Mary Coyle Ol’ Fashion Ice Cream Parlor

Our ice cream is Old Fashioned and still made here on our premises, the same way, with the same quality ingredients that was used on our opening day, back in 1951!

When you visit Mary Coyle’s, you’ll be treated just like you’re a member of the family, and served delicious ice cream, sandwiches, soups and salads. Wonderful atmosphere, fun people and great prices!

Best Ice Cream, 2007 – Phoenix New Times

And yes, it does have a drive thru!

5521 N 7th Ave (north of W Missouri Ave)

Phoenix • (602) 265-6266

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AZ 88

“Trendy, neo-boho watering hole/cafe that pulses with energy, and remains one of the most reliable late-night dining spots in town. When the rest of Scottsdale is yawning and rolling up the sidewalks, AZ 88 is going strong like a stud bull on Viagra. God bless ’em. Edibles are mainly salads, burgers and sammies — nothing amazing, but there are some solid noshes to be had. For finger food, we dig the galettes, these little flatbread pizza thingees, and the Buffalo-style chicken salad with blue cheese and hot sauce goes well with a glass of Bass Ale. Check out the mirrored stalls in the restrooms: Guaranteed to trip you out.” – Phoenix New Times

“Since 1988, this bar/restaurant has been known for its beautiful clientele, cool music and serious cocktails. But that reputation can also be misleading, because AZ 88 is also a place to eat a big, delicious burger and out-of-this-world waffle fries.” – azcentral.com

7353 E Scottsdale Mall

Scottsdale • (480) 994-5576

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MacAlpine’s Soda Fountain

Take the whole gang to MacAlpine’s Soda Fountain for quality, fresh, home-cooked meals at great prices. Our local restaurant, antiques and treasures shop, located in Phoenix Arizona, has all the old-fashioned shakes, malts, fountain sodas, phosphates and egg creams.

“Forget about the pseudo-diners and nostalgia-themed restaurants that popped up during the ’90s. This family-friendly place, established in 1928, is the real deal. Sit at the counter and swivel on your stool with an ice cream soda or old-fashioned lemonade. Enjoy burgers and sandwiches in one of the old wooden booths. The vintage jukebox — two plays for a quarter — features old 45s you haven’t heard in years.”

“Best Milkshakes” &
“Best Old School Soda Shop” – Phoenix New Times

2303 N 7th St (at E Oak St)

Phoenix • (602) 262-55

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Published in: on June 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Roaring Fork

James Beard Award Winner
Best Chef: Southwest – Robert McGrath

The Roaring Fork’s Wood Fired Cooking captures the spirit of bold American cuisine, creating flavors that crackle with a rugged edge.

In the Old West, the best food was prepared on a simple wood fire. This same spirit, freshness and flavor are at the heart of every dish we serve. Select from lamb, chicken, beef, pork and fresh fish entrees all perfectly prepared by wood fire rotisserie, open flame grill or wood oven roasting.

“Tenderloin glazed with whiskey, fondue with lamb chops, Big Ass burgers that are, well, big-assed: These are but a few of our faves at this American bistro and saloon. The green chile pork stew is served in a cast-iron pot, and the place serves up a pork porterhouse that could even choke Cedric the Entertainer! Add in a wine-by-the-glass list better than most of the so-called “wine bars” in the Valley, and pecan pie better than Grandma’s, and you’ve got a culinary rarity: a legend that lives up to its rep.”
Phoenix New Times

4800 N Scottsdale Rd (E Chaparral Rd)

Scottsdale • (480) 947-0795

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Delux

This trendy neighborhood spot is open until 2 a.m. seven days a week. Quell hunger pangs with Niman Ranch beef burgers, including the one with Gruyere and Maytag blue cheese on a baguette-type roll. Or consider the vegetable panino with roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, grilled zucchini and arugula. The fries, regular and sweet potato, are crunchy and fresh and come in miniature grocery carts. Wash everything down with one of 40 brews on tap.

Arizona Republic Best Late Night Spot 2005

Phoenix New Times
Best Of 2007: Best Late Night Bite
Best Of 2006: Best Burger
Best Of 2005: Best Burger and Fries

3146 E Camelback Rd (east of N 32nd St)

Phoenix • (602) 522-2288

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Barcelona

Barcelona Restaurant is an eclectic dining and entertainment experience. Seating for 787 and an intimate private dining venue, Barcelona Restaurant has Old World Cuisine with New World Flavors paired with world class entertainment.

“This hip, good-looking hot spot puts the “club” in “supper club,” offering live entertainment and Spanish-inspired, Southwestern-accented Contemporary American food until 10 p.m. nightly. After 10, Barcelona transforms into a disco, so put on your dancing shoes.”
Phoenix Magazine

15440 Greenway-Hayden Loop

Scottsdale • (480) 603-0370

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Arizona immigration law cited as reason for closing ‘Campeones’

From The Arizona Republic

by Angelique Soenarie – Jun. 10, 2010 03:08 PM

Arizona’s new immigration law was one of the factors that gave one of Mesa’s major new entertainment venues a knockout punch, its owner says.

Julio César Chávez Campeones, a $4.5 million boxing-themed dining and entertainment venue that opened in November at Country Club Drive and Southern Avenue, closed a week ago.

Brian Weymouth, who helped to develop the Alice Cooperstown concept, is the president of the Julio César Chávez Enterprises.

slideshow Julio Cesar Chavez Campeones in Mesa

Weymouth said he plans to remodel the 30,000 square-foot-facility into AZ Country, a country western dining and establishment that will open in July.

Weymouth said he will take on management duties himself initially.

He said business at Campeones dropped dramatically before and after the signing of SB 1070, but said management mistakes also played a role.

“Unfortunately, with this new Senate bill 1070 it really has impacted the entire Hispanic community, and anybody that has a business that catered to the Hispanic community has been impacted,” Weymouth said. “It appeared to me that people were leaving the state before the bill passed. I also felt the Hispanic population be it legal or illegal were fearful of the whole thing. I felt that that really disrupted business. We had to come up with a concept that wasn’t going to be affected. They’re not going to put a bill that is against cowboys.”

The closure is also a setback for Mesa, a city working over time to attract major entertainment venues to boost its sales tax revenues. Campeones, Spanish for “champions,” includes a restaurant, sports bar, arcade, and family center for boxing matches, family events and concerts.

It was expected to generate $7 million in revenue during its first year of business, said Weymouth, one of four partners who own the venue. The other partners are Chávez, Dan Wergin, and Brian Day O’Connor, the son of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra O’Connor.

Arizona’s immigration law makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally. It states that an officer engaged in a lawful stop, detention or arrest shall, when practicable, ask about a person’s legal status when reasonable suspicion exists that the person is in the U.S. illegally.

Weymouth said he is sad to see a concept he and Mexico’s boxing icon planned for years go, but is looking forward to his new venture.

“You’re not much of a businessman if you can’t make adjustments. We’re excited to make this happen . . . (and) Country music’s hot right now,” he said.

The country format is no guarantee, however. Weymouth will face stiff competition from Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, which opened last year at Mesa Riverview, only several miles away from AZ Country.

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The Deli

Join us at our family owned and operated deli here in Queen Creek! We are committed to supporting local agriculture, using the freshest in season ingredients and going organic whenever possible. Our goal is to establish a reputation within the community of consistently delicious food in a great atmosphere with exceptional, friendly service.

“This restaurant is a Slow Food lover’s paradise, showcasing locally produced ingredients in an array of delicious sandwiches, pizzas and dinner entrees.”
East Valley Tribune

18914 E San Tan Blvd (west of S 190th St)

Queen Creek • (480) 279-3546

Published in: on June 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

La Grande Orange Grocery

On the innovative corner of 40th Street and Campbell in the heart of what used to be an Arcadia Orange grove, sits one of the inspired concepts in convenience stores. La Grande Orange Grocery opens its doors not only as a neighborhood grocery but a cafe and caterer all under one roof and brings together a fraternity of chefs and other artists to serve the community.

As a café, La Grande Orange offers the finest in French inspired yet simple American food that tastes good and travels well. Executive Chef Doug Robson has developed a breakfast menu filled with favorites like poached eggs on toast, French pancakes, house granola and yogurt, fruit with crème fraiche and homemade English muffins as well as several lunch items. Dine in at one of the indoor tables nestled within the store or outdoors in the Java Garden, or you can take the food to go. You can even call the order in and someone will deliver it out to your car.

Phoenix New Times: Best of 2007
Best Local Eatery We Wish Were A Chain

4410 N 40th St (at E Campbell Ave)

Phoenix • (602) 840-7777

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Crackers and Co. Cafe

Cafe has been a popular destination spot for people from all corners of the valley since 1984. The whole concept of Crackers was founded on European owner’s heritage principle of “from scratch cooking”. Twenty-four years later, this principle still remains unchanged today. We take great pride in maintaining the high standards that make our food so outstanding and which have won much local acclaim, from both our clientele, food critics and local media alike.

“Hands down, the best breakfast I’ve had in Tempe/Phoenix. Everyone in our party loved their food. All of the food was awesome. And then there was the brandied blackberry bread pudding dessert. Oh. My. God.” – yelp.com

2 locations in Mesa & 1 in Tempe

535 W Iron Ave (S Vineyard)

Mesa • (480) 898-1717

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