Two New Tempe Coffee Delivery Services Promise Cold Brew on Your Doorstep

Categories: Grind

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Silent Flight
Cold brew delivered to your door-- if you live in downtown Tempe, at least.
Although coffee delivery has picked up in other cities, it wasn't until just recently that the Valley received its first two options right around the same time. Both offer subscription-based coffee services -- specifically, growlers or 500 ml thermoses of cold brew -- in the Tempe area, limited to the 85281 zip code. If you live in the area, that's good news for you because you can sign up for Silent Flight or Mutual Goods cold brew delivery service, depending on which you like better.

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10 More Cult Restaurants in Metro Phoenix: Readers Choice

Categories: Top Lists

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Heather Hoch
Vegans, vegetarians, and pretty much everyone else know why Green has reached cult status.
When we picked out our ten favorite cult restaurants in the Valley last month, many of you had a thing or two to say about your own favorite cult-status dining spots -- and we listened. Cheap Mexican eats, underground seafood joints, and stoner delights all fall into the realm of fan-favorites.

Here are 10 more favorite cult restaurants in Phoenix, according to you:

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Sprinkles Cupcakes in Scottsdale Is Giving Away Free Ice Cream July 29

Categories: Wake Up Call

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Sprinkles Cupcakes
Free ice cream at Sprinkles? Sold.
There's probably not a whole lot more we need to say here after mentioning that you can get free ice cream tomorrow at Sprinkles Cupcakes in Scottsdale. Even if you're so over cupcakes, ice cream is good and free is even better. Just make sure to line-up early because the free scoops are in limited supply.

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How to Make a Samoan Fogcutter Cocktail

Categories: Last Call

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JK Grence
The drink tastes better when sipped through a bendy straw. Trust me.
It amuses me to no end to watch local news outlets treat summer in Phoenix like a newsworthy event. The Sonoran Desert gets hot in July? The hell you say!

Give me something else to think about besides an oppressive climate. Give me a tropical cocktail by a pool surrounded by tiki torches. Better, give me something tangy so I don't feel leaden and languid after just one too-sweet umbrella drink. Give me a Samoan Fogcutter.

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Spinach Spaetzle from Beckett's Table: 100 Favorite Dishes

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Heather Hoch
The funny thing is they ask you if you want pancetta on it. Um, yes.
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.

43. Spinach Spaetzle from Beckett's Table

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Devour Phoenix Launches eGift Card Redeemable at More Than 30 Local Restaurants

Categories: News

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Lauren Saria
Yukon Gold from The Parlor Pizzeria
Picking a gift for a serious food enthusiast can be tricky to say the least. No friend or family member should be expected to keep track of which dining spots the restaurant lover in your life likes, dislikes, and can't wait to try.

Enter, the Devour Phoenix eGift card.

The new electronic gift card can be purchased online and is redeemable at dozen of the Valley's independently-owned restaurants in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, and Gilbert.

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The Downside of Counter Service

Categories: Saria

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Jackie Mercandetti
The Market by Jennifer's tried a counter service model but switched after realizing it just didn't work.
Not so long ago, counter service was reserved for cafes and bars and coffee shops, places where you would order your drink or sandwich and then take a seat at whatever table you liked. At more traditional restaurants with longer menus and more expensive food, you could pretty much always expect to have a waiter.

Increasingly, that's less and less true. I understand that the fast-casual dining trend might be bringing better food to more people, and I agree that's a good thing. But I do think there's a downside to the change: counter service.

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Earnest in Chandler: An Olive Oil Cocktail and Savory Monkey Bread

Categories: First Taste

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Lauren Saria
Two cocktails from Earnest, formerly Cork, in Chandler.
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).

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Lauren Saria
Inside Earnest
Restaurant: Earnest
Location: 4991 S. Alma School Rd, Sun Lakes
Open: Over a week
Eats: Seasonal American
Price: $30+ a person

For six years Cork was a star in the East Valley dining scene. The restaurant, opened by three alumni from Lon's at the Hermosa Inn, brought a level of culinary excellence to a part of town where fine-dining was -- and is still -- pretty hard to come by. Just last year we spoke to chef Brian Peterson about how the restaurant had struggled to find its niche, but consistent national recognition for the restaurant's wine program and love from local diners seemed to indicate Cork was here to stay.

Alas, it wasn't. On July 1 Cork closed it doors for good and joined a growing list of local restaurants that have decided to redo their concepts to appeal to the more casual dining set. Just over two weeks after closing Cork, the restaurant reopened as Earnest, a seasonal American restaurant with a focus on updated comfort food, craft beer, and American spirits. From the original Cork trio only chef Brian Peterson and pastry chef Danielle Morris remain. Morris' husband Robert, a sommelier who co-owned Cork, isn't involved with the new restaurant.

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7 Ways to Dine with Your Pet in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Chow Bella

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Katie Johnson
Admit it-- you've probably tried to bring your dog to a restaurant before
When some of us go out to eat, we'd rather see an animal on our plate than under the dinner table. But more and more, it's common to see pets at restaurants. So just when is this acceptable in Phoenix, and when isn't it? We dug to find out more. Here are 7 ways to dine with your pet in metro Phoenix.

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Summer Deals: Family-Style Italian Dining at Uncle Louie in Scottsdale

Categories: Wake Up Call

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Courtesy of Proven Media
This Sunday night special at Uncle Louie is big enough for the whole family.
So far we've shown you a lot of great places for date nights and two-person dinners for cheap eats in Phoenix, but Uncle Louie The Restaurant is offering something up this summer that's fit for a family of four. The North Scottsdale joint specializes in homey Italian dishes and generous portions-- so you can definitely expect to get your fill with this pasta special.

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