10 Best Burgers in Metro Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
The Standard from The Stand
With so many diverse varieties in existence, you could easily argue that there's no bad time to indulge in a well-prepared burger. There are burgers for breakfast, burgers for lunch, and of course, burgers meant to be enjoyed as a hearty dinner. Our list of favorite burgers around town runs the gamut from simple burgers done exceptionally well to the kind of burger that feels more like a luxury that a guilty pleasure. If one thing's for sure, it's that we've got the beef.

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5 Best Things I Ate and Drank in November

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Lauren Saria
If there's one lesson to be learned from last month's best bites, it's that a dish doesn't have to be big to make a lasting impression. Whether we're talking about a side plate, an appetizer, or a simple pastry, sometimes it's the smallest morsels that make the most powerful memories. The best eats and drinks I got to try in November include the stunning seasonal plate pictured above and couple dishes from two top new spots.

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

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10 Things I'll Miss About Phoenix's Food and Beverage Scene

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Heather Hoch
The Welcome Breakfast delivers on everything you'd expect.
I've become one of those people that I have criticized for years. I'm leaving Phoenix. I'm bailing. I'm moving away. Insert boos and hisses here. Unlike some of the people I cajoled over the past few years for going, though, I am not going to say the city has no culture and I'm not going to be throwing the middle finger up as I drive out of town. I love this town and the people that work hard to make it great.

Here are the 10 things that I am not looking forward to living without:

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10 Best Pizzas in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
Speck and brie on a pizza? Sold.
Step aside, chimichanga. Somehow at some point Phoenix became a haven for great pizza -- and that's a good thing. It seems there's a new place for pie popping up every day so it might seem a little overwhelming to try to figure out where to go when you get those (likely frequent) pizza cravings. Whether you go for deep dish, Neapolitan-style, gas-fired, or a quick slice, there's definitely a restaurant in the Valley serving up pizzas to suit your mood.

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9 Places to Order Tamales in Metro Phoenix

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Courtesy of Barrio Queen
Barrio Queen Pork Green Chile and Chicken Mole Tamales
For those who grew up in the Southwest or have just lived here long enough to soak in the culture enough, tamales are a staple of holiday dining. And though they're not impossibly hard to make (really, we swear), the process does take quite a nice chunk of time and ideally, a few extra hands. If you just can't schedule in a whole day of making and wrapping tamales, we don't blame you. That's why we've gathered this handy list of places around town that will happily do the hard work for you.

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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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