Take a look at our favorite places to eat ice cream in Phoenix, including artisanal shops, retro throwback diners, and a vegan bakery/cafe.
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It's nearly impossible for me to imagine a world without burgers and only slightly less difficult to envision one without reviewing them here on A Hamburger Today. Sadly, the latter imagining is about to become a reality: I'm relocating back to my hometown of New York City and thus ending my Los Angeles burger column.
Paul McCabe, Executive Chef at The Royal Palms Resort and Spa (including on-site restaurant T. Cook's) lets us in on his top 5 burgers in the Phoenix area.
Phoenix-based pastry chef Tracy Dempsey, who produces a line of sweet-meets-savory confections and supplies pastries for seven restaurants in the Valley, sure knows how to keep busy. We checked in to see her top spots for sweets in the Phoenix metro area.
Gallo Blanco's chile-topped burger is fine if you want a sandwich where beef is one of many elements, but don't get it if you're hankering specifically for a burger.
You might balk at the price of the Wright Bar's burger—nearly $16—but considering the fact that the burger is more than large enough to share, comes with a bucket-sized portion of fries, and you get to eat it while staring, slack-jawed, at some gorgeous scenery, it's a bargain.
If you want to get down on a no-nonsense, appetite-slaying burger dripping with sauce and piled with toppings at a price that rivals fast food chains, Lobby's is a worthy spot to do so. Just make sure to grab a wad of napkins before you dig in.
You'll find all sorts of traditional Jewish baked goods (all Kosher) at Karsh's Bakery in Phoenix, but it's giant, fudgy German Chocolate brownie that stole my heart.
Inside the Arizona Biltmore hotel in Phoenix, AZ, Frank & Albert's serves up destination-worthy brioche French toast filled with lemon mascarpone and topped with cream cheese frosting.
In Phoenix, Federal Pizza makes a mean porchetta sandwich... but get there early, it's available in limited quantities.
At Urban Cookies Bake Shop, there's an entire case of cupcakes, morning buns, muffins, and croissants, but if you've only got one chance to visit, you really can't go wrong with a bag of the shop's signature offering: cookies.
We've been on Chris Bianco overload for the last couple weeks around here, but the maestro had one more surprise up his sleeve that we couldn't possibly ignore. What if we said he just opened a new trattoria and a second Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix? Okay, what if we told you we already checked out both?
In Tempe, The Chuckbox serves 1/3- and 1/2-pound burgers broiled over a flame powered by mesquite and charcoal. I can't say with complete certainty that it's the best burger in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, but it's definitely up there.
At Sweet Cakes Cafe in Mesa, Arizona, owner Kellie Huntington holds nothing back when it comes to her super sweet Southern desserts. Find out her top five must-try items.
In Phoenix, Federal Pizza's "At Last" pie features a bevvy of unusual veggie toppings, from fresno chilies to lemon zest. By all means, do try this at home.
What could be more refreshing on a scorching afternoon in Phoenix than a cup of shaved ice topped with fruity flavor syrups? As it turns out, absolutely nothing.
Sure, there is fresh produce at the Phoenix Public Market, but the real draw is all of the handcrafted treats, from slabs of fudge to gourmet caramels.
You probably heard that Chris Bianco is opening up his second pizzeria, but that's only part of the story. We had a long talk with him to find out about his new place in Tucson, what's driving him thirty years into his illustrious career, and how he got to be so damn good at making pizza.
At least two or three times a week, I get really annoyed at Chris Bianco. Here's a guy—a fellow New Yorker, no less—making, by all accounts, some of the best pizza in America, and he just has to do it in Phoenix freakin' Arizona. Which is, I'll have you know, 2,410 miles and 36 hours in the car I can't drive, or, alternatively, 5 hours on the plane I can't afford. Goddamnit, Chris Bianco. Why are you so far away?
A Irish pub in Scottsdale serves up a solid cheeseburger and some exceptional fries.