9 Metro Phoenix Restaurants Scored a "D" from the County Health Department in August

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Timur Guseynov
This north Phoenix Chinese eatery had a few too many violations during their health inspection last month.
Although fewer restaurants had a significant number of violations during inspections last month (13 in June, 10 in July), there are still a few that scored a "D" from Maricopa County health inspectors in August and need to make some changes before re-inspection. Here are the nine restaurants in the Valley that need to make those adjustments or did make adjustments at the time of inspection during the month of August after receiving a "D" score.

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Free Beer: Ingo's Tasty Food Hosts Pop-Up Beer Garden on Labor Day

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Ingo's Tasty Food/Facebook
Get ready for a beer garden, Arcadia.
Looking for something fun (and cheap) to do on your extra day off this weekend? Ingo's Tasty Food in Arcadia is hosting a special, one-day only pop-up beer garden event on Monday, September 1. The event will feature complimentary beer tasting, drink specials, gelato, and, of course, their tasty burgers.

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The ButterUp Knife Just Solved All Your Bread and Butter Issues

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DM Initiatives/Kickstarter
Ribbons of butter: Sign us up.
Getting your bread buttered really can be a pain if you're using the real stuff and you don't have time to let it get to room temperature. Thankfully, an Australian-based company has come up with a creative way to solve that morning struggle with its ButterUp knife. Combining a grater with a serrated butter knife, it allows you to cut bread and spread butter with ease.

"But how does it work?" you might ask.

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Nearly Half of Restaurant Workers Live Below Twice the Poverty Line, Study Shows

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Evan Blaser/Flickr
So tip your server double!
If you're dining out, tipping four dollars versus three dollars on that $16 tab might not mean a lot to you, but to your server, that little extra means a whole lot more. Back in our serving days it did, especially since those tips were often meant to be supplemental income for other members of the staff, from the hostess to the food runner to the dishwashers, as well.

Well, a new study from a nonpartisan think tank shows that those extra tips really do matter because while most restaurant workers don't receive benefits like health insurance or a pension plan, many of them are still living on impossibly low wages, putting them below and twice below the poverty line.

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Finger Naps Could Be the Solution to Your Sticky, Saucy Problems

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Finger Naps
Protect your fingers from greasy, sticky food.
Everyone loves eating messy barbecue and dressed up wings, right? Well, if you aren't a fan of getting sticky, molasses-based sauces all over your hands, you might find yourself passing on the 'cue unless, of course, it's a dry rub. Prepare to get the meat sweats with everyone else because Finger Naps are here to make your wildest sanitary dreams come true for finger foods.

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Kids Eat Free at Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill Through August 30

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Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill
A healthier option for your kids than that Happy Meal -- and free, too!
Getting your kids to eat healthy can be hard and it can be expensive sometimes too. Luckily, you can feed your kids under 10 for free this week at Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill. With "You Build It" menu options, even the pickiest eaters in your family will have something to enjoy while you enjoy the sweet sounds of a whine-free dinner.

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Summer Deals: Hot Dogs Galore at Joe's Farm Grill

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Lauren Saria
The Carolina Dog and so much more at Joe's Farm Grill.
If you're one of those people who just can't get enough hot dogs, listen up. Joe's Farm Grill is bringing back their Dog Days of Summer throughout the month of September to try to help you finish out the season with a smile. That's because the Gilbert restaurant is offering 12 different dog varieties to choose from, all starting with Schriener's all-beef dogs in natural casing.

Here's the line-up of hot dogs at Joe's:

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2014 Best of Phoenix A'fare: Get Your Presale Tickets Now

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Andrew Pielage
Some of the tasty food served at the Best of Phoenix A'fare in 2013.
Get ready to celebrate the best of everything Phoenix has to offer at the New Times' 15th annual Best of Phoenix A'fare. Mix and mingle with some of Phoenix's most unique characters while sampling food and drink from restaurants and bars all over the Valley on Saturday, October 4 at Burton Barr Central Library.

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Cheap Pizza and Beer at Mellow Mushroom Today at Four Valley Locations

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Mellow Mushroom/Facebook
Mellow Mushroom is turning 40 and it wants you to celebrate with cheap eats.
Mellow Mushroom's menu and prices sure have changed a lot since the first shop opened in Atlanta in 1974. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Mellow Mushroom is doing a trippy time warp and sending both back to the way they were when the restaurant opened, which means cheap beer and pizza.

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Local Bartender Michael Soo Wins World Mai Tai Competition in Hawaii

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Kevin J. Olson
Local bartender Michael Soo accepts his $10,000 prize in Kona, Hawaii.
Over the weekend, Phoenix's bartending scene earned some major bragging rights at the world Mai Tai competition in Kona, Hawaii -- especially since the winner Michael Soo was the first mainlander to nab a win at the event since it began in 2009. Soo's cocktail scored high on aroma, taste, appearance, and creativity, which got him the grand prize of $10,000.

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