Post image for Opening today: Stone & Vine Urban Italian restaurant in south Chandler

The first spinoff of the popular Scottsdale restaurant takes over the former Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria space on the southwest corner of Alma School and Queen Creek.

Stone & Vine offers a full range of 12-inch pizzas ($12-$15), panini sandwiches ($10-$12), pastas and risottos ($13-$19), and traditional Italian entrees ($14-$24) for lunch and dinner.

StoneVinePastaWineSignature dishes include ravioli and mushroom risotto ($17), eggplant parmigiana ($14), and spaghetti and meatballs ($14).

A special menu of $8 lunch specials is available 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays.

A full bar offers a small selection of beers (draft and bottle) and cocktails, and a much larger list of red and white wines by the glass or bottle.

Happy hour, which runs from 3-7 p.m. daily, includes $3 bottled beers, $4 draft beers, $5 glasses of wine, and $2 off all appetizers, bruschetta, and pizzas.

Stone & Vine opens at 11 a.m. daily.

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Post image for Local Eats brings artisan pizzas, sandwiches & salads to southeast Gilbert

Located on the northwest corner of Higley and Chandler Heights, the new fast-concept concept is in the same strip mall (and from the same owners) as Blue 32 Sports Grill.

The simple menu (see menu) features made-to-order food with local and fresh ingredients.

Fourteen specialty pizzas range from $8.45 for a Plain Jane (red sauce and mozzarella) to $12.45 for The Ultimate (red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, and caramelized onions, pictured).

LocalEatsUltimatePizzaYou also can create your own combinations with ingredients such as nitrate-free ham and pepperoni and house-made meatballs.

Five sandwiches ($9.95-$10.95) also feature filler- and nitrate-free meats. They come on house-baked ciabatta with a side choice of chips, quinoa salad, or Granny Smith apples.

Salads are $8.95.

Domestic drafts are $4, and house wine is $5 by the glass or $15 by the bottle.

Hours for the first couple of weeks will be 4-9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, but Local Eats eventually will serve lunch and dinner.

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Post image for MWC Bistro in Gilbert gets new owners & new name: Cuisine & Wine Bistro

The new owners, Fabrice and Mairead Buschtetz (pictured), officially take over Tuesday and bring an international flair to the neighborhood wine bar.

Fabrice was a chef for three decades in France, where his parents and grandparents had restaurants. He married Mairead, a native of Ireland who moved to France at age 18, in 1990.

After running restaurants most of their married lives, the couple moved to Gilbert in 2013 and opened Desert Car Care (cars are another of Fabrice’s passions) on the southwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Guadalupe.

Fabrice, however, was eager to get back in the kitchen, and found MWC Bistro just a few miles away on the northeast corner of McQueen and Warner (map).

CuisineWineBistroLogoMWC Bistro, a spinoff of Ahwatukee’s popular My Wine Cellar, had moved into the former Down Under Wines building last March.

After a successful but busy year, My Wine Cellar’s owners decided to sell the spinoff and go back to focusing solely on the Ahwatukee location.

The newly dubbed Cuisine & Wine Bistro will feature an expanded menu with European and Mediterranean influences in the $15-to-$25 range, as well as a more extensive selection of cheeses and charcuterie.

The bar also will offer espresso drinks and true French Champagne.

The venue will retain its by-the-glass wine list, dog-friendly patio, live music on weekends, and the wine-and-painting parties on Saturday afternoons.

For now, hours will remain the same: 3-10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 3-11 p.m. Friday, and noon-11 p.m. Saturday.

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Post image for Monday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

Today’s specials and deals from MXSW sponsors:

  • Baja Joe’s: $1 off all combinations; $5 stuffed burgers after 5 p.m.; $2 bottles and shots, $3 mugs, margs, and Patron from 8 p.m.-close (cantina only).
  • The Brass Tap: Military and first responders get 25% off entire bill. Team trivia at 7 p.m. with a chance to win a $10-$30 gift cards.
  • Duke’s Tavern: $2.50 Coronas, $3 Dos XX pints, $3 Jose Cuervo, $3 margaritas
  • Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta: Get a large two-topping pizza, large tossed salad, and order of breadsticks with cheese for $17.50 from 4-8 p.m.; seniors get buy-one-get-one-free discount all night.
  • House of Brews: All-day happy hour with $2 off all appetizers and $1 off all draft beer, cocktails, and wine
  • Hungry Monk: $9.99 all-you-can-eat boneless wings; $2.50 Blue Moons.
  • Jimmy & Joe’s Pizzeria: Buy dozen wings, get second dozen for $2; 16-inch pizzas for $14.95 (up to 3 free toppings); buy any pizza, get second pizza of equal or less value for $5 ($12 for Big Jimmy).
  • La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen: $5 house margaritas; free kids meal with purchase of adult entree.
  • Nicantoni’s Pizza: $1 off manicotti, meatballs (with spaghetti or in sub), Malibu, and Merlot.
  • Zappone’s Italian Bistro: Buy one entree, get 50% off second entree from 4-9 p.m. Dine in only.

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Post image for The Brass Tap at Mesa Riverview to celebrate 1-year anniversary Sunday

The craft beer bar will have more than 20 big beers (at least 10% ABV) on tap, including:

  • Smuttynose Oak Aged Tripel
  • Four Peaks Sirius Black
  • Four Peaks Double Knot
  • Bell’s Hopslam
  • Freak’N Sweet Thang
  • Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad with Plum
  • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
  • Two Brothers Sour No. 2
  • North Coast Old Stock Ale
  • Mike Hess Helicon
  • Lagunitas Scare City Coffee Stout
  • SanTan Mad Czar Russian Imperial Stout
  • Two Brother’s Revelry
  • Victory Hop Ticket Black IPA
  • Ballast Point Victory At Sea
  • Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
  • Dogfish Head Olde School
  • Dogfish Head Raison D’Extra
  • Uncle Bear’s Ruff Night Imperial Black IPA
  • Hangar 24 Pugachev’s Cobra
  • Destihl Bela Imperial Pilsner
  • Destihl Wild Sour Adambier (nitro)
  • Black Market Seek & Destroy

The beers will be on tap all day, but after 4 p.m. you’ll get 10% off your bill.

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Post image for MXSW’s newest advertiser: Arizona Brewery Tours

Please welcome Arizona Brewery Tours, the Chandler-based company that offers guided bus trips to craft breweries throughout Arizona, as MXSW’s newest sponsor.

Launched by John Alvarado and his son, John Jr., in February 2013, AZ Brewery Tours has public tours Wednesday through Saturday.

Buses also are available for private tours on special occasions like birthdays, bachelor parties, holidays, etc.

Tours typically stop at three or four breweries and include lots of beer tastings, a meal at one of the breweries, all brewer and server gratuities, water and ice on the bus, and a trip souvenir.

Please thank Arizona Brewery Tours for its support of local food and drink coverage.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

Post image for Friday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

Today’s specials and deals from MXSW sponsors:

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Post image for Move over, Lo-Lo’s: Jorge’s Chicken & Waffles opens in Tempe with $2.99 waffle deal

The new concept, which describes itself as “soul food blended with Mexican ingredients,” is located on the northeast corner of Terrace and Apache (map) in the same strip mall as Curry Corner.

“We wanted to bring something different to Tempe,” owner Dave Knapp says. “We are open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and then after-midnight for that late night crowd. On the weekends we will serve our full menu until 3 a.m.”

JorgesWaffleConeThe namesake dish is available straight ($11.99), breakfast style with scrambled eggs and country gravy ($12.99), or dinner style with jalapeño cole slaw, corn bread, and gravy.

Diners have a choice of between an 8-ounce chicken breast or two pieces of bone-in chicken with each.

Also available: A Chicken Waffle Cone appetizer with sliced chicken and cole slaw stuffed in a cone ($6.99, pictured).

The rest of the menu offers seven kinds of waffles (including sweet potato and gluten-free) and four scrambles for breakfast, and tacos, burritos, and burgers for lunch and dinner. (See menu)

To celebrate their opening, Jorge’s is offering its Belgian waffle (pictured at top of this post) for just $2.99 from this Friday until next Friday, March 6.

Jorge’s Chicken & Waffles is open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Post image for From Thai to Greek: Short-lived Chao in Chandler to reopen as The Ivy next month

It’s been five quiet months since Chao closed its doors after only 10 months on the northeast corner of Dobson and Germann.

Now, there’s activity again in the building: A new Mediterranean restaurant called The Ivy is scheduled to open in two or three weeks.

Piloting the new venture is Christodoulos Komitis, who also owns the Cyprus Grill on the southwest corner of Alma School and Queen Creek in Chandler.

Like its sibling, The Ivy will feature Greek salads, pita sandwiches, gyro meat, falafel, and souvlaki, but also a number of more upscale dishes.

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Post image for Nicantoni’s Pizza in Gilbert to host monthly pizza party & car show Friday

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