Category: Restaurant Reviews

Binkley’s is a bevy of culinary prowess

The ensemble cast functions like a culinary symphony. The highly trained staff moves in perfect harmony, with a full knowledge of each note being performed by the gastronomic conductor. The presentations are like Beethoven's Fifth, both delicate and bold with a finish that leaves the gourmand to marvel. Binkley's is...

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BRIX balances culinary excellence

Colorfully concocted cuisine. Sumptuously blended flavors. Artfully presented. Savored within a warm and intimate setting. Enjoyed with great company, followed by impeccable service. This describes the culinary nirvana I experienced at Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar in Flagstaff, Arizona. I have been to Flagstaff many times, and while there are...

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Plevel Restaurant does Raw in Prague

If you're not familiar with traditional Czech cuisine, it typically consists of roast pork (or some sort of beef) with dumplings (more like steamed bread) and sauerkraut, along with thicker soups and stew cooked with vegetables and meats, often with heavy cream. Not the most healthful or gastronomic food in...

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Scottsdale’s Toro: A Peruvian Ascent to Culinary Heaven

We recently took a fantastic culinary journey to Peru at Toro Latin Restaurant and Rum Bar, which is located at the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess' TPC (Tournament Player's Club), where the annual PGA Waste Management Phoenix Open takes place. Celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval has created this newest culinary experience where Asian...

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Arizona Restaurant Week

Throughout the Grand Canyon State of Arizona, foodies are celebrating the gastronomic pleasures that variety brings during the annual Arizona Restaurant Week (May 15th through the 25th). This statewide affair offers a wealth of dining options, and an opportunity to try something new. From sizzling Southwestern food, to soothing comfort...

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Jack Binion’s is savory sensation

Jack Binion's is one of those classically sophisticated restaurants that epitomizes fine dining.  The atmosphere sort of reminded me of being in Chicago (even though I was in Tunica, Mississippi), with its rich and elegant décor. From the interaction with the hostess, throughout the dining experience, the service was impeccable....

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Mesquite Chop House in Southhaven, MS

I arrived in Southhaven, Mississippi this afternoon and enjoyed a lovely evening at the Mesquite Chop House, where they specialize in steaks, seafood and spirits...all prepared with a bit of southern flair. Specialty steaks and chops are grilled over an open mesquite fire and simply seasoned with kosher salt, black...

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Santa Fe School of Cooking

I was first introduced to the Santa Fe School of Cooking in 2012, as it was a stop on my culinary tour of Santa Fe, New Mexico for the USA Today and Rand McNally’s “Best of the Road” rally. (By the way, Santa Fe ended up winning the “Best Food”...

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Beckett’s Table: The soul of culinary confection

Opened in 2010 Chef Justin & Michelle Beckett, along with Scott and Katie Stephens, launched a ‘new’ vision including ‘old’ favorites. Nestled between the elegance of the Biltmore area and the hip and trendy Arcadia neighborhood, Beckett’s Table is an upscale dining experience with a comfortable casual feel. The restaurant...

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Talavera typifies fine-dining

The Four Seasons is synonymous with luxury and uncompromising quality…the Scottsdale location in the northern part of the city embodies those guiding principles that make the brand so coveted. Nestled at the foothills of Pinnacle Peak (an iconic rock formation and historic North Scottsdale area), amid towering saguaro cacti and...

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Sanctuary “elements:” Where Yin Meets Yang

Written by: Terri Campbell Arizona is recognized for some of the most amazing resorts in the world. Sanctuary, located in the heart of Scottsdale is an upscale resort at the top of that list. In addition to the breathtaking scenery, tranquil spa and modern classic rooms, Sanctuary houses the award-winning...

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Citizen Public House: Where comfort meets class

Scottsdale, Arizona has long been a hotbed for innovative culinary cuisine and trendy nightclubs, especially clustered within the downtown/old town area. I recently received a suggestion from one of my readers encouraging me to try one of the latest gastronomic experiences, Citizen Public House (CPH). My readers rarely steer me...

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Mother’s Day at the Wigwam

As someone who has lived in Arizona off and on most of my life, I have always been familiar with the historic Wigwam Resort, but for whatever reason, a visit had eluded me. As a travel blogger on the road most of the time, it’s been years since I had...

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