Breadwinner

With today’s confusing array of popular diets — paleo this, keto that, and gluten-free everything — it’s refreshing to see that good bread can still be the foundation of a meal. It’s equally invigorating to see an independent sandwich shop open amid all the national chains that have recently occupied that segment of the market. Breadwinner scores victories in both respects, building its sandwiches with the unabashedly glutenous products of local bakery Noble Bread and drawing inspiration from the kitchen of its full-service cousin, EVO in Scottsdale. Continue reading “Breadwinner”

Desert Roots Kitchen

Desert plants are often known for having shallow roots, which are better for quickly absorbing water during brief storms followed by quick evaporation. In Downtown Tempe, a restaurant aptly named Desert Roots Kitchen has displayed some unexpectedly deep roots, operating with essentially the same approach for over six years and building upon the traditions of an even longer lasting restaurant, In Season Deli, that came before it at the same location. These roots continue to grow just a block-and-a-half south of the Mill Avenue / Third Street light rail station. Continue reading “Desert Roots Kitchen”

Original ChopShop Co.

Remember the song “Escape” by Rupert Holmes? Even if you were born long after it was recorded, you’ve probably heard its memorable chorus, “If you like pina coladas…” There’s another line in that song in which the narrator sings, “I’m not much into health food, I am into champagne.” Do those two pleasures have to be mutually exclusive? At the Original ChopShop Co.’s new location in Tempe, it’s possible to have both: healthful dishes based on fresh produce, whole grains, and lean proteins to eat and beer, cocktails, and wine, including champagne of course, to drink.

Danish salad with chicken

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