Culinary Dropout at Farmer Arts District: Fox Restaurant Concepts' Largest Project to Date

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Fox Restaurant Concepts
A rendering of the new concept, Culinary Dropout at Farmer Arts District.
We already told you that James Beard Award-nominated restaurant owner Sam Fox would be bringing his Culinary Dropout concept to a new project in Tempe. But now, the Arizona-based restaurant group is ready to release a few more details about their biggest project to date.

The Culinary Dropout at Farmer Arts District will be located at 149 West Farmer Avenue in Tempe and is just part of an effort to revitalize the area west of Mill Avenue. The plans for the massive new development include a Culinary Dropout restaurant, private dining space, live music venue, and other local businesses.

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Free Coffee Alert: Scramble in Scottsdale Gives Away Free Joe All Week

Categories: Wake Up Call

The best kind of coffee is free coffee.
Having trouble waking up this Tuesday morning? Well, if what you need is a java jolt completely gratis, you should head over to Scramble on the northwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Lincoln Drive to try out their house blend.

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12 Things You Didn't Know About Mother Road Brewing Co.

Zach Fowle
Beer: Open Road
Brewery: Mother Road Brewing Co.
Style: English Summer Ale
ABV: 5.8 percent

Critiquing a beer's appearance, aroma and flavor can tell you much about that particular brew, but little else. No, to truly know a beer, one must travel to the place it was brewed, see the people who made it and learn their stories. How convenient, then, that I was recently invited -- along with several other Valley beer aficionados -- to travel up to Flagstaff on a balmy 85-degree afternoon and tour Mother Road Brewing Co. This job does have its perks.

While poking my head around the brewery, I learned some things about Mother Road you won't find on a beer label. Here, 12 little-known facts about one of Arizona's own.

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PB&B Burger from Welcome Diner: 100 Favorite Dishes

Heather Hoch
The ultimate in guilty pleasure eating at Welcome Diner.
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

47. PB&B Burger from Welcome Diner

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NYPD Pizza to Open on Mill Avenue in Tempe Next Week

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Next Monday, July 28, NYPD Pizza -- the locally-owned pizza chain with 11 other locations around the Valley -- will open its newest restaurant at 222 S. Mill Avenue. The restaurant will be inside the Tempe Gateway building, across the street from the Mill Ave./Third Street light rail stop.

The restaurant offers New York-style pizza, as well as salads, sandwiches, pastas, and calzones.

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Demi Coffee Brings Experimentation and Local Flair Back to Phoenix Coffee

Categories: Grind

Heather Hoch
These drinks from Demi Coffee might look experimental-- and they are.
A lot of coffee shops in town seem poised to become chains, and that's fine. If you're doing it right and you've got your coffee game on lock, why not expand. However, over at Demi Coffee, the brand new spot that took over for Mud Dauber off 16th Street north of McDowell Road, it's more about trying new things than it is getting everything picture perfect, and, you know what, it's pretty fun to join them at ground level.

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

Categories: Events

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Burger 21

Today the Scottsdale location of Burger 21 will open its doors to the public and offer the first 100 guests to visit the restaurant a free Burger 21 t-shirt. The restaurant, which comes courtesy of the the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., will also be donating ten percent of all proceeds on opening day to the 100 Club of Arizona, a local non-profit that provides assistance to statewide public safety agencies, officers, firefighters, paramedics and their families. The new restaurant is located inside the Seville Shopping Center located at 7001 N. Scottsdale Rd.

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Real, Wild, and Woody: A Craft Beer Lover's Paradise

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The first-ever Real, Wild, and Woody beer festival debuted on Saturday.
The sold-out Real, Wild, and Woody craft beer festival debuted on Saturday, July 19 at Tempe Center for the Arts, with beer geeks filling the indoor venue in hopes of getting a taste of countless rare and specialty brews. We'd love to console those who didn't nab a ticket fast enough by saying the event featured long lines or overly-hyped brews -- but that would be a lie.

In truth the first event was remarkably well-organized, well-attended, and full of one-of-a-kind beers.

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Is Raw Beef Making a Comeback in the Dining Scene?

Categories: Wake Up Call

Tartare and carpaccio might be more common in your favorite restaurants now.
According to the Washington Post, raw beef is making a comeback on restaurant menus. Despite the risk of E.coli in uncooked meats, chefs say sourcing high-quality products as the key to safely serving raw beef. Dishes like carpaccio and tartare might be seen more typically on menus now than before, and, according to the article, that might be a matter of taste as much as it is a trend.

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How to Make the Very Vintage Flip Cocktail

Categories: Last Call

JK Grence

I've long been amused by people's culinary prejudices. Earlier this week, I had a discussion of the finer points of using raw egg in cocktails. As it so often happens, the people who hadn't experienced egg-inclusive cocktails met the idea with a revulsed shudder.

As anyone who has experienced a well-made Ramos Gin Fizz can attest, egg white in a drink has an almost magical effect. It makes a drink a little thicker than your average cocktail, giving a lush, velvety texture.

See Also: Great Drinks Take (More) Time: The Ramos Gin Fizz

While egg white is drinks has become an easy sell in most any cocktail lounge worth its shakers, the poor yolks get short shrift. I think it may have something to do with that infamous scene in the movie Rocky.

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