Some Like It Hot

Dara Thai Café spices up Anthem’s culinary scene with authentic flavor   Story and Photos by Madison Rutherford If you ask me about some of the more memorable Thai dishes I’ve consumed in the last decade, a few key culinary experiences come to mind, chiefly sitting cross-legged on a beach in Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand while devouring creamy kaeng khiao wan over a fluffy foundation of jasmine rice, or squeez ...

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On a Roll

The North Valley’s newest sushi spot challenges the status quo By Madison Rutherford If you’re operating on the assumption that all sushi spots are the same, Echo Sushi will seriously challenge your belief system when it comes to rice and raw fish. It is surprisingly rare to find an establishment that seems to focus just as much on the feeling of the space as on its food, but Echo has struck a balance with ...

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Dao Kitchen

Cantonese-style Chinese food awaits at relaxed Asian eatery.   By Andrew Leach, Photos by Andrew Leach Along the small strip of pavement that provides access from Carefree Highway south toward the Carefree Crossing and Dove Valley communities sits a small commercial center. It houses a Dairy Queen and a delightful Asian bistro named Dao Kitchen, which serves up Cantonese-style Chinese food to the delig ...

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Plaza Bonita offers authentic, flavorful Mexican food

Muy Bueno! Plaza Bonita offers authentic, flavorful Mexican food. By Andrew Leach Photos by Andrew Leach Interested in being transported to Mexico City for lunch or dinner? If so, I recommend heading over to Plaza Bonita on Carefree Highway in North Phoenix. They have a variety of classic Mexican dishes and have several flavors of salsa to choose from. Plaza Bonita has a few locations throughout northern Ar ...

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Pho Saigon Pearl: Local Vietnamese restaurant lights up the palate.

Pho Saigon Pearl Local Vietnamese restaurant lights up the palate. By Andrew Leach Photos by Andrew Leach Off of North Valley Parkway and the Carefree Highway, in an Albertsons’ anchored strip mall, is Pho Saigon Pearl. Serving up delicious and authentic Vietnamese food, the restaurant is open and bright and features a central fountain for ambiance. While Pho Saigon Pearl’s emphasis is Vietnamese dishes suc ...

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Ocho Locos: Local Mexican restaurant and cantina offers hearty servings

Ocho Locos  Local Mexican restaurant and cantina offers hearty servings. By Andrew Leach Photos by Andrew Leach It’s nice that even in a smaller community such as Anthem that there’s quite a bit of variety when it comes to places to eat, although Mexican food seems to dominate the dining scene. Recently, we put this to the test by visiting Ocho Locos. There’s a festive atmosphere at Ocho Locos. Although not ...

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Aloha!: Get a taste of the islands at Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue

Aloha!  Get a taste of the islands at Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue. By Andrew Leach Photos by Andrew Leach   Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue is a unique addition to the local dining scene. Serving traditional Hawaiian plate lunches and homemade desserts, the Anthem outpost offers area diners a taste of island living in a laid back setting with a large dining area and a drive-thru option. One out of seven locati ...

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Asian Paradise: Chinese restaurant serves up the classics in Anthem

Asian Paradise  Chinese restaurant serves up the classics in Anthem. By Andrew Leach Photos by Andrew Leach There’s a new restaurant in Anthem serving up some tasty Asian dishes. Located across from the Anthem Outlet stores, in a nondescript strip mall, you’ll find Asian Paradise. Featuring a small, but well laid out dining area, you can either take a seat or order take out. Asian Paradise has a large selec ...

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Legends Bar and Grill: Anthem’s oldest restaurant serves up the goods

Legends Bar and Grill  Anthem’s oldest restaurant serves up the goods. By Andrew Leach The oldest restaurant in Anthem, Legends Bar and Grill, is still serving up tasty dishes and remains a great place to sit down and unwind. The restaurant features a quaint bar section as well as expansive outdoor seating. Spruced up from the early days, the restaurant retains much of its original charm and although it’s c ...

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Giant Rustic Pizza: There’s more than enough to share at Anthem restaurant

Giant Rustic Pizza There’s more than enough to share at Anthem restaurant. By Andrew Leach Giant Rustic Pizza celebrates the artisanal style of pizza making by using Midwestern-milled artisan flour, mountain spring water, vine-ripened California tomatoes, and whole milk Wisconsin mozzarella that’s hand shredded each day for freshness. The pizzas are crafted with care and with sharing in mind. Baked inside s ...

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