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]

The Vig: Four Neighborhood Hotspots

by Mike Hunter

The Vig restaurants began with a first location in the Arcadia neighborhood — to great acclaim. The intent was to create a family-friendly and fun neighborhood tavern serving American and tavern-inspired comfort food at a good price with the highest-quality ingredients. Today, there are four Valley locations; each has its unique amenities, but all share… [More]

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza

by Mike Hunter

It’s still one of the most popular meals in America and always a great idea for lunch. Here are our picks for some of the best lunchtime pizza one can find in the Valley. Pizzeria Bianco Town & Country The famed pizza hot spot, known for diners like Oprah and celebrities of all kinds, has… [More]

T. Cook’s: Savory Seasonal Mediterranean

by Mike Hunter

A drive through the entry gates to the exclusive Royal Palms resort leaves Arizona a departing memory as the lush Mediterranean landscaping envelopes the visitor’s senses. Chef Todd Allison’s menu at T. Cook’s perfectly complements the setting. Popular as a romantic getaway for dinner and drinks, the restaurant is a delightful hideaway for lunch, offering… [More]

Mall Meals

by Mike Hunter

Taking time out of the day for serious shopping or a mad dash to that all-important retailer doesn’t have be accompanied by a rushed fast-food lunch at the food court. There are options that provide a worthy menu, attentive service, and a comfortable place to meet and talk turkey with a client or colleague. 1130… [More]