5 Best Restaurants in Glendale Right Now

Categories: Top Lists

Wynter Holden
We'll admit that Glendale is always a great place to do some vintage shopping and a worthwhile place to dine before catching a concert or game, and right now it's also ground zero for football fans from all over the country.

As such, we thought it'd be an appropriate time to show some love to our favorite spots in Glendale -- and they're a diverse bunch. Whether you're looking for a charming family-owned spot in the heart of the city's downtown or on the hunt for a one-of-kind dining adventure, there's plenty to eat in this Valley suburb.

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Where to Find Bee Pollen in Metro Phoenix, and What It Does (And Bees Are Magic)

Categories: Chow Bella

Bee Pollen Hub / Flickr
These gold nuggets are the product of Honeybee Magic.

Don't be surprised if you see it popping up on local menus: Bee Pollen is this season's trending superfood. Here's what you need to know about it.

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Gallo Blanco at The Clarendon Hotel to Close at the End of the Week

Categories: News

Natalie Miranda
Prickly pear margarita from Gallo Blanco
As much as we wished that the rumors surrounding the closure of Gallo Blanco at The Clarendon Hotel were part of a cruel joke, owners Doug and Denise Robson announced on Facebook on Saturday that the restaurant will, in fact, close at the end of the month.

The post on the Gallo Blanco Facebook confirmed that the owners will part ways with the hotel and its operator at the end of the week, but according to Clarendon owner Ben Bethel, the restaurant will be open on February 1 and will serve "a very similar, yet refined menu."

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3 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Events

Courtesy of Bitter & Twisted
Bitter & Twisted Pop-Up Cocktail Garden
Starts Wednesday, January 28

With downtown Phoenix hosting Super Bowl Central, it's going to be hard to find a place to sit back, relax, and enjoy a drink. The good news is that Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour is hosting an outdoor pop-up cocktail garden where you'll be able to eat, drink, and hang out right across from all the action. From noon to 2 a.m. this Wednesday through Sunday, the pop-up cocktail garden will feature live DJ music, daily cocktail specials, and discounted beers, as well as oversized benches and community party tables. The only downside is that convenience doesn't come cheap. It will cost $20 for all-day access to the garden, which does include re-entry. The pop-up cocktail garden will be open to those 21 and over only.

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Alpine Beer Co. Comes to Arizona

We have entered the age of beer acquisitions -- craft breweries are now buying other craft breweries. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as businesses purchasing or joining forces with competitors is actually a sign of a healthy marketplace. The problem is in perception: When a craft brewery like Portland's 10 Barrel Brewing Co. is bought by a mega-brewer like Anheuser-Busch/InBev, drinkers write them off as sellouts and bemoan the death of the industry. When a craft brewery buys another craft brewery, however...

If you've driven to San Diego from Phoenix, you've likely passed right by Alpine Beer Co. I won't blame you for missing it; the place is tiny, just a 30-ish seat brewpub next to a small brewery tucked between trees on a mountain road. But the operation's size belies its impact -- Alpine makes some of the best hop-focused beers in the country. The brewery was founded in 1999 by homebrewer and career firefighter Pat McIlhenney and existed for three years as a contract operation, with beers made back down at sea level by AleSmith Brewing Co. in San Diego. The facility in Alpine, which opened its doors in fall 2002, today employs 20 folks and produces around 3,000 barrels of beer every year.

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Arizona Cocktail Week 2015: Here's The Schedule of Speakers, Events, and Seminars So Far

Categories: Events

Courtesy of Arizona Cocktail Week
Micah Olson competes at the Last Slinger Standing competition last year.
Arizona Cocktail Week is just around the corner, which means it time to start planning out your schedule of dining, drinking, and, of course, education for the eight day-long celebration of all things booze. From Saturday, February 14 to Saturday, February 21, cocktail lovers and booze hounds will have no shortage of things to do.

This year's schedule includes some return events such as the Cocktail Carnival, an outdoor party that will showcase dozens of vendors, carnival games, aerial pool performers, and cocktail tastings, as well as the Top Bars of America event, where some of the country's top mixologists will set up pop-up bars at the Hotel Valley Ho. There's also a lineup of educational seminars, many of which will focus of the spirit of the moment, whiskey.

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Danzeisen Dairy Brings Single-Source Milk to Metro Phoenix

Categories: Chow Bella, Grind

Zaida Dedolph
An alfalfa-nosed Holstein cow at Danzeisen Dairy.
I write a lot about coffee, but I feel like I've done Chow Bella readers a disservice. My tendency has been to focus on the terroir of coffee, on who produced it, on how it got to the cup in front of me. But how often have I asked (or answered) those same questions about milk? Its flavor attributes are every bit as dynamic as those of coffee, and its quality is equally - or maybe even more dependent- upon production methods, regional variations, and processing.

Also! Cattle is one of the "Five C's" of Arizona; Coffee, sadly, is not. So really, it's about time I gave a little love to coffee's favorite friend, milk. Which is easy to do, considering that metro Phoenix alone has a fantastic array of local dairy options to examine.

I started out on my quest by visiting Danzeisen Dairy in Laveen to see what makes their milk so special. Warning to the tenderhearted: This post is accompanied by many photographs of very adorable cows. Baby ones, even.

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9 Food and Drink Super Bowl Specials in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Seasonal

Super Bowl fever has officially hit the Valley of the Sun, so we've gathered some of the best food and drink events going on to celebrate the big game. It's such a pain to have a bunch of people over for the Super Bowl, so why not go out to eat?

It doesn't matter if you're a diehard Patriots fan, a 12th man, or not interested in football in the least, you can still enjoy the culinary festivities that Super Bowl XLIX will bring out around Phoenix.

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Only Remaining Location of Bill Johnson's Big Apple to Close and Become a Parking Lot

Categories: News

Kholood Eid
The only remaining location of Bill Johnson's Big Apple will close.
Things have been rough for the folks behind the Bill Johnson's Big Apple family of restaurants for quite some time. On November 12 the company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but that didn't stop the restaurant's locations in Mesa and North Phoenix from shuttering last year.

That left only one restaurant open, the original Bill Johnson's Big Apple located at 3757 East Van Buren in Phoenix. Now, according to The Arizona Republic, that restaurant is set to close, too.

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How to Make Rock & Rye (What the Hell Is Rock & Rye, Anyway?)

Categories: Last Call

JK Grence

A rather old-timey flavor that I've seen pop up here and there lately is Rock & Rye. I've occasionally seen bottles of it collecting dust on a liquor rack bottom shelf. If you're from Detroit, or a Juggalo (you know who you are), then your more common association is with Faygo's Rock & Rye flavor soda.

This largely forgotten potion goes back to well before Prohibition. Even ardent followers of the temperance movement had a bottle in their medicine cabinet despite the high alcohol content.

But just what is rock and rye?

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