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Pita Jungle introduces new Fall menu

Locally owned Pita Jungle is on a mission to have its guests eat healthy and in doing so offers its Seasonal Kitchen Crafts Menu and has introduced the Fall menu recently which will be available until the Winter menu rolls out in January.

Pita Jungle Fall Menu

All of Pita Jungle’s menus are influenced from around the globe with a strong emphasis from the Mediterranean region. As part of its healthy and sustainable philosophy the menus always  include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free  options.

The Fall menu consists of 8 new dishes with their roots coming from the  Levantine cuisine of the eastern Mediterranean. The new Fall menu dishes are……

Avocado Balila                                                                                                                        Garbanzo beans, garlic infused EVOO and cumin,  avocado, tomato, cucumber, jalapeno, green onion, red onion, fresh herbs, sumac, chili powder, blue corn chips

Flat Italian Green Bean Stew                                                                                        Local Arizona grass-fed beef, romano green beans, calrose white rice, onion, Greek yogurt

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Baked Kibbeh (Lebanese Meatloaf)                                                                  All-natural ground turkey, russet potato, onion, basil, quinoa, walnut, golden raisin, beet & greens salad, red onion, tahini-beet dressing

Levantine Beluga Lentil Risotto and Kohlrabi (Mujaddara)                      Beluga lentils, organic brown rice, chopped kohlrabi root, cucumber, tomato, green onion, red onion, jalapeno, fresh mint, sumac, organic apple cider vinaigrette (mother included)

Streets of Beirut Chicken Pita                                                                      Grilled all-natural chicken breast, toum (unadulterated Lebanese aioli), parsley-red onion aleppo salad, side Greek salad, gluten-free flatbread. Also available with tofu or falafel.

Avocado Beef Asada Shawarma Lavash Pizza                                                   Local Arizona grass-fed beef, avocado, wood-fired tomato, bean mash, cheddar, mozzarella, lettuce, green onion, cilantro-avocado crema, cumin yogurt sauce, red chili hot sauce, herbs, green onion, lavash bread (gluten-free pizza crust available +2.49)

Turkey Kafta Burger

Gluten-Free Chocolate Pavé with Vanilla Ice-Cream

Pita Jungle has 19 locations in Arizona and 1 in California. To find a location near you check their website.

 

 

Chase’s Diner celebrates 20 years in business with 3 days of fun

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.

Bobby Q’s brings tasty BBQ to the Camelback Corridor

Restaurateur Bob Sikora knows a thing or two about opening successful restaurants having opened Bobby Mcgee’s nightclubs growing it to 24 locations around the country and founding Mr. Lucky’s country bar with Willie Nelson. After traveling the country for years searching out and learning about BBQ he opened his first Bobby Q’s Great Steaks & Real BBQ in north Phoenix in 2005 before the BBQ trend started here in Phoenix.

On Monday October 2nd he opens his third Bobby Q’s at Camelback Rd. & 32nd St. I had the opportunity to visit the restaurant to preview it.

The dark & brick walled the restaurant has a cozy atmosphere with the exhibition kitchen just inside the front door. Two almond/mesquite wood smoker and rotisserie are situated inside the kitchen smoking BBQ favorites brisket, pork & beef ribs, sausage links and more. The aroma will sure get people’s attention as people wander the its strip mall location.

Tastes of BBQ

My guest and I sampled a few dishes on our visit courtesy of Bob and his team. Executive chef  Mark Hittle and his kitchen team hand run all the meats with their signature rub before they are slow cooked.

We started with the Cajun Shrimp appetizer that are sautéed with Cajun spices and served with garlic bread to mop up the juices. The 6 shrimp were a  good size, had nice seasoning and disappeared pretty quickly.

If you know me you then you know I’m a rib man and went with the Baby Back Ribs that were fall off the bone tender and made me a happy man. The brisket we sampled had the right amount of fat and bark to put up against any brisket around town.

On the side we had the Pecan Cole Slaw which was shredded thin, not to creamy as many can be and topped with crushed pecan adding a nice twist and texture. The side of Mac & Cheese won’t disappoint fans of the cheesy favorite.

We were given a bag of warm mini donuts from the donut machine and are free to all guests who dine at restaurant.

The full menu includes steak, fish, burgers, salads and rotisserie chicken that can be seen on Bobby Q’s website. I can see why Bobby Q’s has garnered many accolades from Yelp!, Open Table and Trip Advisor.

Hand crafted cocktails

In-house mixologist Chris Ortega has created a cocktail menu with his take on classic cocktails that include an Old Fashioned that I enjoyed prepared with rye whiskey and barrel smoked maple syrup. Other cocktails include the refreshing Watermelon Cooler and Bobby Q’s version of the classic Mule cocktail. All cocktails are prepared with premium spirits, fresh fruits and house made syrups.

Old Fashioned. All photos courtesy of Bobby Q’s

The Camelback location will serve lunch and dinner 7 days a week at 11 a.m. and will stay open until 2 a.m. Tues. – Sat. serving a late night menu. Sun. & Mon. they will be open until 10 p.m.

Bobby Q’s Great Steaks and Real BBQ is at 3154 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix 85016

 

 

 

Over Easy opening in Biltmore neighborhood

One of Arizona’s favorite breakfast and lunch spots continues to expand as Over Easy will be opening in the Biltmore Center II at 24th St. & Camelback Rd. in September.

Know for its Chicken Fried Steak and Nut Banana French Toast. The restaurant and its chef & owner Aaron May are a favorite on The Food Network and on the national culinary scene.

The 3,000 sq. ft restaurant will be the fifth Over Easy in the Phoenix area along with locations in Washington and Florida. When it opens the Biltmore location will serve scratch made classic breakfast and lunch fare like the other locations have been doing since 2008.

Over Easy at the Biltmore will be at 2398. E Camelback Rd. (NW corner) Phoenix 85016.

 

TRES Restaurant to open at Discovery Office Park this fall

As restaurants continue to open in the Phoenix area rarely do you see a chef driven restaurant venture to open inside an office park. The owners of TRES Restaurant may be starting a new trend as they will open their restaurant this fall in Tempe’s Discovery Office Park off Loop 101 & Guadalupe Rd.

Most office park food are grab and go for coffee, breakfast and lunch and close after the lunch rush. TRES will be extending the day and expect office workers, neighbors and foodies to come by for lunch and dinner by offering fresh and vibrant quick bites and full meals.

Executive Chef Steve Zimmerman said, “We are combining traditional and familiar southwestern and Mexican flavors with the light, healthy and popular dishes found in the Mediterranean region. It’s a very unique menu that will appeal to so many of our neighbors’ palates.”

TRES RestaurantTRES Restaurant menu highlights

The menu is inspired by the wood burning oven as the primary method of cooking in the restaurant. The lunch menu at TRES will showcase small, medium and large plates that will include diverse ingredients and foods including….

  • AZ Tepary Bean Hummus with QCOM Olives, local feta, tomato vierge, EVOO, and flatbread ($7)
  • Salmon Gravlax with mustard aioli, arugula, pickled red onion, fried capers, and rustic crackers ($13)
  • Shaved Brussels Sprout Carbonara with bacon, prosciutto, cream, and fried onion streusel ($6)
  • The Reuben Cuban—shaved corned beef, mojo pulled pork, ham, melted swiss, dijionnaise, dill pickles on marble rye $13
  • Chicken El Pastor Torta with Cholula aioli, charred pineapple, avocado and pickled onions ($13)

During dinner small, medium and large plates will also be available with small plates available for sharing and large plates served family style.

      Small plates include:

  • Mediterranean spiced pork wings with honey harissa, goat horn chilis, Point Reyes blue cheese ($10)
  • Wood Fired Albondigas with caramelized mirepoix, pearl mozzarella and tomato marmalade ($8)
  • Blistered Shishito Peppers with chorizo, tajin and cojita cheese ($6)

Medium Plates offer:

  • Spicy Lamb Merguez Sliders with Madras aioli, tobacco onions, mango chutney on a potato roll ($14)
  • Tres Cheese Torte with spicy herbed ricotta, roasted poblano peppers, corn tortillas and salsa verde ($15 or $29 family style)
  • Various flatbreads, including roasted wild mushroom, Sonoran chicken flatbread, pork trifecta flatbread.

Large Plates include:

  • Cedar Plank Citrus Salmon with Argentine red shrimp and asparagus risotto and cranberry vinegar ($23 individual/ $45 family style
  • Spanish Style Chicken Feast with preserved lemon, smashed fingerlings, Mediterranean salsa ($19 individual, $37 family style)
  • Bone-in Ribeye with dry rub spice, bone marrow butter, charred asparagus, house buttermilk onion rings, and TRES steak sauce. ($29 14 oz. individual/ $80 32 oz. family style)

The modern styled restaurant will also offer cheese and boards with house cured charcuterie and a large bar for Happy Hour that will include craft cocktails and a diverse wine and beer list.

TRES Restaurant will be at 7200 S. Price Rd. Tempe. Check the website for updates and an opening date.

Mission Possible Cafe story as important as its food.

The Phoenix Rescue Mission helps men, women and children who are homeless, addicted and traumatized in a non-traditional way through their job training program. In the fall they will open the Mission Possible Cafe at 1516 W. Van Buren St. after men and women go trough a four months of training to learn about food service and other valuable skills.

Once opened Mission Possible Cafe will serve southwestern inspired meals with an emphasis on Mexican grilled cuisine Mon.-Fri. from 6a.m.-2p.m.

As important as the quality of food at affordable prices, employees will focus on their customer service skills.

The Mission Possible Cafe approach

The holistic approach taken by Phoenix Rescue Mission at Mission Possible Cafe focuses on more than the rehabilitation it offers, it includes job training through its vocational training program.

“Adding Mission Possible Café to Mission Cookies and Mission Catering as a training ground for our already successful Food Service Manager¹s Training program, will allow us to continue to serve our clients and help them advance,” said Jay A. Cory, President and CEO, Phoenix Rescue Mission.

Eight Month Vocational Course

After completing the first four months of food training, participants will apply what they’ve learned by working in the cafe.

The goal is to have participants take what they’ve learned as they go out in search of a job in the food service industry to help them get back on their feet.

“Clients will learn food service operations, develop leadership skills, and be prepared for successful placement in management level positions in the food service industry. We hope the community will join us for a great meal and help transform lives in the process,” said Cory.

You can stay up to date with the progress of the opening by visiting http://www.missionpossiblecafe.com/

 

 

 

 

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/