• My name is Jess Harter, and Mouth by Southwest (MXSW) is my blog about eating and drinking in the Phoenix metro area. I’m a professional journalist who’s written about 1,000-plus local restaurants for the Arizona Republic, East Valley Tribune, Phoenix Magazine, Phoenix New Times, and other publications.
• I started MXSW because almost all local food media are based in, and focused on, Phoenix and Scottsdale. My focus is the East Valley, a sprawling region of nearly 2 million people that includes Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Ahwatukee, and Queen Creek. I have lived in the East Valley since 1987.
• MXSW is supported by advertisers, but I write about anything newsworthy at any East Valley restaurant for free. See my ethics policy.
• While I’ve eaten my share of foie gras and quail eggs in the line of duty, my personal food interests are unabashedly less elevated. I’m much more likely to write about $5 burgers and $10 all-you-can-eat fish fries than $75 steaks and $125 omakase menus.