Jazz Up Brunch with New Orleans Milk Punch

Categories: Last Call

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JK Grence
Good morning!

Can I declare patio brunch season open? I'm excited enough about the change in seasons that this night owl bartender is almost willing to get out of bed before noon.

Almost.

My favorite part of brunch is, of course, the accompanying cocktails. After all, without them, brunch is just a late breakfast, right?

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Shine Coffee to Become Rollover Doughnuts + Coffee on Saturday, October 4

Categories: News

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Lauren Saria
The Bear Doughnut
Here's some big news for fans of Short Leash Hot Dog's sweet sister concept, Rollover Doughnuts: The food truck has a permanent home before its wheels have even hit the streets.

That's right, Rollover Doughnuts, the yet-to-be-revealed doughnut food truck from Brad and Kat Moore, is already making the move to brick-and-mortar. Shine Coffee owners Christiaan and Laryn Block have transferred ownership of their business to the Moores, who will use it to house an expanded version of their latest concept, Rollover Doughnuts + Coffee.

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Croque Madam from Merci French Cafe and Patisserie: 100 Favorite Dishes

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Heather Hoch
A French classic executed perfectly at Merci in Scottsdale.
Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria@newtimes.com.

4. Croque Madam from Merci French Cafe and Patisserie

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Flan Battle: Puerto Rican Latin Bar and Grill vs. Los Burritos

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Natalie Miranda
A little mountain of Puerto Rican flan.

It only takes five ingredients to make flan, and the round custard with a rich caramel flavoring is usually all that is needed to polish off any fine Mexican dinner. Occasionally, custard isn't everyone's dessert of choice, but when prepared right, the texture can be the best part.

We headed out to see if Puerto Rican Latin Bar and Grill or Los Burritos has the best flan.

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Roosevelt Row's Chile Pepper Festival 2014: Nominate A Chile Pepper Champion

Categories: Events

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Jeremiah Toller
Get ready to turn up the heat, Phoenix.
Roosevelt Row will be heating up next weekend when the third annual Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival goes down. The spicy event will take place on Saturday, September 27 at the A.R.T.S. Market from 5 to 11 p.m.

In addition to naming a best chile pepper dish during the event, Roosevelt Row will also be crowing a new Chile Pepper Champion. This community member is honored for his or her work supporting good food and nominations are being accepted online.

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Tomaso Maggiore's Vivo! Ristorante in Scottsdale Is Now Open; Here's the Menu

Categories: Now Open

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Courtesy of Vivo! Ristorante
The 12th restaurant from local restauranteur Thomaso Maggiore is now open.
The latest dining spot to come from Valley chef and restaurateur Tomaso Maggiore is now open at 6560 N. Scottsdale Road, in the same newly-built dining and retail complex as SumoMaya and Scramble. The restaurant and Italian marketplace is called Vivo! Ristorante and serves a menu of Italian cuisine inspired by Maggiore's travels around Italy.

In addition to lunch and dinner, Vivo! offers an array of Italian food products including wine by the bottle, dried pasta, and more.

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Pie Social 2014: Celebrity Baker Spots Are Going Fast! Grab Yours Now.

Categories: Pie Social

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Sarah Hurwitz
Fall is upon us. Have you figured out your Halloween costume yet? More important, are you thinking about pie?

Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row are hosting the fifth annual Pie Social on Saturday, November 15 from 2 to 5 at the "What Should Go Here" Pop Up Park at 2nd Street and Roosevelt.

Our celebrity chef line-up is looking great -- featuring both seasoned and first-time entrants, the competition will be tough -- and we have a few more slots to fill.

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Two Arizona Restaurants Make OpenTable's List of Best Restaurants for Foodies This Year

Categories: Wake Up Call

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Lauren Saria
Crudo's pig ears have become one of chef Cullen Campbell's most well-loved dishes.
Earlier this week OpenTable released an updated list of Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in America and this time only two Arizona restaurants made the cut. That's down from the five recognized by OpenTable last year.

The list, which is compiled by "analyzing more than five million reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the country," includes restaurants from 29 different states.


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Tsukuri Six from ShinBay: 100 Favorite Dishes

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Lauren Saria
Chef Shinji Kurita's spectacular omakase-style dinner changes daily.
Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria@newtimes.com.

5. Tsukuri Six from ShinBay

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7 Chef Steakout in Tempe Serves Beef 7 Ways

Categories: Events

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Josh Chesler
Starting things off with the sushi-like beef tartare set the pace for the entire meal.

When we heard there was going to be a "7 Chef Steakout" at Tempe's Top of the Rock, we immediately began counting down to the moment when the beef-filled extravaganza would begin. Seven dishes from seven of the Valley's top chefs and seven local beers and cocktails from Four Peaks were enough to get us there.

With the culinary experience now over, here's our summary of every deliciously meaty course.

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