Articles by A. Noshman


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Taste of Arizona: Tiny downtown diner has huge character

The Welcome Diner $$ 924 E Roosevelt Street Phoenix, AZ  85006 602-495-1111 welcomediner.net Downtown Phoenix revelers and late night munchie/nightcap people are going to love me for this.  Hugging the edge of Roosevelt Row, a fabulously renovated arts, restaurant and downtown shopping district, sits an authentic 1940s mobile diner (wheels off and permanently installed) serving…

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A Taste of Arizona: For the love of tamales

The Tamale Store $$ 13046 N Cave Creek Road Phoenix, AZ 85022 602-435-2604 thetamalestore.com It’s not a restaurant, which makes this an unusual restaurant review. It’s exactly what its name says, a tamale store. Those two words, Tamale Store, in bright red letters, caught my eye as I was careening down Cave Creek Road. A…

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A taste of Arizona: The Clever Koi

The Clever Koi $$$ 4236 N Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85012 thecleverkoi.com Friends have been urging me to try The Clever Koi for some time now. It always comes up in conversation about great food in Phoenix, so I had to overcome my fear of being crashed into by the light rail and get myself…

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A Taste of Arizona

The Haymaker Restaurant Co.  $$$ 4717 E Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032 haymakeraz.com I’m not an alcoholic, but I’ve never met a liquor I didn’t like. When I saw 100 different whiskeys featured on the menu of The Haymaker, well that was the last straw to send me on my way over. I did a…

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A Taste of Arizona: Smoke Dem Bones

Smoke Dem Bones $$ 1650 E Indian School Road, 85016 602-277-5766  smokedembonesbbqphoenix.com Perched on a tiny corner sits a little restaurant with a huge personality. The smell of smoke fills  the air, and there’s no doubt when you swing open the door that BBQ awaits. What you don’t know until you are inside is that…

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A Taste of Arizona

Food Festival: Phoenix Cooks   $$$$ Benefiting Banner Children’s Westin Kierland Resort and Spa Eating at a food festival is a lot like going to the movies. It’s a larger than life experience shared with a crowd. At the movies, people laugh when you laugh, cheer together and jump all at once when the knocked-out bad…

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Taste of Arizona

Durant’s $$$$ 2611 N Central Ave., Phoenix 602-264-5967 | durantsaz.com I love new restaurants, new twists on food and the sensational experience of tasting something delicious for the first time. I also love new artists and new music. My standard snarky remark to friends who have their car radios permanently tuned to classic rock is…

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