Doughbird Takes Flight

by RaeAnne Marsh

Fast, simple and comfortable. In a nutshell, Doughbird — the newest concept in our midst from restaurateur Sam Fox — delivers a quality option for businesspeople fitting lunch into a busy day. The large dining room welcomes with an atmosphere that is an unusual amalgam of the contemporary warehouse vogue with cafeteria-style tables and chairs… [More]

The Coffee Perk

by RaeAnne Marsh

Coffee bars retain their allure for casual meetings and a quick time out. Adding to the corporate mix are several local stand-outs. These are some of our favorites. Cartel Coffee Lab Cartel has built up its profile by partnering with numerous retail purveyors around the Valley as well as its wholesale distribution. But it also… [More]

Hearth ’61 – A View Forward and Back

by RaeAnne Marsh

The Valley’s celebrated Chef Charles Wiley has brought his creative touch to Hearth ’61 at the newly reopened Mountain Shadows resort. The Paradise Valley property first welcomed guests in the mid-1950s, and retains its boutique nature. Guests entering from the valet station to the lobby make a quick left to reach the restaurant just past… [More]

A 50% Power Lunch

by RaeAnne Marsh

Take high-powered down a notch to “impress” that more casual client. FEZ on Central With its contemporary atmosphere, FEZ is great for a quick, casual luncheon. It will be bustling, but that fits the urban experience for that metropolitan client. 3815 N. Central Ave., Phoenix (602) 297-8700   5th and Wine  Simple and tasteful is… [More]

Tommy Bahama – Menu as Lifestyle

by Mike Hunter

Department stores include a café where customers can rest in-between purchases, and highway tourist stops include a sometimes-extensive gift store where travel-weary customers can be tempted with impulse shopping, but higher-end restaurants are usually stand-alone operations. Tommy Bahama is unique in that regard, offering dining alongside retail of its signature line of clothing and accessories… [More]

The Elevated Burger

by Mike Hunter

Time and time again, the classic hamburger beats out over many other choices on a menu. So much so that the gourmet burger joint has become its own genre for diners. Here are our current tops: Hopdoddy Burger Bar This interesting concept is all about custom orders. Customers pick the type of burger they want… [More]

Cornish Pasty Co.: Main Course Pastry

by Mike Hunter

Growing up in Saltash, Cornwall, the westernmost county in England, Dean Thomas, founder of Cornish Pasty Company, was introduced to this famed food — the pasty. Thomas’ first restaurant in Tempe was a local favorite, and he has expanded now to other parts of the Valley, including a bungalow-style location in Old Town Scottsdale. The… [More]

Cheers for St. Paddy’s Day

by Mike Hunter

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day and includes some very serious lore — although most Americans know St. Patrick’s Day as the day of the year to drink at an Irish Pub. Here are our picks for eats, drinks and a St. Paddy’s Day celebration. Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant The local classic, hands… [More]

Flower Child – A Natural Choice 

by Mike Hunter

Expanded from its debut location at the corner of 44th Street and Camelback Road, Flower Child validates the theory that happy food and healthy food can come together in harmony — which they do at this peaceful, casual kitchen. Serving locally sourced foods, all natural and mostly gluten free, this hot spot is a lunch… [More]

Mangia Mia

by Mike Hunter

“Mangia” is Italian for “eat.” Here is a list of some of the Valley’s best Italian restaurants for lunch, where it is not all about pasta and heavy meals. Brio Tuscan Grille — Scottsdale and Gilbert Hard to go wrong here. Brio is a traditional modern Italian hot spot in the heart of urban Scottsdale, at… [More]