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Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria announces Scottsdale location

The Phoenix area has been a popular place for Chicago area transplants for years its been the last couple of years that they’ve been able to get what some consider to be the best deep dish pizza in Arizona. With Giordano’s, Gino’s East and Lou Malnati’s arriving in the last couple of years it’s been Lou Malnati’s that has continued its expansion with recent announcement of a 2nd location and this week’s announcement of its 3rd in north Scottsdale.

Lou Malnati’s coming to Scottsdale

The anticipated opening of the third location in north Scottsdale is still a year away but fans of the popular pizzeria will enjoyed the largest of the Arizona locations when it opens. It will be in the new Chauncey Lane development near Scottsdale Rd. and Loop 101.

When the restaurant opens it will be 10,000 square feet with an outdoor patio and will employ over 150 people and offer a full bar in the restaurant.

Deep Dish Pizza

Malnati’s is known for its deep dish pizza that uses California grown vine ripened tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese from a Wisconsin dairy and scratch made dough that hold it all together with its flaky and buttery crust.

2nd location announced

A few weeks back word came that the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix will get the 2nd location which will be for take out, delivery and catering. The pizzeria will share space with local neighborhood restaurant Kitchen 56 on the southeast corner of 56th St & Indian School Rd.

The building is currently under renovation to give Kitchen 56 a fresh look and accommodate Lou Malnati’s. This location is scheduled to open in the fall.

If north Scottsdale fans of the deep dish pizza can’t wait til the summer of 2018 to get their fill of deep dish pizza the can head to the original Arizona location in Uptown Plaza at 100 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix 85012. http://www.loumalnatis.com/

 

Taco Guild introduces Old World and New World brunch menu

Housed in an old church in central Phoenix, Taco Guild has been named by the Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” as one the best Mexican restaurants in the country and become a local favorite for traditional Mexican cuisine with the modern touch of executive chef Dan Santos. Diners can now experience these unique dishes on the weekend as Santos has introduced a brunch menu.

The brunch menu includes 10 new items, 5 from the Old World with classic Mexican dishes and 5 from the New World with a modern and contemporary twist.

“This is the biggest overhaul to the brunch menu we have made and we are excited to share it with our guests,” says Santos. “As with all our dishes we aim for mastery and offer diners a truly unique and special experience.

Guild Torta

Old World and New World brunch at Taco Guild

These delicious sounding new dishes include bold flavors and fresh ingredients can be enjoyed on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Old World menu items:                                                                     

 Chiliquiles corn chips, spicy tomato sauce, menonita cheese, two eggs prepared your way and your choice of protein. Served with borracho beans. 9.95

Corn Cakes with Sausage & Eggs Griddled corn cakes, house-made beef and pork sausage patties, spicy tomato sauce and two eggs prepared your way. 9.95

Plantain Brulee Cornmeal Pancakes Cornmeal pancakes, plantains, spiced brown sugar, honey cinnamon butter and spiced maple syrup. 9.95

Chorizo con Papas & Eggs Southwestern potatoes, chorizo, peppers, onions and two eggs prepared your way. Served with house-made tortillas. 8.95

Coconut French Toast Tres leches custard flavored with cinnamon and cardamom, torta bread. Topped with toasted coconut, mango, strawberries, honey cinnamon butter and spiced maple syrup. Served with house-made beef and pork sausage patties. 9.95

Coconut French Toast

 New World menu items:

 Huevos Rancheros Quinoa Bowl Southwestern seasoned quinoa, spiced crema, salsa fresca, avocado and two eggs prepared your way. 8.95

Coffee Steak Hash & Eggs Coffee seasoned steak, Southwestern potatoes, onion and peppers. Served with two eggs prepared your way and borracho beans. 10.95

Guild Chicken & Cornmeal Waffle House-made cornmeal waffle, guild chicken, spiced maple syrup, honey cinnamon butter and serrano pepper. 9.95

Guild Torta Your choice of protein, peppers, onions, avocado, two eggs, menonita cheese, Southwestern potatoes and toasted torta roll. 9.95

Guild Parfait Orange agave fat-free yogurt, fresh mint, berry compote and house-made granola. 4.95

Taco Guild is at 546 East Osborn Rd. Phoenix http://www.tacoguild.com/

 

 

2nd annual Rock the Guac comes to The Camby Hotel

Calendars are starting to fill up with food festivals and the like with another just announced as Rock the Guac is scheduled on National Guacamole Day on September 16th at The Camby Hotel in Phoenix. 12 Phoenix area chefs will create their version of guacamole for guests to sample and celebrate the delicious food.

Rock the Guac
Matt Carter at last years event. All photos courtesy of Rock the Guac

Rock the Guac chefs

Rock the Guac is brought to us by the same people who brings us Arizona Taco Festival in mid-October. The 12 valley chefs preparing their guacamole for the friendly competition are….

Forest Hamrick- La Hacienda – 2016 Rock The Guac winner

Dushyant Singh- Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar at The Camby Hotel

Richard Hinojosa- CRUjiente Tacos

Aaron Pool- Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup

Alex Stratta- Match at The FOUND:RE Phoenix

Mel Mecinas- Private Chef

Aaron May- Goodwood Tavern, Malibu Burger Co.

Jennifer Russo- The Market by Jennifer’s

Fidencio Alatriste- Toro Latin Restaurant

Laura Gonzalez- Taqueria Centro

George Alatriste- The Mission

Beau MacMillan- Elements

Get Tickets

The event starts at 6p.m. and tickets are only available online for $40 in which each guest has unlimited guacamole, 2 drink tickets for margaritas and beer, a taco station hosted by The Camby.  If you’ve ever been to the Arizona Taco Festival then you know there will be plenty of fun and live entertainment on this lively evening. Tickets available here.

Part of the proceeds from Rock the Guac will be donated to Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, a non-profit which heals homeless and abused children thought art and expression.

 

Alex Stratta takes over the kitchen at MATCH: Restaurant & Cocktails

It was less than a year ago that I reported that James Beard Award winning chef Alex Stratta took over culinary operations at The Herb Box , well that short-lived stint has come to an end. Chef Stratta has taken his culinary talents to MATCH:Restaurant & Cocktails in The Found:Re Hotel in Phoenix.

New menu debut

The first change will take place in September when chef Stratta will debut a new menu for the wood-fired and local focused restaurant. “We are testing new recipes and seeking the perfect balance of flavor and relatable dishes that suit the tastes of our local residents and out-of-town guests,” said Stratta. “The wood fired oven and grill will continue to take center stage as we evolve our menu.”

He and his team will continue to focus on simple, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients that will be presented in an artful style to coincide with the hotels art inspired decor and design.

The Alex Stratta culinary history

The globe-trotting chef has collected awards for his Las Vegas restaurants Stratta & ALEX and his first stint in Phoenix at Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician Resort. He’s also worked for famed chefs Alain Ducasse in Monaco at Louis XV in The Hotel de Paris and Daniel Boulud in New York at Le Cirque. He’s also made the finals on Top Chef Masters, Italian Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. In addition to his James Beard “Best Southwest Chef” award he’s been named a Food & Wine Best New Chef, several AAA Five Diamond awards and a two star rating from the Michelin Guide for ALEX.

MATCH is at 1100 N. Central Ave. in downtown Phoenix https://www.matchphx.com/

 

August is here as Liberty Market’s Burger Daze returns

Every August Gilbert’s Liberty Market serves up 31 different burgers for its annual Burger Daze promotion and this August is no different.

Liberty Market
Fried Chicken burger photo courtesy of Sarah

Planning for 31 burgers

Planning started shortly after 2016’s Burger Daze ended as executive chef David Traina started thinking of combinations for new burgers while also including a few favorites on this years list. In January chef Traina started to make the burgers for consideration to see how they went from paper to palate in an effort to finalize this years burgers. Chef Traina should know about burgers as he was Delux Burger’s first executive chef before making his way to Liberty Market.

According to Traina ” I’m really excited about this years burgers and we start with a favorite from last year, the  Coffee burger the Beehive cheese is an awesome addition to that one. Our End of Daze burger is going to be worth the wait.”

Gift card challenge

Owner Joe Johnson knows how to motivate his customers to come by Liberty Market on a daily basis to try each days special burger. Save those receipts as Joe is giving away a $50 Liberty Market gift card to those that come in and eat 10 burgers during the month. If you can stomach all 31 burgers you’ll have earned a $250 gift card. Those that accomplish either one of these challenges will have until the end of the first week of September to provide the receipts for verification and get their Liberty Market gift card.

Monte Cristo burger photo courtesy of Sarah

Burger Daze daily line up

Most of the burgers are made from local, natural ground chuck beef while others are made from buffalo meat and a vegan black bean pattie. Below is the list of all 31 burgers , one for each day of the month.

 #1 Tuesday – Coffee Burger: beef patty, Beehive Barely Buzzed Cheese, candied bacon, and onion whipped cream on a hawaiian bun.

 #2 Wednesday – Monte Cristo Burger: beef patty, swiss cheese, shaved ham, strawberry jam and powdered sugar, served open face on griddled bread pudding.

 #3 Thursday – Spanish Burger: beef patty, manchego cheese, chimichurri aioli and sliced Spanish chorizo on panella bun.

 #4 Friday – Ultimate Buffalo Burger: buffalo patty, pickled carrots and celery, St. Pete’s blue cheese, Frank’s Red Hot buffalo sauce on kaiser bun.

 #5 Saturday: Chilaquiles Burger: beef patty, chilaquiles,  sunny side up egg, tomatillo salsa, cotija cheese on a jalapeno ciabatta bun.

 #6 Sunday: Liberty Joe Burger: beef patty, housemade sloppy joe and cheddar cheese on hawaiian bun. 

 #7 Monday: Gordita Burger: beef patty, pico de gallo, lettuce, pepper jack cheese on housemade fried gorditas. Served with tortilla chips.

 #8 Tuesday: California Burger: beef patty, fresh guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and monterey jack cheese on a croissant.

 #9 Wednesday: Shrimp Po’ Boy Burger: two 4 oz patties, fried shrimp, coleslaw, and housemade remoulade on a baguette.

 #10 Thursday: The Thai Ramen Burger: beef patty, ramen noodles, thai basil, cilantro, seasoned pork and red chili peanut sauce on a panella bun.

 #11 Friday – Onion Ring Burger: beef patty, fried onion ring, smoked cheddar, sauteed red onion, potato chips and BBQ sauce on kaiser bun. 

 #12 Saturday – Short Rib Burger: beef patty, braised short ribs, fresh mozzarella and shaved parmesan on ciabatta bun.

 #13 Sunday – Croque Madame Burger: beef patty, shaved ham, swiss, fresh tomato, sunnyside up egg, smothered with bechamel, served open faced on challah toast.

#14 Monday – The Elvis Burger: beef patty, cheddar cheese, chopped bacon, peanut butter, and pickles on a housemade waffle bun.

 #15 Tuesday – The Boursin Burger: beef patty, herbed Boursin Cheese, caramelized onions and fresh arugula on a hawaiian bun.

 #16 Wednesday – The Black Bean Butternut Burger (Vegan): black bean & butternut squash patty, avocado, heirloom tomatoes, and baby greens on a kaiser bun.

 #17 Thursday – The Greek Burger: beef patty, feta cheese, nicoise olives, oven dried tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce on a potato bun.

 #18 Friday – The Poached Pear Burger: white wine poached pear, cambozola, bacon and spring mix on hawaiian bun.

 #19 Saturday – The Louie Burger: beef patty, crab salad, chopped bacon, avocado, red leaf lettuce, and Russian dressing on a pretzel bun.

 #20 Sunday – The BBQ Pork Burger: beef patty, house made BBQ pulled pork with creamy coleslaw on seeded kaiser.

 #21 Monday – The Brie and Mushroom Burger: beef patty, brie cheese, truffled mushrooms, watercress, and oven dried tomato aioli on an onion brioche bun.

 #22 Tuesday – The Fried Chicken Burger: beef patty, fried chicken, bacon, jack cheese, ranch and jalapeno chips on a hawaiian bun.

 #23 Wednesday – The Korean Beef Burger: beef patty, korean style short ribs, kimchi, radishes and sesame seeds on a hand cut bun.

 #24 Thursday – The Serious Grilled Cheese Burger: beef patty, fontina, jack and cambozola , shaved cornichons on a panella bun.

 #25 Friday – The Fresh Grind Burger: house ground brisket, ribeye, and short rib patty, fontina cheese, tempura fried oyster mushroom, and demi glace, served open face on a polenta cake. 

 #26 Saturday – The Savory Dossant Burger: beef patty, gruyere cheese, crispy bacon, and roasted garlic aioli, on an Onion Dossant

 #27 Sunday – The Elote Burger: beef patty, fire roasted corn, mexican spice blend, lime aioli,pepper jack, cotija, Fresno peppers, and cilantro on jalapeno ciabatta bun.

 #28 Monday – The Curry Masala Burger: beef patty, grilled halloumi cheese,curried onions and tomatoes, and masala aioli, on a brioche bun.

 #29 Tuesday – The Basil Pesto Burger: beef patty, basil pesto, fresh mozzarella, fried zucchini and arugula on ciabatta bun.

 #30 Wednesday – The Chile Relleno Burger: beef patty, cheese stuffed relleno, shredded lettuce, green enchilada sauce and cotija cheese, on a panella bun.

 #31 Thursday – THE END OF DAZE BURGER: house ground beef patty, hatch chile cheese, foie gras, duck bacon, truffle aioli, and parmesan tuile on toasted brioche.

 

 

 

 

Pomelo at The Orchard introduces Summer Sippin’ Special!

Summer is slowly coming to end as kids head back to school and your favorite football team return to training camp. In Arizona we have a longer summer than most and you still have to stay hydrated and refreshed and Pomelo at The Orchard is helping you do both with their Summer Sippin’ Special! through the end of August.

Pomelo at The Orcahrd

All day everyday ALL of Pomelo’s specialty cocktails will be $5. This includes cocktails that use top shelf spirits as well.

What a great opportunity to quench your thirst with Pomelo’s 2 signature cocktails Bellissimo and 12th & Barbados. The Bellissimo, is made with  Pomelo Vodka, blackberry thyme syrup, fresh grapefruit juice and sparkling wine. 12th & Barbados, made with Plantation 5-year Rum, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, fresh lime juice and Mango Reàl.

Pomelo at The Orchard is at 7100 North 12th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020 http://www.pomelophx.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nook Kitchen to host Don Julio cocktail dinner

Wine dinners are pretty common in the restaurant world but the last few years have seen special dinner menus paired with beer and spirits. Tequila has become a popular pairing for dinners and Nook Kitchen in downtown Phoenix is hosting a 5-course Don Julio cocktail dinner on Wed. August 2nd.

The dinner will pair Don Julio tequilas that are aged and rare on some courses with a menu that is inspired by the cuisine of tequilas home state of Jalisco. The menu is as follow…..

First Course:

Grilled nopales and lengua de vaca consume

 

Don Julio Reposado,

Himalayan salt cordial,

kaffir lime oil, cayenne flake

 

Second Course:

Chef LaRosa’s deconstructed Chili Relleno Poblano, Oaxaca queso, tomato chili chutney, tequila pomegranate gastrique

 

Don Julio 70 Clara Anejo,

dry orange curacao, spanish dry vermouth,

blood orange sour

 

Third Course:

Watermelon, tequila & lime shaved ice

 

Fourth Course:

Braised pollo de muslo, maiz de la calle, maseca, mole, frijoles negros a la hoya

Don Julio 1942,

fermented masa, tamrindo,

guanabana liquer, fresh lime

 

Fifth Course:

Mexican inspired chocolate flan cinnamon, cumin, chocolate

house made tepache (traditional Mexican fermented pineapple drink)

 

The cost for the dinner is $55 plus tax and tip per person and will begin at 6p.m.

The downtown Nook Kitchen is the 2nd location of the popular Arcadia restaurant and is house off the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn at 15 E Monroe St, Phoenix. (602)258-1037 http://nookkitchen.com/