San Tan sets new high for locally brewed beer

There aren’t too many options if you’re looking for a high-quality, locally brewed beer. Good news: We may have found exactly what you’ve been looking for. Opened just three years ago, San Tan Brewing Company, in the heart of downtown Chandler, is now filling Valley restaurant-goers’ palates, glasses and mugs with pleasure. “As the fastest […]

Discerning Diner: Yupha’s brings new dimensions to Thai cuisine

Using what friends tell me are my considerable sleuthing skills, I decided to dine inconspicuously at another one of Tempe’s award-winning restaurants, Yupha’s Thai Kitchen. Tucked away behind Windy City Café on the southeast corner of McClintock and Elliot, Yupha’s came to my attention after a number of friends dined there and rated it definitely […]

Lucky Lou’s: Always a good bet

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Not in the mood? How about a juicy burger, a scrumptious (and healthy) plate of grilled salmon, an order of marinated sirloin kabobs or one of Lou’s signature gourmet sandwiches? Whatever fits your mood, you’re not likely to go wrong. Lucky Lou’s American Grill, tucked away just west of Ray Road […]

John Henry’s: Reputation for quality lives on

A staple on the Tempe culinary landscape, John Henry’s, has recently gone through a major change in the kitchen. With the hiring of a new chef, Joseph Sneed, the upscale longtime favorite is aiming to continue offering the same high-quality dining for which it is known, at the same time bringing a little something new […]

‘Tonic’ a welcome alternative to Scottsdale

Sophisticated, comfortable and unique are just a few of the words that can be used to describe Tonic, a lounge-style bar open since January across from Chandler Fashion Center. Michael Sherer and his wife Arlene moved to Arizona from Seattle seven years ago and brought along their expertise in the business world. On the heels […]

Wine dinners draw new aficionados

Wine dinners draw new aficionados

When someone asked if I’d like to attend an invitation-only dinner being planned at RigaTony’s Italian Restaurant the same time as Monday Night Football, I had to give it some serious thought. After all, you never know if, win or lose, one of those games may be the next day’s hottest topic. There’s never a […]