My Wine Cellar/Lucy’s Place

January 4th, 2010

5030 E. Warner Rd. (48th/Warner Rd.)

Ahwatukee, AZ 85044

480-598-9463

www.my-wine-cellar.com

This charming little shop located in Ahwatukee, serves as both a wine store, beer bar and cafe for locals. With a variety of seating arrangements both indoor and out, decorated with the owner’s obvious love for I Love Lucy and her wine stomping antics, you are sure to find a comfortable seat to enjoy a glass or bottle of wine from around the world to suit your fancy.  They also offer a slew of brew on tap and in the bottle, as well as happy hour specials,  of which I tried the pizza and a beer for only $10.  The 10″ pizza was pretty good and I managed to eat the whole thing. The server was accommodating to my simple bottled beer request,  rather than the special offerings on tap. They also have a range of appetizers, soups and salads, as well as a few pasta dishes, and a worthy espresso bar.

The Breadfruit

October 15th, 2009

108 E. Pierce St., Downtown Phoenix

602-267-1266

Lunch, Dinner, BYOB w/minimal service charge

www.thebreadfruit.com

The Breadfruit, a little piece of Jamaica tucked away in the heart of downtown Phoenix, near the Farmer’s Market. If you want to experience a unique mix of flavors on your plate, from spicy to sweet, soft to crunchy, in an urban and casual atmosphere with great art adorning the walls and music to make you feel like you are on vacation, then take a trip to Breadfruit.

d-vine bistro and wine bar

August 8th, 2007

3990 S. Alma School, Chandler (at Ocotillo)

480-782-5550

www.dvinewine101.com

Here’s a nice wine bar with a view. I’m always impressed when there’s an outdoor view of greenery and trees, accompanied by a showering mist system on the outdoor patio, live music seeping out from the bustling indoor lounge. It’s apparent this is a popular spot for the young locals. The service is friendly and attentive, and the food looks to be eclectic and creative, however I only came for a glass of wine with a friend. The list was interesting and reasonable which you can peruse on their web site. There are two locations, Chandler and Mesa at the NE corner of Power and McDowell, but I would make the trek back here just to enjoy the view!

Joe’s Farm Grill

August 8th, 2007

3000 E. Ray Rd.

480-563-4745

Sun-Th 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10

www.joesfarmgrill

By the same owners of Joe’s Real BBQ in Gilbert, comes a farm-friendly restaurant, using as many local ingredients from their own Agritopia fields and supplementing through other local farmers as well. Using the most healthful ingredients such as local natural beef for their burgers, and transfat free oils for frying, dressings and marinades, Joe’s takes common foods such as pizzas, fries, salads, and ribs to the next level. The menu changes to reflect what’s in season. I appreciated the clean lines and minimalist decor which makes this a popular spot for young families, not having to worry about spills, and the view of what’s left of the surrounding farm, including picnic tables under the trees, was inviting and soothing on the eyes. They are also conscientious about recycling the paper, plastic and glass products. Place your order at the modern counter, but try to have your mind made up as a line quickly follows behind you. Desserts seem to be popular for ice cream lovers with items such as fresh berry shakes, and sundaes.

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.

Croque Famous Sandwiches

February 1st, 2007

13610 N. Scottsdale Rd. #25 @ Thunderbird SW corner

480-607-1285

9am-3pm, Mondays-Saturdays

This is an unusual luncheon shop as they use original recipes, fresh ingredients and homemade sauces on their baked baguette sandwiches with a European flair. I rarely order fries while eating out-but always do here.  They have daily specials, homemade soups, and tables outdoors.It’s the food, not the atmosphere that brings back me here!

Blu Burger Grille

February 1st, 2007

15425 N. Scottsdale Rd.

480-948-3443,

11am-9pm, closed Sunday

www.bluburger.com

I recently discovered this small, hidden little gem of a burger joint. The owners bake everything fresh on site, and use quality ingredients to build their burgers, well, you build them to be exact.  Not just beef (Angus or Kobe) mind you, but you can choose from crab cake, veggie, lamb or turkey as well. Choose from four types of buns, sauces, cheeses, and other extra toppings, along with a side of fries (skinny or sweet ), cole slaw, onion rings. Or, let them build one for you. Beer and wine are available, as is outdoor seating.

Ristorante Guiseppe

February 1st, 2007

13610 N. Scottsdale Rd. @ Thunderbird (SW corner)

480-991-4792

10am-8:30pm Monday-Saturday, now open Sunday for dinner!

BYOB-with no corkage fee

This is one of my favorite local Italian joints. It has a very homey neighborhood feel, with great food (famous for their delicious meatballs), friendly service, and heated patio seating. You’ll be welcomed by Pasqualle the owner and Alex, his charming manager. I almost always order the eggplant parmesan with a meatball on the side. However you will enjoy just about any of the pasta dishes are pretty tasty. The atmosphere alone is satisfying to the city starved. You can’t go wrong!

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