Hot Corner. That’s the name reporter Mark Brodie from Phoenix NPR affiliate KJZZ (91.5 FM) came up with for an occasional short segment on the locally flavored program, The Show (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 2 p.m.)
Every now and then, Mark and I meet somewhere in the Valley to talk about new restaurants. I love talking about these independently owned spots, and celebrating the neighborhoods where these restaurants reside.
Below (with the most recent first) are links to all the Hot Corners we’ve recorded to date. Another one is on tap soon, and I’ll post it here when it runs. In the meantime, you can catch up on where we’ve been so far here. And if you like hearing stories about Phoenix, tune into The Show every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m. on KJZZ (91.5 FM).
** Updated 8/7/15:
August 2015 – 7th Street (between Missouri & Bethany Home Road)
Phoenix restaurants featured: The Yard [Culinary Dropout, Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend, Barrio Urbano]; The Colony [Stock & Stable (new concept from Clever Koi partners), The Herb Box]; The Crown [Okra]; Otro.
May 2015 – Roosevelt Street & Central Avenue
Phoenix restaurants featured: DeSoto Central Market, a chic food hall with Yardbird + Larder [name has changed to The Larder + The Delta], DMC Burger Bar, Walrus & the Pearl, Adobo Dragon, The Radish, and Tea & Toast.
April 2015 – College Avenue & 5th Street
Tempe restaurants featured: Royal Coffee, Nush, Paradise Hawaiian BBQ, Nocawich, Postino.
January 2015 – Scottsdale Road & Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale restaurants featured: Scramble, Sumo Maya, Vivo, Blancos Tacos + Tequila, Paul Martin’s, Houston’s, Venento Trattoria, Slanted Rice, Bink’s Scottsdale, Taphouse Kitchen. [Rancho Pinot, the 20+ year-old seasonal produce-inspired — dare I say Italian-inspired — restaurant is in this ‘hood and was inadvertently left out of the interview.]
November 2014 – 16th Street & Bethany Home Road
Phoenix restaurants featured: Luci’s Healthy Marketplace, Sweet Republic, TexAZ, The Bakery PHX, The Garage, Golden Phoenix Chinese, Asahi Japanese Bakery, Dick’s Hideaway, Phoenix City Grille, The Vig.
August 2014 – 44th Street & Camelback Road
Phoenix restaurants featured: Flower Child, The Henry, Chestnut, Steak 44.
June 2014 – 7th Street & McDowell Road.
Phoenix restaurants featured: America’s Taco Shop, Urban Vine, Rice Paper, The Main Ingredient, Gadzooks, Taco Guild.
April 2014 – Gainey Ranch
Scottsdale restaurants featured: POMO, Forno Fabbri, Cuttlefish, Notorious Burgers, Naya Mediterranean, Soi Four, Chez Vous.
January 2014 – First Street & Pierce Street
Phoenix restaurants Featured: Phoenix Public Market Cafe, POMO Downtown, Breadfruit, Matt’s Big Breakfast.
November 2013 – Indian School Road & 38th Street
Phoenix restaurants featured: Essence Bakery, Crudo, Nook, Beckett’s Table, Seed Cafe in Madison Improvement Club.
August 2013 – Old Town Scottsdale
Scottsdale restaurants Featured: FnB, Citizen Public House, The House Brassiere, Barrio Queen, Kelly’s at Southbridge.
July 2013 – Central Avenue & Indian School Road
Phoenix restaurants featured: Lux, Pane Bianco, Maizie’s, St. Francis.