Pomelo at The Orchard now serving brunch

Pomelo , the full service restaurant at The Orchard in Phoenix is now serving brunch on weekends. Don’t worry you can still get non-breakfast menu items such as Grass Fed Burgers and Wood Fired Wings and more. The Brunch menu is being served Sat. and Sun. from 10am-4pm.

Pomelo Benedict. Photo courtesy of Pomelo
Pomelo Benedict. Photo courtesy of Pomelo

Brunch menu items

Below are a few new items to the brunch menu.

Breakfast Pizza – Tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, Schreiner’s sausage, peppers, onions, grilled potatoes and two sunny eggs

Migas – Spicy combination of eggs scrambled with jalapeños, chipotle, chorizo, red bell peppers, tortilla chips, mozzarella and fire roasted salsa, served with corn tortillas and grilled potatoes

 Veggie Omelet – 3-egg omelet with sautéed mushroom, roasted pepper, asparagus, zucchini, garlic and tomatoes topped with feta and herbs

 Biscuits and Gravy – Warm buttermilk biscuits topped with sausage gravy and two sunny eggs served with grilled potatoes

Pomelo Benedict – Poached eggs and shaved black forest ham on buttermilk biscuits topped with hollandaise served with grilled potatoes

Florentine Benedict – Poached eggs, sautéed spinach and tomato on a toasted English muffin topped with hollandaise served with grilled potatoes

Chilaquiles – Crispy corn tostadas with scrambled eggs, smoked pulled pork braised in tomatoes, onions, cilantro, green chili, and mozzarella cheese topped with fire roasted salsa and sour cream

Pomelo & The orchard

Pomelo is part of the 2 acre venue, The Orchard on 12th St. north of Glendale Ave and is housed in a 1920s styled Arizona Territorial House. The property used to be a citrus farm in the early 1900s with more than 80 citrus trees. The 30 foot water tower that was surrounded by the trees still stands at the center of the property. Outdoor dining is available on one of several patios surrounding the restaurant. Catering and private rooms for special events.

The Orchard is located at 7100 N 12th St. Phoenix 85020 (620)633-2600 www.PomeloPhx.com

Fired Pie celebrates National Cheese Pizza Day & supports No Kid Hungry campaign.

As Americans we love our pizza, some of us more than others, so much so we eat about 350 slices of pizza per second. That’s the reason why all 15 Phoenix area locations of Fired Pie will be celebrating National Cheese Pizza Day on Monday Sept. 5th with 1/2 off Cheese Pizzas with the purchase of a drink.

Photo credit Kris Moony
Photo credit Kris Moony

Donate & get a free Pookie

All through the month of September you can help a hungry kid as Fired Pie will be participating in the No Kid Hungry campaign. For every $2 you donate to No Kid Hungry, Fired Pie will give you a voucher for a FREE Pookie on your next visit. You will have 2 months to redeem your voucher.  Last year Fired Pie raised $8,000.00 for No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry connects kids to good meals at school or at home and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals. The No Kid Hungry network consists of private citizens, non-profits, public officials and business’s to provide innovative ways to solve the hunger issues of today’s youth. www.nokidhungry.org

Fired Pie

The locally owned Fired Pie allows you to build your own pizzas by picking the dough, sauce and toppings then bakes the pizza for you. There are currently 15 restaurants in the Phoenix area with a new Mesa restaurant open before year’s end. There are 2 locations in Tucson with their 1st out-of-state restaurant set to open in Las Vegas next year. www.firedpie.com

 

Sip for a Cause at Sorso Wine Room this Sunday Aug. 28th

Looking to drink a little wine and donate to a good cause at the same time, then make your way over to Sorso Wine Room at Scottsdale Quarter this Sunday , August 28th as Sorso will be donating 10% of all the days sales to Make A wish Foundation’s “Sip For a Cause” fund-raising campaign.

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Photo courtesy of Sorso Wine Room

Sorso Wine Room’s All Day happy Hour and Live Music

If that’s not enough of an incentive, Sorso will be having an All Day Happy Hour from 11am-10pm. Stop in between 4:30-7:30 and you’ll be able to listen to the live music of musician Lee Perriera.

Meiomi Pinot Noir

Purchase a bottle of Meiomi Pinot Noir, a favorite of local celebrity Catherine Anaya, between now and the end of August and Sorso will donate 10% of all Meiomi bottle sales to Make A Wish Foundation.

Sorso Wine Room is in the Scottsdale Quarter 15323 N Scottsdale Rd. Suite 150 Scottsdale, AZ  85254 (480-951-4344) www.sorsowineroom.com

 

The Wing Counter huddles up with Football Wing Specials and Kool Aid cocktails

Glendale’s The Wing Counter has been serving up 15 varieties of rubbed and sauced chicken wings since 2015 and have now introduced Kool Aid cocktails, beers and wing specials for the upcoming football season.

Photo courtesy of The Wing Counter
Photo courtesy of The Wing Counter

Kool Aid Cocktails and beer

The Kool Aid cocktails known as TWC Punch are available in 3 flavors….Fruit Punch Vodka, Grape Vodka and Blue Raspberry Tequila all sell for $6. Beers now include Coors Light & Angry Orchard Cider for $2.75 and Blue Moon, Corona, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy and Lagunitas IPA are $3.75.

Photo courtesy of The Wing Counter
Photo courtesy of The Wing Counter

Football Specials

Starting Sunday September 11th, owners Shane and Sheri Sender will be offering their Football Madness Specials that include 10% off party trays of 50 wings or more AND with a Cardinals win they will offer 25% off party trays (50 wings minimum too) for the next Cardinals game day.

Stop in on Cardinals game day wearing Cardinals gear and you will receive a free order of fries with your wing order.

All wing specials run through the Super Bowl in 2017.

1 year anniversary special

With The Wing Counter’s 1 year anniversary fast approaching wing fans can save 50% off wing orders on September 23rd & 24th. Customers can use this deal only once on each of the days.

 

La Bocca Urban Kitchen + Wine Bar and Modern Margarita opens in downtown Chandler

Downtown Chandler continues to become a dining destination in the southeast valley as La Bocca Urban Kitchen + Wine Bar and its sister restaurant Modern Margarita brings its pizza, tacos, cocktails and tequilas to the former Coach & Willie’s space on the SE corner of Chandler Blvd. and Boston St. last week. I had the opportunity to preview menu items and cocktails from both restaurants and enjoyed everything.

Modern Marg mural 20160812_134848The restaurants combined account for 6,000 sq. ft. and will share the same kitchen but will have separate street front entrances and have its own identity with individual menus, decor and ambiance. This is the 3rd location for La Bocca Urban Kitchen and 2nd Modern Margarita in the Phoenix area for Mill Avenue Management Group. Both menus are under the direction of head chef Jared Cummings

La bocca urban Kitchen + wine Bar

La Bocca’s menu is full of Mediterranean styled food favorites including Hummus, Charcuterie & Antipasti boards, 10 Bruschetta to choose from and lets not forget the 10 different pizzas including Chicken Pesto, Autumn Garden, Truffled Mushroom , Margherita and more.

La bocca pizza 20160812_130705The beverage program at La Bocca gets as much attention as the food does with over 12 craft cocktails & sangria, wines flights from around the world, 30+ whiskies by the glass and the new house made Cellos.

Daily Happy hour and Daily specials

Sip on drinks at La Bocca’s daily Happy Hour from 3-6:30pm with $5 off glasses of wine and $2 off draft beers and single call spirits. There are daily specials including “Sunday Funday and Monday” with selected bottles of wine 1/2 off, “Mixology Monday” with all craft cocktails $2 off and “Whiskey Wednesday” with $2 off all whiskies. www.laboccapizzeria.com

Hours at La Bocca are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. & Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Modern Margarita

Tequila cocktails and Margaritas are the name of the game, literally at Modern Margarita with more than 60 premium tequilas available for mixing or sipping. The award winning Margaritas are made with fresh juices, pure ingredients and innovative flavors that include the Sandia Rita( tequila, watermelon syrup, pineapple juice and more) and Up in Smoke (tequila, barrel smoked maple syrup and house sour mix). Frozen margaritas, beers in the can, bottle & on tap and a few wines are also available.

Moder Marg Taco 20160812_142140Modern Margarita has earned multiple awards for their street tacos on the Phoenix food festival scene and uses seasonal ingredients on both its food and cocktail menu. Other menu items include house made salsa and guacamole, Ultimate Green Chile Burger, Carne Asada Tostada and more. www.modernmargarita.com

Hours at Modern Margarita are Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

 

 

 

 

Updated: Clever Koi brings Asian style cuisine and cocktails to Gilbert on Nov. 11th

Update: Opening is set for Friday, November 11th.

One of Phoenix’s favorite Asian style restaurants is bringing it’s classic Asian dishes with modern twists and craft cocktails to downtown Gilbert as Clever Koi announced it will open in September. Clever Koi’s new location will be housed in the bricked Heritage Marketplace building where Gilbert Rd. meets Vaughn Ave.

photo courtesy of Clever Koi
photo courtesy of Clever Koi

Modern decor

The new restaurant will have a modern Asian decor with large glass windows, an open floor plan for the dining room and bar and a sliding glass door leading to the outdoor patio along Gilbert Ave. The exposition kitchen will allow customer to see and smell the aromas of executive chef Jared Porter’s Asian creations. The decor will have Asian style accents along with modern colors showing off Gilbert’s rustic roots. Custom tile art installations will be made by Matt Noakes of Rain Made Design in Phoenix.

Cuisine and Cocktails

Chef Porter’s menu will include the bold flavors of Asian style rice bowls, house made dumplings, steamed buns, noodles and more. The seasonal menu incorporates flavors, styles and cooking techniques found in countries such as Thailand, China, Korea, Vietnam and beyond. To compliment the flavorful food Clever Koi’s Beverage Director/Partner Joshua James will duplicate his award-winning cocktails including classic Tiki drinks and cocktails such as Paloma and Pimm’s Cup.

Happy Hour

Happy Hour will be available daily from 3-6pm and will offer specially priced food & drinks including The Koi Burger and Pork ramen among other dishes. To cool you palate at Happy Hour cold draft beers will be $4, $7 wines by the glass and your choice of 15 cocktails at $7.

Stay tuned for details about the opening and check www.thecleverkoi.com for up to the minute information.

Clever Koi in Gilbert will be at 384 N. Gilbert Rd. #101 480-284-7529 and will be opened Sun – Thurs 11am- 9pm, Fri and Sat 11am -12 midnight with Brunch on Sat & Sun 11am – 3pm.

Brat Haus celebrates Oktoberfest on September 17th

Scottsdale beer garden Brat Haus celebrates the fall harvest kicking off Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 17th starting at 4pm and lasting late in to the night.  The open air beer garden will serve traditional Oktoberfest cuisine including knockwurst, schnitzel, brats and beer to chug it down with.

Photo courtesy of Brat Haus
Photo courtesy of Brat Haus

Part of proceeds donated

A portion of ticket and food sales will be donated to benefit Honor Flight Arizona www.honorflight.org , a non-profit to honor veterans and helps transport them to war memorials to pay respects to their fallen soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice when in the military.

Picture courtesy of Brat Haus
Picture courtesy of Brat Haus

Music and festivities

This years festival starts later in the day and is a 21 and older event with more grown up games being played.

4-10 p.m.        Beer Garden Games

4-10 p.m.        DJ

5 p.m.             Oktoberfest Tapping (first 100 through the door get a tasting from firkin)

5:30 p.m.        Brat Haus Brat Eating (First to finish one Das Brats)

6 p.m.             Lederhosen Contest

6:30 p.m.        Dirndl Contest

7 p.m.             Badass Beard Contest

7:30 p.m.        Lazer Etch Stein Holding

8 p.m.             Brat Haus Brat Eating (First to finish one Das Brats)

8 p.m.             Lederhosen Contest

8:30 p.m.        Dirndl Contest

9 p.m.             Lazer Etch Stein Holding

Pre-sale tickets are available online or at Brat Haus for $8 and are $10 on the day of the festival. Show up in your lederhosen or dirndl and you get in for free. www.brathausaz.com

Brat Haus is at 3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251