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]

SumoMaya Fuses Latin and Far East Flavors

by Mike Hunter

A classic at this point by German Osio, creator of Central Bistro and Local Bistro among others, is SumoMaya Mexican-Asian Kitchen located at Scottsdale and Lincoln roads. This spectacular hot spot is nestled in a contemporary sanctuary where Asian concepts and Latin flare come together to tempt even the most discriminating palate. The lunch menu… [More]

As Seen on TV

by Mike Hunter

Do lunch where the experts say it’s the best. Below are our picks for a top lunch as seen on TV’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Unique dishes, the best taste and some darn good cooking is why these three hot spots were chosen to appear. We quote what the website says Guy Fieri discovered. DeFalco’s… [More]

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]