Articles by A. Noshman


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Taste of Arizona: Pomelo at the Orchard

It is rare to come across a restaurant that feels right from the moment you arrive. It’s like a neighborhood, a village, with beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces inviting you to explore. Around each corner, you’ll find a nook for sitting, dining, playing, relaxing, alone or with groups of friends. There’s an ice cream shop,…

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A taste of Italy

Whether it was called Franco’s Trattoria, or Franco’s Italian Caffe, for 30 years (off and on), there has been a Chef Franco Fazzuoli restaurant serving hungry Arizonans. There have been four different locations over the years, with each incarnation having a special offering. Franco’s Italian Caffe, in the heart of Scottsdale, is an intimate dining…

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taste of Arizona: The Doughbird has landed!

Atop the site of a former decrepit Circle K, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, sits the newest creation from Fox Restaurant Concepts, Doughbird. If you have followed me on my journey through Valley restaurants, you already know I’m no fan of the focus-grouped, corporate-structured dining experience. (Shiver!) However, these Fox Concept guys have…

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Taste of Arizona: Sonata’s Restaurant

Some of my earliest memories include hearing my maternal great-grandmother’s thick Russian accent (her name was Fanny) and my paternal grandmother (Bertha) singing lullabies to me in German. My Russian and German heritage helps to explain why I am genetically predisposed to enjoy the food at Sonata’s Restaurant in Scottsdale, a modern take on Eastern…

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CRUjiente: Tasty tacos and more

People always ask me where to get Mexican food, and now I have a new place to recommend. Finding one that doesn’t use lard, or mix cheese and meat together in every dish, is hard for lovers of Mexican food. Though CRUjiente serves very traditional food, there is nothing traditional about it, including the way…

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Scott’s Generations finds a new home

There’s a happy ending to this story, I promise. For 28 years, Scott’s Generations, a marvelous Jewish deli, has been serving hungry diners from the same Phoenix location, but that has come to an end. It’s the last Jewish business to leave the once-robust strip mall at 7th Street and Missouri Avenue that housed the…

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Eat for a good cause at Joy Bus Diner

Joy Bus Diner $$ 3375 E Shea Blvd., Phoenix 602-595-5884 thejoybusdiner.com Two things you need to know right up front: it’s a mitzvah to eat here and the food is good! The combination of doing good while eating well is a joyous experience and reflects the very name of this restaurant. It’s a mitzvah because…

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Hawaiian fresh fish sets Coconut’s apart

Coconut’s Fish Cafe $$ 7366 E Shea Blvd., Scottsdale 480-596-2987 16640 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 480-275-6690 1155 W Ocotillo Road, Suite #1, Chandler 480-247-7900 coconutsaz.com Normally, I don’t review chain restaurants, but when it originates from the Hawaiian chain of islands… well, that’s a chain I can link to. I love Hawaii and have been…

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