Hot Dog toppings are not the usual at The Larry Phx in July

Were you one of the 150 million people expected to eat a hot dog on July 4th, I did? If not The Larry Phx is celebrating National Hot Dog Month during the month of July.

Mine was topped with just mustard but chef Luis Arellano has created three unique hot dogs that out do typical toppings.

Each week starting Monday July 8th the downtown Phoenix restaurant will offer a new one.

Larry Sonoran Dog (July 8-12) – Bacon, tomato, avocado cream, mustard, ketchup, cotija, mayo

Kimchi Dog (July 15-19) – Cheese sauce, house pickles, gochujang mayo

Okonomoyaki Dog (July 22-31) – Savory cabbage pancake, plum sauce,  bonito, nori, kewpie mayo.

The Larry Phx is at 515 E. Grant St. 85004 and is open Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. 6 p.m.

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.



My 1st Korean BBQ experience at Koryo Korean BBQ in Glendale

In all my years of eating I’ve never had Korean BBQ until recently. Being a fan of BBQ I ventured outside of my comfort zone and met up with some friends for my 1st Korean BBQ experience. Under new ownership, Koryo offers a wide variety of food. Mostly meats and vegetables there are some fish selections on the menu so fear not vegetarians.

Japchae is a clear noodle dish that is sautéed with vegetables and beef and topped with sesame seeds. Eaten with chop sticks this light dish seemed to disappear pretty quickly, not before I was able to get a couple of plate full before our main course of BBQ’d meats.

Table side grilling of meats include pork belly and marinated Rib-eye and short ribs which were all very good and flavorful. A couple of traditional Korean dishes were served as well.
Short ribs, rib eye and pork belly on the grill
Short ribs, ribeye and pork belly on the grill
All meals are served with an array of side dishes including cabbage and cucumber Kimchi using various seasonings.
side dishes
side dishes
Bibimbap is Korean for “mixed rice” and came served in hot bowl with rice on the bottom cooking and topped with beef, peppers , mushrooms, bean sprouts and other veggies along with a fried egg laid on the top. Mix it up and add some spicy sauce and watch the egg yolk cook and you’ve a satisfying and filling bowl of food. Spicy and good flavors of the mixed ingredients I would put this up with any kind of bowl from any other cuisine.

Many other items on the menu include sushi, tempura and goyza.

I’m glad I had the opportunity to taste Korean and would recommend Koryo to the 1st timer or an experience Korean BBQ enthusiast as this restaurant is clean and very accommodating in addition to the good food served.

Koryo is at 10040 N. 43rd Ave. Suite 1K Glendale AZ 85302 (623)234-8530 and has hours of 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mon. – Fri. 12 noon – 10 p.m. on Sat. & 12 noon – 9 p.m. on Sun.