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Steak 44, Phoenix, AZ.
Steak 44, Phoenix, AZ.
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The Eater Phoenix Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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Steak 44, Phoenix, AZ.
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Today Eater returns to Phoenix, Arizona to focus on 10 newish restaurants that are garnering some serious buzz. It's been about seven months since the last Phoenix heatmap, and this time Phoenix food writer Laura Hahnefeld has kindly offered her picks for the hottest openings of the past 12 months.

On the list is a sweets shop from a respected pastry chef (Super Chunk Sweets & Treats), a Tempe chef's first restaurant after a decade in the kitchen at a local favorite (The Revival), and a new restaurant from a Top Chef Masters contestant (SumoMaya). There are plenty of places to get a good drink too, whether at a downtown destination with a 25-page cocktail menu (Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour) or an ambitious restaurant with a focus on booze (Second Story Liquor Bar). Here now, and in alphabetical order, the Eater Heatmap to Phoenix.


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Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour

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The consistently excellent cocktails at this urban watering hole in Downtown Phoenix (ironically located in a historic building that once housed the Prohibition Department) come courtesy of Arizona Cocktail Week co-founder Ross Simon. In the mood for something new? The 25-page Book O' Cocktails menu has a few ideas.
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El Chullo

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Excellent dishes, like a bracing fish ceviche, and rice and beans topped with a fragrant cilantro beef stew (frijoles con seco a nortena), make this modest spot the best — and only — Peruvian restaurant in Phoenix. It’s enough to raise a glass of Pisco Sour to.
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Forno Fabbri

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Stefano Fabbri of the venerated Pomo Pizzeria owns this pitch-perfect Italian market and mozzarella bar specializing in luscious cheeses, Italian wines, and top-notch small plates like Sicilian rice balls and eggplant parmigiana. Bonus: Fabbri’s pizzeria, located next door, means slices are on the menu, too.
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Ingo's Tasty Food

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A tight offering of simple gourmet burgers, sandwiches, and salads get neatly constructed in an atmosphere that’s part modern diner, part theater-in-the-round. A modest stable of wine, craft beer, and housemade sangria ensures your fresh shattered potato chips are in good company.
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The Revival

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After spending a decade serving up top-notch fare at House of Tricks in Tempe, Chef Kelly Fletcher’s first restaurant is a thoughtful take on American cooking, starring dishes such as roasted pork belly with Asian caramel, and duck confit atop roasted corn polenta. Sweets, by dessert maven Tracy Dempsey, don’t disappoint.
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Second Story Liquor Bar

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Impeccable classic and modern-minded cocktails, ambitious modern American cuisine (get the duck breast roulade), and top-notch service come together at this cozy, fun, and unpretentious spot in Scottsdale, where being located above ground level is something to brag about.
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Steak 44

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The team behind Michael Dominick's Lincoln Avenue Prime Steakhouse in Scottsdale brings its arsenal of magnificent prime wet-aged steaks, premium seafood, and crowd favorites like the bone-in veal chop to a more casual — but no less splashy — neighborhood restaurant in Phoenix.
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SumoMaya

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At this spacious new Scottsdale restaurant, restaurateur German Osio and Top Chef Masters contestant Herb Wilson blend Mexican and Asian flavors into sophisticated creations like Mexican-style pho, pad thai al pastor, and wild mushroom tacos. Thank Phoenix drink master Bill DeGroot for the exquisite cocktails.
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Super Chunk Sweets & Treats

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When pastry chef Country Velador isn’t crafting heavenly desserts for some of the city’s best restaurants, she’s stocking the shelves of her bright little sweet shop in Scottsdale with handmade goodies like duck fat toffee, chocolate bacon caramel corn, and black licorice made with a splash of green chartreuse.
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Urban Vine

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Former Kai chef Michael O’Dowd brings his imaginative and playful cooking style to a former 1920s home in Central Phoenix. Less adventurous than the dishes at his former gigs, the seasonal selections still make for a fun and fantastic meal.
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Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour

The consistently excellent cocktails at this urban watering hole in Downtown Phoenix (ironically located in a historic building that once housed the Prohibition Department) come courtesy of Arizona Cocktail Week co-founder Ross Simon. In the mood for something new? The 25-page Book O' Cocktails menu has a few ideas.
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El Chullo

Excellent dishes, like a bracing fish ceviche, and rice and beans topped with a fragrant cilantro beef stew (frijoles con seco a nortena), make this modest spot the best — and only — Peruvian restaurant in Phoenix. It’s enough to raise a glass of Pisco Sour to.
[Photo]

Forno Fabbri

Stefano Fabbri of the venerated Pomo Pizzeria owns this pitch-perfect Italian market and mozzarella bar specializing in luscious cheeses, Italian wines, and top-notch small plates like Sicilian rice balls and eggplant parmigiana. Bonus: Fabbri’s pizzeria, located next door, means slices are on the menu, too.
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Ingo's Tasty Food

A tight offering of simple gourmet burgers, sandwiches, and salads get neatly constructed in an atmosphere that’s part modern diner, part theater-in-the-round. A modest stable of wine, craft beer, and housemade sangria ensures your fresh shattered potato chips are in good company.
[Photo]

The Revival

After spending a decade serving up top-notch fare at House of Tricks in Tempe, Chef Kelly Fletcher’s first restaurant is a thoughtful take on American cooking, starring dishes such as roasted pork belly with Asian caramel, and duck confit atop roasted corn polenta. Sweets, by dessert maven Tracy Dempsey, don’t disappoint.
[Photo]

Second Story Liquor Bar

Impeccable classic and modern-minded cocktails, ambitious modern American cuisine (get the duck breast roulade), and top-notch service come together at this cozy, fun, and unpretentious spot in Scottsdale, where being located above ground level is something to brag about.
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Steak 44

The team behind Michael Dominick's Lincoln Avenue Prime Steakhouse in Scottsdale brings its arsenal of magnificent prime wet-aged steaks, premium seafood, and crowd favorites like the bone-in veal chop to a more casual — but no less splashy — neighborhood restaurant in Phoenix.
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SumoMaya

At this spacious new Scottsdale restaurant, restaurateur German Osio and Top Chef Masters contestant Herb Wilson blend Mexican and Asian flavors into sophisticated creations like Mexican-style pho, pad thai al pastor, and wild mushroom tacos. Thank Phoenix drink master Bill DeGroot for the exquisite cocktails.
[Photo]

Super Chunk Sweets & Treats

When pastry chef Country Velador isn’t crafting heavenly desserts for some of the city’s best restaurants, she’s stocking the shelves of her bright little sweet shop in Scottsdale with handmade goodies like duck fat toffee, chocolate bacon caramel corn, and black licorice made with a splash of green chartreuse.
[Photo]

Urban Vine

Former Kai chef Michael O’Dowd brings his imaginative and playful cooking style to a former 1920s home in Central Phoenix. Less adventurous than the dishes at his former gigs, the seasonal selections still make for a fun and fantastic meal.
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