Former Z’Tejas chef opens Cocina Madrigal in south Phoenix

After years of honing his culinary skills in restaurants in Mexico City and the United States for somebody else, Leo Madrigal decided to take those skills and open his own restaurant. The Oaxacan born Madrigal did just that recently with the opening of his Cocina Madrigal on the corner of 16th St. & Wood in south Phoenix.

All photos courtesy of Kassidy McDonald at Evolve Marketing

The 1,900 sq. ft. restaurant seats up to 140 people once the patio opens including the bar that’s serving signature margaritas and a unique section of tequila. “From the moment our guests walk into the restaurant, I want them to feel welcomed, appreciated and at home. I’m so excited to share my commitment to service and high quality food at our new location in South Phoenix,” says Madrigal.

Cocina Madrigal signature dishes

Madrigal wanted to always share his vision of Mexican cuisine at his own restaurant after working in restaurants such as Z’Tejas, Eddie V’s and Taco Guild after arriving from Houston. The menu is inspired by growing up in Oaxaca and he giving it an American twist with such dishes as Oaxacan Con Queso with American & Oaxacan cheese, Mango Steak Salad, Tres Mushrooms Enchiladas and Grilled Elote with Cotija cheese.

Mexican food staples tacos, enchiladas and burros are given Madrigals twist as well.

Cocina Madrigal is open for lunch and dinner Sun.- Thurs. from 11 a.m. -10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. with Happy Hour Mon. – Fri. from 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Cocina Madrigal is at 4044 S. 16th St. Phoenix 85040. (602)243-9000 For more information check their Facebook page.

 

EVO’s owner opening Breadwinner in downtown Phoenix

Nick Neuman owner of Scottsdale’s EVO has set his sights like many on downtown Phoenix with the August opening of Breadwinner. The sandwich focused hangout will be in The Churchill, the trendy retail & restaurant complex built with shipping containers on the northeast corner of 1st St & Garfield(901 N. 1st St.).

Serving lunch, dinner & weekend brunch Breadwinner will serve handcrafted sandwiches, wraps and salads of the traditional variety with Neuman’s creative twist. Expect the likes of oven roasted turkey, Cuban, Muffeletta or roast beef sandwiches or wraps ($9-$12) along with hearty side dishes, fresh salads and non-alcoholic beverages.

After guests order and pay at the counter their meal will be delivered to them at communal style dining tables in The Churhill’s courtyard.

The sense of community at The Churchill is part of the attraction to Neuman where Breadwinner employees will give 4 hours a month to community service as part of their monthly  “social rent”.

 

It’s National Italian Beef Week at Portillo’s

Chicago foodies around the country get ready as your favorite hometown sandwich, Italian Beef is celebrated at Portillo’s the week of May 21st-27th with National Italian Beef Week.

All 50 plus Portillo’s around the country are celebrating with 2 regular Italian Beef  sandwiches for only $10.

Portillo’s Rhyme Time Challenge

In addition to the great food deal customers are invited to submit rhymes for their Rhyme Time Challenge. Known for the rhymes that staff call out when customers orders are ready such as “Number 9 it’s time to dine” or “Number 7 you’re in heaven” customers can now create their own rhyme for prizes.

Customers are invited to submit their rhymes here during National Italian Beef Week. All entries must end with the number 1-9, not already being used, no inappropriate language and must be a rhyme.

The winner will receive Portillo’s food for a year and have their rhyme used nationwide. 2nd and 3rd place winners will get a swag bag and a $25 gift card.

For more information and to find a location near you check their website.

Summer specials start early at Hash Kitchen

The unofficial start of summer is a week a way with Memorial Day weekend on the horizon and local restaurants are getting a head start on summer specials. Scottsdale’s Hash Kitchen is one restaurant with specials now available.

Hash Kitchen summer specials

The breakfast and lunch restaurant offers 3 specials to make the summer go by a little easier for you and your wallet.

Bloody Wednesday’s gets you 50% off all Bloody Mary’s every Wednesday’s now until October 1st. Known for their Bloody Mary Bar with over 40 toppings guests can Build Their Own Bloody Mary(BYOBM) or go with The Original or The Virgin.

“Bottomless” Mimosa’s are available every Monday-Friday(except holidays) for penny refills after you’ve bought your first at $9.  Refresh yourself with a blueberry, mango, guava, red grapefruit and other flavored Mimosas all summer long.

Mom Monday’s lets kids under 12 eat free until October 1st when mom or dad purchase an adult entrée except on holidays.

New locations planned

Today there are 2 Hash Kitchen locations in Scottsdale but later this year there are plans to open 2 more locations in Chandler and Arcadia. Scottsdale locations are at Gainey Village at 8777 N. Scottsdale Road and another at 14838 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. For more information check their website.

Rose All Day Happy Hour at The Thirsty Camel starts May 29th

With so much to see at luxurious Phoenican Resort in Scottsdale you may not realize they have fantastic lobby bar, The Thirsty Camel. Locals looking to escape the heat with a refreshing cocktail, sangria or glass of rose should plan to spend some time at The Thirsty Camel this summer as they start their all day happy hour from 2 p.m. -11 p.m.

Quench your thirst at The Thirsty Camel

Whether you choose to lounge out on the terrace or inside from May 29th until August 31st guests of the AAA 5 Diamond resort can sip on one of my favorite roses, Spain’s Muga or the sparkling Piper Sonoma rose for only $10 a glass or 20% off a bottle.

Prefer a cold beer, sip on Dos Equis , Corona or other beers for only $5. House made red, white or rose Summer Sangria are part of the revolving cocktail list created for the summer. A glass of sangria is $12.

Grab a bite to eat

You can’t have happy hour without a bite to eat and a variety of Sonoran style bites including Carne Asada Quesadilla made with Hanger steak and Grilled Artichoke Flatbread topped with Morel mushrooms, spring onion, pea and Stinging Nettle hot sauce are just a couple of bites available.

The Phoenician Resort is at 6000 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale 85251. For more information check their website.

B2 Burgers and Brews re-opens with Super Bowl food specials

After a 5 week shut down to clean up after a kitchen fire B2 Burgers and Brews in Chandler has re-opened just in time for the NFL’s playoffs.

B2 Burgers and Brews will celebrate the big game on Sunday February 4th with food, drink & entertainment.

  • .75 cent Wings All Day (Boneless or Bone-in)
  • $1.00 Domestic Drafts starting at kickoff until first team scores
  • $5.00 Bloody Mary Bar
  • Happy Hour ALL-DAY-LONG 
    • $5 call | $3 well| $4 craft pints | $3 domestic pints | $2.75 domestic bottles | $3.75 import bottles
    • $5 select appetizers – Cheeseburger Sliders, Pulled Pork Sliders, Cheese Quesadilla, Boneless Wings, Buffalo Chip Basket, Fried Pickle Spears
  • B² raffle giveaways at end of each quarter (must be present to win)
  • 55 inch TV giveaway at end of game (must be present to win)
  • 10% OFF for all pre-ordered take out + $15.00 craft growler fills
B2 Burgers and Brews
Photos courtesy of B2 Burgers and Brews

For parties of 8 or more reservations can be made.

The locally owned restaurant is passionate for burgers and wings  and goal is to create the best burger. Salads, protein bowls and more are available if you’re not in the mood for a burger or wings.

B2 Burgers and Wings is at 393 W. Warner Rd. Chandler 85225 (480)917-4937. Visit there website.

 

The Bodhi is packed with healthy food & information

Fast casual and healthy eating continue  to be priorities in the local restaurant community heading into 2018 and the newly opened The Bodhi in Tempe checks both boxes.

For those looking to extend new year resolutions to eat healthy as long as possible this restaurant can help you extend it.

Steak and eggs bowl. All photos courtesy of The Bodhi

In the heart of downtown Tempe on College Ave. will serve more than the  ASU crowd with its organic vegetables and vitamin rich foods at an affordable price.

The Bodhi provides

Whether you’re building a bowl, having salad or taking a cold pressed juice on the run all ingredients are crafted for a healthy and nutritious diet with research to see which ingredients and combinations work best.

Their blog provides information and facts on nutrition and healthy habits for its customers.

521 S. College Ave #112 Tempe 85281. Full menu and more! (480)699-0409Bodhi

 

Scottsdale League for the Arts to host The Brunch Club December 2nd

Who doesn’t like sipping on champagne while eating French toast, the smell of bacon while lounging at one of the newest resorts in the valley.  Not me, that’s why I’ll be joining The Scottsdale League for the Arts for their newest fundraiser, The Brunch Club on Saturday December 2nd at Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley.

SCottsdale League for the Arts
Photos courtesy of Jen Pruett and Landon Evans

The Brunch Club will gather starting at 11:30 a.m. and members will spend the next three hours sipping on rose, Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s as local restaurants will serve up tasty bites to eat including savory quiche to sweet French toast.

In between sips and bites stroll the grounds of Mountain Shadows manicured grounds with Camelback Mountain serving as you backdrop.

The Brunch Club tickets

To become a member of The Brunch Club you must be over 21 years of age and can purchase you tickets online with General Admission ticket priced at $40 until 10/31. From 11/1-12/1  tickets will be $45 and $50 at the door while supplies last.

Want to get an early start while others are still waking up, early admission at 10:30 a.m. tickets are available for $65 until 10/31. From 11/1-12/1 for $70 and at the door for $75.

Scottsdale League for the Arts

All net proceeds raised will go to the non-profit Scottsdale League for the Arts which raises money to promote the arts and arts education organizations in the Phoenix area.

Money is raised through out the year by hosting fundraisers such as The Scottsdale Culinary Festival and The Friends of James Beard Dinner. They have donated over $4 million dollars since 2002 to organizations such as Childsplay, Ballet Arizona and Free arts of Arizona.

Mountain Shadows Resort is at 5445 E. Lincoln Dr. Paradise Valley 85253.

MidiCi Pizza opens first Arizona location in Desert Ridge

I forget who told me October is National Pizza Month but  I’m not surprised as there is more pizza available in Phoenix than ever before. Pizza should be the official food of the valley or state if its not already since there more pizza than taco options(not really sure). As  mom & pop pizza shops continue to open and national chains move into the Phoenix  market we welcome another pizza option, MidiCi The Neopolitan Pizza Company opened its first Arizona location in the Desert Ridge community of Phoenix.

Primavera

“Opening our first location in Phoenix marks a milestone in our expansion,” said local Phoenix franchisee, Craig Early. “We’re confident that our location will create a lasting bond with the Desert Ridge community for years to come.”

The 2-year old ” fast, fine” Los Angeles based pizza company focus is Neopolitan brick oven pizza that use fresh and natural ingredients that are almost GMO free. The menu was crafted by Los Angeles restaurateurs Peppe Miele and Mario Vollera with pizza, salads and burrata and is served in a faster, fine dining atmosphere.

MidiCi translates to “you tell me” in Italian and has two meanings to the founders philosophy, building friendships by speaking with each other about our lives and the personal approach to authentic Neoploitan pizza.

Margherita pizza

“From the moment our guests step foot in MidiCi’s they will fall in love with the concept – from the food, to the people and ambiance, to the very values of the brand, it was just the right fit for Phoenix,” said Early. “We know that once guests get a chance to try it themselves they’ll want to return and create lasting memories with their friends.”

Arizona marks the 10th state which MidiCi has expanded into and has received rave reviews and earned 4.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp!

MidiCi is at 21001 Tatum Blvd. Suite 1010 and is open Sun – Thurs 11AM – 12AM & Fri. & Sat. 11AM – 1AM. Visit the website for more information.

 

Chompie’s donates for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and locally owned Chompie’s Delicatessen is donating to Singleton Moms $1 from each item sold on a special 3 entree menu for the whole month. The 3 items on the menu are….

  • Josh’s Whole Grain French Toast ($7)
  • Fitness Omelet ($12)
  • Classic Grandpa Ruby’s Reuben ($17)

The money donated to Singleton Moms helps the local non-profit provide financial support, groceries, supplies and support groups to single parent families affected by cancer.

Throughout 2017 the family owned Chompie’s has made and will continue to make a donation to Singleton Moms  when a kid’s meal is purchased.

All 5 Phoenix area Chompie’s are participating in the supporting Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.