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Northern California’s Mr. Pickles sandwich shops are coming to the Valley later this year. They are set for Scottsdale and Shea, and Thompson Peak Parkway and Frank Lloyd Wright. Locations in Queen Creek, Laveen, Chandler and Surprise are also in development.

The Maggiore family opened its first restaurant, Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant, on the Camelback Corridor in 1977. Today, The Maggiore Group’s restaurants in Phoenix and San Diego include Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen Carlsbad, Hash Kitchen and The Sicilian Butcher.

A Prohibition-style space hidden below Crust Simply Italian in Downtown Chandler, The Ostrich is dark and harks back to the city’s ostrich lore, but, according to Livability, it’s the best speakeasy in Arizona. More than a space to wait for a Crust table, The Ostrich serves well-crafted cocktails with a Roaring ’20s vibe.

At Barcoa Agaveria, the tequila is strong, the mezcal is smoky, bright colors pop and Mexican-style music thumps through the speakers. But for co-founders Dave Tyda and Ryan Oberholtzer, all of that came secondary to creating a space that honors and celebrates Mexican heritage.

By Summer Aguirre Spring Arizona Restaurant Week continues this month to bring foodies on a culinary trip around the state. From Friday, May 20, to Sunday, May 29, the Arizona Restaurant Association’s semiannual event features a slew of restaurants offering three-course price-fixed menus. These dining establishments showcase Arizona’s culinary scope, while […]

By Annika Tomlin May is National Hamburger Month, with National Hamburger Day on May 28, and we’re here to celebrate indie chains throughout the Valley that deserve a visit — or two.   Tru Burger Co. As a family-owned and -operated gourmet burger restaurant, Tru Burger Co. serves healthy options, including 100% antibiotic and hormone-free […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski When Richard Abril died at age 47, leaving his wife, Carmen, with six girls and one boy, she rolled up her sleeves and went to work with their company, La Canasta Mexican Foods. They provided tortillas to Garcia’s, Manuel’s and Macayo’s, among other Mexican restaurants. This year, the […]

By Jordan Houston Since its inception in 2019, a local whisky brand is making a name for itself across the state as the “whisky of the West.” Scotchdale, an 80-proof blended malt Scotch whisky, was created by Scottsdale residents Travis Ranville and John McDonnell several years ago. It stems from Angus […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | April 20, 2022 Mark Gus Scott was walking the aisles of a local drugstore looking for vodka, when he realized the United States was underrepresented. “I saw Smirnoff Ice, Stoli,” he says. “I did not see one American brand. “I wondered how the hell is it that no American brand came […]

By Allison Brown | April 8, 2022 The East Valley’s Luna Kemp and Mika Testa are reinventing the way people think of event bar service. Kemp founded Tipsy Moon Events, which aims to give customers a stress-free, one-of-a kind experience with its luxury bar and event services, and is aided by Testa. “The majority of […]

By Jordan Houston | April 8, 2022 Tap into your inner “badass” with a cup o’ joe from Downtown Phoenix’s newest Hawaiian-inspired coffee shop. Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii, in the midst of a major national expansion, opened its 22nd location earlier this year at CityScape, 50 W. Jefferson, Suite 170. The shop, specializing in […]

By Jordan Houston | April 6, 2022 As COVID-19 restrictions ease, Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen is serving up a solution for those looking to shed any lingering “Quarantine 15” pounds. Picazzo’s, located at 7325 Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, is an Arizona-based family-owned healthcentric restaurant, offering a menu of salads, entrees, pasta and pizza. The eatery […]

By Alison Bailin Batz Ready to try something new? Recently released, each of these varietals — aged anywhere from six months to 10 years — will help jump-start your taste buds this spring. Cheers!   ONX 2020 Indie Rosé While it used to be considered strictly a warm-weather sipper, in more […]

By Jordan Rogers | April 5, 2022 Leila’s Empanadas is celebrating National Empanada Day in style by hosting tastings at two of its partnered pickup locations. Tasting events will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 8, at Sam’s Frozen Yogurt in Anthem, and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 9, at […]

By Jordan Houston | March 10, 2022 Camp Verde’s annual Pecan and Wine Festival returns to celebrate its 21st birthday, as well as a plethora of local pecan growers and wineries. The Verde Valley Wine Consortium and the town of Camp Verde will co-host the free event from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March […]

By Phoenix.org Staff Restaurants and bars around the Scottsdale Airpark area are expecting an influx of tourists and locals ready to imbibe in the food and drink they have to offer. Check out these restaurants:   Blue Clover Distillery (@bluecloverdistillery) Downtown Scottsdale To celebrate this year’s WMPO event, spectators can enjoy […]

By Alison Bailin Batz For six weeks each year, Girl Scouts in Arizona participate in the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world: The Girl Scout Cookie Program. This year, the cookie season for the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council runs through February 27. As in years’ past, all the Girl Scout […]

By Ken Sain | January 31, 2022 Zabdi Hess says it wasn’t hard coming up with the inspiration for a new kind of tap room. She and her husband Kyle have a 3-year-old child. “We wanted something different,” Zabdi says. “There’s lots of tap rooms in the area, but we wanted to stand out and […]

By Alison Bailin Batz | January 27, 2022 Third-generation Arizona native Kristen Shroyer grew up knowing two things. “I knew I loved Scottsdale, especially going to school at Cochise Elementary, Cocopah Middle and Chaparral High. I am North Valley proud from day one,” Shroyer says. “I also knew that I knew far more about wine […]

By Jordan Houston | January 4, 2022 Local businessman Julian Wright has built a reputation as a powerhouse entrepreneur within the community. Wright, who owns the award-winning Tempe-based Pedal Haus Brewery, recently opened a third location in the MonOrchid building in Downtown Phoenix, expanding the bar and restaurant’s burgeoning footprint into the heart of the […]

By Allison Brown | January 4, 2022 The Willcox Wine Country Partnership is traveling north to Downtown Phoenix to celebrate the Grand Canyon State’s vino with the Arizona Wine Festival on Saturday, January 29, and Sunday, January 30. The event with the party atmosphere will feature 20 Arizona wineries and more than 150 wines. “This […]

By Annika Tomlin Here’s to new beginnings. Restaurants across the Valley are offering specials and events for New Year’s Eve. Here is a sampling of places that might tickle your fancy.   Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails Ring in the New Year with Dungeness crab bisque served with smoked trout roe […]