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It’s Tuesday, which means taco deals…

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Today’s specials and deals from MXSW sponsors:

  • Baja Joe’s: $2 tacos; two Tecates for $5 after 5 p.m. (cantina only); $2 bottles and shots, $3 mugs, margs, and Patron from 8 p.m.-close (cantina only).
  • The Brass TapBrew Crew members get 25% off all packaged brews; also Randall Night.
  • Duke’s Tavern: All bottles of beer are $2.50.
  • 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.
  • House of Brews: Grilled N.Y. strip with choice of side, fries, or soup and vegetable of the day for $10.
  • Hungry Monk: 59-cent wings.
  • 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: $3 tacos; open-mic night from 6-9 p.m.
  • Murphy’s Law: Double Punch Tuesday (buy 7 lunches, get the 8th free); $6.95 lunch mix & match special.
  • Nicantoni’s Pizza: 2 appetizers for $9.50; 2 glasses of wine for $10; 2 14-inch cheese pizzas for $16; 2 desserts for $8.50.
  • Wimpy’s Paradise: Kids eat free with each adult meal (additional kids eat for $3) from 4-7:30 p.m.
  • Zappone’s Italian Bistro: $5.99 spaghetti and house-made meatballs with salad from 4-9 p.m.

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Post image for Thursday’s ‘Taste of Romeo’s Euro Cafe’ menu: Kasseri Chicken & Goat Shrimp

The weekly five-course dinners, hosted by chef Romeo Taus and his wife, Janice, in a private dining room, highlight a rotating selection from the regular menu at Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert.

March 26 “Taste of Romeo’s” menu:

  • Spanaki Balls: Deep-fried balls of spinach, rice, mozzarella, and provolone, served with tomato sauce
  • Teriyaki Chicken Salad: With black beans, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, avocado, feta, and lemon
  • Kasseri Chicken: Sauteed chicken breast, pepperoncinis, kalamatas, roasted garlic, kasseri cheese, black peppercorns, and roasted red peppers in a marsala cream sauce
  • Goat Shrimp: Bacon-wrapped jumbo shrimp with feta and sun-dried tomato stuffing. Served with sauteed vegetables.
  • Cannolis: Traditional ricotta filling, sweetened and lightened with chocolate chips and fresh orange zest.

Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $27 per person plus tax and tip. Add five wine tastes for $10. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

Related: Romeo Taus ‘engineers’ culinary success with Euro Cafe

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Post image for Slickables, the Mill Avenue dessert shop, is opening a spinoff in downtown Mesa

Former San Francisco residents Tina Chau and Sam Chang opened the first Slickables next to La Bocca Urban Pizzeria + Wine Bar in January 2012.

The store specializes in ice cream sandwiches, allowing customers to choose among a dozen flavors of premium ice cream to sandwich between nine kinds of cookies.

The menu also offers brownies and milkshakes.

The second Slickables is taking over the former Cucina di Vita space on Main Street between Robson and Macdonald.

It’s just waiting on its final inspection, and hopes to open later this week.

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Post image for Pete’s Fish & Chips celebrates 68th anniversary with 68-cent sodas today

Pete’s Fish & Chips, a family-owned chain with eight Valley locations, opened its first restaurant on this date in 1947.

Founder Peter McLane Grant Jr., an Indianapolis native, had moved to Phoenix on Christmas Day 1946 intending to become an elementary school teacher.

Instead, he leased a piece of land near 31st Street and Van Buren for $20 per month, and built a 6-foot-by-8-foot shack with no running water that became the first Pete’s Fish & Chips.

PetesFishChipsPeteGrantThe shack offered fish and chips (one piece and chips for 35 cents) and burgers (two for 25 cents). Its popular “special sauce” recipe remains a closely guarded secret today.

By the end of its first year, Grant had three locations, and over the ensuing years he eventually opened eight.

In 1987, though, the 72-year-old Grant was found shot to death in his east Phoenix apartment, with his $30,000 coin collection missing.

The murderer was arrested and convicted in 1988, and died in prison in 2001.

Since Grant’s death, two of his four daughters have been running the chain, refusing to expand it beyond the eight locations.

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Post image for Now on tap at SanTan Brewing in Chandler: Lime Leaf Cream Ale

If you like SanTan Brewing‘s Mr. Pineapple seasonal ale, you’ll want to check out its younger sibling, Lime Leaf Cream Ale.

Lime Leaf debuted last year, but without much fanfare. The seasonal was rolled out for this year at the Great American BBQ & Beer Festival on Saturday.

Now it’s available on draft at SanTan’s downtown Chandler brewpub.

The cream ale is flavored with kaffir lime leaves, which are native to Southeast Asia and commonly used in Thai and Cambodian cuisine.

(Kaffir lime trees grow quite well in the Valley as long as you protect them from freezing in the winter.)

Lime Leaf has a very smooth flavor, thanks to fermentation at a colder temperature than a typical ale, and an ABV of 4.9%.

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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: $5.99 spaghetti and house-made meatballs with salad from 4-9 p.m.

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Post image for El Güero Canelo, arguably Tucson’s most famous eatery, is finally coming to Valley

Owner Daniel Contreras said he wanted to open three Valley locations of his iconic Tucson restaurant El Güero Canelo “as soon as possible.”

That was in 2011.

Well, it took four years but Contreras finally found a site he liked. Unfortunately for East Valley residents, it’s on the northeast corner of 51st Avenue and McDowell in west Phoenix.

El Güero Canelo has been featured on numerous national TV shows, including “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” “Man v. Food,” and “Food Wars.”

Its three Tucson locations offer burros, tacos, and tortas, but what’s made El Güero Canelo famous are the Sonoran hot dogs.

The dogs are wrapped in bacon and topped with beans, tomatoes, onions, mustard, mayo, and jalapeños, all stuffed in a Mexican bolillo roll. All for just $2.78.

Contreras, who started his food empire in 1993 with a single hot dog stand, also owns a carniceria (meat market) in Tucson and a bakery in Mexico to ensure he has quality components.

The west Valley location is expected to open in mid-June.

Asked whether other Valley locations were in the works, an employee at the corporate office somewhat cryptically replied, “Nothing’s been announced yet.”

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Post image for From Chicken McNuggets to Peking duck: Flo’s is moving into ex-McDonald’s in Tempe

I’m lovin’ it. Flo’s, the elegant Chinese restaurant that’s been serving upscale Scottsdale diners for 18 years, is opening a new location – in the former McDonald’s on the northwest corner of Rural and Baseline in Tempe.

It will serve the same menu of Chinese and other Asian dishes as owner Florence “Flo” Chan‘s two north Scottsdale restaurants.

Although considered mainly a Chinese restaurant, Flo’s also offers Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Indian fare.

House specialities include BBQ Pork Slices, Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings, and Thai Style Calimari & Chiles.

Renovations of the former fast-food restaurant are just beginning and no opening date has been targeted, but it likely will be sometime this summer.

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Post image for Want to learn the basics about wine? My Wine Cellar starts 4-week class Monday

Don’t know the difference between Petite Sirah and Pinot Gris? Learn the basics when My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee starts another of its Wine 101 classes Monday.

The four-week class meets 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays. Here’s what it covers:

  • Class 1: Understanding the Wine We Love
  • Class 2: Around the Wine World in 90 Minutes
  • Class 3: Pop Culture and Social Media Within the Wine World
  • Class 4: Debunking Wine Myths

Cost is $80 for all four weeks, or you can attend any individual session for $25. RSVP: 480-598-9463.

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