It’s been 3 years since the closing of Phoenix favorite Havana Cafe by owner BJ Hernandez and fans of her Latin style cuisine were wondering if we’d ever taste her food again. Thank god Hernandez is back in the kitchen as co-owner of the recently opened The Latin Kitchen in Mesa with her recipe book dusted off and cooking.
The Latin Kitchen dishes
Hernandez will be serving her popular made from scratch Cuban cuisine along with Latin American dishes that regulars of Hernandez’s cooking will recognize along with new dishes. Fans will smile with the return of her signature Cuban sandwich, empanadas, Ropa Vieja and more from here ever-changing menu.
Lighter and hearty dishes are also available taking into consideration people’s dietary needs including gluten-free wraps and salads.
Don’t worry dessert will be served including Flan, Tres Leches and Lime Tart. After a successful lobster dinner recently special dinners are planned including a pig roast, “Havana Nights” and Paella dinner.
A full bar is available that will feature Latin inspired cocktails such as the Mojito, sangria and other classic cocktails.
New to Mesa
Why Mesa after the success in north Scottsdale and along the Camelback Corridor in Phoenix Hernadez says “Originally I started looking in Scottsdale, but the rents were too high for what I wanted to do, a casual place where you could eat delicious, healthy and authentic food at a great price.” She then partnered with restaurant industry veteran Elisa Nolan to get the new restaurant opened.
Near the Tempe border The Latin Kitchen seats 115 up to people in two dining rooms and the bar. Currently serving only lunch Hernandez will serve dinner once the summer comes to an end.
The Latin Kitchen is close to the Loop 101 at 540 W. Broadway in Mesa. For more information call 480-306-7266 or check out their website.
If you’re a fan of savory cheeses like me then the new 50 lb. cheese wheel at the Scottsdale location of Babbo Italian Eatery should be of interest. The bowled out Parmesan wheel is 9 in. tall and 17 in. wide and will be used to prepare a weekly special created for the occasion.
Those guests that want to taste the cheesy creation will be able to Wed.- Sun. To find out what each week’s new dish will be the restaurant will be releasing it on their Instagram page @BabboItalianEatery
There are 8 family owned Babbo Italian Eatery’s around the Phoenix area with Scottsdale location at 8840 E. Indian Bend Rd. 85258. To find a location near you visit their website.
Scottsdale’s Crust neighborhood Italian eatery closed the doors on the original location on Indian Bend recently. Come August owner Michael Merendino opens the flagship restaurant a mile up Hayden Rd. to 3,500 square foot location in the hip Mercado de Lago retail center.
The larger, state of-the-art location will offer guests a welcoming atmosphere as they enjoy the same delicious east coast Italian food Crust has offered over the years. An outdoor patio is expected to be popular as is the 25 seat bar where diners will enjoy an extensive wine and beer list from around the world along with a hand crafted cocktail menu.
Merendino will continue to be community minded with the Crust Cares program and thanks the community for their continued support.
If you can’t wait for the new Scottsdale location to open check out their downtown Chandler location at 10 San Marcos Pl. 85225.
Crust will be at 8300 N. Hayden Rd. Suite F101. Scottsdale 85258. For more information see their website.
If you follow me on Instagram @SandyWass quite often you’ll see burger pics I’ve eaten. It should come as no surprise that when I heard Miracle Mile Deli was doing a week-long burger & beer special I wanted to know more and spread the word. The Broadway Burger & Beer Special is the family owned deli’s way of saying “Welcome to Spring” and the outdoor grilling season.
From April 16th – 22nd you can score a Broadway Burger and a cold refreshing pint of craft beer for only $13.
The Broadway Burger comes with aged cheddar, crispy bacon, Green Leaf lettuce, tomato, red onion and Miracle Mile dressing. A side of French Fries or side item of your choice and kosher dill pickle come with your burger.
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.
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).
Those that don’t want the full meal Chompie’s offers a la carte delicacies by the pint, pound & piece.
The Phoenix metro area doesn’t lack much in the culinary world nowadays but one thing I hear is it could use a good east coast styled diner. When I hear that I correct them and say we need “more” diners and remind them that down in Chandler there is Chase’s Diner.
Owners Skip and Nancy Chase are celebrating their success of 20 years with 3 days of fun and food for the whole family October 20th-22nd.
Chase’s Diner 3 days of events
Like all diners, Chase’s serves all 3 meals and will start the celebration during breakfast at 9 a.m. on Friday the 20th with a 3 hour-long “Friend or Fair” in which Chase’s vendors will be celebrating with customers and having fun with the kids. Hickman’s Family Farms, a local supplier of eggs, will be sending the Funky Chicken and friends from the City of Chandler, Arizona Restaurant Association and Dr. Pepper will be joining the anniversary celebration.
On Saturday the 21st it’s “Giveaway Day” with the first 50 guests receiving a card getting them a free short stack of Chase’s delicious buttermilk pancakes. Those same 50 guests will also eligible to win other great prizes including a flat screen TV, gift cards and the grand prize …. a years worth of pancakes.
Sunday will be Chase’s “Give Back Day” and will be raising money for Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. Kittens and puppies will be brought over from the shelter from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. to share their cuteness. Chase’s Diner will be matching dollar for dollar all money donated on the 22nd and will be collecting donations including collars, leashes, toys and bones throughout the month of October.
The 50s style Chase’s Diner is at 2040 N. Alma School Rd. Chandler and is open Sun. – Thurs. from 6 a.m. – 9p.m. and Fri. & Sat. 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
When the sun goes down on Wednesday September 20th Jews around the world will celebrate the start of Rosh Hashanah, the highest of holidays on the Jewish calendar celebrating the new year, 5777. Like many holidays spending time with family in the kitchen and around the dinner table is a mainstay of the celebration.
Family owned Chompie’s Delicatessen is celebrating by serving a traditional Rosh Hashanah dinner followed nine nights later for Yom Kippur with a “Break the Fast” take out available at sundown on September 30th.
Rosh Hashanah dinner
A traditional 4-course Rosh Hashanah dinner is available to dine-in or take-out from Chompie’s. The menu includes a starter or Chopped Liver or Gefilte Fish, soup, an entrée choice of a half roasted chicken, braised brisket, salmon, or roasted breast of turkey. Entrees come with a choice of potato or vegetable and assorted holiday cakes are available for dessert.
Guests can order items a la carte or family meals that serve 8 people for $249.95 or 4 people for $129.95
Yom Kippur “Break the Fast”
After we’ve spent the 24 hour period from sundown on the 29th to sundown on the 30th atoning for our sins by fasting, all we can think about is when and what we can eat.
Chompie’s will be preparing take-out dinner to “Break the Fast” which includes gourmet smoked fish, deli salads along with gluten-free desserts and more.
New challah at Chompie’s
Available for the first time at Chompie’s are two new challah loafs. The Jerusalem challah is found in the markets of the holy city and are topped with poppy, sunflower, black sesame and pumpkin seeds. The sweet Maripan challah has almond paste spread throughout the soft, fluffy inside with slice almonds adorning the outside of the bread.
The Borenstein’s found theses new loafs this year when they visited Israel and are the first in Arizona to serve this authentic bread. Each loaf is $6.99 and is made fresh daily.
24 our notice is needed o place an order and to find a Chompie’s Deli near you go to their website .
Any national attention a local restaurant can get is always good for the Phoenix food community. Friday June 2nd, is when the family owned, N.Y. style deli Chompie’s will be seen by a national TV audience on Food Network’s “Ginormous Food” show.
The episode will feature Chompie’s “Bubbie’s Belly Buster” slider which weighs in at a GINORMOUS 10 pounds. Taking 48 hours to prepare, the slider is made with 4 lbs. of sliced brisket, 12 oz. of brown gravy, 12 slices of Monterrey Jack cheese and a 24 oz. potato pancake, all served on a 36 oz. Challah roll.
Getting hungry yet? Up for a challenge? If so you’re in luck as Chompie’s is preparing this meal that serves 8-10 people available for only $129.99 & 48 hour notice.
Too much food for you, say what! Then stop in to one of the 5 Phoenix area Chompie’s from June 2nd -18th and you can “Ginormous size” your order of Jewish sliders by doubling the size. The platter will include 3 sliders that will now be 6 in. wide for $29.99(regularly $44.97) twice the size of the usual 3 in. wide sliders.
This is not the first time Chompie’s and their sliders have made a nationwide TV appearance as the Tempe location was featured on the Travel Channel’s “Man vs Food” in 2010. On that episode show host Adam Richman tried to complete the “Ultimate Slider Challenge” in less than 30 minutes. Unfortunately the slider platter got the best of him and he failed the challenge.
The episode “Phoenix Finest Imports” will also feature El Palacio & Porkopolis, both in Chandler.
The episode premiers on Fri. June 2nd at 8 p.m. CST and will be repeated several times. To take the challenge or Ginormous Up find a Chompie’s near you at https://chompies.com/
The 1st U.S. Egg was hatched back in 1986 with the Gebran family purchasing it in 1991 and hatching 5 more locations across the valley in the last 26 years. To celebrate the 31st anniversary of the opening of the 1st restaurant U.S. Egg has unveiled a “secret menu” for its loyal customers.
The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch and the 8 “secret” menu items will be available all day, every day at all 6 locations. All menu items include fresh ingredients and creative flavors for its classic and unique menu items. U.S. Egg is one of the first restaurants to offer a gluten-free menu and is known for their Protein Pancake.
U.S. Egg “secret” menu items
Jalapeno Scramble – eggs, chorizo, cilantro, tomatoes, jalapenos, onions and Jack cheese. Served with hash browns and a tortilla. 11.49
Durango Burrito – eggs, chicken, green chilies and jack cheese. Topped with salsa and served with hash browns. 11.49
South Beach French Toast – French toast topped with blueberries, bananas, strawberries and fresh whipped cream. 11.49
Manhattan Skillet – Italian sausage, green peppers, onions, Jack cheese served on a bed of hash browns with an English muffin and two eggs. 11.49
Roast Beef Melt – roast beef, melted cheddar cheese, tomato and mayonnaise served on a grilled sourdough bun with a side of fries or coleslaw. 11.49
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken – barbeque chicken is topped with grilled pineapple and melted Swiss cheese served with fries or cole slaw. 11.49
BLLT – bacon, lettuce, tomato and turkey served on whole wheat toast served with fries or cole slaw. 11.49
Southwestern Chicken Melt – chicken breast, melted cheddar cheese, green chili sauce served on a grilled sourdough bun with a side of fries or cole slaw. 11.49
In addition to good food U.S. Egg recently started selling their own locally roasted signature blend Guatemalan Sunrise coffee.