Haunted Restaurants

Are you scared of things that go bump in the night? To get into the spirit of Halloween we have compiled a list of Valley restaurants reported to have paranormal activity.  We warn you… your fellow diners might just be from beyond the grave. Happy Halloween from all of us at WSWE!

Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn: (Paradise Valley) In the 1930s, cowboy Lon Megargee constructed a ranch home in PV. To help pay for the house’s upkeep, he rented out rooms to travelers. In 1941, Lon was forced to sell Casa Hermosa along with its furniture and most of his artwork. Some believe Lon has never left his “Beautiful Home.” Doors closing, objects moving and even a cowboy in the mirror (thought to be Lon) have been reported.

Nobuo at Teeter House: (Downtown Phoenix) Located in historical Heritage Square, this Phoenix resident was built in 1899. Eliza Teeter lived in the house for 54 years raising her kids and then later turning the home into a boarding house up until her death (in the home) in 1965.  Now the structure houses one of the Valley’s best Japanese restaurants.  Reports range from items mysteriously being moved in the kitchen and dining areas to place settings being changed overnight.  Sightings of an elderly woman (thought to be Eliza Teeter) have also been reported.

Casey Moore’s Oyster House: (Old Town Tempe) This Irsh Bar was once a home originally owned by William and Mary Moeur who built it in 1910.  Throughout the years Casey Moore’s has been a boardinghouse, rumored bordello and fraternity house. Over the years there have been many sightings of a female entity on the second floor and reports of pictures mysteriously flying off the walls.

The Stockyards: (Phoenix) Edward A Tovrea opened a packing house in 1919.  His son, Philip E Tovrea, continued to run most of the empire after Edward’s death in 1932. A simple 35 seat coffee counter opened in 1947 serving the cattlemen who came to do business with Tovrea. In 1953 a fire destroyed that building and in 1954 a larger two story structure was built on the property which is now the present day restaurant and bar. Lights turning on and off, moving chandeliers, mysterious voices and moving shadows have all been reported here. An apparition of a lady in a red dress has also been seen roaming the structure.

The Old Spaghetti Factory: (Phoenix) The stretch of land that stretches along Central Ave once occupied a couple of private residences and then a furniture store before becoming The Old Spaghetti Factory. The activity is known to be a bit more malice as screaming and crying have been reported. The ghosts may be those from a murder that allegedly happened in the house decades ago. Workers and patrons both have witnessed the activity.

Hob Nobs: (Phoenix) The adorable cottage was once known as” The Helen Anderson House” and was originally built as a residence for Helen Anderson, the widow of insurance company organizer Carl H. Anderson. Rumors have circled about ghostly activity. Last Halloween Hob Nobs went so far to have paranormal investors visit and analyze the historic cottage.

A “Toast” to Sandwiches at Zookz

Sandwiches have taken a new shape at Zookz in central Phoenix.

This neighborhood sandwich shop is serving up toasted circular pockets of goodness derived from fond food memories.

Zookz unique sandwiches have come to fruition thanks to owner Carole Meyer. She grew up enjoying round sandwiches her grandmother toasted using a vintage handheld cooker.

Meyer wanted to recreate this childhood favorite but needed to update the process. By re-engineering the device into a more efficient electric version, sandwiches could be created quicker and Zookz was born.

Sandwiches range from savory to sweet and are all labeled by number on the menu.

For breakfast, I love the No. 11 that comes with two poached eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, tomatoes and fresh basil.

My lunch or dinner favorite is the No. 35: Thinly sliced roast beef, crisp bacon, fresh tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese and Zookz horseradish sauce.

Coming in a close second is the No. 20: Thinly sliced turkey, crisp bacon, fresh avocado and tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese and Zookz sweet heat mustard sauce.

For dessert, how could anyone resist the No. 55: Peanut butter, Nutella, bananas, roasted almonds and powdered sugar.

The amount of flavor that is packed into these pockets is surprising. I attribute that to the fusing of the fillings during the toasting process. Meyer said she experimented with numerous combinations of ingredients before she ended up with the final menu.

I can honestly say I have loved all I have tried.

I also am happy to inform you that Zookz recently obtained a liquor license and is now serving beer, wine, Bloody Marys, screwdrivers and mimosas.

Keep your eyes open for my favorite, the weekend special, which includes a sandwich plus a mimosa!

Devour Culinary Classic 2017

Another Year of Devour has come to an end and once again proven to be our favorite culinary event in the valley. Each year we are overwhelmed with all the hard work put in by the chefs and their staff to create not only outstanding dishes but stunning presentations as well.

Here are the offical results:

Saturday

Excellence in Presentation: Jared Porter, Clever Koi, Chilled Scallop Sno Cone

Excellence in Innovation: Taylor Domet, True Food, Torched Avocado Cucumber Noodles, Asian Mushroom, Turmeric Ponzu, Albacore Tataki Pickled Ramp, Fava Bean, Smoked Garlic, Chimichurri

Excellence in Taste: Tamara Stagner, Helio Basin Brewing Company, Smoked Bison Taquito with Squash, Corn and Bean, Corn Tortilla with Epazote Cream

Sunday

Excellence in Presentation: Aaron Chamberlin, St. Francis, “Caulipops”

Excellence in Innovation: Jada Shiya, Churn, Banana Split on a Stick

Excellence in Taste: Jason Atford, Roka Akor, Pork Short Rib, Black Garlic Miso, Pickled Grapes, Radish    Fresno Chili Goat Cheese Macaron

 

IMG_7755WhereShouldWeEat.com Top Picks:

After spending two full days at Devour Culinary Classic and sampling more than 40 bites EACH day, we decided to pick OUR favorites. We have narrowed it down to 5 from each day.  Leaving the fancy technicalities to the judges we based our decisions purely on taste.  Both “He” and I came to a mutual agreement on these 10 favorites. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

DAY 1: Saturday

Desert Rose

Desert Rose Steakhouse, Pizza & Gastro Pub: Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Shrimp w/Jalapeno Aioli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HanaHana Japanese Eatery: Smoked Duck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helio Basin BrewingHelio Basin Brewery Company: Smoked Bison Taquito w/Squash, Corn and Bean in a Corn Tortilla topped with Epazote Cream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATCH at FOUND_REMATCH Cuisine & Cocktails: Maine Lobster, Hass Avocado, Heirloom Tomato, Young Coriander, McClendon Citrus.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sierra Bonita GrillSierra Bonita Grill: Pork, Short Rib and Wild Mushroom Empanada w/ Horseradish Cream and Micro Greens

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 2: Sunday

CafeTranquiloCafé Tranquilo: Shrimp Sofrito w/Manchego Toast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CChurnhurn: Banana Split on a Stick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DeseoDeseo: Kurobuta Pork Belly Anticucho w/ Aji Panca, Den Miso and Chicharron de Camaron.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EloteCafeElote Café: Smoked Beef Brisket w/ Chile Negro and Guacamole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HouseOfTricksHouse Of Tricks: Smoked Tomato Soup with Herb Oil and Sherry Reduction paired with Crusty Noble Bread Grilled Artisan Cheese with Foie Gras. 

Best Breakfast Sandwich In Town:

IMG_7080Well I’ve stumbled across the best breakfast sandwich in town and it’s sandwiched between 2nd and 3rd St off Roosevelt. On a walk towards downtown one Saturday morning I decided to pop into Be Coffee + Food + Stuff for boost of caffeine. As I waited in line to order my latte I skimmed the chalkboard menu on the wall when a sudden twinge of hunger pain came on and I knew I better order something. 

Located in the space that formerly housed Songbird Coffee, Be Coffee + Food + Stuff opened under 2 years ago and inhabits the small front section of the Monorchid event space. I honestly wasn’t expecting much given the lack of kitchen room, but I was about to be proven so wrong. 

The breakfast sandwich consists of warm ham, scrambled eggs, melted Muenster cheese on griddled MJ English muffin and I decided to add avocado. After a short wait my name was called and I went to the small window counter to retrieve my sammie. I was first taken aback by how big it was, I quickly took a seat at one of the small tables and sunk my teeth into this bad boy, D*mn! Hands down, Be Coffee +Food + Stuff has perfected the art of the breakfast sandwich! The homemade taste of the English muffin was just the start. Warm fluffy scrambled eggs, griddled ham and fresh avocado piled high as melty Muenster cheese and mayo oozed out the sides. I think I verbally let out a “yummmm.” To stumble across an unexpected treasure like this is truly a foodie’s dream come true. To top it off my latte was stellar and the staff was incredibly warm and welcoming. Next time you are in the area grab some great coffee from Be Coffee + Food + Stuff but don’t even think about leaving there without one of these sandwiches! 

Best Bars for Super Bowl Sunday

 

Modern Round (Peoria)

Over 50 big screen TVs! Offering 50 cent wings and $1 drought beers all day Super Bowl Sunday.

 

Burger Theory (Phoenix)

Have a mouthwatering burger and mix and match beer buckets all Super Bowl Sunday for $20. Featuring 30 different bottles of beer to choose from; local stouts, domestics and imports.

 

Zipps Sports Grill (12 Valley Locations)

With 12 valley locations getting your fill of delicious wings on Super Bowl Sunday will be an easy task. All locations have numerous beer specials and TVs throughout the bar.

 

Majerle’s Sports Grill (5 Valley Locations)

Phoenix Sun’s player Dan Marjerle opened the downtown spot over 20 years ago and has been a sports fan favorite ever since. Now Marjerle’s has 5 Valley locations, keep your eye open for special food and drink deals on Super Bowl Sunday.

 

Half Moon Sports Grill (No. Phoenix & Central Phoenix)

Pregame hourly food and drink specials. Several all day drinks specials like $4 Dos XX Drafts.

 

Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers (No. Scottsdale & Old Town Scottsdale)

You can guess what they serve here! Award winning burgers and over 150 beer choices on the menu, your belly is sure to stay full and happy the entire football game.

 

Duke’s Sport Bar & Grill (Scottsdale)

56 TVs  including 2 “82” inch projection screens showing the big game. Even Fido can come along and watch the game with you on their dog-friendly patio.

 

Blue Moose Grille (Scottsdale)

Slightly hidden in the Scottsdale Civic Plaza mall this is a great place to enjoy the game with friendly service and your usual food and drink you have been craving for the game.

 

Stingers Sports Bar (Glendale)

Plenty of TVs both small and large will provide a great view of the game. If the Super Bowl isn’t exactly your favorite thing there are many other things to do, including pool, darts, and video games to keep the less sports driven friends busy

 

Philly’s Sports Bar & Grill  (Scottsdale & Tempe)

Over 20 beers on tap and more options in the bottle you are sure to find what you are thirsty for at this Tempe establishment. They have TVs inside and out so feel free to enjoy the drink outside in the beautiful Arizona weather and not worry about missing a play.

 

Good Mood Foods

A New Year can bring lots of mixed feelings. I wanted to kick of 2017 in a positive light and instead of my usual new year’s resolution of eating healthier (because we all know I am going to blow that in a week) I decided to do some research to find out if any foods have the power to effect ones mood. Success! I found five foods that have scientific evidence to improve your mood and couldn’t we all use that these days? I’ve also added restaurants that serve up tasty dishes which include these mood altering ingredients.

Clams. The little shelled wonders are packed with vitamin B12. The brain needs B12 to make dopamine and serotonin which are the brain chemicals that are responsible for feelings of happiness. You can get your fill of B12 at the Salt Cellar with these decedent dishes; their Steamed Clams or Clam Chowders (New England or Manhattan.)   

Yogurt. We all know that yogurt is pack with probiotics which can be great for our digestive system but the good bacteria has also shown to calm your brain in research studies. Pita Jungle is always serving up their famous yogurt based Tzatziki at locations across Arizona. It’s good to know this refreshing snack can also act like the ultimate chill pill.  

Coffee. Our favorite morning beverage increases dopamine and serotonin production in the brain within 30 minutes of drinking it. So not only does it give you that jolt of caffeine to wake you up, it fuels a good mood as you start your day. Be Coffee + Food in downtown Phoenix can help you reach that level of happiness with their yummy Spicy Cold Brew.

Oysters. Oysters are famously known as an aphrodisiac but they also are packed full of Zinc which in studies has shown to improve moods. The Angry Crab in Phoenix is sure to make you anything but angry with an order of their fresh raw oysters or delicious baked oysters.

Spinach. This leafy green is known as a superfood but it is the folic acid and magnesium that spinach has which triggers a more focused and concentrated brain and achieving more during the day will put anyone in a good mood. The Parlor in Phoenix has an awesome spinach salad filled with baby spinach, applewood smoked bacon, tomato, white cheddar, avocado, hard boiled eggs, radish and a white balsamic vinaigrette that will not only center your focus but leave you with a happy belly too.