Baklava at Middle Eastern Bakery & Deli in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Dessert First

Jenny Zink
A beautiful display of baklava at the Middle Eastern Bakery and Deli.
The aroma of spices hits you as you walk in the door of the Middle Eastern Bakery and Deli in central Phoenix -- as well as the scent of freshly made desserts. This small counter-service restaurant and market serves all kinds of main dishes, but they put dessert first in their name -- so we will, too, for today's purposes. Indeed, it's hard to resist that dessert case on your way to the counter to place your order -- filled with sweets from cookies to baklava.

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Twisted Grove Parlor + Bar in Scottsdale: Oysters, Salads, and Housemade Ricotta for Dessert

Categories: First Taste

Lauren Saria
Twisted Grove in Scottsdale is an approachable neighborhood restaurant.
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Lauren Saria
Twisted Grove in Scottsdale
Restaurant: Twisted Grove
(formerly Twisted Root)
Location: 8220 North Hayden Road
Open: Almost a month
Eats: American
Price: $25+/person

With Wally's American Pub and Grassroots Kitchen and Tap, chef Chris Collins mastered the art of opening and operating a neighborhood restaurant. The ingredients are pretty simple: a menu that's safe but feels fresh, service that's casual and friendly, and an atmosphere that makes your clientele feel at ease.

And knowing of his other restaurants' success, it should come as no surprise that Collins' latest endeavor also delivers all three of those things.

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Chase Field to Debut New Restaurants, Including Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles and America's Taco Shop

Categories: News

Heather Hoch
Who doesn't want their baseball with a side of fried chicken and waffles?
When the Arizona Diamondbacks take the field for the 2015 season opener on Monday, April 6, attendees will have a slew of new dining options to explore at Chase Field. We already told you about the D-backs' newest creation, the Churro Dog, but it turns out the over-the-top dessert is far from the only new thing to eat at the stadium this season.

Chase Field will debut new restaurants and several new dining options that include a place for food trucks and a craft beer destination inside the stadium.

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20 Easter Food and Drink Specials in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Seasonal

Little Cleo's

Just in case the Easter Bunny doesn't bring you brunch, here are 20 dining options in metro Phoenix that will pair nicely with all that chocolate.

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Greasewood Flat in Scottsdale to Close; Western Antiques, Decor to Be Sold at Auction

The landmark Scottsdale bar and restaurants will close at the end of the month.
For more than 40 years, Greasewood Flat in Scottsdale has attracted a diverse crowd of cowboys, bikers, and tourists looking to get a taste of the Old West.

Sadly, at the end of the month, the restaurant and bar at 27375 North Alma School Parkway will close its doors for good.

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Should I Really Go to Brunch? (A Flowchart)

Categories: Flowchart

Illustration by Claire Lawton
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The Dressing Room to Open This Summer on Roosevelt Row

Dressing Room/Facebook
The menu will include "elevated shack food," according to Dressing Room partner Troy Watkins.
You already may have seen the sign in the window of the building at 220 East Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix, but, according to Troy Watkins, it's going to be a few more months until the newest restaurant on Roosevelt Row is ready to open its doors.

Called The Dressing Room, the restaurant will serve a menu of what partners Watkins and Kyu Utsunomiya are calling "elevated shack food" -- as in breakfast sandwiches, burritos, and more.

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3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Weekend Eats

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Get your salsa on this weekend in Maricopa.
Salsa Festival
Saturday, March 28

This weekend, head to Maricopa for the city's 11th annual Salsa Festival, during which salsa chefs compete for prizes including a grand prize of $1,000. The event will be held at Copper Sky Regional Park from 3 to 7 p.m. and will feature live entertainment from groups including Havana Soul, Ballet Folklorico Fuego de Phoenix, and Desert Sun Performing Arts. Attendees also will be able to taste salsa entries in categories such as hot, mild, and unusual and then vote in the People's Choice category. Admission to the event is free, but on-site parking costs $5 and salsa samples cost $1 each. For more information about the event, visit the Salsa Festival website.

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Andrew Calisterio and Micah Olson of Crudo in Arcadia: Spring Cocktail Guide, Continued

Categories: Hooch

Shelby Moore
'The Wishing Well' is comprised of stirred cucumber syrup, mezcal, rum, celery bitters and creme de menthe.

One of the questions I like to ask bartenders is what they throw on the stereo while they're opening or closing -- when no one, save for their co-workers, are listening. Because what really speaks more to the essence of a bar: the curated playlist for paying customers -- you know, that paints a pretty picture, or the stuff that knocks out prep, rounds out brainstorming, and un-zombifies those who sleep by day and work by night?

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Stone & Vine Urban Italian Expands to Chandler -- Here's the Menu

Categories: Now Open

Courtesy of Stone & Vine Urban Italian
JGP Restaurant Concepts' fourth restaurant is now open in south Chandler.
East Valley residents have a new place for Italian-inspired eats and wine with the opening of Stone & Vine Urban Italian, a restaurant from JGP Restaurant Concepts.

Located at 1035 West Queen Creek Road in the Octoillo neighborhood, this restaurant is the second location of Stone & Vine Urban Italian. The first restaurant is located at 9343 East Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale.

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