert Farmer's Market.

If you find yourself in the East Valley on a Saturday morning, the Gilbert Farmer's Market is a delicious place to get lost for a few hours. If you're strictly on the hunt for local produce, this might not be your best Metro Phoenix option; while the market did feature a handful of fruit and veggie peddlers, a majority of the vendors were selling prepared foods, cooking accessories, or artwork.

Though the Gilbert market is decidedly more "Market" than it is "Farmers," we sampled plenty of praise-worthy local products.


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Brussels Sprouts Three Ways at St. Francis in Phoenix

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They've had a bad rap, but St. Francis' Winter Menu proves that brussels sprouts can be so much more than the bitter mush your mom made.

We've all been there. It's barely January, and you've already exhausted every butternut squash, kale, and root veggie recipe in your arsenal. Throughout the first few weeks of fall, you tried in earnest to keep the spirit of winter vegetables alive; you roasted them, mashed them, stewed, and sautéed -- but now it's still cold out, and coming up with innovative recipes seems like a pretty arduous task.

Before you resign yourself to another night of boring roasted brussels sprouts (let's be real, that's soooo2013,) take some inspiration from St. Francis's Winter Menu. They're currently featuring three delicious brussels sprout dishes that could take your seasonal vegetable game to the next level.

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