The Sandwich Is the Thing

by Mike Hunter

Oh, sandwiches are easy. They include many different ingredients, and their popularity has spawned a type of restaurant all its own. The sandwich is also well-known as a great lunch food. The sandwich comes in a variety of types that include subs, grilled, hot and more. Here are out latest picks for a great sandwich (and… [More]

La Bocca Valley-wide

by Mike Hunter

Known in its Tempe location for incredible Mediterranean and Italian food, La Bocca Urban Kitchen + Wine Bar added locations in Chandler and on High Street in North Phoenix in recent months. This eatery is famous for its made-from-scratch pizzas and all-fresh and high-quality ingredients that take the flavors of these regions to an authentically… [More]

Dining on the Corridor

by Mike Hunter

A drive down the Camelback corridor passes some of the best dining establishments in the Valley. Here are a few that we suggest returning to in the evening for a drink and dinner. Go and enjoy … The Gladly This subtle yet grandiose restaurant and bar has quickly become a Valley standard for great food… [More]

Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen & Bar

by Mike Hunter

Urban Italian in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale makes for great lunchtime fare. This simple, modern establishment off Indian School Road is all about the best ingredients and fresh and innovative urban Italian dishes in an atmosphere that is open and vibrant. Known for its live music and great nighttime menu, Tommy V’s translates… [More]

Urban Dining

by Mike Hunter

Hit the streets for lunch and find many options in the “downtowns” of the Valley. From the office, spill out onto the street and voila! There are multiple options of all kinds for that midday meal. Here are our picks, by downtown: Downtown Phoenix — Hanny’s Built in the old Hanny’s Department Store location and… [More]

Hillstone Restaurant: A Biltmore Classic

by Mike Hunter

A timeless appeal is what one can expect from Hillstone  on Camelback Road in the Biltmore area. This classic cuisine fused with many of the more popular concepts, like sushi and steakhouse, truly does have a bit of it all. In the heart of this business district, at lunch it is reservations only as the… [More]

Here’s Your Number

by Mike Hunter

Here are some great dining experiences where you order from the counter and then get presented with a number — and you’re on your way to a great meal. These gourmet choices think of you as more than just a number. The Original ChopShop Co. This quick-and-to-the-point spot in Old Town Scottsdale offers healthy takes on… [More]

The Herb Box

by Mike Hunter

Founded by catering guru Susan Smederovac-Wilcox in 1995 as a catering company, The Herb Box filled a niche in its original location in DC Ranch that quickly became all the rage. This eatery has evolved to include three locations. With innovative menus and now spirits and other libations, The Herb Box is known for a… [More]

Isn’t It Always about the 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 and… [More]

ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho

by Mike Hunter

It is not often that our lunch hour can be so tranquil. At ZuZu, the innovative American kitchen at Hotel Valley Ho, the setting makes the most of our great Arizona climate. Inside or out, this poolside retro locale is the ideal getaway for that important or well-deserved lunch. Inspired by the neighborhood grills of… [More]