Phoenix Sky Harbor Restaurants: A Field Guide to Airport Dining

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It's travel season and it's about time you know what to expect when you reach your gate.
We've all been there: It's 6 p.m. and your flight boards in 20 minutes. You raced straight to the airport from work and now, you're starving. You passed some decent options on your way to security but decided not to stop, hoping your prospects would look better on the other side. Now you're in line for fast food feeling quite full of regret despite your empty stomach.

It's the height of summer travel season, which means that many of us will be making at least one trip through Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport over the next few weeks and months. It's about time we were all prepared to navigate the airport's ever-growing number of dining options.

Here's a handy field guide to Sky Harbor dining, arranged by terminal and proximity to airport gates.

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6 Places for Take-Out Barbecue in Metro Phoenix

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Do your homemade ribs not look this good? Don't worry. Just leave it to the professionals this year.
This weekend Americans from coast to coast will get an inexplicable craving for smoked meats and backyard barbecue. The only problem is that not all of us are grill masters or, let's face it, brave enough to light up a grill when it's 112 degrees outside.

Don't let your lack of skill or enthusiasm about sweating over an open flame cut into your Independence Day fun. Instead just leave the hard work to the professionals and exercise your god given right to order take out.

Here are six places around town that will be more than happy to prepare a July 4th barbecue feast so you don't have to touch a single dish.

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Father's Day 2014: A Gift Guide For Your Food-Loving Father

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Here are five gift ideas for the culinary-loving father.
Dad's big day is just around the corner and the last thing you want to do is put off getting a gift till the last minute because we all know how that will end -- with you gifting him yet another tie.

This year why not give dad the gift of something delicious and local. Sounds good right? And if you don't know where to start your search, don't worry. We gathered a few ideas that will keep your pops well-fed and feeling appreciated until at least Christmas.

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15 Mother's Day Dining Options in Metro Phoenix

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The Farm at South Mountain.
Make Mom's day by taking her to one of these 15 Valley dining spots. There's a brunch for every budget and type of eater, including outdoor buffets for moms who love to soak up the sun and spectacular views from Phoenix's best resorts for moms who love to feel pampered.

The Farm at South Mountain

Mom will feel spoiled under the canopy in the pecan groves, dining on a farm-to-table brunch like no other. Menu highlights include grilled her chicken with lemon-basil beurre blanc, braised beef short ribs with oven-roasted shallots, brioche French toast with pecan-honey glaze and caramelized bananas, vegetable quiche with chevre, sweet potato salad with cranberries and pecans, and a large assortment of fresh-baked pastries like buttermilk biscuits and carrot cake muffins. All moms will receive a special treat. Reservations must be made online.

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3 Easter Treats in Metro Phoenix for Your Basket

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Build the sweetest Easter basket with locally made confections.
Easter is right around the corner, and if you're still stocking up to make baskets, don't worry. Local confectionary favorites are prepping freshly made sweets to brighten up your Sunday and take the worry out of planning for the holiday. From chocolate to caramel corn and bright pastel colors, this Easter is definitely going to be looking and tasting great.

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Chef Justin Pfeilsticker of Zuzu at Hotel Valley Ho on What He's Growing

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Chef Justin Pfeilsticker stands in his impressive home garden.

Justin Pfeilsticker, executive sous chef at ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, has an enviable garden. He has passion for taking care of his produce and uses unusual (and often discarded) parts of the plant in his dishes. Lucky for you, Pfeilsticker gave us a sneak peek into his garden and shares an inspiring seasonal recipe after the jump.

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10 Unusual Ways to Eat Eggs

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Baked eggs just got a whole lot better.

Eggs have been a rising trend in restaurants for the last few years, and we can't expect them to be pulled off menus, well, ever. And for good reason! Not only are they incredibly versatile, but this essential ingredient is every bit as super as kale or salmon.

If you're still eating your eggs scrambled or hard-boiled, in omelets or frittatas, you're missing out on all the possibilities for a delicious meal. Just in time for your Easter table, here are 10 totally trendy -- yet kinda strange -- ways to prepare eggs.

Baked Eggs in Ham

Although the recipe first appeared in the February 2002 issue of Gourmet Magazine, the concept of lining a muffin pan with sliced ham still feels a bit bizarre. But there's nothing off-putting about the combo of soft baked eggs, crispy ham, and herb mushroom stuffing. It's easy to make, yet they'll look stunning served with brunch.

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15 Easter Options at Metro Phoenix Restaurants

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Roaring Fork
This cinnamon roll is gooey and sticky, but it's also got crunch from the cast iron skillet.

In Arizona, celebrating Easter becomes about more than the holiday itself. It's also one of the last big hurrahs before the temperature creeps up to 100 degrees and stays there throughout the summer. That's why we recommend booking a table for Easter brunch, especially if you can snag a seat outdoors in the sunshine.

Plus, in case a traditional Christian holiday isn't your thing, this year you have another reason to head out for an extravagant meal; Easter falls on Sunday, 4/20.

Roaring Fork

For an incredible Western-style buffet, including pull-apart sticky buns, head to Scottsdale's Roaring Fork. The buffet will include apple walnut orzo salad, candied jalapeno slaw, loaded grits, cast-iron frittatas, and green chili mac and cheese -- but that's just to get you started. Then there's fried chicken with peppercorn gravy, huckleberry French toast, carved ham and roast beef, green chili pork stew, and enchiladas. To really indulge, have pecan bars and bananas foster bread pudding for dessert, and enjoy $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys. The buffet-style brunch is $35 per person, $19 for kids 12 and under. To make reservations, call 480-947-0795.

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9 St. Patrick's Day Parties in Metro Phoenix: Food and Drink Edition

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A real Irish pub right in the heart of Phoenix

With St. Patrick's Day landing on a Monday, this year the celebration starts on Friday and goes for a long four-day weekend. That means there's every reason to partake in a little Irish culture with traditional food and all varieties of imbibing, whether you prefer after-work drinks on Friday, singing Irish drinking songs and downing green beers on Saturday, eating Irish-whiskey marinated salmon before a concert at the MIM on Sunday, or drinking with Verne Troyer (a.k.a. Mini Me) on St. Paddy's.

Rosie McCaffrey's

What better place is there in town to join the party than an Irish-owned, Irish-operated pub? The regular menu has all the typical bar food with a Celtic twist: Irish Reuben egg rolls, Irish corned beef tacos, Harp-battered onion rings, and Quigley's quesadilla topped with either chicken or corned beef. There also are large plates of Guinness lamb stew, bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage boxty (Irish potato pancakes), and Kell's meatloaf sandwich with corned beef and bacon. Finish your St. Patrick's meal with Irish whiskey bread pudding.

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St. Patrick's Day 2014: Field Guide to Irish Pubs in Metro Phoenix

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Melissa Fossum
St. Patrick's Day 2013 at Rula Bula in Tempe.
St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. Which means this weekend, you and a gazillion of your closest corned beef and Guinness loving friends will be looking for the perfect place to post up and slam car bombs all day. Luckily for those who are unfamiliar with our local Irish pub scene, we've assembled a handy field guide to the city's most popular St. Patty's Day spots.

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