Food and Drink

Arizona's craft breweries are producing more than ever

Credit: Data: Brewers Association; Table: Thomas Oide/Axios

Arizona's craft beer industry is having a rebound moment after the pandemic initially crippled the industry.

State of play: Each of Arizona's 10 largest craft breweries increased its production in 2021.

YC's Mongolian Grill expanding to Scottsdale and Phoenix

A bowl of stir fry noodles, meat and vegetables
Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

Mongolian barbecue fans will have some new options soon as a local chain plans to expand later this year and next.

Driving the news: YC's Mongolian Grill plans to open a third location near Raintree Drive and Loop 101 in north Scottsdale. Co-owner Geoff Stanisic tells Axios that the restaurant is expected to open in October, but he didn't have a firm date.

Celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month with Arizona whiskies

Three bottles of bourbon lined up in a row
Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

It's Bourbon Heritage Month, and as a bourbon aficionado myself, I decided to celebrate by sampling some of the local whiskies Arizona has to offer.

State of play: This isn't Kentucky, but there are some folks distilling bourbon locally. Others source whiskey that's distilled elsewhere but finish production here.

Phoenix residents can enjoy two restaurant weeks in September

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Phoenix residents are getting a double dose of restaurant deals this month.

Phoenix coffee shop brings a taste of Ethiopia to the Valley

A coffee cup with a cardboard sleeve reading AT Oasis Coffee and tea on a table next to a triangular pastry
Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

Five spots in Arizona made Yelp's recent list of the 100 top coffee shops in the U.S. and Canada.

1 big coffee shop: The top Arizona-based location was A.T. Oasis Coffee & Tea Shop, at 4613 E. Thomas Road, which came in at No. 11.

Phoenix's Chris Bianco featured on Netflix's "Chef's Table: Pizza"

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Photo: Courtesy of Netflix

Arizona culinary darling Chris Bianco will be featured on Netflix's hit show "Chef's Table," which is focusing exclusively on pizza this season.

  • The new season drops Sept. 7.

Phoenix's Cocina Madrigal is one of the nation's best restaurants

A sign that says, "COCINA MADRIGAL tacos + tequila."
Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

Cocina Madrigal made headlines earlier this year when the south Phoenix Mexican restaurant claimed the top spot in Yelp's list of the best 100 restaurants in the country for 2022.

  • A few of our out-of-state Axios colleagues came for a visit last week, so we decided to try it out.

Where to get the best Cajun food around the Valley

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Jolie blon from Flavors of Louisiana in Avondale. Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

Probably my biggest gripe with the Valley's otherwise awesome restaurant scene is its shortage of good Cajun restaurants, particularly in central Phoenix.

  • But that doesn't mean there aren't at least a few good options.
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