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Home Cooking in Phoenix

There’s something to be said about a meal enjoyed at home. The coziness and warmth of the space, the care that goes into the meal, and the enjoyment of a drink shared with friends on the patio. US Airways Magazine helps you capture that feeling in Phoenix at these urban restaurants located in restored historic homes.

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French Grocery

French Grocery breakfast

Say bonjour to Phoenix’s newest bakery and café, French Grocery. Located in Central Phoenix on the southeast corner of 7th Avenue and Missouri, French Grocery serves delicious French and New Orleans food and baked goods.

I stopped in with my husband during their soft opening to sample some of their beignets that I had already heard so much about and was not disappointed. Made fresh to order, the beignets came out piping hot and were just what I needed on an early Saturday morning. My husband enjoyed an Americano and some of their specialty praline bacon. He said that the Americano was one of the best he's ever had. The very next Saturday I sent my husband back to French Grocery for a baguette, some croissants (which they were out of that day) and more beignets.

French Grocery celebrated their Grand Opening on July 9th and now offers an expanded pastry menu along with a rotating selection of Southern specialty and French classic dinners to go like gumbo, jambalaya, coq au vin. The market side of French Grocery carries items you can pick up to take home like cheese, coffee, and European style butter.

French Grocery is located at 5345 N. 7th Avenue in Phoenix.


Mother’s Day in Phoenix 2013

mother's day

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12th. We've put together a big list of things to do for Mother's Day in Phoenix that will make any mom feel like a queen.


Mother's Day Trail Ride

Go on adventure this Mother's Day with a trail ride at Cave Creek Trail Rides. Horseback riding in Phoenix offers great views of  the surrounding desert. Cave Creek Trail Rides’ cowboys and cowgirls will introduce you to the mining history of Cave Creek, Arizona and unique flora and fauna while on the back of a gentle mountain horse. Mothers will receive 50% off and a flower at the end of the ride.

Details: Cave Creek Trail Rides, 37019 N. 32nd St., Cave Creek. Admission: $43 - $93. Friday, May 10th – Sunday May 12th. 623-742-6700


Mother's Tea at the Hackett House

Treat your mom to a Mother's Day Tea at the Hackett House in downtown Tempe. The lavish "full teas" include their famous scones, an assortment of savories and sweets, tea served in fine china cups and on fresh-pressed linens. Register in advance to save a seat for you and your mom.

Details: Hackett House Tea, 95 W. 4th St., Tempe.  Saturday, May 11th 2:00pm – 4:00pm. 480-350-8181

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Date Night at Trattoria del Piero

The patio at Trattoria del Piero at UNION.

The patio at Trattoria del Piero at UNION.

After a long week my husband and I decided that we needed a date night. We headed over to Trattoria del Piero at the Biltmore Fashion Park to enjoy some refreshing drinks and appetizers on the patio. Later that evening on the main lawn of the Biltmore Fashion Park one of my husband’s favorite movies, Caddyshack, was being shown as part of the Movies in the Park series. A perfect date night.

Trattoria del Piero is the second location of the Queen Creek Olive Mill’s Tuscan themed restaurants and is a part of the new UNION shops at the Biltmore Fashion Park. The menu consists of appetizers, bruschetta, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts made from local and organic ingredients. You can sit inside or outside on the patio. Or, if you prefer, you can belly up to the bar. Since it was such a lovely spring evening, my husband and I opted to sit on the patio. (Tip: If you want to sit on the patio to eat, let someone inside know first so they’ll come out to take your order. The patio is shared with other businesses in UNION so they may not know you are waiting for service.)

You can find Lisa G.'s famous meatballs at Trattoria del Piero

You can find Lisa G.'s famous meatballs at Trattoria del Piero

A little known fact is that Trattoria del Piero serves the famous meatballs made by Lisa G. All of those that mourned Lisa G.’s closing can now enjoy her famous meatballs anytime at Trattoria del Piero. Upon the confirmation of this rumor, my husband promptly ordered a bowl. I decided on the bruschetta board and a hot pink Prickly Pear lemonade.

Prickly Pear lemonade

Prickly Pear lemonade

Now, I’m going to be honest with you, while perusing the menu I noticed the cupcake sampler right away. I wanted to order it as an appetizer but held off until the end of our meal. The wait was well worth it. The cupcakes are made with olive oil from the Queen Creek Olive Mill and are delicious. My personal favorite was the Mexican chocolate cupcake. I had to stop myself from going inside and buying a full sized Mexican chocolate cupcake to go.

The cupcake sampler

The cupcake sampler

Trattoria del Piero is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (I’m ready to go back soon for their famous Vanilla Bean Olive Oil waffles). Take note that the dinner portions are more like appetizer portions. Trattoria del Piero also serves wine and beer.

If you want to make a date night out of it like my husband and I did, check out the Movies in the Park spring schedule.

Trattoria del Piero is located at the Biltmore Fashion Park at 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix.

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Easter Events in Phoenix 2013

Easter in Phoenix

There are so many ways to celebrate Easter in Phoenix this year. From Easter egg hunts to delicious brunches, we've got you covered!

Photos with the Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny Photos at Desert Ridge

Bring the kids to the Barnes & Noble Fountain at Desert Ridge Marketplace on March 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th & 30th to visit with the Easter Bunny and get a free downloadable photo and a free gift.

Details: Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix. Admission: free. Friday, March 22nd – Sunday, March 24th, Friday, March 29th and Saturday, March 30th 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunts

Easter Egg-Citement at Schnepf Farms

Easter Egg Hunt for children at Schnepf Farms starts at 11:00 a.m. and will be divided per age groups. Admission includes a wristband for unlimited rides including train and carousel, entrance to the petting zoo and honeybee ride also an Easter cookie and hot dog lunch per child admission.

Details: Schnepf Farms, 24810 South Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. Admission: $25.00 per child, adults free. Friday, March 29th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Reservations recommended (480) 987-3100.

Easter Egg Hunt at Shamrock Farms

Easter Egg Hunts will take place during the three scheduled Saturday tours. The egg hunts take place at the tour stop at Roxie's Outdoor Adventure and are included with regular tour admission price. Registration is required and spaces are limited. Special discounts are available for military, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

Details: Shamrock Farms, 2228 N. Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix. Admission: adults $9, children (2-12) $6, children under 2 are free. Saturday, March 30th 9:30 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt in Apache Junction

Easter Egg Hunt begins at 9 a.m. The egg hunt will be divided into age groups: 2 & under, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-15, 16 & over. There will also be games, a petting zoo, bounce houses and train rides. An early bird pancake breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m. and continue until the food runs out. Breakfast is a donation of $3 per adult and $1.50 per child.

Details: Prospector Park Softball Complex, 3015 N. Idaho Rd., Apache Junction. Admission: free. Saturday, March 30th 7:30 a.m.

Escalante’s Annual Egg Hunt

Children ages 2-6 will search for eggs from 10 to 10:30 a.m. while children ages 7-10 will search from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Admission is $3. Please arrive 15 minutes before your age group’s start time. Arts and crafts will take place after the egg hunt and Mr. Bunny will visit.

Details: Escalante Community Center, 2150 E. Orange St, Tempe. Admission: $3. Saturday, March 30th 10:00 a.m.

Easter Brunch


Join family and friends on Lon's patio or in the restaurant as Lon's Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco and his culinary team create a special three-course Easter Brunch that will be available the entire day.

Details: Lon's, 5532 North Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley. $75. Sunday, March 31st 10:00 a.m. (602) 955-7878

The Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale’s Easter Brunch Buffet offers a variety of favorites topped off with an elaborate Viennese Dessert Table. There is even a special children’s buffet!

Details: The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale. Adults $70, children ( 6-12) $35, children under 5 are free. Sunday, March 31st 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (480) 483-5502

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

Celebrate Easter brunch at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 31. Spring into the season with a delicious culinary experience that includes creative crafts for the kids!

Easter brunch includes: endless champagne,sweet toast with berries and quark with flavored syrup, fresh fruit scented with wild spearmint and natural fruit mist, Greek yogurt shots, bacon and sausages, citrus-scented peppercorn filet mignon and mushroom crema accented with charred heirloom tomato chutney, baked pesto-crusted salmon and baby scallops with spinach fondue, hand-carved horseradish crusted turkey breast with chipotle orange marmalade and buttermilk horseradish cream, herb marinated chicken breast with goat cheese grits and date jam, chilled shrimp and crab claws on, an omelet station, artisan breads and pastries, a mac and cheese station, and decadent desserts.

Details: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 320 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. $32 for adults and $16 for kids ages 3 to 12. Kids under 3 years old eat free. Sunday, March 31st 10:00am – 3:00pm 602.817.5400

The Ritz-Carlton

Enjoy a spectacular Easter Brunch in The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix Grand Ballroom! Easter Brunch features breakfast favorites such as Eggs Benedict and French Toast along with lunch specialties of Organic Salads, Fresh Seafood Selections and a Carving Station featuring Easter Ham and much more.

Complete your menu with an elaborate array of desserts and a complimentary glass of champagne for adults. Adding to the excitement, a live jazz band will be playing during the brunch and children can enjoy a petting zoo with a variety of farm animal favorites.

Details: The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix, 2401 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix.  Adults $80, Children (3-12) $35. Sunday, March 31st 10:00am – 3:00am (602) 468-0700

Cottontail Tea

With a visit from Peter Cottontail and bonnets in abundance, Cottontail Tea is definitely an event with the children in mind. The traditional tea service will include tea and hot chocolate, finger sandwiches, scones and Easter pastries. The little ones can look forward to a visit from Peter Cottontail, story time, and a bountiful basket of Easter treats.

Details: The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix, 2401 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix.  $38. Friday March 29th and Saturday, March 30th 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 602-468-0700

Orange Sky Restaurant

Orange Sky, Talking Stick Resort's signature fine-dining restaurant will serve a special four course Easter dinner from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Enjoy your choice of a smoked salmon plate, cocktail shrimp or a Campari tomato and burrata salad to begin. Second course choices include white asparagus, a gem lettuce salad or chopped salad.

Select brunch items, including jalapeno bacon quiche, farm fresh poached eggs and banana French toast will be offered until 2 p.m. All day offerings include ham steak, halibut filet, Ellensburg lamb chops, roast prime rib and jidori chicken. A choice of dessert and champagne toast also included.

Details: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale.  $69. Sunday, March 31st 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (480) 850-8606

Ocean Trail

If you're in the mood for seafood, Ocean Trail will offer a special three-course dinner for two from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Guests will have a fresh spring salad to begin, followed by a seafood jubilee of shrimp, crawfish, mussels, clams and crab served with dirty rice and hush puppies. Angel food cake with fresh berries will be served for dessert.

Details: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale.  $38 for two. Sunday, March 31st 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (480) 850-7777

Blue Coyote Café

Easter dinner at Blue Coyote Cafe will be served from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Guests will have their choice of soup or house salad to start, followed by maple cider brined pork loin in an apple butter demi-glace served with whipped red potatoes and grilled asparagus. Lemon poppy seed cake with raspberry sorbet will be served for dessert.

Details: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale.  $21.95. Sunday, March 31st 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (480) 850-7777

Wandering House Buffet

Wandering Horse Buffet will offer an Easter buffet from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Featured food includes slow roasted garlic prime rib, citrus almond veal, spicy Thai chicken, black pepper duck, lobster truffle risotto and much more! Dinner will also include a complimentary champagne toast.

Details: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale.  Adults $42.95, children $17. Sunday, March 31st 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (480) 850-7777

Find more Easter events on our events calendar.


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Del Frisco’s Grille Sunday Brunch

Enjoying brunch with friends on an outdoor patio is favorite pastime of Phoenicians. Now, there’s a new place to enjoy our warm sunny weather on a Sunday afternoon at Del Frisco’s Grille, which recently started serving a delicious brunch menu.

Located in the Biltmore area, Del Frisco’s Grille has an amazing rooftop patio with views of Piestewa Peak, but the view isn't the only impressive thing about brunch here – the food is fantastic. The menu puts a twist on classic brunch items taking regular Eggs Benedict and turning them into a delicious grille version or a crab cake version. They also take the traditional Belgian Waffle and up-the-ante by making a Red Velvet Belgian Waffle, yum. Even the classic Bloody Mary gets a grille twist at Del Frisco’s. It was served with a plate of condiments from pickles to hot sauce and even a slice of bacon.

The view

I tried the Grille Benedict that comes with two beautifully poached eggs, ham (I had them leave off the ham for me), mouthwatering scallion and white cheddar biscuits and chipotle hollandaise. My dining partner had the Chicken-Fried Steak and Eggs that came with jumbo biscuits and chorizo gravy. The meal was large enough that she took some of the chicken-fried steak home to have later.

Eggs Benedict

Chicken Fried Steak

The food, the view and the patio at Del Frisco’s Grill are the perfect ingredients to a fabulous Sunday Brunch. See you again soon, Del Frisco’s.

Del Frisco’s Grill is located at 2425 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix. Check out the full brunch menu.

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