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Wednesday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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US Fries, the Valley’s 1st poutinerie, closes after a year on Mill

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, September 20, 2016

US Fries, which specialized in traditional Canadian poutine with an American twist, has closed after one year at Mill and Fourth Street in downtown Tempe.

The Calgary, Alberta-based chain opened its first Arizona location in Tucson in 2014, and added the Mill Avenue location in August 2015.

Traditional poutine is a combination of French fries, cheese curds, and brown gravy. US Fries offered a dozen additional toppings like chicken fajitas, beef brisket, or chile con carne.

The menu also had burgers, a pulled pork sandwich, cheese curds, and salads.

The Tucson location remains open.

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SunUp Brewing’s new Wild Thing IPA to showcase Arizona wild hops

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What does Arizona taste like?

That’s what you can find out Friday when SunUp Brewing in Phoenix taps its newest beer – Wild Thing IPA, made with Arizona wild hops.

In case you didn’t know, beer is made of four basic ingredients: Water, some type of grain, yeast, and, hops. It’s the hops that provide beer’s characteristic flavors and aromas.

There are many different kinds of hops, but breweries mostly purchase them from the same handful of outlets, which get them from a limited number of hop farms.

The guys at SunUp (including brewmaster Uwe Boer, pictured above), though, recently harvested a bunch of wild hops discovered in northern Arizona, giving them the opportunity to brew a uniquely Arizonan beer.

Wild Thing IPA (6.2% ABV, 80 IBUs) is described as having ‘‘a wonderful aroma of dank fresh-sliced onion and chopped garlic, followed by a wet pine forest floor.’

And the taste? ‘‘The hop bitterness hits the back of the throat with the same onion and garlic flavors but fades to a earthy rich pine flavor as the sip fades.’’

Try it for yourself on Friday.

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It’s Taco Tuesday! Here are today’s East Valley taco deals

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Tuesday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert holds its weekly ‘‘Taste of Romeo’s’’ dinner, hosted by chef Romeo Taus and his wife, Janice, in a private dinning room, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

This week’s menu of rotating selections from the restaurant’s regular menu:

  • Mushrooms Meteora: Button mushroom caps filled with feta cheese, capers, artichoke hearts, and dill. Baked.
  • Ravioli Salad: Deep-fried cheese ravioli with black olives, bell peppers, tomatoes, Genoa salami, hearts of palm, peas, and red onions in mustard-vinaigrette dressing.
  • Salmon de Provance: Salmon filet baked in parchment paper with pea pods, scallions, red peppers, asparagus, and onions in a caper-tomato clam sauce.
  • Kasseri Chicken: Sauteed chicken breast, pepperoncinis, kalamatas, roasted garlic, kasseri cheese, and black peppercorns layered with roasted red peppers in a marsala cream sauce.
  • Fantasy Cake: Layers of cheesecake, chocolate mousse, and Devil’s Food cake finished with dark chocolate and ground pistachios.

Cost is $27 per person plus tax and tip. Add five wine tastes for $10. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

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Mark Tarbell to take over Channel 8’s ‘Check, Please! Arizona’

BY Jess Harter Monday, September 19, 2016

When Channel 8’s popular ‘‘Check, Please! Arizona’’ returns in January, the TV show will have a new host – Mark Tarbell.

The longtime Valley chef and restaurateur (pictured above), best-known for his eponymous Tarbell’s at 32nd Street and Camelback, will replace Robert McGrath (shown below on set).

Since launching with McGrath in 2011, ‘‘Check, Please!’’ has been the PBS station’s No. 1-rated local program. 

KAET gave no explanation for the change but said no format changes were planned.

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In each 30-minute episode, three viewers visit three local restaurants and discuss their experiences.

McGrath, a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef Southwest during his heyday at The Roaring Fork, moderated the roundtable discussion.

Tarbell brings a wealth of media experience to the role. He has appeared on numerous TV shows – including ‘‘Iron Chef America’’ – and has written several magazine and newspaper columns.

He is a two-time inductee into the Arizona Hall of Culinary Fame in both the chef and media categories.

The show returns for its seventh season Jan. 5.

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Coming soon (and also later) to the East Valley: 12 West Brewing

BY Jess Harter Monday, September 19, 2016

12 West Brewing – named for its future address at 12 West Main Street – plans to be the third brewery in downtown Mesa.

Before that, though, it will be the second brewery in Gilbert.

Confused? That’s understandable.

Noel Garcia (pictured above on left) and Bryan McCormick (right) are scheduled to launch 12 West in November at Barnone, the latest project at Joe Johnston‘s Agritopia complex on the northwest corner of Higley and Ray in Gilbert.

The former Johnston family farm already is home to a housing development, an urban farm, and two restaurants – Joe’s Farm Grill and The Coffee Shop.

Now, a 1950s Quonset hut (pictured below) just to the west of the restaurants is being converted into Barnone, an artisan workplace with a dozen small businesses – including two restaurants, a micro winery and 12 West – all under the same roof.

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Space will be limited. A 1-barrel brewing system will occupy 250 of 12 West’s 1,000 square feet. There’ll be a small bar, communal seating for 46 people, and a south-facing patio, but no kitchen.

12 West will have 12 taps, all dedicated to its own beers. The half-dozen core beers are expected to be an IPA, a saison, an oatmeal coffee stout, a pale ale, a brown ale, and a double IPA.

Garcia, who will do the brewing, was bitten by the home-brewing bug eight years ago, and says he has spent too many hours to count hanging around Valley breweries to learn the craft.

‘‘I owe a lot of thanks to Steve McFate at McFate and Jon Lane and Dave Burkle at OHSO for literally putting up with me for so long,’’ he laughs. ‘‘I’d literally just sit and watch them brew and ask questions.’’

Garcia also became good friends with home brewers Matt Trethewey and Greg Sorrels, who went on to launch The Beer Research Institute in Mesa two years ago.

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Garcia originally was targeting the Barnone space for Ebner Brewing, a brewery he was planning with different partners. But those plans collapsed last December.

Then, early this year, a mutual acquaintance connected Garcia with McCormick, who wanted to open a brewery in the building he owns in downtown Mesa. McCormick, a non-brewer who has a solar business, recently had lost his brewer-partner in the venture.

Together, Garcia and McCormick have revived plans for 12 West, opting to start with the space at Barnone. They also will have a 10-barrel production facility next to McCormick’s shop in east Mesa.

McCormick’s downtown Mesa building currently is leased by a wedding-related business. When the lease expires in three years, 12 West will move in. The 7,500-square-foot brew pub will include a full kitchen.

At least, that’s the plan for now.

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Today: ‘Pirates’ get free food at Krispy Kreme, Long John Silvers

BY Jess Harter Monday, September 19, 2016

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day, and Krispy Kreme and Long John Silvers are offering free food to customers who talk or dress like a pirate.

At Krispy Kreme, you can get a free glazed doughnut for talking like a pirate, or a dozen free glazed for dressing like a pirate.

To qualify for the latter, you must wear at least three of the following: pirate hat, bandana, eye patch, costume hook, pirate shirt, peg leg, parrot, or knickers.

You’ll also get a dozen free glazed using Krispy Kreme’s Snapchat pirate filter to “dress” like a pirate. Just show your Snapchat image at the store.

At Long John Silvers, you’ll get a free piece of Alaskan whitefish or chicken for talking like a pirate. If you dress the part, you’ll get a two-piece fish or chicken basket. For the dress code, click here.

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Monday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

BY Jess Harter Monday, September 19, 2016

  • Baja Joe’s: $6 stuffed burgers all day; $5 burger and beer after 5 p.m. (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.
  • Fibber Magees: $6 all hamburgers; $4 Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
  • Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta: Get a large two-topping pizza (pictured), 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.
  • Hungry Monk: $11.50 all-you-can-eat wings; $2.50 Blue Moon pints.
  • 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).
  • El Palacio: $4 Gold Cadillac margarita, fruit margarita, or 20-ounce margarita.
  • La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen: $5 house margaritas; free kids meal with purchase of adult entree.
  • My Wine Cellar: $10 wine flights (pick any three from by-the-glass menu)
  • Nicantoni’s Pizza: $1 off manicotti, meatballs (with spaghetti or in sub), Malibu, and Merlot.
  • Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants: Chicken, red or green beef chimi with drink for $7.49 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Social Box Neighborhood Eatery: Kids (10 & under) eat free with paid adult.
  • Zappone’s Italian Bistro: $5.99 spaghetti and house-made meatballs with salad from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

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