Nico in downtown Gilbert sets opening date: May 14

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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Nico, the newest addition to downtown Gilbert’s burgeoning dining scene, has announced it will open Saturday, May 14.

It will join recently opened Zinburger, Pomo Cucina & Pizzeria, Barrio Queen, and Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles at the new Heritage Marketplace.

Chef-owner Gio Osso is best-known for Virtù, one of Scottsdale’s top fine-dining restaurants. Virtù was nominated for the country’s Best New Restaurant in the prestigious James Beard Awards in 2014.

Nico, whose menu is described as ‘‘West Coast-inspired seasonal Italian,’’ is named after Osso’s young son. See the working menu here.

“I’ll be onsite every day,” says Osso, who lives near Nico. “From making all pasta in-house and by hand to picking and delivering fresh produce from the farmer’s market on Saturdays, Nico is literally going to be my home away from home.”

(Photo credit: The Awe Collective)

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Joe’s Real BBQ will hold annual its Free BBQ Day on Wednesday

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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Wednesday is the 17th annual Free BBQ Day at Joe’s Real BBQ in downtown Gilbert.

From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-7:30 p.m. (or until food runs out), you can get a pulled pork or a chicken breast sandwich, sides of BBQ pit beans and cole slaw, and a drink. Kid-size sandwiches will be available.

There’s a limit of one free meal per person, and it can’t be to-go. You also can’t request meals for others. No other menu items will be available Wednesday.

Attendees are asked to consider bringing some canned food or boxes of cereal to aid the nonprofit center Open Arms Care Center with feeding the homeless and less fortunate.

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Social Box Neighborhood Eatery in Chandler will host a Huss Brewing tap takeover from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday to benefit the Ohana Animal Rescue in Tempe.

Huss beers on tap will include Scottsdale Blonde, Koffee Kölsch, Ohhh Snapp! Cranberry Saison, and Magic in the Ivy pale ale.

SoBo also will be hosting Trivia Night from 6:30-8. Bring your four-legged friends.

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Jimmy & Joe’s slice of the month: The Margherita

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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The Margherita is the Slice of the Month for May at Jimmy & Joe’s Pizzeria.

The Serious Slice – cut from a giant 24-inch pizza, making it about the equivalent of a small pizza – features fresh mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes.

The slice is $7.99 through May 31.

Jimmy & Joe’s has locations in Chandler, Mesa, and Ahwatukee.

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Cinco de Mayo drink specials at Serrano’s all week

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, May 3, 2016

SerranosMargarita050316Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants are offering Cinco de Mayo drink specials all week:

  • Serrano’s House Margarita $5
  • Serrano’s Special Rio Margarita $6.99
  • Chambord (Black Raspberry) Margarita $5.99
  • Pomegranate Margarita $5.99
  • Bottled and draft beer $3

In addition, Macho Nachos will be only $7.99 on Thursday.

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Got lunch plans on Thursday? Someburros is celebrating Cinco de Mayo by giving away free bean and cheese burros from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The best part? You don’t even have to leave your home or office. Uber will deliver your burro to you. Here’s how it will work:

  1. Open your Uber app on your phone between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday.
  2. Select the “BURROS” option at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap “REQUEST BURROS” in the middle of the screen. You’ll get a call from an Uber rep to confirm your order.

Each order is one Someburros bean and cheese burrito and one Hubert’s Lemonade. There’s a limit of two orders per request.

The free burros are available only through Uber (not at the restaurants) while supplies last.

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The Thirsty Lion opens Tuesday at SanTan Village in Gilbert

BY Jess Harter Monday, May 2, 2016

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The Thirsty Lion, a Portland-based chain of gastropubs, opens its third Valley location Tuesday at SanTan Village shopping in Gilbert.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, with the restaurant opening at 11 a.m. It’s located between Gordon Biersch and Famous Dave’s, a block north of Total Wine.

At nearly 7,000 square feet, Thirsty Lion SanTan includes a 32-seat bar, an open-air kitchen, and a hearth-baked pizza oven. Outside, a 1,500-square-foot patio has two large fire pits and three flat-screen TVs.

The bar is limited to 24 beers on draft – far fewer than other locations (such as the 52 in Tempe) – because of nearby World of Beer.

Thirsty Lion made its Arizona debut by taking over the former Maria Maria at Tempe Marketplace in 2011. It added a Scottsdale location last year.

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The Manhattan Vine in Queen Creek closes after 7 months

BY Jess Harter Monday, May 2, 2016

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The Manhattan Vine, a pizzeria and wine bar that opened in Queen Creek last October, has closed after being locked out by the building’s landlord.

The New York-themed venue was located on the southeast corner of Ellsworth and Ocotillo. It offered thin-crust pizzas and pasta dishes.

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MXSW’s newest advertiser: Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers

BY Jess Harter Monday, May 2, 2016

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Please welcome Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, a locally based and fast-growing chain of burger bars, as MXSW’s newest sponsor.

The menu offers 20 specialty burgers, as well as chicken sandwiches, prime rib, BLT, and Philly sandwiches. Sides include five kids of mac and cheese. The beer menu includes more than three dozen on tap and nearly 100 by the can or bottle.

The concept – from the same people as Martini Ranch, Arcadia Tavern, Wasted Grain, and Crab & Mermaid – launched in north Scottsdale in 2011.

It now has three locations in Scottsdale and another in Chandler. Additional locations are scheduled to open this year in Phoenix and San Diego.

Please thank Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers for its support of local food and drink coverage.

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Things are going to start happening to me now!

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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My thanks to Buzzfeed for naming Mouth by Southwest one of the 27 websites – and only food blog – every Phoenician should know about. See their full list here.

To paraphrase Navin R. Johnson:

Number 18 – Mouth by Southwest! I’m somebody now! Millions of people look at this site everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity – your name online – that makes people!

Now if someone would just tattoo Mouth by Southwest on their ass…

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