5 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Metro Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
What's the best thing since sliced bread? We're pretty sure it involves putting slices of cheese in between said bread and heating it up in a frying pan, with butter. From picky eaters to dairy indulgers, grilled cheese sandwiches are easily the crowd favorite of the lactose tolerant. Before your New Year's diets kick in, we recommend trying five grilled cheese sandwiches that were too good to be confined to the children's menu.


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5 Little Things That Make Us Ridiculously Happy in Restaurants

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Chow Bella
Inside Snooze is something that makes us very, very happy.
Sometimes, going out to eat isn't necessarily all about the people you're dining with or even the food. From time to time, there are little things that restaurants do (that we doubt they even think twice about) that make the whole meal a better experience.

Here are five ridiculous little things that make us happy when we go out to eat.

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Chow Bella's 10 Best Beers of 2014

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In revisiting all the beers I drank and reviewed in this space over the past year, I realized something: we live in a golden age of beer. In 2014, the number of breweries operating in the U.S. topped 3,000 -- a threshold that hasn't been reached since the 1870s. Some of those new spots opened right here in the Valley: Dubina Brewing Co. in Glendale; Mother Bunch Brewing in Phoenix; Peoria Artisan Brewery in Litchfield Park; The Beer Research Institute in Mesa. Established breweries from across the country, recognizing the growing market for craft beer in Arizona, added our state to their distribution networks, allowing many drinkers their first taste of Founders Brewing Co., Mike Hess Brewing Co., Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Elevation Beer Co., Lakefront Brewery and Southampton Publick House, among others. As consumers in Arizona, we're spoiled with choice. There are more world-class beers available here than ever before.

You would think, then, that choosing favorites from this surfeit of really good beer would be difficult -- and it was. But even among the big-league brews I tend to write about, there were standouts. Some were memorable because they exemplified some aspect of this industry I love; some deftly showcased an exciting new brewery; some simply tasted really, really good. These 10 beers epitomize 2014: the best beer year yet.


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The 10 Best Things I Ate in Metro Phoenix in 2014

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Jackie Mercandetti
Peking duck from Hong Kong Asian Diner
In 2014, there were too many good bites to remember -- and some I'd be happy to forget. But each dish on this list stands out not only for the flavors achieved by talented chefs, but also as a memorable experience that revolved around food. Some dishes are unlikely to ever be replicated in exactly the same way, while others have become some of my favorite plates to return to time and time again.

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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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