OBON: Sushi and Serenity

by Mike Hunter

Dozens of gilt-colored cat figurines wave a choreographed greeting to patrons at OBON Sushi + Bar + Ramen, which recently added another Scottsdale location in McCormick Ranch. The décor otherwise is the epitome of simplicity, geometric lines from the table arrangement to chairs, along with chromatic neutrality of dark grey tiles and light woods, creating a sense of calm. … [More]

Vintage Atmosphere

by Mike Hunter

Food is only one part of the dining experience. The restaurant’s atmosphere enhances the menu. Here are three In Business Magazine favorites. BOBBY-Q Nationally recognized by barbecue aficionados, Bobby-Q offers a vintage countrified setting featuring reclaimed woodwork and antique gas lamp. The ribs are the star attraction here, slow cooked over almond and mesquite wood … [More]

Taco Guild – Where Past Is Present

by RaeAnne Marsh

The wonderful thing about the adaptive reuse project that produced the Taco Guild is, it left much more intact than just the structure. The building’s previous lives as a Methodist Church — institutionalized in the cornerstone dated 1893 (before Arizona was even a state) and another from its renewal in 1955 after a few decades of disuse following a fire in 1911 — are … [More]

Menu for Hot Times

Mike Hunter

Phoenix’s sizzling summers give us more than hot temperatures; they give us some cool new dishes at many of our favorite restaurants. Pita Jungle and Mora Italian are among those that have rolled out a selection of special summer offerings. Mora Italian Celebrity chef Scott Conant gives his Italian cuisine a modern touch throughout his full menu that goes well beyond pizza … [More]

Toro: Fiery Flavors in a Peaceful Setting 

by RaeAnne Marsh

Toro’s easy access of the Loop 101 freeway, convenient ample parking and the freeing feeling of wide-open spaces would make this restaurant attractive even if the food were only so-so. But the food is superb, flavors wonderfully blended in dishes uniquely crafted to celebrate Latin — notably, Peruvian — cuisines. The restaurant describes its menu as a signature “Suviche” … [More]