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Any places with Luxardo Maraschino?

I can't find Luxardo Maraschino anywhere in the Valley. Not even at BevMo or Total Wine megamarts. The only maraschino liqueur I could find is Cristiani. So this becomes two questions:

(1) has anyone found Luxardo in the Phoenix area?

(2) does anyone have experience with Christiani maraschino and recommend it as a good alternative?

May 07, 2013
Handbot in Phoenix

Food at Chase Field

Okay Chowhounders, I know this is not a typical venue for food discussion on this board. However, every stadium has its hidden gems hidden between the hundreds of Sysco-hotdog-reheaters. There might be a good brat stand off of third base or a barbeque cart hidden in the upper deck that serves up something special. Don't get me wrong, I love me some generic ballpark mustard dogs, but if there's a place that Chowhounders flock to during game I want to know about it.

Also, as much as I love generic ballpark food in general, I still can't do generic beer. Any places that have decent beer selections?

Aug 28, 2011
Handbot in Phoenix

Cheeses, sausage, jerky?

I heartily agree with MesaChow. I haven't seen any of the other places listed on here (yet) but I was very happy with Wedge and Bottle. The selection isn't huge, but their cheese and charcuterie selection is thoughtful.

It was the first place that I ever found Jamon Iberico... a must-try for any cured meat fan. Read about it if you have a chance.

Aug 20, 2011
Handbot in Phoenix

Classic cocktails and fine spirits used

It depends on whether you're making a Manhattan with bourbon or rye. It was originally made with rye, but as bourbon starting taking over the market several years ago most Manhattans are made with bourbon. Since bourbon is sweeter (as it is made with corn) it requires less of the sweet vermouth than one made with rye. I prefer the dryness and spiciness of rye to bourbon, but I'll bend depending on the weather. Here are two variations:

Rye (classic) Manhattan:
3 or 4 parts rye
1 part sweet red vermouth
dash(es) of angostura bitters
- mix all of these in a mixer with ice and STIR (don't shake - this adds ice slush and waters the drink down); strain into an old fashioned glass over a maraschino cherry
- I typically do 1.5 oz of Bulleit or Old Overholt rye with 0.5 oz of Noilly Prat sweet vermouth with two or three dashes of bitters

Bourbon Manhattan:
4 or 5 parts rye
1 part sweet red vermouth
dash(es) of angostura bitters
- mix all of these in a mixer with ice and STIR (don't shake - this adds ice slush and waters the drink down); strain into an old fashioned glass over a maraschino cherry

Jul 08, 2011
Handbot in Phoenix

Classic cocktails and fine spirits used

Let us know how those places make your Manhattan, sebcoecmz. I'm a sucker for any place that will make a Manhattan up, stirred (to avoid ice slush), and with bitters without me having to specify that is the appropriate way to make one. Extra points if they actually have rye with which to make it.

Jul 08, 2011
Handbot in Phoenix

Professional bartenders?

I guess I'll have to finally break down and get a twitter account to follow bartenders around - a good enough reason in my book. I wish there were a few more of these quality places west of town, but the theme I've been picking up here on Chow is that there are higher concentrations of higher-end food/bars in the east valley. Cheers.

Jun 22, 2011
Handbot in Phoenix

Professional bartenders?

My wife and I just finished our last weekend in New Orleans. Amongst the many food and non-food reasons to miss this city, we are probably going to miss the number of bars with GREAT bartenders. I'm not talking about the tourist-trap places where the bartenders know only how to make that place's 3-5 signature drinks (I'm looking at you Napoleon House bartender who made my sidecar with whiskey, triple sec, and lemonade).

I'm talking about the places with bartenders who pride themselves on their craft and take time to make quality drinks. Bartenders to whom you can say, "I want something spirit-forward with gin", and get a different, fantastic drink each time. Preferably in bars that have multiple types of bitters and/or make their own syrups. Extra points for hole-in-the-wall type places. I searched the board for this and didn't pull much up from prior topics. Any help would be appreciated.

ps. We're moving to the Litchfield Park area, but we're willing to drive for good hooch.

Jun 21, 2011
Handbot in Phoenix

Mila

Mila is certainly not "New Orleansy", but it is excellent. I second the recommendation on the sweet breads. It was my first introduction to that form of offal and I get every time I go now.

Oct 26, 2010
Handbot in New Orleans

Cheese and wine meal in central Paris

Two friends and I are in Germany and making a quick trip to Paris for a day. We're big cheese eaters and want to find a good place to sit and eat a variety of cheese and drink wine. Any recs?

Oct 16, 2009
Handbot in France

[DFW] San Franciscan turned Texite in Need of EXTREME help

I've been to esparza's a couple of times and have been disappointed each time. The food quality is on par with the el chico's chain: very mediocre. The salsa tastes like generic tomato sauce.

The margaritas, though, are strong for their price. True, they are made with that same margarita powder that I've had at every mexican food place I've worked at, but the price is right (especially on game night in their bar).

If you want to make a fifteen minute drive, Anamia's in Flower Mound is EXCELLENT. Very good quality tasty food. If you are there with a few hungry friends, order the guacamole appetizer that they make at your table.

Oct 14, 2006
Handbot in Dallas - Fort Worth

Flower Mound/Lewisville/Grapevine - Looking for non-Starbucks coffee

I'm needing good espresso and a change of surroundings. I like supporting independant coffee shops but there seem to be none here. I'm not one of those anti-corporate Starbucks haters - I enjoy most of their drip coffee - but I can not stand their espresso. Any good recs?

Oct 01, 2006
Handbot in Texas

Who has the best strip club chow in Austin?

I'm watching with post eagerly to see which gourmand will run down a comparison of strip-shop chow.

Oct 01, 2006
Handbot in Texas

New York CH heading to San Fran for honeymoon. Recommendations?

Me and my wife went to San Fransisco for our anniversary and I have to highly recommend Bix restaurant. It is a real classy 1930's style jazz restaurant with excellent food. One recommendation, though, is find out when they have their jazz pianist/band there before making reservations. Me and my wife got there too early and left just as he started (we felt bad about holding the table for the rest of the night) and missed a big part of the ambience. Even so, the experience was great and we will go there again next time we're in the bay area.

Oct 01, 2006
Handbot in San Francisco Bay Area

Lubbock recs?

I would add *Lujan's Mexican Restaurant* to the list. (at the TOP of the list, actually) It's not so much authentic mexican as it is tex-mex. Their carne guisada is always very tender, and all their chicken is CUT rather than shredded - which is rare with mom-and-pop places. I can't visit Lubbock without a stop at Lujan's.

I'd also have to ward you off of Abuelo's. The food isn't bad as it is just completely forgetable. I think their white sauce is Campbell's cream of mushroom and milk. I've never left there impressed.

Jul 21, 2006
Handbot in Texas