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Bisbee Breakfast Club Expanding in Tucson

Bisbee Breakfast Club started in the small town of Bisbee, AZ, just north of the Mexican border. The little breakfast spot proved so successful that it was sold in 2011, soon after which the new owners opened a second spot in Tucson, followed in 2014 by a third location outside of Phoenix, in Mesa. The concept must be working because the Bisbee is opening two more restaurants, both in Tucson. The spot at 4811 East Sunrise Drive, which will have a walk-up coffee window that will remain open after the restaurant’s 2 p.m. closing, should be up and running very shortly, while the restaurant at 2936 East Broadway Boulevard will be serving breakfast by August or September.

Lou Malnati’s Brings Real Deep Dish Pizza to Phoenix Today

When? Today. The time? 4 p.m. What? Lou Malnati brings real deep-dish Chicago pizza to Phoenix, AZ. You’ll find them in Uptown Plaza, near the Shake Shack, at 100 East Camelback Road. These pies are deep, which means they take a while to cook. Malnati’s doesn’t take reservations but you can place your order with the host when you arrive to get a head start on the process. This will be the first Malnati’s location beyond Illinois’ borders, and it is not a franchise operation. Five members of their management team have made the permanent move to Arizona to see this project succeed. Take a look a the video below to see the construction of a sausage deep dish.

3 Shake Shacks Coming to Phoenix Area This Year

We learned last spring that a Shake Shack would be coming to Scottsdale AZ in 2016. It hasn’t yet opened but the latest word is that three Shake Shacks will be opening in the region in 2016. That Scottsdale location, in Fashion Square, along with a Phoenix Shake Shack to be planted in Uptown Plaza, should be operating by this spring. A third location will begin serving sometime this year in Phoenix’s Kierland Commons. The Arizona-only concrete, named the Camel Shack, will feature vanilla custard, salted caramel sauce, and banana cream pie made by The Bakery Phx of Phoenix. Shake Shack has been rapidly expanding in the east but these Phoenix stores will join the ones in Las Vegas and Austin as the only western U.S. Shake Shacks to date.

Top Great American Bites of the Year

Larry Olmsted’s been writing a wonderful series of stories for USA TODAY called Great American Bites, where he showcases  the best, most interesting regional foods and restaurants America has to offer (much like we do here at LAF!). As 2015 comes to a close, Mr. Olmsted takes a look at the best of the best: ten eateries receiving his highest, OMG!, rating. Continue reading

Salsas Like You’ve Never Tasted in Tucson

Maria Mazon, the restless and inventive mind behind Tucson’s BOCA Tacos y Tequila, was born locally but grew up in Sonora, Mexico. You won’t find crisp taco shells beneath or sour cream atop any of the two dozen wide-ranging, Sonoran-styled tacos available daily in her restaurant. You WILL find an ever-changing roster of salsas with which to garnish your tacos. Perhaps you’ll fall in love with a fresh garlic and chai tea salsa, or a pickled jalapeño and honey salsa. Don’t grow too attached to any particular salsa, however, because Ms. Mazon will likely swap it out for some other fevered inspiration. Read more about Maria and her Tucson taqueria in this Tucson Foodie story.

The Story of the Sonoran Hot Dog

What makes the Sonoran hot dog? Is it enough to wrap a dog with bacon before cooking it? Does it have to be inserted into a bolillo? Or does it only become a Sonoran dog when the strangely compatible array of toppings — beans, tomatoes, onions, mustard, crema and/or mayo — lands atop the package? Dalina Castellanos writes about the Sonoran dogs’ origins in Hermosillo, Mexico, how it took hold in Tucson, Arizona, and Los Angeles’ eventual bastardization of the concept. Check it out.

Coffee Passion

We have our share of food pet peeves. One of them is flavored coffee. We despise the smell. We reject the taste. We like the taste of coffee, so we want our coffee to taste like coffee. Seth Appell, the man behind Old Bisbee Roasters of Bisbee, Arizona, is our kind of coffee man. He trades in small farm, single origin coffees, roasting each batch to bring out the unique flavors hidden in the green beans. He doesn’t do hazelnut or pumpkin pie coffee. In fact, most of his coffees aren’t even blends. Read more about this unique individual, and his special relationship with the bean, in this Sierra Vista Herald story.

Commoner & Co. Coming in June from Prep & Pastry Team in Tucson

Prep & Pastry of Tucson has been as hot as they come since opening a year-and-a-half ago. The team behind the breakfast-and-lunch favorite will be opening a new restaurant called Commoner & Co. this June, at 6960 East Sunrise Drive, a space formerly occupied by The Abbey. The menu will focus on New American comfort food with a long list of craft cocktails, 10 beers on tap, and burgers made from beef ground in-house. They are also developing a “sangria program.” Commoner & Co. will be open for lunch and dinner. Read more in this Tucson Foodie story.

Q&A with Todd Martin, Tucson Tamale Owner

Todd Martin started a catering company for film sets in 1983, then ran a restaurant and nightclub. Next, he joined the corporate world in Tucson while his future wife attended college. It wasn’t until 2008 that he and his wife, Sherry, opened Tucson Tamale Company, which has become one of the most highly regarded tamale producers in the country. Read more about Todd Martin and Tucson Tamale in this Arizona Daily Star story.

Alton Loves Tucson Tamale

Alton Brown’s been crisscrossing the country with his live show recently and last night found him in the eminently edible city of Tucson, Arizona. It’s become a tradition for Alton to visit the culinary points of interest in town and tweet about them in the hours leading up to the show. What grabbed him in Tucson? The Tucson Tamale Company, where he says he enjoyed the best bite of the day, and perhaps the week. He wishes he ordered more food from TTC. See Alton Brown’s Tucson tweets here.

A Taste of Tucson’s El Charro in Las Vegas

The Flores family has run Tucson’s legendary (since 1922) Sonoran restaurant El Charro since 1992. If you’ve ever enjoyed a chimichanga you can thank El Charro for inventing the dish (or so they say). The Flores family opened a restaurant in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at the tail end of 2013. It’s called Hecho en Vegas and, while it is not a branch of El Charro, it features many of the Flores’ recipes, and certainly the Flores family’s way around the kitchen can’t help but inform their MGM Grand project. See more in the KVOA piece below:
KVOA | | Tucson, Arizona

LAF in the A.M. March 7th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day


A Visit to Crown Candy Kitchen

Making Salsa at Boca Tacos Y Tequila of Tucson

The Frito Pie Queen Has Passed Away

A Tale of a Huddy Burger Love Affair

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LAF in the A.M. March 6th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day


Feasting Along Germantown Pkwy East of Memphis

10 Great American Pie Stops

KY’s Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn Keeps Its Employees

Chicago Pizza Introduced to Cubs Spring Training Park

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Ted’s Hot Dogs, Tempe AZ


Ted’s Hot Dogs is a regional mini-chain with locations in the Buffalo, NY suburbs of Amherst, Cheektowaga, Lancaster, Lockport, North Tonawanda, Orchard Park, Tonawanda, Williamsville, and Tempe. Wait a minute, Tempe? As in Arizona? Why is one, and only one, branch of Ted’s in Tempe? Well, oddly enough, this Tempe location is the one with the most direct ties to founder Theodore Spiro Liaros. Ted’s son Spiro (who passed away in 2013), was the president of Ted’s Hot Dogs, and opened this Ted’s when he moved to Arizona. Continue reading

LAF in the A.M. January 12th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day


U of Cincy Students Pick Skyline, Graeter’s

Ann Arbor’s Blimpy Burger: Love and Pain

The Tucson Tamale Company Story

The Man Behind Bob’s Clam Hut of Kittery, Maine

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