Steve’s Espresso

October 15th, 2009

S.E. Corner Baseline & McClintock, Tempe AZ

480-777-5373

www.stevesespresso.com

I kept an article about Steve’s for about two years before I recently had a chance to scout it out and actually try a cup of coffee! It is known for owning one of six espresso machines that were sold to coffee companies before Starbucks grabbed up the rights to them, which I’m sure has something to do with their success.  Well, a little help with marketing is all Steve needs. I had driven by those crossroads many times over the past two years, glancing to my right where I thought the shop was and never noticed it. Recently, I pulled into the parking lot and determined to see if it was actually still there, somewhere, or not! It was. But it faces McClintock behind the FastGas station. Little signage. Just a humble little wi-fi coffee shop, with some made from scratch breakfast items and bakery goods, and a GREAT cup of coffee made from fresh, locally roasted beans. So good in fact, I returned the same day for a second cup, and can’t wait go back.

Andreoli Italian Grocer

September 22nd, 2009

8880 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale 85258

480-614-1980

www.andreoli-grocer.com

Closed Sundays

This is Scottsdale’s Italian deli/restaurant like no other. Besides the accent of the clientele which makes you feel like you are visiting Italy, the baked goods, deli meats and cheeses, and entrees are sure to please. I come here especially to buy fresh mozzarella for my Caprese salads. They also sell basic Italian grocery products, including wine to take home.

Rainbow Donuts

September 22nd, 2009

1347 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix 85006

602-256-7404

I spotted this donut shop on the way home from the downtown farmer’s market. It is the only privately owned donut shop

I know of and though it isn’t quite as good as Leucadia’s or Eagle Rock’s, it holds me over!

La Tartine French Bakery

September 22nd, 2009

16650 E. Palisades Blvd. #103, Fountain Hills 85268

480-816-4222

www.la_tartine@yahoo.com

The oven  for baking bread and pastries was brought here along with it’s owners, straight from France. Baked fresh daily to go as well as dine in for lunch or a light dinner. It is a shame they settled into such a quiet area as they deserve better exposure. It is the one place in Fountain Hills I truly enjoy.

Too Divine

September 2nd, 2009

1166 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert

480-539-4688

This is a dessert and coffee shop opened by a retiring couple, with pastries provided by Ganache This!

I’ve not tried it yet, as it isn’t in my neck of the woods, but as soon as I do, I’ll be sure to update my review.

The Farm at South Mountain

February 1st, 2007

6106 S. 32nd Street, Phoenix just south of Southern

Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar 602-276-0601

Morning Glory Cafe & Bakery 602-276-0601

The Farm Kitchen 602-276-6360

Call for hours or go to www.thefarmatsouthmountain.com

Choices abound here at the farm, located in the midst of a pecan grove, you feel like you’ve gone to California for the day. Enjoy a fresh, country breakfast outdoors at the Morning Glory Cafe. They offer omelets, french toast, quiche and homemade granola, as well as fresh muffins to start. Portions are big, but take your time as you refill your own coffee in this lovely outdoor setting. Open from 8am-11am weekdays, or 8am-noon on weekends.

Or how about lunch on a picnic table or by a fountain in the patio consisting of homemade soups, fresh garden salads, sandwiches and desserts, and a cup of pecan flavored coffee. The Farm Kitchen is open 8am-3pm daily.

If it’s dinner your after, begin with happy hour, Tues.-Fri. from 5-7pm, or dinner from 5pm-10 pm (lunch from 11am-2pm) at Quiessence. Near the back of the property, they offer contemporary American farm fresh cuisine. Literally, they use fresh picked produce from Maya’s garden out front!

Take time to enjoy wandering the property, visiting their Garden Territory gift shop or Cottage Gate Antiques. This is just another way to spend more time relaxing here as you won’t be in any hurry to leave.

Crackers & Co. Cafe

February 1st, 2007

535 W. Iron Ave, #131, Mesa @ Country Club

480-898-1717, www.crackersandcompanycafe.com

7am-2:30pm, daily

This breakfast and lunch restaurant is a nice place to go, especially with your lady friends for the decor, though men like it too. They have a wide range of menu items, breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, salads and fresh soups. I always save room for their incredible berry cobbler, or german chocolate cake but they have other yummy desserts as well. There is always a crowd here, and some patio seating available when the weather permits.

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