Food and Drink

James Beard's "Best Chef" semifinalist knows burritos

A burrito on a paper plate with shredded beef coming out of the end next to a glass soft drink bottle.

Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

There's an abundance of Arizona chefs and restaurants on the James Beard Foundation award semifinalist list. Since I haven't tried most of them, I decided to grab lunch Friday at Testal Mexican Kitchen, home to "Best Chef" semifinalist Fernando Hernández.

Where: 1325 Grand Ave.

Egg-scape from high prices with your own chickens

An illustration of a chicken with dollar signs over its eyes.

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

If high egg prices brought you down, there's a homegrown solution: Get your own chickens.

Why it matters: Inflation and an avian flu outbreak have more than doubled egg prices across the country, and Arizona has been no exception.

Mr. Pickle's opens first Arizona restaurant, with more to come

A sub sandwich cut in half.

Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

Mr. Pickle's Sandwich Shop opened its first Arizona outpost in north Scottsdale last week, so I decided to see what the California eatery has to offer.

Details: The chain relocated its headquarters to Arizona last year under new ownership, according to What Now Phoenix.

Jessica Boehm
Jan 26, 2023 - Business

These Arizona restaurants and chefs are James Beard semifinalists

Illustration of a first place ribbon with a gold plate at the center.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Arizona's culinary scene has reason to celebrate this week.

What's happening: Twelve Arizona chefs, two restaurants and one bakery were named semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard Foundation awards.

Trevor's Liquor opens second location in north Phoenix

A storefront with a sign that reads Trevor's.

Trevor's Liquor on Mayo Boulevard, near the border of Phoenix and Scottsdale. Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

If you're a fan of good alcohol and you live in the north Phoenix and north Scottsdale area, you're in luck — Trevor's Liquor opened its second location in the Valley.

Where: 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., near Scottsdale Road and Loop 101.

4 places to grab lunch under $12 in Phoenix

Photo: courtesy of Tacos Chiwas

Looking for a place to grab a quick and cheap lunch? We've got you covered with four tasty lunch options for $12 or less.

Get adventurous in 2023 with some Arizona whiskey

A glass of whiskey next to a bottle labeled Cherry Bomb with a drawing of two cherries

Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

It's a new year, and I decided that the first bottle of whiskey I opened in 2023 should have some local flavor.

Details: I sipped on a recently purchased bottle of Cherry Bomb, a rye whiskey from Tempe's Adventurous Stills.

  • It gets its name from the mash bill — the mixture of grains used to distill it — which is 90% rye and 10% malted barley that's smoked over cherrywood.

5 metro Phoenix mocktail bars for Dry January

Three drinks around a cocktail menu.

Undertow has an assortment of spiked and sober cocktails. Photo: Courtesy of Nicole Barrett

It's Dry January and if you've decided to give up alcohol to kick start the year, we salute you.

  • We won't be joining you, however, because one of us has two small children and the other is planning a wedding.
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