A Note from the Editor!

August 8th, 2007

While I have visited every restaurant I post, therefore feeling confident to recommend them to my friends, I have hardly had a chance to cover the gamut of restaurants in Phoenix. If you don’t see something that fits the bill, I have come across another web-site that I plan to use myself! Visit www.antichain.com for more suggestions of independent and small chain restaurants in Phoenix and surrounding areas. Bon Appetite!

Wang’s Palace-On the road to Cali!

August 8th, 2007

719 W. Hobson Way, Blythe CA

760-922-7755

Open 7 days a week, M-F 11-9pm; S-S 3-9pm

Yes, it says Blythe! The halfway stop between those long, arduous drives from here to California.

Well guess what? The adventurous spirit was in me as we pulled off the highway for gas and a break. What was it I saw down at the end of Lovekin Road? Is that a Starbuck drive-thru sign circling? You betcha, awesome. And not wanting to settle for McDonald’s, we drove around the adjacent parking lot, and spotted a sign declaring, “Thai and Chinese” food. Why not? We’d eaten everything else but, on our vacation. Well, we weren’t disappointed, actually very pleased. I thought we were discovering a new restaurant but actually, it has been here for over eight years. The chef/owner knew what she was doing, and my friends actually stated it was the best fried rice they had ever eaten! Nice menu and extremely reasonable combo plates. Chilly beers to accompany. The curried chicken was delicious as was the sweet and sour chicken-the two six years olds with us gobbled it up! I will no longer dread that drive, if it includes a stop at Wang’s!

Mac’s Broiler & Tap

August 8th, 2007

6430 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe at Guadalupe

480-755-3050

neil@macsbriolerand tap.com

This is Tempe’s version of a Cheer’s bar, small, intimate and local, with a great grill menu and selection of beers as well as a full bar. I split a gorgonzola burger with my sister and was delightfully stuffed. This is a place I’ll bring my husband back to visit!

Souvia for Tea

August 8th, 2007

4320 N. Miller Rd., #107, Scottsdale at Camelback

480-947-3133

www.souvia.com

I’m learning to keep my eyes open for little undiscovered spots (to me) like I would in my travels. How delighted I was to happen upon Souvia, a premium loose leaf tea and herbals shop in Scottsdale. With friendly and helpful service, I walked away with a modern tea brewing gadget and some wonderful Darjeeling tea, of which they had three varieties, and a sample of some almond/coconut herbal tea I can’t wait to try after dinner some evening. Tammie Coe delivers fresh pastries if you would like to sit, and enjoy a cup or a pot. They also host free classes once a month which I plan to attend with a friend!

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.

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