When Good Restaurants Have Bad Coffee

Categories: Grind

Zaida Dedolph
Just say no.

The Henry is undeniably beautiful. The Sam Fox Concept is bright and sunny, has a gorgeously polished interior, sumptuous seating, and a patio that summer dreams are made of. The food is, in classic Sam Fox style, simple but well-executed, the cocktails are top-notch, and the whiskey list is long and impeccably curated. This is a space where every detail has been deliberately crafted to fit with an overall image of quality and comfort.

To this restaurant, which seems to have paid such immaculate attention to every tiny facet of the customers' experience, we pose this question: why do you serve such absolutely abysmal coffee?!

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

Categories: Events

Susie Timm
Faux Pho
Kale & Clover: Mindful Kitchen
Today through Sunday, March 1

This week local restaurateur German Osio opens his fourth concept called Kale & Clover: Mindful Kitchen. As a health-focused restaurant, Kale & Clover offers mostly vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free with the option to add proteins to many dishes. In addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant serves cold-pressed juices, smoothies, nut milks, herb-infused spa waters, locally roasted coffees, and espresso drinks, as well as beer and wine. During the restaurant's opening week a select number of diners will be able to try the new menu for free: the first 30 guests for breakfast, 30 for lunch, and 40 for dinner each day will receive a complimentary meal up to $18 value. Donations will be accepted to benefit Amy's Army, which benefits individuals with spinal cord injuries.

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9 Classic Mexican Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Top Lists

Heather Hoch
Carolina's Oaxacan burro is a thing of beauty.
We are lucky in Phoenix to have some of the most creative, innovative and tasty out-of-the-box Mexican cuisine in the country. But sometimes you just want a bean and cheese burrito from your old standby. So here's a list of nine of our favorite classic Mexican restaurants in metro Phoenix.

Whether you pronounce it Carlo-LIE-nas or Caro-LEE-nas, there's almost no chance you can live in Phoenix and not know, and love, this restaurant. And no, we don't mean the North Phoenix or Peoria locations, but the original restaurant located in South Phoenix.

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How to Make a Bermuda Rum Swizzle

Categories: Last Call

JK Grence
Since the weather is idyllic around here, let's ditch the winter drinks and pull out something bright and summery.

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The Montauk in Scottsdale: Great Patio -- But Skip the Lobster Roll

Categories: First Taste

Lauren Saria
Lobster Roll from The Montauk
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
Inside The Montauk
Restaurant: The Montauk
Location: 4360 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Open: About three weeks
Eats: New American
Price: $15 to $20+/person

Designed to look something like a Long Island beach house, this new spot took over the building that formerly housed Bungalow, a sports bar and restaurant. With a new white paint job on the outside and a dining room decorated in eclectic, East Coast preppy style inside, there's no doubt that, at least aesthetically, The Montauk is a nice change.

As for the menu, it almost seems as if The Montauk can't decide between embracing its Long Island theme and appeasing the tastes of Scottsdale's conservative and health-driven diners. You'll find clam chowder and a lobster roll, but also an $11 hot dog and green curry shrimp.

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7 Products We Really Want After the Arizona Cocktail Week Artisanal Spirit and Cocktail Market

Categories: Saria, Top Lists

Lauren Saria
Suerte Tequila will launch in Arizona next week.
This year's Arizona Cocktail Week Artisanal Spirit and Cocktail Market was a rowdy daytime affair (we blame the free Smirnoff Ice vending machine), but still offered cocktail enthusiasts plenty to see and taste. The vendors ranged from craft distillers to local artisans showcasing everything you could need to make great drinks at home or at a bar.

Not all of the products are available yet or at retail liquor stores, but most can be found at specialty shops such as Tops Liquor in Tempe. If you spot one of the spirits at a local bar, you can also ask if they have a liquor license that allows them to sell bottles to retail customers. Some do.

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Christopher Collins To Open Twisted Root Parlor + Bar in Scottsdale Next Month

Common Ground Culinary
Charred Brussels Sprouts
Chef Christopher Collins, the guy behind Grassroots Kitchen in Scottsdale and Tempe and son of Wally Collins of Wally's American Pub 'n Grille, will add a new restaurant to the family collection next month. The new spot, called Twisted Root Parlor + Bar, will be located at 8220 N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale, taking over the space formerly occupied by Scottsdale Station.

Compared to the other spots in the Common Ground Culinary arsenal (that's the restaurant development company Collins started that includes Grassroots and Wally's), this new spot aims to be cooler, younger, and more casual. Look for community tables, handmade cocktails, and affordable American fare.

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Yaya's Tacos Brings Gluten-Free and Paleo-Friendly Mexican Food to Metro Phoenix

Courtesy Yaya's Tacos
Esteban and Lizz Garcia with daughter Yasenya.
For the health-conscious, Mexican food is often reserved for a "cheat day." A new food truck to hit Valley streets is out to change that. Yaya's Tacos bills itself as Arizona's first gluten-free and Paleo-friendly truck, and it might be headed to a Crossfit gym near you.

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

Categories: Weekend Eats

Tempe Empty Bowls/Facebook
Tempe Empty Bowls
Tomorrow and Saturday, February 21

This Friday and Saturday you can help fight local hunger by heading to the Tempe Empty Bowls event. Attendees can purchase a handmade ceramic bowl for $10, which Whole Foods will fill with a simple lunch of soup and bread. Proceeds from the bowls will go to local charities including the Tempe Community Action Agency, the Escalante Community Garden, and United Food Bank's Kid's Café program. On Friday, the event will be held at 6th Street Park (just south of City Hall in Downtown Tempe) and on Saturday at the Community Center Courtyard at 3500 South Rural Road. Both events will go from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information check the Tempe Empty Bowls Facebook.

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Dessert First at Pars Persian Cuisine in North Scottsdale

Categories: Dessert First

Jenny Zink
Persian desserts first: Bamieh and Zoolbia.
Have you ever mixed up your night out on the town and started with dessert instead of appetizers? Some of the very best things happen at the beginning, appetizers, and the ending, desserts, so why not try the ending first?

Chow Bella is bringing back a favorite column, "Dessert First," with just that in mind. And we begin with a little trip to Persia.

Pars Persian Cuisine is an intimate little spot in Scottsdale. Tucked into a strip mall on Frank Lloyd Wright just south of Via Linda. It is the ideal little date night restaurant as we found out last Saturday, Valentine's Day, when we mistakenly thought we could walk right up and get a table for dinner.

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