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Char Kitchen + Bar opens in former Bink’s Scottsdale space

When word spread earlier this year that Kevin Binkley would close his Scottsdale restaurant his followers were perplexed, relief came when word spread that a new Mediterranean restaurant, Char Kitchen + Bar would take its place. Char Kitchen is owned by a family of restaurant veterans, the Micakaj family, most notably is daughter & sister Pauline Martinez, co-owner of Scottsdale’s Perk Eatery. Peter, the father has owned & operated restaurants in Michigan for years and son Pal has honed his restaurant skills working with his dad.

Chicken Lollis
Char Kitchen + Bar Chicken Lollis

My fellow restaurant bloggers and I were treated to Micakaj’s hospitality to taste several of the menu items that are influenced by the family’s Albanian heritage along with other eastern European and Mediterranean favorites.

“We look forward to serving our neighbors the kind of food we serve in our own home with the same, familiar atmosphere,” said Peter Micakaj

char kitchen + bar’s menu

Char uses locally sourced ingredients when possible and here are a few of the favorites we tasted. From the Starters part of the menu which we tasted the Chicken Lollis ($9), eaten off the bone that is bathed in a Pomegranate Harissa BBQ sauce, topped with crumbled Feta cheese and pickled onions. Sweet and savory this was a favorite to eat with great presentation. Prefer a bit of a kick to start off your meal, the Siracha Chicken Skewers ($8) offer just that with juicy char grilled chicken served over Basmati rice.

The Grilled Pork Chop ($24) seemed to be the favorite of the night with its Bing cherry and red wine reduction that gave a kiss of sweet flavor. Seared cabbage and lightly crisped potatoes offer a crisp texture to compliment thick cut juicy pork chop that offered enough to take home leftovers. Chicken ($17) & Steak ($19) Skewers come served over Basmati rice and offer a traditional style meal found in often in eastern Europe. Grilled Lamb Chops ($32) comes 4 to a plate and are soft and drizzled with Chimichurri sauce that will make not want to leave any meat on the bone. A pile potatoes and vegetables accompany the lamb chops.

Chocolate Mocha Hazelnut Cake
Chocolate Mocha Hazelnut Cake

Save room for dessert, especially the Chocolate Mocha Hazelnut Cake that was both sinful and delicious to end our experience. Sandwiches, pita, salads and skewers and more are available make return visits inevitable.

Char Kitchen + Bar is open daily for lunch and dinner and is at 6107 N. Scottsdale Road 85250 (480) 664-9238 http://charkitchen.com/

 

 

 

 

2nd annual Phoenix Pizza Festival is a slice of heaven

It’s food festival season here in the Phoenix area with restaurants, food trucks, bartenders & foodies prepping their favorite food & drinks for the masses on a weekly basis. Saturday November 19th brings us the 2nd Annual Phoenix Pizza Festival as it converges on Margret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix.

Logo courtesy of Phoenix Pizza Festival
Logo courtesy of Phoenix Pizza Festival

festival pizza makers

15 pizza makers including Fabio on Fire, SuperFarm SuperTruck, La Piazza Al Forno Phx and Dough Mama will give the estimated 3,000+ festival attendees the opportunity to buy slices, full pies and more. Craft beers from Helio Basin Brewing Co, That Brewing Co. and other brewers along with wines will be available to pair with your pizza. Lawn games and live music will be adding to the festive food atmosphere.

downtown phoenix Inc.

Part of the proceeds from the pizza festival will be given to the Downtown Phoenix Inc. as it continues to promote the development & re-vitalization of downtown Phoenix with events and strategic partnerships.

tickets and info

Tickets for the Phoenix Pizza Festival are $10 and only available on online at http://www.phoenix.pizza and are limited. The festival runs from 11am- 5pm & Margret T. Hance Park is at 1202 N. 3rd St. Phoenix 85004. Free parking is available around the park and light rail stops 3 blocks from the park.

 

 

Sushi Roku is celebrating it’s 8th anniversary and is giving you the gift with 50% off dinner

Sushi Roku at the W Hotel celebrates its 8th anniversary this week and it’s the customers who are being given the gift of half off all food. Whether your there for the stylish & delicious sushi or the authentic Asian delicacies, all your food will be 50% off when you guarantee the offer by making a reservation for the any evening this week, Monday, Oct.10th – Thus. 13th. Walk-ins are welcome, seated on a 1st come 1st serve basis.

Photo courtesy of Sushi Roku
Photo courtesy of Sushi Roku

The W Hotel is at 7277 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale 85251 (480)970-2121 http://www.sushiroku.com

 

 

 

Chandler’s El Palacio Mexican Restaurant gets a new look and new menu

Angilberto and Isabel Serrano opened the first El Palacio Mexican Restaurant 34 years ago with 1 restaurant in Bullhead City, AZ. They now have 5 restaurants throughout central and northern Arizona and 1 in Laughlin NV. Recently the Chandler location did some updating to the look of the restaurant and to the menu that debuted in early September.

Photo courtesy of El Palacio
Photo courtesy of El Palacio

El Palacios new menu items

In addition to a fresh coat of paint, new flooring and updated decor El Palacio added several new items to the menu including…..Flash Fried Cauliflower Nachos $9, a Sonoran Dog $7, Salmon Tacos $14, Fried Chorizo Quesidilla $7 and several others.

Photo courtesy of El Palacio
Photo courtesy of El Palacio

events at el palacio

On Saturday, October 1st El Palacio will be hosting a Mexican Brunch Feast that will offer those in attendance a cooking class where they will learn to make Chiaquiles, Huevos Rancheros, Margaritas and Michelidas. The cost for the class is $15 per person and includes the cooking class, brunch and a cocktail. The class starts at 10am and reservations can be made at http://bit.ly/2aZ8JfE

Chef and Owner Anthony Serrano will be traveling to Orange Beach, Alabama in early November to compete for the 3rd time in the World Food Championships. In 2013 Serrano came in 2nd place and in 2014 he placed 14th.

Cauliflower Nachos photo courtesy of El Palacio
Cauliflower Nachos photo courtesy of El Palacio

The Chandler location is in the Crossroads Towne Center at 2950 E. Germann Rd. Chandler 85249. (480)802-5770 http://www.epfamilyrestaurants.com

 

Arizona Restaurant Week returns for Fall’16 edition

We’re just 1 week away from Arizona Restaurant Week Fall ’16, a week where foodies and wanna be foodies make reservations at their favorite restaurants for a special restaurant week menu or the opportunity to try one of the many restaurants on their restaurant “to-do” list. This years ARW runs from Fri. Sept 16- 25th.

T. Cook's Whiskey Brownie Sundae
T. Cook’s Whiskey Brownie Sundae

Special Menus for Arizona restaurant week

With more than 200 restaurants(Rancho Pinot Grill, Chistopher’s, Ajo All’s, Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn, Tonto Bar & Grill, The Stockyards, Posh Improvisational Cuisine, Liberty Market, Craft 64 and more) participating chefs have been preparing special 3 course prix-fixe menus for several months in anticipation this week. Menus offer diners a meal they wouldn’t be able to eat had it not been ARW offering them a unique dining experience whether they are a regular at the restaurant or visiting it for the 1st time. Each dinner costs $33 or $44 not including drinks, taxes or gratuity.

Cafe Zuzu's Mustard Crusted NY Strip
Cafe Zuzu’s Mustard Crusted NY Strip for Arizona Restaurant Week

Arizona restaurant association

The Arizona Restaurant Association has been coordinating ARW every Spring & Fall for 9 seasons too much success according to Arizona Restaurant Association president and CEO Steve Chucri said, “Arizona Restaurant Week unites Valley diners around one of our most common bonds, food. Restaurants bring their A-game and diners are the direct beneficiary, it’s truly a win-win.” ARW came about to increase national exposure to Arizona’s restaurant industry and to assist in helping Arizona become a restaurant destination.

Coup des Tarte's Moroccan Lamb Shank
Coup des Tarte’s Moroccan Lamb Shank

Where to go

Reservations are almost a must for the 10 days of ARW and many restaurants sell out the entire week. For a full list of participating restaurants check  http://www.ArizonaRestaurantWeek.com




August is National Sandwich Month and Miracle Mile Deli offers deals all month long

New Yorker sandwich
New Yorker sandwich
Americans eat more than 300 million sandwiches everyday and even more will be eaten in August as it’s National Sandwich Month. Locally owned Miracle Mile Deli is doing their part by offering 4 different made-to-order deli sandwiches each week for only $9.

August 1-7: The New Yorker—Hot Pastrami topped with homemade coleslaw and Miracle Mile Dressing. It’s a little taste of New York’s best in every bite!

August 8-14: The Hot Brisket of Beef—A family recipe of the most tender and leanest beef that simply melts in your mouth.

Hot Brisket Sandwich
Hot Brisket Sandwich
August 15-21: The Combo Sandwich—The perfect combination of Miracle Mile Deli’s two most popular meats, Hot Pastrami and Hot Corned Beef, stacked together for one tasty meal!

August 22-31: The Straw—Hot Pastrami, melted Swiss cheese and steamy sauerkraut piled high on your favorite bread.

Hot Pastrami sandwich
Hot Pastrami sandwich
Miracle Mile Deli is located at 4433 N. 16th Street in Phoenix, just two blocks south of Camelback Road. www.MiracleMileDeli.com

TEXAZ Grill celebrates National Root Beer Float Day with $5 Root Beer Floats

Photo courtesy of TEXAZ Grill
Photo courtesy of TEXAZ Grill
Root Beer has a long history dating back to the 1870s when Charles Hires concocted it in his Philadelphia pharmacy. Who added vanilla ice cream to it and created the first Root Beer float is still a mystery. Considered by many as an All American comfort food, the Root Beer float is summertime favorite and Saturday August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day and TEXAZ Grill in Phoenix is celebrating with $5 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Louisiana craft brewer’s Abita Root Beer will be combined with creamy Vanilla ice cream to create a sweet treat and will compliment anything on TEXAZ’s comfort food driven menu such as their famous Chicken Fried Steak.

TEXAZ Grill is at 6003 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ 85016 602.248.STAR (7827) www.texazgrill.com