Veteran’s Day Dining in Phoenix 2018

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As a small token of gratitude, these Valley restaurants are offering freebies and discounts to veterans and active military this Veteran’s Day (Nov. 12).

Veterans and active military will receive 50 percent off on Sunday, Nov. 11, at any five of Riot Hospitality Group’s concepts: Farm & Craft, Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, El Hefeand Riot House.

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The 30 Best Halloween Parties in Phoenix in 2018

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Halloween is an occasion filled with tons of questions. What will you go as this year? What parties should you hit up? How many drinks can you handle without becoming a costumed train wreck? Once you’ve figured all those issues out, there’s one more important question to consider this year: Do you have enough energy to party for three days?

That’s because Halloween happens to fall smack-dab in the middle of the week in 2018, specifically on Wednesday, October 31. As a result, a majority of the biggest costume parties and masquerade balls will be happening the weekend prior on both Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27.

It should come as some good news to anyone interested in stretching out their Halloween celebrations across several days — provided they’ve got the means, the money, and the mojo. And if you need some suggestions on where to go, we’ve got your back on that one, too, boo. Check out the following the following guide to the biggest, best, and most bizarre bashes happening in the Valley during Halloween 2018.

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Halloween 2018 in Phoenix: The Biggest Parties and Most Amazing Costumes

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Halloween celebrations took place across the Valley on Saturday, October 27, and featured plenty of nightlife fun and amazing costumes. As you’d expect, there were tons of parties in both Tempe and Scottsdale, including in Old Town and along Mill Avenue. Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale also put on its annual Wicked Ball and El Hefe in Tempe hosted the Monster’s Block event.

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Creating a New Eatery Category Screams Success for Scottsdale’s Riot Hospitality Group

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Ryan Hibbert, CEO of Riot, met Valley native and country music star Dierks Bentley through a mutual friend at a benefit concert in 2011. The two started talking and Hibbert learned the chart-topper had thoughts of opening a restaurant/bar of his own. Hibbert walked Bentley over to the downtown Scottsdale El Hefe, Riot’s first venue that opened in 2010, which was near the concert venue.

With El Hefe, Hibbert crafted a venue that hit a precious intersection of restaurant-bar-nightlife. At the time, this business model didn’t exist, he said.

“It’s always exciting to be first in the market. Once people understood the concept, it absolutely exploded,” Hibbert said.



50 Cool Holiday Party Venues to Book a 2018 Event

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The economy is humming along. You’ve had a phenomenal year. Things have been so busy that the office holiday party was put on the back burner and still needs to be planned.

Never fear. Even if the office holiday party is something that slipped your mind, there are plenty of dynamic Valley venues still available to create a memorable holiday event for employees.

Here are more than 50 hot spots where you can celebrate your company and book a last-minute holiday party or off-site event to boost company morale.



The Hefe Dog featured on “Chow Masters”

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The Hefe Dog was named one of the “Best Windy City Hot Dogs” on Travel Channel’s Chow Master Chicago Edition!
It is a fully loaded kobe beef hot dog, wrapped in mesquite bacon, shoved into a soft mexican bolillo roll! We then top it with spicy mayo, charro beans, and tomatillo-avocado salsa. Come join us for happy hour or dinner and enjoy this one of a kind treat!

5 Places to Celebrate National Hot Dog Day

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From AZ Central-El Hefe will be offering 1/2 price Hefe Dogs for the entire day of July 23rd!

National Hot Dog Day is July 23. Here are 5 local spots for delicious dogs and sausages around the valley.


The Hefe Dog is a hefty dog, built with a Kobe beef frankfurter wrapped in mesquite bacon and served on a Mexican bolillo roll with spiced mayo, charro beans and tomatillo-avocado salsa ($11).

Details: 4425 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale. 480-466-0411,
Deli case featuring cold cuts and sausages at DeFalco’s Italian Grocery & Deli in Scottsdale. (Photo: David Wallace/The Republic)
DeFalco’s Italian Eatery, Grocery, Deli

Indulge in the sandwich of housemade Italian sausage paired with thin-sliced roast beef, on a choice of bread including sub roll, marble rye, sourdough and focaccia, dipped in juice and covered in lettuce, tomatoes, onions and Italian dressing (half $5.75, whole $8.25).

Details: 2334 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-990-8660,
Goldman’s Deli

Fill up with the hot-dog plate, two kosher beef hot dogs, coleslaw, potato salad, tomatoes, onions and condiments, with the buns on the side ($9.99).

Details: 6929 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. 480-367-9477,
Lucky’s Burgers & Hot Dog Grill

Feeling lucky? Score a veggie dog ($5.95), flame-grilled and nestled inside a housemade bun, then topped with your favorite add-ons, including sauces, relishes, tomatoes, onions and more: “If you can think it, we have it.”

Details: 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Scottsdale. 602-457-7776,
The Mission

Get your pork fix with the chorizo porchetta, a plate of pork shoulder, housemade chorizo Mexican sausage with rosemary, cotija cheese, white-bean puree and sweet garlic crema ($28).

Details: 3815 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale. 480-636-5005,

El Hefe wins award at the Burger Battle!

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It was burgers galore last night at Scottsdale Stadium and although there wasn’t a huge turnout for the Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s very first Burger Battle it was a really fun (and filling) experience and the folks that did shell out the $55 for a ticket got their money’s worth.

Zinburger, Modern Burger, LGO, Chelsea’s Kitchen, The Capital Grille, RnR, El Hefe, Lenny’s, Bueno Burger, Indulge, Old Town Whiskey, Bourbon Steak, and Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers all brought their best burgers out to compete for the title of “Best Burger”. (More on that later.)

Brioche buns, thick cut tomatoes, and butter lettuce were aplenty and the alluring smell of Kobe beef (or the U.S. equivalent, anyway) cooking on the hot grills filled the cool night air as burger lovers made their way from tent to tent indulging in more bites of burgers than any sane person should ever eat in one evening while listening to live music from The Walken and drinking beers from an event sponsor, Leinenkugels.