Articles by A. Noshman


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Welcome to good Chinese food

Nee House Chinese Restaurant $$-$$$ 13843 N. Tatum Blvd. # 15, Phoenix 602-992-3338 neehousephoenix.com If I had a nickel for all the times I’ve been asked where to get good Chinese food, I could afford to send you all to China. Since no one gave me any nickels, I will instead direct you to a…

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A special bakery in Scottsdale

Truth be known, I’m not really sure if the business name of this shop is Jerusalem Bakery or Lior the Baker. Both monikers are proudly displayed and are equally descriptive of who and what you will find inside. It’s a cozy little place, family run, with glass cases and tables of goodies beckoning you to…

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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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