17058 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, AZ 85376
Snir and Kierstin Mor met and fell in love at culinary school in Paris. They moved to the Phoenix area to realize their dream of owning their own restaurant and to be close to family. Five years ago, they made it happen and opened Amuse Bouche Gourmet Bistro, followed by Mor Gourmet Foods which distributes their specialty food products. Their bistro is a combination of classic French technique with contemporary American flavors.
6685 W. Beardsley Rd., Glendale, AZ 85308
One day, Phil Denaro, Sr. said to himself, “I wonder why no one has ever done a gourmet mushroom bar?” So the next day, he did it himself. Uniquely his own, Betty’s Nosh the result of Phil’s many worldwide travels over the past 40 years and his recognizing that sometimes the best foods — the ones that feed the spirit as well as the body — are the simplest foods.
1800 N. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, AZ 85395
The vision of two long-time buddies, Caballero Grill serves foods made only from top-quality ingredients. The kitchen features an actual kettle grill filled with pecan wood, which imparts a subtle smoky flavor to several menu items. They feature the only ceviche bar in the Valley, so you can select your own ingredients, including scallops, shrimp and seafood blends, which are made fresh and served with homemade chips.
EEST ASIAN BISTRO
3145 N. Dysart Rd., #102, Avondale, AZ 85392
After saying goodbye to his fantastic restaurant in a scary part of Oakland, CA, restaurateur and chef Henry Tran sought a move to safer pastures. He landed in Avondale, at a location he’s been operating for over four years. He’s built up a solid base of regulars, so if you’re not one of them, stop by and try his fantastic Chinese food!
GAS LIGHT INN
5747 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301
One of the oldest buildings in downtown Glendale, the Gas Light Inn is a historic Inn and cafe/wine bar surrounded by antique shops, bars, and other local businesses. Serving breakfast, lunch, light snacks at night, and cocktails, the Gas Light Inn is one of the most charming spots in the Valley. Join them for High Tea on the second Saturday of every month! See the website for details.
3810 S. Estrella Pkwy., Ste. 309, Goodyear, AZ 85338
Enjoy boutique wines from around the world, craft beer, ciders, wine on tap, imported meats and cheeses, and local art in this relaxing Goodyear spot. Check the website for their live jazz schedule, but whenever you go, be sure to try the housemade mozzarella, hummus, and fresh salads. This is the perfect neighborhood hangout!
GOURMET COMMAND CENTER
Husband and wife owners, Bernie Boyle and Cindie Powell-Boyle, along with other family members, will be serving when you visit the Gourmet Command Center food truck. Based in the West Valley but traveling Valley-wide, they serve an East Coast-inspired menu, including the Original Philly Cheesesteak and their famous cheeseballs! The GCC is a hit wherever it goes – whether that’s a weekly farmer’s market, private event, or culinary festival like Flavors of the West.
Serving: Slowly cooked pulled pork BBQ, chipotle coleslaw, and cheeseballs
1809 N. Dysart Rd. #C106, Avondale, AZ 85392
Serving authentic Indian cuisine in a warm and inviting dining room, India Garden takes culinary cue from all areas of India. Their bountiful lunch buffet features over 20 items while the dinner is almost dizzying with options – and it’s all delicious! This is also one of the most popular take-out spots in the West Valley.
MAX’S SPORTS BAR & RESTAURANT
6727 N. 47th Ave., Litchfield Rd., Glendale, AZ 85301
If you’re a Nebraska fan, you probably all call Max’s Sports Bar home. If you’re anyone else, you’ll still love this place thanks to top-notch bar fare, TV’s everywhere you look, and friendly staff serving the coldest beers in town. Max’s is an icon with a huge crowd of regulars – stop by and see why!
Serving: Max’s Homemade Bread Pudding
Q Up! Barbeque
What’s better than a stationary BBQ restaurant? One on wheels! And what’s better than most BBQ restaurants in general? Q Up! This family-owned mobile meat palace serves some of the best pulled pork sandwiches, grilled cheeses, brisket, and hot links you’ve ever tasted. Visit their website for full menus and links to their Facebook and Twitter accounts for up-to-the-minute news on their whereabouts.
Some call it the home of the fish taco, others call it the best Mexican food around, but everyone can agree that Rubio’s serves fresh, fast, delicious food on a daily basis. With friendly staff and affordable prices, we’re lucky Rubio’s has multiple locations in the West Valley! (Phoenix at 3009 W. Agua Fria Fwy; Peoria at 7407 W. Bell Rd.; Glendale at 20210 N. 59th Ave.; and Goodyear at 15479 W. McDowell Rd. #101).
9868 W. Northern Ave., Peoria, AZ 85345
Tacos, tequila, good times – does it get any better? Sandbar is not only a place thousands go to let their hair down on the weekends, but it’s a place of great Mexican food, from fresh fish tacos and guacamole, to enchiladas, chimichangas, and everything in between. Sandbar has three locations around the Valley, but their Peoria location will represent this fun brand at Flavors of the West.
SOLEIL AT THE RENAISSANCE
9495 W. Coyotes Blvd., Glendale, AZ 85305
Inside this iconic hotel, Chef Ray Trom perfects his culinary craft with an incredible menu at Soleil. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Soleil is a must-go even for folks not staying at the hotel. Why? Think Honey Fried Chicken, Paella, and the most delicious Artic Char you’ve ever tasted. Head in now!
SOUL TO SOUL CAFÉ
60 E. Western Ave., Avondale, AZ 85323
Soul to Soul is owned and operated by Chef Kia and Antonie Eaddy. The menu features traditional southern dishes with a modern twist. Soul to Soul is truly “food for the soul!” Stop by and see what all the buzz about before and after Flavors of the West.
76 N. Old Litchfield Rd., Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
When you’re in the mood for good times and great cuisine, Taps is the place to be! Located in Old Town Litchfield (and another location at Park West) across the street from Flavors of the West, Taps is known not only for their fun staff but superb cuisine as well. When you order, rest assured that your dish is likely made 100 percent “from scratch” and (pardon the cliché) served with a smile.
THAI ORCHID GARDEN
12725 W. Indian School, Avondale, AZ 85392
Open since 2008, Thai Orchid Garden has become the go-to spot for healthy and flavorful Thai food for residents of Litchfield Park, Avondale, Pebble Creek, Goodyear, and beyond. Owned by the Aphaisuwan family, Thai Orchid Garden was created with one simple mission in mind – to share the authentic cuisine of this family’s culture from the most delicious corner of the world!
4242 N. Golf Drive, Buckeye, AZ
With a flare as unique as the evening skies set against the White Tank Mountains, Verrado Grille offers a menu unparalleled to traditional golf course dining. The restaurant combines impeccable service, a lively atmosphere, and incredible views to provide an unforgettable experience. Situated in the rustic contemporary clubhouse of the prestigious Raven Golf Club at Verrado, the atmosphere is conducive to an elegant night out as well as a casual, bar-side meal.
This list features the 2013 restaurant participants. If you own a West Valley restaurant and would like to participate in the 2014 Flavors of the West, please call Justin Clarke at 623-826-5552.