5 Best Restaurants in Gilbert Right Now

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Lauren Saria
Simi's Cafe in Gilbert serves affordable Vietnamese food.
Gilbert sure has come a long way from its agricultural roots. Did you know this East Valley suburb was once known as the "Hay Shipping Capital of the World"?

These days it's one of the fastest growing cities in the Valley, which means that there's an ever-increasing number of reasons to get in your car and head east. From affordable Asian eats to solid neighborhood restaurants serving unexpectedly elevated cuisine, we're always happy for an excuse to get out and dine in Gilbert.

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5 Best Things I Ate and Drank in March

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Lauren Saria
Tonkotsu ramen from Dozo Izakaya in Tempe
If being able to get traditional Polish liqueur in downtown Phoenix and find homestyle Puerto Rican food in Chandler doesn't get you excited about the Valley's dining scene, then I'd venture to guess that nothing will. Because with every passing month, it seems Phoenix gains new restaurants offering one-of-a-kind dining experiences -- and that's a beautiful thing. The trick, of course, is knowing where to look, and when I think about the best things I ate and drank last month, I get a hunch that there's still lots left to discover. From the simple pleasure of a well-made charcuterie board to the delicate flavor of fresh mirugai, here are the best things I ate and drank in March.

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

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5 Best Restaurants in South Phoenix Right Now

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Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain
At Quiessence, chef Dustin Christofolo creates farm-to-table cuisine that's both approachable and satisfying.
Though it may seem like the far reaches of the city, south Phoenix really isn't such a leap from CenPho, Tempe, and even Scottsdale. Which only makes it all the more shameful that many diners don't often take advantage of the neighborhood's excellent dining options.

The very best of South Phoenix's offerings include some of our favorite spots in town, including a place that's become the gold standard of barbecue in Phoenix, and one of the best places in the Valley for real farm to table cuisine. There are also a few well-loved neighborhood favorites on our list, and a Mexican restaurant that's known for really turning up the heat.

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7 Things Minerva Will Miss About the Phoenix Dining Scene

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Minerva Orduño Rincón
Pickled vegetable soup at the food court at Mekong Market, just one of the many offerings to be found on Dobson Road in Mesa.

It's easy to latch on to all the things I'm not going to miss about the Valley, but in the case of the local food scene, the positive completely overwhelms those things that have been making my right eye twitch. Let's take a misty-eyed journey through the city's culinary offerings.

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5 Best Restaurants in Peoria and Surprise Right Now

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This fast-causal restaurant in Surprise brings a taste of the Big Apple to the West Valley.
Finding good eats in the Northwest Valley isn't impossible, but it's also not easy. When it comes to worthwhile, independently owned restaurants, this part of town doesn't exactly boast an abundance.

But Peoria and Surprise do claim several excellent restaurants that range from fast-casual gems to upscale restaurants well worth the drive from wherever you live. In fact, our five favorite restaurants in these two cities deliver flavors from both sides of the country and beyond.

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5 Things Minerva Won't Miss About the Phoenix Dining Scene

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Minerva Orduño Rincón
Phoenix chefs, butchering more Scottish salmon than your average Scottish fishmonger.

It's easy to love living in Phoenix when the citrus trees are in bloom, the sun is shining just brightly and warmly enough, and the local heirloom carrots are freshly picked and ever so sweet. Sadly, that relentless eight month desert heat is just around the corner, killing that carrot growing season, and any affection I have left for this town. After 12 years of loving Phoenix, hating it, and saying 'meh' to it, it's time to leave it and move on to less sandy and much greener pastures.

As I get my knives and cookbooks ready for their cross-country journey, it's time to think of those things that make the Phoenix dining scene great, and perhaps less than great. Better to get the bitter flavor out of the way first.

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5 Best Restaurants in South Scottsdale Right Now

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Lauren Saria
Scottsdale's ShinBay is the gold standard of Japanese restaurants in the Valley.
Head south of Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale, and you've officially entered some of the Valley's best territory for fine dining. Drive south on Scottsdale Road, the area's major north/south thoroughfare, and you'll come within reach of many of the restaurant's that have helped put the Valley's dining scene on the map. From a restaurant that embodies the spirit of the local and seasonal dining trends, to a sleek spot for some of the very best Japanese food in the Southwest, south Scottsdale's best restaurants are sure to impress.

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10 Best Places to Eat and Drink During Spring Training in Metro Phoenix

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For true baseball fans, this old school chophouse is a don't-miss dining destination.
Though the big draw for spring training visitors is the 15 professional baseball teams that come to the metro Phoenix area for pre-season training, this city offers plenty to do, eat, and drink before and after the game.

From exciting new breweries to classic Mexican fare, we've gathered a list of restaurants and bars that showcase some of the best and most exciting things going on around town. There are standby dining destinations on the list, as well as some of the newest spots to break into the local scene.

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10 Best Salads in Metro Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
Going green never tasted so good.
As The Simpsons once sang, you don't make friends with salad. While that may or may not be true, there's no denying that ditching the burger and fries for something leaf-based would be one of the better choices you could make while dining out. Whether you love lettuce, hail kale, or blush for Brussels sprouts, metro Phoenix has its fair share of dishes that get Mother Nature's stamp of approval. And because going green doesn't mean leaving your taste buds behind, here are our 10 favorite salads in the Valley.

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8 Asian Restaurants in Metro Phoenix You've Probably Never Tried -- But Should

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Lauren Saria
Taiwan Food Express at Mekong Plaza serves affordable Taiwanese eats.
So you've got a craving for Asian food, but you're sick of the places that fill your usual rotation. Perhaps it's so bad that your go-to spots know your takeout order by heart.

Well, we've got the solution. Here are eight places for Asian eats that you might not have tried before. Whether you're looking to try a new international cuisine, or just want to break out of your dining rut, give these places a try and you will be rewarded.

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