It seems like no matter what a person's go-to comfort food is, they serve it at Pecan Grove Restaurant & Pie Company. Chefs begin each morning by greasing up griddles to make favorites such as chicken-fried steak skillets and pumpkin pancakes. As the lunch hour arrives, they switch to classic American cuisine, beer-battering and frying Wisconsin cheese curds, layering buns with barbecue pork and creamy coleslaw, and baking juicy chicken pot pies. But chicken pie isn't the main pastry here––the menu has four full sections dedicated exclusively to pies. There's German chocolate cream pies and sour cream apple pies served open-face, not to mention two-crust strawberry rhubarb pies, raisin pies, pumpkin pies, and French apple pies, which are just like American apple pies, except they speak with cuter accents.
Successfully polishing off one of Blu Burger's signature creations isn't always an easy feat. Described as "delightfully messy" by Metromix Phoenix, the meaty towers and onion buns teeter under the weight of generous portions of applewood-smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and melted cheeses dripping with housemade sauces. Though some diners try to tackle the five signature selections, others extend their culinary creativity to design their own burgers, choosing from an eclectic variety of bases—including Black Angus or Kobe beef, bison, and portobello mushrooms. Customers further customize patties with their choices of buns, cheeses, specialty toppings, and more than 10 types of sauces, which join the selection of 12 craft beers on tap.
In the bustling dining room, tinted windows cast a blue hue on funky artwork and colorful hanging lights. Outside, blue umbrellas speckle the courtyard, protecting diners from both the elements and the notice of paragliding Hamburglars.
Let your inner gourmand run wild and free like a child gourmand with today's Groupon: $60 worth of fine dining and drink at Cork for $30. This East Valley restaurant has been earning a ton of rave reviews and awards for its eclectic small-plate dining style and desserts, particularly its "edible work of art", the chocolate-drizzled banana cream pie with Oreo crust, brûléed homemade marshmallow, and a side of brûléed banana slices ($8).Wine Voyeur has consistently received poor notices and few subscribers, likely due to its complete lack of wine-related features and its many articles that are simply a list of Wine Spectator employees’ social security numbers. Its one popular monthly feature is its Letter From The Editor, which consists of a photomontage of editor McNeil standing outside the Wine Spectator office attempting to duel with anyone who enters the building.
The Skinny Italian Kitchen presents a menu of casual and healthy Italian cuisine that was spotlighted by the Phoenix New-Times and Fox 10. Owned by local restaurateur and Mediterranean food aficionado Bobby Mancuso, the restaurant blends traditional recipes from Mancuso’s mother with updated dishes that hew to the principles of the Mediterranean diet—which involves drinking lots of salt water and gargling it in French. Chefs create “skinny” pastas such as shrimp fra diavolo with clams and spicy marinara. The dining room to which they deliver this food features earth tones relieved by just a dash of bright aqua blue and walls built of horizontal stone. Beneath vivid modern paintings, the staff serves glasses of wine or pints of craft beer. They also walk under shiny black chandeliers suspended over a row of curved booths to dish out hand-tossed pizzas covered with fennel sausage or fresh mozzarella and supported by a gluten-free crust upon request.
Foothills Golf Group’s four golf courses each carry the company’s signature: immaculately groomed sweeping landscapes. The 7,142-yard behemoth that is Club West Golf Club showcases this purity of the turf with a challenging course design filled with elevation changes and stunning views of the surrounding hillsides. The Duke At Rancho El Dorado and The Foothills Golf Club represent classic Arizona golf, leading players along a lush emerald carpet that winds through a desert landscape peppered with shrubs and cacti. The 6,713-yard Ahwatukee Country Club rounds out the portfolio with a fair layout that challenges all skill levels to keep the ball out of the desert sands haunted by the ghost of Peter O'Toole's caddy.