Peoria’s Fresh New Restaurants – COMING SOON!

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83 MARKETPLACE, 83rd Avenue & Happy Valley Road

If you drive out to North Peoria, specifically the intersection of 83rd Ave and Happy Valley Road, you won’t find much—for now. But for all of you living or considering a home out in Peoria or the northwest valley, I was so excited to hear about the transformation that’s happening on that corner of land! Construction is already underway on 83 Marketplace, a retail plaza with a promising new lineup of restaurants. 

Here’s the scoop on the newest culinary concepts announced in the space. Deem Proper will offer globally-inspired fare in contemporary, yet comfortable digs. Their beer and wine menu invites patrons to try locally crafted Arizona favorites, plus cocktails that rotate seasonally.  

S & V Urban Italian is also joining 83 Marketplace and already operates a location in Scottsdale, where exceptional Italian with a modern twist is their pride and joy. They’ll be serving up wood-fired pizzas and signature fresh fruit martinis in a laid-back atmosphere. 

A new concept in upscale, upbeat Mexican food is AVENIDA Modern Mexican. The restaurant will tap into top local businesses for ingredients, and offer fresh and eclectic takes on Mexican favorites: handmade tortillas, seafood, hand-crafted margaritas and tequilas among them. 

Our neighbors up north are gracing us with Bagels on Fire, a Toronto-based bagel company with a fiery old-fashioned technique. They boil their fresh bagels in honey water, then fire them in a brick oven (and yep, you can watch!). 

The 83 Marketplace tenants are the efforts of the developer (MDC Land Development) and the community to bring upscale dining options to the area. For area residents and visitors, the plaza will offer plenty of open space for indoor and outdoor dining and shopping. This exciting project isn’t the only one in the works, either; just across the street, the Trailhead project is underway with a Safeway and more community amenities. 

It’s a hot time to be in the surrounding neighborhoods as projects like these develop making this a desirable community to live in – thousands of new homes are expected to be built in this area in the next few years!


Ten Best Restaurants in Glendale

Glendale's Westgate photoGlendale, AZ is bumping!  This vibrant city is constantly growing, not only in population, but culturally.  Part of that culture is the food and restaurant culture.  Here are a few of the more popular culinary options, according to . . .

  1. The most popular restaurant in Glendale is Little Saigon.  This restaurant is located at 7016 N. 57th Avenue, in the heart of downtown Glendale, and serves Vietnamese Food.  Reviewers applaud this little restaurant’s authentic cuisine and its low prices.
  2. Next is Ta’Carbon, located at 5834 W. Camelback Road.  This Mexican grill restaurant touts its carne asada as being the best in the country.  The Yelp reviewers appear to agree, and sing the praises of all of the tacos this little restaurant offers, as well as their reasonable prices.
  3. Next up is ATL Wings, situated at 8024 N. 51st Avenue.  This restaurant has locations in Arizona and in New York, and offers traditional and boneless chicken wings served over a dozen ways.  Reviewers rave about both the food and the service.
  4. Those looking for Caribbean food should check out Caribbean Cuisine, located at 6031 N. 67th Avenue.  This cool little spot offers authentic Caribbean and Jamaican food, including a fresh fish of the day dish, and homemade ginger beer.
  5. Polish food is where it’s at, at A Touch of European Café, located at 7146 N. 57th Drive.  From the homemade Pierogi, to the hunter’s stew with kielbasa or one of the daily homemade soups, there’s something for everyone at this gem of a restaurant.
  6. Italian and pizza are on the menu at La Piazza al Forno, an Italian kitchen and brick oven pizzeria located at 5803 W. Glendale Avenue.  Reviewers praise the various Italian dishes as well as the brick-oven pizza.  Made famous by Guy Fieri’s Triple D show, this tiny little restaurant continues to wow its customers.
  7. Authentic German food is served at Haus Murphy’s, on 5739 W. Glendale Avenue.  This is another restaurant featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive Ins and Dives show.  Their menu showcases potato pancakes, schnitzel, and authentic German sausages.
  8. Vegetarians and Indian cuisine aficionados may enjoy Biryani and Bites, located at 15224 N. 59th Avenue.  Reviewers exclaim over this newer restaurant’s authentic biryani and appetizers as well as its many options for vegetarians
  9. Located at 5819 W. Glendale Avenue in downtown Glendale, Cuff is an Asian Fusion and American food restaurant featuring an eclectic menu.  Reviewers compliment the great service and atmosphere.
  10. Rounding out the top 10 restaurants in Glendale is a gourmet taco shop, La Santisima.   Located at 5932 W. Glendale Avenue, this restaurant features several different gourmet style tacos as well as burritos, handmade quesas, as well as a large salsa bar.

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Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2014

restaurant weekArizona Restaurant Week Fall 2014 is September 19-28. This affair offers foodies a plethora of dinning opportunities they might not typically choose and the chance to get outside their own neighborhood to try something different. Options are endless, ranging from spicy Southwestern to fine-dining options to soothing comfort food. Restaurants offer special pre-fixe menus and pricing during restaurant week, so it’s the perfect time to try new fare. Prepare your taste buds for some of the best food in the Valley!

Here, I outline some of my favorite restaurants participating in Restaurant Week Fall 2014. Be sure to check out the Arizona Restaurant Week website for all 139 greater phoenix restaurants. More restaurants are being added daily. Click on any of the restaurant names below to visit their website.

My favorites in the Valley:

The Mission: Latin Cuisine; Don’t miss the Primarita margarita or the espresso churros; Hands down my favorite restaurant in Greater Phoenix

Beckett’s Table: American Comfort Food; Don’t miss the hand-crafted cocktails or the grits

The Gladly: Contemporary American; Don’t miss the chimichurri chicken or the whiskey list, I’m a whiskey snob & the list here is phenomenal

Other Arizona Restaurant Week participants you don’t want to miss; these are some of my staples for date nights:

Barrio Queen; Mexican; Don’t miss the signature guacamole, it’s seriously amazing!

Bink’s; Contemporary American; Don’t miss the hand-crafted cocktails or the Polenta Cake

Bluehound Kitchen & Cocktails; American Comfort Food; Don’t miss the prohibition era cocktails or the tater tots appetizer

Capital Grille; Steaks & Seafood; Don’t miss the bone-in Kona crusted steak, my favorite entree at this go-to special occasion gem

Central Bistro; Modern Italian & French; Don’t miss the warm goat cheese or grilled artichoke appetizer

Chelsea’s Kitchen; Modern American; Don’t miss the tuna tartare & guacamole or posole appetizer

Citizen Public House; Contemporary American; Don’t miss the bacon fat heirloom popcorn…it’s sinfully divine

Nook Kitchen; American; Don’t miss the Arancini appetizer, any of the pizzas and the strawberry basil shortcake

The Henry; Contemporary American; Don’t miss the Chai Lime Ginger Beer (it’s non-alcoholic) or the short rib potsticker appetizer, it’s seriously mouth-watering; My favorite newer Valley restaurant

T. Cook’s; Contemporary Mediterranean; At this AAA four diamond & #1 rated restaurant in Phoenix by Zagat, anything you order will not disappoint; My favorite fine-dining restaurant in the Valley

The Arrogant Butcher; Gastro Pub; Don’t miss the Short Rib Stew, one of my favorite entrees in the Valley

The House Brasserie; Contemporary American; Don’t miss the House Brisket & Biscuit or the Jidori Chicken

If you’re looking to dine out near home, there are a few Arrowhead Ranch area restaurants participating in Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2014. The consistently enjoyable fare at these places close to home make them a great choice for dinner if you have to get home to a babysitter and don’t want to waste date time driving.

Betty’s Nosh, 67th Ave. & Loop 101, specializes in stuffed mushrooms & seafood; Firebird’s Wood Fired Grill, 83rd Ave. south of Bell Rd., specializes in steaks & seafood; The Melting Pot, locations throughout the Valley, specializes in fondue meals, great for a group.

Bon Appetit!