A garden fresh Easter brunch at The Farm at South Mountain

With St. Patrick’s Day in the rear view mirror and spring training closer to the end than the start, restaurants are now looking to Easter Sunday for more spring time fun & celebrating. The Farm at South Mountain is no different and is gearing up for its garden fresh Easter brunch on Sun. April 16th.

Considered as one of the best brunches in Phoenix, seating will be begin at 8:30 a.m. and every 15 minutes after that until 11:15 a.m. Guest will be able to enjoy over 10 buffet options that include a selection of fresh-baked pastries including Coffee Cake, Danishes and more along with The Farm’s famous Pecan French Toast, scrambled eggs with Cheddar cheese, salsa, vegetables and more.You can’t serve brunch without Applewood smoked bacon and country sausage.

If you prefer to eat on the lighter side several salads including Caprese and Kale & Quinoa will be available along with yogurt and granola, dried fruits and cheeses and much more.

Make sure you’re wearing your Sunday best as the Easter bunny will be there to have your photo taken. After brunch burn it off by playing one of the several yard games, stroll through the garden or the chicken coop.

This special brunch is priced at $55.95 for adults, $25.95 for children 8-12 years, $15.95 for children 2-7 years and children under 2 are free. An 8.1% sales tax & 20% production fee are extra and cancellations will not be accepted after April 12th. For more information, to view the full menu & make a reservation for the family visit http://www.thefarmatsouthmountain.com/

The Farm at South Mountain is at 6106 S. 32nd St. Phoenix 85042. (602)243-9081


SumoMaya announces a new chef & Bottomeless Brunch on weekends

Chefs move from one restaurant to another like athletes get traded or sign with a new team. Scottsdale’s SumoMaya has announced that they have brought on a new chef to run their team in the kitchen. Roberto Madrid comes to SumoMaya from Deseo Restaurant at The Westin Kierland Resort in north Scottsdale.

Photo courtesy of Debbie Wolvos

One of the first tasks chef Madrid will be overseeing is the new weekend “Bottomless Brunch” the restaurant has begun serving on Saturdays and Sundays. As the popularity of leisurely brunching has become on weekends, SumoMaya’s $39 brunch includes Bottomless Margaritas, Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and Michaelidas along with a few of rounds of foods. For those who chose not to indulge with cocktails brunch is $29.

While sipping on your cocktails guests can then choose from a family style menu for the “First Round” that includes Smoked Salmon Lox, Sweet Mexican Pastries, fresh fruit & granola and more.

Photo courtesy of Debbie Wolvos

On to the “Second Round” where options include….assorted sushi rolls selected by chef Madrid, SumoMaya’s popular Guacamole w/ Pomegranate or Ribeye with tostatdas, Huevos Revueltos Al Abanil with scrambled eggs or Bread Migas + Chorizo.

Diners then choose an entree from the creative menu that includes Sweet Potato Waffles with sliced bananas, Waygu Steak + Eggs with corn arepa, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce or Market Vegetable Scramble with crispy quinoa amongst others. Popular weekday menu items such as Kimchee + Egg Fried Rice with mushroom and Korean chili aioli, Enchiladas Suiza, Pork “Al Pastor” Pad Thai will be available.

Make sure you save room for dessert(easier said than done, I know) as the unique Liquid Cheesecake Brulee or Bunelos, those delicious cinnamon donuts sweetened with condensed milk and dulce de leche are served family style.

Both early riser and those who like to sleep in on weekends can take advantage of brunch as SumoMaya serves from 9a.m. – 3p.m. on weekends.

SumoMaya is at 6560 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale 85250.



MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails now serving brunch on weekends

If you’re like me, an early riser who eats breakfast well before the sun rises during the winter months, it means you probably want lunch when some still have not had breakfast. This common occurrence is best served on weekends when many restaurants serve brunch to appease both the early & late risers. Now you can enjoy brunch at MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails on Sat. & Sun. from 10:20 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.

MATCH Cuisine photos courtesy of Je-Hyen Valdez

Inside the FOUND:RE Hotel in Phoenix MATCH Cuisine started 2017 by serving brunch that will evolve over time to include Executive Chef Akos Szabo’s take on Dim-Sum but currently includes a menu that is inspired by food from around the world with ingredients that come from closer to home. A few of the delicious brunch menus dishes include……

Filipino Chile Relleno with longanisa sausage, mozzarella, charred tomato, cojita cheese and Mexican oregano, $14
Adela’s Enchiladas with top knot farm chicken, salsa verde, avocado crema and crisp lettuce
Braised Korean Rib Lettuce Wraps with pickled carrots, coriander, Thai basil, gochujang aioli, lime and salted cashews, $15
Not Your Basic Chick with a sweet potato waffle, crispy fried chicken and Caribbean hot sauce, $13
Additional menu items include organic yogurt & granola parfait with seasonal berries at $9 and the Plato Paisa with wood grilled steak, plantains, crispy chicharrones, longanisa sausage, avocado, black beans, crema and fried eggs ($21).
MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails and FOUND:RE Hotel is at 1100 N. Central Ave. Phoenix 85003. http://www.MatchPHX.com

Liberty Station opening in February by owners of Market Street Kitchen

Options are good and the residents of north Scottsdale will have another dining option when Liberty Station opens in February. The new restaurant will be where Scottsdale Rd. meets Carefree Highway and is from Keeler Hospitality Group, owners of Market Street Kitchen in DC Ranch.

The menu will be focused on American comfort food with a regional twist including specialties from Boston where the Keeler family is from. Lunch and dinner will be served with Executive Chef Michael Hunn and Chef de Cuisine Dan Watts running the kitchen where they will source local ingredients for much of the menu.

Creekstone Farms will be supplying the meats with much of it being smoked in-house in a custom smoker and will include Texas brisket, Carolina pork shoulder and my favorite, St. Louis spare ribs.

The bar will include classic cocktails, local craft beers and a variety of wines.

“Liberty Station is truly the definition of ‘neighborfood.’ You will enjoy a scratch-made meal that is relatable and incredibly tasty, while greeting friends and neighbors in our very comfortable dining room. We’ll have community tables, a very large bar and two patios. We want our neighbors to become friends at Liberty Station,” said Paul Keeler, President of Keeler Hospitality Group.

Liberty Station will be a place for all to enjoy as their will be vegan and vegetarian options including Vegan gnocchi and a Portobello sandwich on Udi’s bread and over a dozen Gluten-free options. A few of the menu highlights will be….

  • Tavern Mac & Cheese with cheddar cream, bacon breadcrumbs and Pasilla chiles, $10 (shared appetizer).
  • Piggy Wings, grilled pork shank with sticky BBQ sauce, $9 (shared appetizer).
  • Liberty Chopped Salad, with white balsamic dressing, roasted butternut squash, pomegranate seeds and pepitas, $8
  • Boston Lobster Roll with lemon aioli and celery on a brioche roll, $18 (lunch menu).
  • All American Chicago Hot Dog with mustard, tomato, onion, house relish and sport peppers, $8 (lunch menu).
  • Chopped Brisket Grilled Cheese with smoky cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese and a grilled tomato, $12 (lunch menu).
  • New England Clam Boil with Littleneck clams, rock shrimp, new potatoes, corn and hot link sausage, $24 (dinner menu).
  • Kobe Meatloaf with shoestring onions, ketchup vinegar glaze and mashed potatoes, $17 (dinner menu).

Once opened Liberty Station will be serving lunch daily at 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Dinner service begins at 5:00 p.m. nightly. Happy Hour is offered at the bar Monday – Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Brunch will be served Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.


Vintage 95 Wine Lounge celebrates 5 years with Master Sommelier Michael Jordan and more

5 years in operation might as well be 50 years in restaurant years and in reaching its 5th anniversary downtown Chandler’s Vintage 95 Wine Lounge is celebrating all week-long from November 14th – 20th. As part of the celebration there will be Pre Fixe dinner menus, lunch, brunch & happy hour specials and “Taste Like a Master” wine tasting with Master Sommelier Michael Jordan.

Photo courtesy of Vintge 95 Wine Lounge
Photo courtesy of Vntage 95 Wine Lounge

taste like a master tasting

To start the celebration Vintage 95 welcomes Master Sommelier Michael Jordan as he is hosting a unique hands on tasting teaching wine drinkers how to taste wine, the different flavors of wine and how to recognize them. This limited seating event will consist of 5 wines paired with small bites.

Pre Fixe menus

During dinner hours diners will be able to choose from 3 Pre Fixe menus consisting of 4 courses paired with wine for $50 per person. The 3 menus to choose from are as follows….

First Menu

Grain Salad, Hayden Mills local white Sonoran berries, red quinoa, bronze barley, chickpeas, hearts of palm, orange, chopped fig, cranberry and Feta cheese with orange vinaigrette

Bowl of Smoked Tomato Bisque with grilled cheese croutons

Duck Egg, Poached duck egg, caviar, buttered leeks and crème fraiche

NY Strip,  10 oz grilled NY strip steak with bone marrow mashed potato, Brussels sprouts and a tart cherry sauce

Second Menu

Cauliflower Salad, Roasted cauliflower, blanched almonds, black currant, watercress and goat cheese with curried yogurt dressing

Creamy Celery Root Soup with celery sprout and crostini

Scallops, Three scallops with cauliflower puree, fried capers and watercress

Portobello Pasta, Sautéed Portobello mushroom, zucchini, spinach, goat cheese cream and Hayden Hills shells with a pistachio gremolata

Third Menu (Gluten Free and Vegetarian)

Beet Salad, Roasted beets, Brussels sprouts, blue cheese and an apple cider vinaigrette

Dumpling and Dashi, potato and asparagus stuffed in rice paper dumplings and vegetarian dashi

Cherries and Brie, Brie and tarragon mousse with brandied cherries and walnuts

Vegetarian Cassoulet, Carrots, mushrooms, potatoes and white beans stewed in a vegetable gravy

Photo courtesy of Vintage 95 Wine Lounge

lunch, brunch and happy hour

If you want to celebrate with Vintage 95 during the day lunch guests can enjoy a 1/2 sandwich and 1/2 salad or cup of soup for $8. Guest who stop by for brunch will enjoy appetizers, Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and Screwdrivers for $5. Happy Hour specials include house cocktails and wine for $5.

To make reservations for dinner or “The Taste Like a Master” tasting or for more information visit http://www.vintage95.com/




Joe’s Midnight Run starts “It’s Midnight Somewhere” weekend brunch menu.

Along the busy restaurant corridor of 7th St. in central Phoenix, Joe’s Midnight Run kicks off its “It’s Midnight Somewhere” weekend brunch menu with drink and food specials every Saturday & Sunday from 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Joe's Midnight Run
Photo courtesy of Joe’s Midnight Run

its midnight somewhere’ brunch menu

Start off the morning with $3 Bellinis or Mimosas, $8 Bloody Mary’s, signature cocktails and more while you decide to soak it up with Chef Michael Smith’s Banana French Toast, Biscuits & Gravy or Shrimp & Grits just a few of the new brunch menu items.

For those that prefer the lunch side to the brunch menu they can order Notorious BIG Burger( made with braised pork, beef and chicharones), Milanesa Sandwich, salads, flatbreads and more.

photo courtesy of Joe's Midnight Run
photo courtesy of Joe’s Midnight Run

Joe’s Midnight Run is at 6101 N. 7th St. Phoenix, 85014 (480)459-4467 http://www.joesmidnightrun.com



Tavern Americana opens early on weekends for football with food and drink specials

College football season has started and the pros start to play for real in a few more days and Tavern Americana is reaching out to all football fans opening at 10 a.m. and with food and drinks specials every Saturday and Sunday at their north Scottsdale restaurant.

Drink & food speicals on weekends

$8 pitchers of beers & $12 Bottomless Bloodies are on tap for drink specials and the food menu includes House made jerk at $5, Cuban Sandwich $9 and a Sonoran Dog $9 and several other tasty sounding foods.

Photo Courtesy of Tavern Americana
Photo Courtesy of Tavern Americana

Monday night specials

For 3 of the Monday night games there will be game day entries from the cities to which the 2 teams are playing and include…

        Sept. 19: Philly Cheese Steak versus Chicago Dog for Eagles versus Bears.

        Oct. 3: New York Deep Dish Pizza versus Juicy Lucy for Giants versus Vikings.

·      Oct. 10: Cuban sandwich versus Carolina style BBQ sandwich Buccaneers versus Panthers.

sunday funday at tavern americana

Sundays through football season you can enjoy Happy Hour pricing all day and can enjoy additional Brunch menu items during your favorite game. Sweet, savory or spicy you can choose from these tasty menu items.

   Stuffed French toast – Cream cheese stuffed brioche, seasonal fruit compote, warm maple syrup, vanilla cream – $11

   Tavern Power Bowl – Quinoa/potatoes, avocado, spinach, tomato, mushrooms, poached eggs, chipotle vinaigrette – $14

   Southwestern Hash – chorizo, tavern potatoes, caramelized onions, jalapeños, pico de gallo, avocado, pepper jack. Served w/ toast or biscuit –  $11

   Veggie Bene – avocado, asparagus, roasted red pepper, basil hollandaise. Potatoes $12

Tavern Americana is at 20469 N. Hayden rd. Scottsdale (480)502-6740 http://www.urbantaverngroup.com