Post image for Valley’s last remaining Famous Sam’s restaurant closes in Gilbert

MXSW reader Justin Azelton points out the location on the northeast corner of Cooper and Ray just closed. The Mesa-based concept once had numerous restaurants in the Valley as well as around the state.

According to a post on the Gilbert location’s Facebook page:

We have all mutually decided to end the final chapter of Famous Sam’s in the valley.

After almost 17 years in business, we have made SO many dear friends, but due to financial circumstances and legal issues with our license, we have decided to close the doors.

Rest assured, your local neighborhood pub will eventually reopen. Just not under its current name or management.

I cherish every moment and every person that I have met over the years. You truly are a family to me. Perhaps my only family.

However, things change. And let’s all look forward to a brighter future together.

I truly, from the bottom of my heart, want to thank the wonderful crew that I have had the pleasure of working with over the years. I love you more than you know!

Steve Bailey
Owner/operator

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Post image for Sal’s Gilbert Pizza to appear on Food Network’s ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives’ on Friday

The Guy Fieri-hosted Food Network show will feature the restaurant, located on Gilbert Road south of Warner, this Friday in an episode dubbed ‘‘Roadtrippin’.’’

Longtime readers know I’m a big fan of the pizzeria’s Baked Ziti Pizza – a cheese pizza topped with ziti in a pink sauce (pictured above).

On March 7, an all-Arizona episode of ‘‘DD&D’’ will spotlight Andreoli Italian Grocer and Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley Burger Company.

The Wild Thaiger in Phoenix will appear in the March 13 episode.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

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Today’s specials and deals from MXSW sponsors:

  • Baja Joe’s: Dozen wings for $5 after 5 p.m. (cantina only); $2 bottles and shots, $3 mugs, margs, and Patron from 8 p.m.-close (cantina only); $8.99 chef’s pasta specials.
  • Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta: With purchase of $8 or more, kids under 10 eat free off kids menu.
  • Hungry Monk: 59-cent boneless wings; $3 craft beer pints.
  • La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen: Ride your two- or three-wheel bike (with or without motor) and get happy hour pricing on drinks from 6-9 p.m. in bar.
  • Murphy’s Law: All-you-can-eat fish & chips for $16 from 6-10 p.m.; $4 Tullamore Dew, $5 Jameson, $5 Bushmills, $5 Irish Car Bombs all day.
  • Nicantoni’s Pizza$1 off specialty pizzas; $3.95 house wine; $3 Blue Moons and Shock Tops.
  • 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: Buy one pizza, get 50% off second pizza.

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Post image for Sneak peek at Craft 64, the new Scottsdale pizza pub with 30 Arizona beers on tap

It’s likely just a week or so (depending on inspections) until the venue – a pizzeria, wine lounge, and craft beer bar – opens its doors on Main Street, just west of Goldwater (map). One of the remaining tasks: Installation of the metal railing to create a small front patio.

Craft64Bar

A dark-wood bar with 36 taps is the new centerpiece of the old building, which started as a private home and has housed several businesses (including, purportedly, an illicit massage parlor).

Craft64Taps

Right now, there are only six taps at the bar. An additional 30 taps are scheduled to be installed next week (likely after Craft’s 64 opening). Bottled beers, mainly Belgians and sours, also will be available.

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This space will house the 30 additional handles, all dedicated to Arizona beers. The partners even plan to drive around the state and pick up corny kegs of some non-distributed beers from the state’s 60-plus breweries.

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James Swann (left), well-known in the Valley’s craft beer scene, and Roger Carpenter, former owner of Down Under Wines, are two of Craft 64′s partners. The others are Josh Ivey, also from Down Under, and Scott Hagen.

Craft64Furniture

Used dark-wood furniture (which may look familiar to fans of the former Hungry Hunter in Phoenix) and rustic wine cabinets provide a casual atmosphere. More than two dozen wines by the glass will start at $8.

Craft64CommunityTable

A community table anchors the dining area. The walls will be home to historical photos of Scottsdale. A couple of skylights let in natural light. The door in the background leads to a back patio.

Craft64Patio

The back patio, which will accommodate eight tables, is on the northside of the building. The two patios and the interior combined will seat fewer than 100 people.

Craft64Restrooms

The rear patio (shown from different angle) also provides access to Craft 64′s stand-alone restrooms (shown in background). To the left is the beer cooler. The gate leads to an alley area.

Craft64Pizza

A wood-burning pizza oven, manned by a cook hired away from one of the Valley’s most-famous pizzerias, will produce artisan pizzas ($13-$19). Craft 64′s compact menu also will have bruschetta ($12) and salads ($11).

Craft 64 will be open from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. It also will sell growlers and bottles of beer and wine to go.

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Post image for New specials at Baja Joe’s in Mesa: 5 O’Clock Shadows, Taps ’n’ Bottles

In addition, the Mexican restaurant and cantina in north Mesa also has live entertainment most nights.

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Post image for Eat Your Art Out: Support Chandler arts programs by dining out today

Today is the Chandler Center for the Arts’ annual Eat Your Art Out Chandler promotion.

Participating restaurants donate a percentage of today’s sales to various programs at the center, the free summer concert series, and the Connecting Kidz program.

All you need to do is go out to eat lunch or dinner at one of these places:

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

It’s Tuesday, which means taco deals…

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

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Today’s specials and deals from MXSW sponsors:

  • Baja Joe’s: Two Tecates for $5 after 5 p.m.; $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: 50% off select bottles of wine.

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Post image for Thursday’s ‘Taste of Romeo’s’ menu: Kasseri Chicken & Sausage Sophia

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.

Feb. 26 “Taste of Romeo’s” menu:

  • Spicy Lamb Potatoes: Gyros meat and potatoes hand-formed into ball and deep-fried.
  • Teriyaki Chicken Salad: With black beans, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, avocado, feta, and lemon.
  • Kasseri Chicken: Sauteed chicken breast, kasseri cheese, and vegetables in a marsala cream sauce.
  • Sausage Sophia: Italian sausage with vegetables in EVOO.
  • Fantasy Cake: Layers of cheesecake, chocolate mousse, and Devil’s Food cake, finished with dark chocolate and ground pistachios.

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 Now open: SoCal fave The Broken Yolk Cafe makes its Arizona debut in Mesa

The San Diego-based chain opened its 15th restaurant – and first outside of California – on the northeast corner of Gilbert and Southern this morning.

The breakfast menu offers a dozen specialty omelets and a half-dozen types of eggs Benedict, as well as the usual pancakes, waffles, and French toast.

For big appetites, there’s steak and eggs, chicken and waffles, chicken-fried steak, and biscuits and gravy.

BrokenYolkSandwichFor really big appetites, Broken Yolk makes a dozen-egg omelet smothered in mushrooms, onion, cheese, and chili served in 15-inch pizza pan with home fries and two biscuits. Eat it all in an hour and it’s free.

Burgers, sandwiches, and salads are available for lunch.

The cafe also boasts a surprising number of Mexican dishes, ranging from chilaquiles to Tijuana street tacos.

The Broken Yolk Cafe is open 6 a.m.-3 p.m. seven days a week.

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