11 Things We're Grateful For in the Phoenix Food Scene

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Kholood Eid
Located just off the freeway, Singh Farms is hidden in plain sight.
Saturday Mornings at Singh Farms

It's impossible to overstate how wonderful it is to spend a Saturday morning at Singh Farms in Scottsdale. Located on Thomas Road just east of Loop 101, this farm practically hides in plain sight. Venture inside a desert oasis full of fresh produce, eggs, and bread. The setting is nothing short of magical and you're welcome to wander the grounds, visiting the chickens and horses, provided you stay on the path and don't trample the plants.

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10 Best Places for Tamales in Metro Phoenix

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Natalie Miranda
Hot tamale! It's about that time to fill up.
Tamales are a tried and true Mexican dish, with South American versions making their way onto the metro Phoenix restaurant scene, as well. There's nothing quite like unwrapping a steaming corn husk with the tips of your fingers and finding moist masa stuffed with either spicy beef made with red chiles, or chicken flecked with green chiles and Monterey Jack cheese. And let us not forget the green corn tamales that carry a sweet and savory flavor, an easy people pleaser.

We rounded up the best places in the Valley so you can get your fill of tamales.

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10 Best Restaurants for Fried Chicken in Metro Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
Mrs. White's makes the most famous fried chicken in the Valley.
You might not realize it, but we bet you could go for a plate of fried chicken right now. It's true. We know because it's impossible (for most of us) not to enjoy a well-prepared plate of fried chicken. There's something deeply satisfying about picking up a piece of crispy meat that's covered in a crunchy, salty batter. Maybe it's the combination of grease and meat and eating with your hands, but the bottom line is that good fried chicken is always good.

The problem then becomes finding the good fried chicken -- and that's exactly where we come in. We've done the leg (and the breast, wing, and thigh) work and found the best places in town to indulge in this comfort food classic, whether you're looking for a traditional Southern-style version of the dish or something with a little bit more of a modern twist.

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5 Hangover Brunch Spots in Metro Phoenix

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Josh Chesler
The outdoor seating area of Bottled Blonde is one of our favorite places to shake off a long night out.

You've probably been there. It's Sunday morning and you're looking for sunglasses and Ibuprofen. Sometimes, the only cure for that dastardly morning-after headache/stomachache is a plate full of meat, eggs, potatoes, and other breakfast indulgences.

Here are five of our preferred hangover brunch spots in the Valley.

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10 Best Places for Soup in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
If you think soup is just an appetizer, think again.
Soup-making is an underappreciated art. A good broth on its own can be deeply complex and flavorful, building a solid base for all of the ingredients that go into it. Handmade noodles; fresh, seasonal vegetables; and a fair amount of regional spices can be seen in soups across the world, though soup can be pretty much anything as long as you can slurp it.

Here are ten of our favorite places in metro Phoenix to grab a bowl:

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10 Cocktail Books You Should Read Right Now

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Learn the ways of craft cocktails, new and old, with these ten books.
Diving into the wild world of craft cocktails and mixology head first is one way to start learning more about them. You can also take one of a few different mixology classes here in town. However, for you bookworms out there, there's a ton of great reads for beginners and experienced cocktail enthusiasts. Whether you're a history buff or an aspiring bartender, there's something on this list for you to get good and booze nerdy over.

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10 Pumpkin Spice Items: Real or Fake?

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Illustration by Claire Lawton
With the popularity of Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte, companies in every field are trying to cash in on the seasonal flavor. Of course, not every pumpkin spice product you see on the internet is actually being produced, some are just photoshop hoaxes.

See if you can guess which are actual products and which are just hoaxes among our top 10 favorite products. There's a key at the end to check your guesses against.

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10 Best Things I Ate and Drank in September

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Lauren Saria
Last month we released Best of Phoenix 2014, recognizing some of the best restaurants and bars in the Valley. Many of the most memorable things I ate and drank in September come from places included in the Food & Drink section of the issue though some dishes are from new spots around town.

I hope you get to try some of it for yourself soon.

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10 Metro Phoenix Restaurants for a First Date

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Natalie Miranda
The outdoor seating area of Fuego Bistro could set a superb tone on a first date.

Going on a first date can be stressful. You want everything to be perfect, but what is? There's a whole list of things you'll have to worry about and prepare, so we figured we'd help you out with finding a spot to eat. Last month we named House Brasserie the Best Place to Take a First Date in our 2014 Best of Phoenix. Here are 10 more romantic spots you'll want to hit.

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8 Oktoberfest Celebrations in Metro Phoenix

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Andrew Pielage
One of the many beer gardens you'll see at Oktoberfests all over the Valley this fall.

As September wraps up, that can only mean one thing, it's Oktoberfest time. Grab your lederhosen and your mug-shaped hat and prepare to stuff your face with beer, bratwurst and pretzels. Here's our list of the Oktoberfest activities going around in Metro Phoenix.

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