Sips & Bites: News from the Phoenix restaurant community

Events & news about what’s going on around the Phoenix restaurant community, breweries and wineries.

Free bowl of menudo on New Year’s Day

All 35 Food City locations in Arizona celebrate National Menudo Month and National Hangover Day January 1st 2023 with a free bowl of menudo. The popular hangover remedy is available from 9-11 a.m. in the deli for dine-in only.

Famous 48 now serving lunch & weekend brunch

The standalone restaurant in the Shops at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale is now serving lunch 7 days a week starting at 11 a.m. Saturday & Sunday brunch starts at 10:30 a.m. until 3:00p.m.

Sunday Funday taco specials at Urban Margarita

Every Sunday from 1:30 p.m. til closing the Glendale restaurant has street tacos for only $2 each. Choose from grilled steak, chicken or carnitas and don’t forget the margarita to wash them down.

Batch Cookie Shop coming to Queen Creek in 2023

The family owned cookie shop in Gilbert announced its second location will be coming to Queen Creek this summer. It will be in front of the new Costco at Rittenhouse and Ellsworth Rds. More details will be available as they get closer to opening day.

OpenTable names local restaurants Top 100 Restaurants in America in 2022

Steak 44, Ocean 44 and Dominick’s Steakhouse in Phoenix and Scottsdale have been named to the prestigious list. All 3 restaurants are owned by father and sons Dennis, Michael & Jeff Mastro and partner Scott Trolio. The list is curated from over 13 million customer reviews on the website from October 31st 2021- September 30th 2022. Also making the list from Arizona is Mariposa in Sedona and The Henry in Phoenix.

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It’s as easy as pie with Tammie Coe Cakes for your Thanksgiving dessert

If you’re putting all your efforts into the turkey, stuffing and all the  fixin’s for Thanksgiving  that’s OK because Tammie Coe Cakes is taking care of dessert with an assortment of fresh-baked pies and desserts. So good you may want to serve dessert first and hope to save room for the turkey and everything else.

Pumpkin Butterscotch Bread Pudding. All photos courtesy of Tammie Coe Cakes

You’ll have to hurry if you want your desserts from Tammie Coe by Thanksgiving as you need to place your order& pre-pay by this Saturday, Nov. 18th for Wednesday the 22nd pick-up at her downtown Phoenix location on Roosevelt.

Tammie Coe Cakes Thanksgiving pies

If you’re a traditional pie eater there is the Pumpkin Pie topped with caramel whipped cream ($24) for you and delicious pies including Toffee Pecan Pie topped with chocolate ganache and toffee bits ($24), Sour Cream Apple Pie made with Granny Smith apples and topped with streusel ($24) and the unique Pumpkin Butterscotch Bread Pudding made with croissant layered with pumpkin custard and butterscotch bits($15).

Pumpkin Pie

Tammie’s Fall leaves collection of cookies ($26) are available as are extras such as caramel whipped cream ($5) and caramel sauce.

Pie Pop-up

For the last-minute procrastinators like me Tammie Coe will be setting up a pop-up shop at The Henry on Wed. Nov. 22nd from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Henry is at 4455 E. Camelback Rd.

To place your order go to Tammie Coe’s website

Her shop for pick up is at 610 E. Roosevelt #145 Phoenix 85004 (602)253-0829

Fall leaves cookies.

The Henry has arrived

Several times a year I’m an invited by a restaurant to dine on their dime and give my thoughts, this is one of those occasions.

Located in an unsuspecting office building just east of 44th St. on Camelback Road, The Henry is Fox Restaurant Concepts www.foxrc.com 15th concept and has a bit of something for everybody. A coffee bar that offers pastries opens everyday at 6:30 a.m., lunch Mon.- Fri. starting at 11 a.m. dinner that follows and breakfast on Sat. & Sun. starting at 8 a.m. Not to mention a full bar, lounge and soon to be opened patio with a fireplace.
The Henry Kitchen On my dinner visit my dinner guest and I found an attentive and well trained staff, a very open decor and floor plan and a varied menu that offers varied appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees that should suffice all appetites, big or small.
The Henry Brie As we sipped on our drinks we ordered the Prairie Breeze Cheddar Popovers served with smoked ham butter and herbed butter along Brie Toast topped with roasted pear, pomegranate seeds and hazelnut as appetizers and I would order the Brie Toast all day as I’m not a huge fan of popovers.

Wild Mushroom Tortelli
Wild Mushroom Tortelli
With 9 entrees on the menu my eyes immediately drawn to the Wild Mushroom Tortelli with brussel sprouts, butternut squash and parmesan and my guest went with the Heirloom Quinoa Tacos topped with smashed avocado, smoked corn, black beans and queso fresco. Both entrees are vegetarian options. Each entree was enjoyable, full of flavors and just enough portion size to leave room for Croissant Bread Pudding for dessert which itself could be a small meal.
Croissant Bread Pudding
Croissant Bread Pudding
On what they considered a slow Monday night it looks as if The Henry will be a staple in the neighborhood for years to come.

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