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  • Texas BBQ House

    Texas BBQ House

    Texas expats Mike Pitt and Doug Dieckmann have brought some of their home state's flair for barbecue to this South Phoenix hole-in-the-wall. Their excellent dry-rubbed and smoked meats are, of course, the stars of the show here, but it's the... More on Texas BBQ House »

  • Dolce Vita Italian Grocer

    Dolce Vita Italian Grocer

    This unassuming Italian grocery and deli in east Mesa is the creation of Walter and Marti Bergamaschi, owners of the adjoining Gelato Dolce Vita. And it’s the couple’s penchant for premium ingredients that makes their grocery (if you’re shopping)... More on Dolce Vita Italian Grocer »

  • Beckett's Table

    Beckett's Table

    Once the executive chef at Canal, the splashy, short-lived, fashion-themed global fusion eatery at Scottsdale's SouthBridge development, now chef Justin Beckett has his own place, a handsome renovated spot on Indian School that's decidedly cozy.... More on Beckett's Table »

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Bars & Clubs

  • Pink Pony

    Pink Pony

    After being closed the better part of a year, Pink Pony reopened in early 2014 with a new menu, chef, and owners. However, the baseball memorabilia and caricature homages to past famous patrons will remain, along with the original doors, which... More on Pink Pony »

  • Stratus


    This West Phoenix event space located in a converted warehouse is a rather versatile beast, having hosted a gamut of events from mariachi concerts and weddings to epic DJ festivals and heavy-duty rock shows. It’s also a sexy beast, featuring... More on Stratus »

  • Fatso's Pizza

    Fatso's Pizza

    Looks can be deceiving. What should be a run-of-the-mill pizza joint situated in a North Phoenix strip mall is actually a large music venue with a full bar, pool table, eclectic menu, and big family crowds. As its name portends, the food and... More on Fatso's Pizza »

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Music Venues

  • Stratus


    This West Phoenix event space located in a converted warehouse is a rather versatile beast, having hosted a gamut of events from mariachi concerts and weddings to epic DJ festivals and heavy-duty rock shows. It’s also a sexy beast, featuring... More on Stratus »

  • Pranksters Too

    Pranksters Too

    Offering two bars in one, this popular Scottsdale spot is a haven for both jock types and music fans. The main bar boasts more TVs than a Best Buy, each broadcasting the latest athletic events and highlights, and always seems to be populated by... More on Pranksters Too »

  • Alwun House Gallery & Gardens

    Alwun House Gallery & Gardens

    Having debuted back in 1971, the Alwun House arguably sired the entire downtown arts district. Housed in a historic two-story built in 1912 home, owners Kim Moody and Dana Johnson the joint as both a gallery and studio for themselves and local... More on Alwun House Gallery & Gardens »

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Movie Theaters

  • AMC Esplanade 14

    AMC Esplanade 14

    This 18-screen theater is located in northern Phoenix just off Loop 101. Amenities include digital projectors, stadium seating, theatre rentals, closed captioning, assisted listening devices, descriptive video, wheelchair access made to order... More on AMC Esplanade 14 »

  • Super Saver Cinemas 8

    Super Saver Cinemas 8

    Super Saver Cinemas 8 is an eight screen discount movie theater in north Phoenix. The theater is wheelchair accessible and offers hearing impaired devices as well. Parking is free and movies are only $3 all day everyday except for Tuesday's when... More on Super Saver Cinemas 8 »

  • Harkins Scottsdale 101

    Harkins Scottsdale 101

    Located just south of the Loop 101 off Scottsdale Road, this fourteen-screen theater offers a Cine Capri with a towering 30 by 70-foot screen showing the latest films in a 600-seat auditorium. Additional amenities at Harkins Scottsdale 101... More on Harkins Scottsdale 101 »

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Food Trucks

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Coffee Shops

  • Nami


    Owner Damon Brasch opened this cool little vegan ice cream, coffee, and pastry shop in a renovated house in downtown Phoenix just days before he opened the second location of his vegan bistro Green right next door. And what Green does right in... More on Nami »

  • Starbucks


    Since its founding by a trio of aspiring coffee roasters in Seattle in 1971, Starbucks has grown to become the largest coffeehouse in the world, with upwards of 20,000 locations in Phoenix and around the world. Named for the chief mate on the... More on Starbucks »

  • The Coffee Shop

    The Coffee Shop

    This upscale coffee joint is housed inside a re-purposed maintenance garage. It sounds a little random but its really not considering that The Coffee Shop sits on the grounds of Agritopia, the urban farm oasis in Gilbert. Inside the coffee house... More on The Coffee Shop »

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  • Critic Reviews

    • After learning all about the types of bitters on the market and the history of the non-potable tincture last week with Bill and Lill Buitenhuys of AZ Bitters Lab, Travis Nass of the Last Drop Bar at the Hermosa Inn shows us this week how to use bitters in a cocktail. Nass says that if you're using bitters properly, it should "season" the cocktail, without your actually being able to tell there are bitters in it at all. However, you also can do what the bartenders do and take a full shot of Angostura -- though that can get expensive. See... More on Hermosa Inn »

    • Get ready to mix and mingle with some of the Valley's most compelling up-and-coming creatives in the fields of performing art, culinary art, visual art, design, and urban vision at New Times' Artopia on Friday, April 25, at Bentley Projects. Those creatives? They're the 2014 Big Brain Award finalists. We've been profiling them here on Jackalope Ranch and on our sister blog, Chow Bella, over the past few weeks. At Artopia we'll announce the five winners who will go home with $500 each to support their creative endeavors. Of course, we... More on Bentley Projects »

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