All posts by Sandy Wasserman

I’ve been in and around the the Phoenix wine and restaurant for over 17 years. I’ve seen and learned a lot and now I’m sharing it for the world to see.

Downtown Deli Tavern breathes new life into a classic corner deli

Phoenix restaurant group Genuine Concepts wanted in on the growing restaurant and bar scene happening in downtown Phoenix and have announced a Monday December 18th opening of their 12 restaurant, Downtown Deli Tavern.

Downtown Phoenix old timers may have eaten at the original Downtown Deli before it closed a couple of years ago after 46 years of serving patrons breakfast & lunch. Genuine Concepts owners Tucker Woodbury and Jim Riley purchased the property and have given it a new vibe while keeping true to its roots.

Unlike the original deli the tavern will serve lunch, dinner and cocktails until late in the evening and early morning with its corner bar atmosphere.

“It seemed to me that there has been a little bit of a land rush in downtown Phoenix and now that other companies and businesses are coming, we wanted to make sure that we put our stake in the ground and held onto a spot,” Woodbury states.

Eating at Downtown Deli Tavern

Executive Chef Justin Woodard’s menu is comfort food inspired with dishes such as Mom’s Meatloaf, Omelet and Hash, Turkey Noodle Soup, Egg Salad Sandwich and signature Fried PB&J and Smothered Browns will create a buzz.

The full menu is available all day as will be the $.50 cup of coffee along with grab n go items and weekly list of 7 for $7 food items.

“The food we have created for The Downtown Deli Tavern should resonate with its over the top comfort food that we can all identify with,” says Woodard. “Food to me is all about the memories and this place has a menu that will leave a lasting impression on its guests. Food should be fun, not too fussy and simple. I think we’ve done a great job of creating a menu that reflects that.

Classic Cocktails

Beverage director Chris Hardin is keeping it simple with basic and classic cocktails with his modern twist including White Russian, Salty Dog, Deli Old Fashioned and the Strong Island Iced Tea.

Proud of its Arizona roots all draft beers at Downtown Deli Tavern all Arizona brewed.

“The Downtown Deli Tavern will be equal parts food and bar and we hope that people recognize that end even though its a little bit quirky, we love old buildings and we love old Phoenix and this project has been around for so long, why change things too much. We are going to let people figure it out for themselves when they visit,” says Woodbury. “It’s very classic rock. It has an approachable space, with friendly people and affordable pricing.”

Downtown Deli Tavern is at 130 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004 and will be open Monday-Wednesday 10:30am-11pm, Thursday 10:30am-12am, Friday 10:30am-2am, Saturday 3:00pm-2:00am & will be closed on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The butcher returns as Arcadia Meat Market set to open in January

Years ago people would purchase their cheese from a cheese shop, fish from a fish market and meats from a butcher, today you can find the one stop shopping  with few peddling their product knowing only basic information. With that in mind the Arcadia Meat Market is set to open on January 11th 2018.

Partners Nick Addante and Luigi Paroli plan to bring back the old school butcher shop offering Arizona raised beef, pork, chicken and lamb and will source all natural products from Colorado, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and California.

Need for the Arcadia Meat Market

Addante is a partner in Arizona’s only grass-fed beef producer who realized that the mass marketed meat industry lacked what consumers want including transparency, product knowledge and the treatment of animals.

“All our meats are free range and pasture raised, never had any antibiotics or hormones, and the animals we sell have always eaten healthy food resulting in the best quality meats.” Addante says.

“We believe that healthy animals raised in open pastures make for a healthier planet and healthy happy customers. We work with producers that care about our planet and the animals they raise. Our ranchers practice sustainable farming methods so their business may continue to thrive for generations to come.”

The Butcher

Addante also wanted a skilled neighborhood butcher who cared about the meats they are butchering for their customers and the customers themselves.

Enter Paroli, a 2nd generation butcher from New Zealand who’s worked across the country and will hand cut all meats in-house.

“It’s all about bringing back trust and transparency, because I was raised on that, including 8,000 hours of training under a master butcher in Wellington, New Zealand,” Paroli says. “I’ve run butcher shops from Alaska to Manhattan and it all comes back to good, healthy, grass-fed, pasture raised, organic proteins. Plus, you can come and get something specially cut for you and feel good about providing for your family.”

Arcadia Meat Market will be open daily Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Also offered will be ready-to- cook meals, grab & go items and more. In the future they plan to sell wine, cheese, charcuterie and cold pressed juices.

Arcadia Meat Market will be 3950 E. Indian School Rd. #150 Phoenix 85018.

 

 

Miracle Mile Deli and Chompie’s Delicatessen preparing Hannukah menus

With the Jewish holiday Hannukah only a few nights away families are dusting off the menorah and looking for their playful dreidels a part of the joyful traditions.

Like many traditions and holidays food plays a big part and local delis Miracle Mile Deli and Chompie’s Delicatessen are preparing traditional dinners for the 8 nights of Hannukah.

Hannukah at Miracle Mile

Family owned Miracle Mile deli celebrates the Festival of Lights with a Brisket Plate on their dine-in menu from December 12th – 20th.

Hannukah
Miracle Mile Matzo ball soup

Enjoy sliced brisket accompanied by a potato latke(pancake), applesauce & sour cream a cup of Matzo Ball soup for only $14.

Miracle Mile Deli is at 4433 N. 16th Street in Phoenix 85016.

Chompie’s Hannukah take out meal

If you’re looking to eat dinner in the comfort of your own home New York style Chompie’s Delicatessen is offering to prepare a meal that may provide leftovers for all 8 nights.

Borenstein family recipes are used to create a meal that serves 8 people and offers everything from appetizers, entree, side dishes and dessert for $219.

Matzo Ball Soup                                                                                                      Choice of sliced Beef Brisket, Roasted Chicken or Oven Roasted Turkey Breast w/ Challah Stuffing                                                                Choice of two sides (latkes, roasted potatoes, homestyle green beans, and a glazed-carrot medley)                                                               Lovey Borenstein’s Holiday Dessert (apple strudel & rugulach).

Hannukah
Chompie’s latke trio

Those that don’t want the full meal Chompie’s offers a la carte delicacies by the pint, pound & piece.

Raisin Challah Bread ($6.99)                                                                                         Jewish Rye Bread ($5.49)                                                                                                Matzo Ball Soup ($9.99 / qt)                                                                                          Homemade Brisket Gravy ($3.99 / pt)                                                                     Applesauce ($5.99 / pt)                                                                                                     Mashed Sweet Potatoes ($7.99 / lb)                                                                         Mini Black & Whites ($6.99 / 6 pack)                                                                       Chocolate Bobka ($8.99)                                                                                                 Chanukah Cookies ($2.25 each)

Click here to place an order and find one of the 5 Phoenix area Chompie’s near you.

 

Take-Away menu at Over Easy makes Christmas morning easy

With all the excitement of Christmas morning who has time to make breakfast. The popular breakfast & lunch restaurant Over Easy does, as they are offering to prepare breakfast for you and your family as you open your presents.

When you pre-order by Saturday, December 23rd and your order will be ready for you on Christmas Eve day the 24th at their Biltmore location.

French Toast and biscuits

All you have to do is re-heat and instructions are included for the 4 signature dishes available…..                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits & Gravy- Homemade biscuits smothered with country gravy. Order comes with 2 biscuits and side of gravy. Don’t worry. We’re not skimping on the gravy.  — $9

Yogurt & Quinoa- Greek yogurt and quinoa crunch topped with seasonal fruit and agave nectar. Orders come by the pint. Serves approx. 2 ppl per order. — $14

Nut Banana French Toast- Buttery brioche dipped in our secret recipe batter, griddled to perfection and topped with caramel, pecans and bananas. Caramel banana sauce is packaged on the side to top off when you are ready to serve. Orders serve 2 people. — $11

Chilaquiles Breakfast Casserole- An easy-to-serve version of our Chilaquiles. Corn tortilla chips, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, green onions, and sour cream with your choice of chicken or pork, and your choice of ranchero (red) or green chili sauce. Serves 4 people. — $36

To place an order call  the Over Easy at the Biltmore at 602-687-7456 by 12 p.m. on the 23rd and be ready to pick it up on the 24th at 1:30 p.m.

Mission Possible Cafe opens with $5 food specials in December

In a follow-up to my post in August about the planned Mission Possible Cafe and it’s story I’m glad to report the cafe is now open. To celebrate its opening the cafe is offering $5 food specials for breakfast and lunch throughout the month of December.

The cafe which is at 1516 W. Van Buren St. is open Mon.-Fri. from 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and is the latest project from The Phoenix Rescue Mission.

Green Chile Pork

December food specials

The menu is simple at Mission Possible Cafe and serves southwestern inspired cuisine with an emphasis on Mexican grilled meals. The $5 specials rotate on a daily basis for lunch and during breakfast the special is a breakfast burrito. All specials include a drink and are as follows.

Breakfast Mon-Fri (7:00am-10:30am)                                                        $5.00 Breakfast Burrito+ soda or drip coffee

Lunch $5.00                                                                                                                  Mon.- Enchiladas+ Beverage                                                                             Tues.- Tacos+ Beverage                                                                                         Wed.- Any Salad+ Beverage                                                                              Thurs.-Any Soup+ Beverage                                                                                   Fri.- Burro+ Beverage

food specials
Breakfast burrito

The Mission

The Phoenix Rescue Mission created the Mission Possible Cafe to help men, women and children who struggle with homelessness, addiction and trauma to learn skills that will help them get back on their feet and feel like a part of the community.

The goal is to get people trained to prepare & cook food and learn customer service skills so they can find jobs in the food service industry.

For more information about Mission Possible Cafe and to see the menu go to their website

Chicken is the main ingredient Chick-In on the ASU campus

Chicken is the #1 food trend for 2018 according to Nation’s Restaurant News which is great news for the local quick casual concept Chick-In. Located on the ASU campus in Tempe, Chick-In uses chicken as the main ingredient in its Mediterranean inspired cuisine with an emphasis on authentic Israeli dishes.

Owner Yariv Elazar is from Israel opened Chick-In in May of this year with head chef Maayan Glass who wanted to bring authentic dishes of his homeland to the ASU campus.  Israeli cuisine is #3 on the list of top food trends of 2018.Chicken The versatility of chicken as a protein and its affordability are two of the reasons it placed at the top of the list released in early November.

That versatility and affordability are evident on the menu at Chick-In with an assortment of sandwiches, platters, bowls along with vegan options as well. The restaurant also keeps kosher. All meals are made fresh to order and Grab & Go salads are made fresh daily.

Chick-In is in Wilson Hall at 24 E. Orange Mall Tempe 85281. 480-665-2185.  For hours and to see the menu visit their website.

 

Wine Tip Wednesday for Wine Tasting Party from LDV Wine Gallery

Wine tasting parties are a fun and popular way to get together with friends and learn a bit about wine. Peggy Fiadaca, co-owner of LDV Wine Gallery in Scottsdale offers up 5 tips to host a successful wine tasting party.

Below are her tips or you can watch Peggy’s Wine Tip Wednesday Youtube video

  1. Set a structure or theme for the evening
    1. Determine how many people you’re going to invite
    2. Set a price point for the wine
  2. Basic guidelines to the party
    1. Make sure each person gets at least a 2 oz pour
    2. Have a dump bucket and a pitcher of water
    3. Have neutral goodies such as crackers to clear the palette
  3. Have a good scoring sheet
    1. Find online or on LDV website
    2. Fun to have a prize for winner who brings the best wine
  4. Think about the order you’re going to pour each wine
    1. White wine before red wine
  5. Learn about the theme if you are the host                                                       1. Understand characteristics of the wine you are using as the theme

To learn more about LDV  Wine Gallery check out their website