Mexico-based comic concept, ComicX, to open restaurant and bar at Desert Ridge Marketplace

A superhero-themed restaurant concept is set to make its U.S. debut in Phoenix.

Desert Ridge Marketplace announced Tuesday in a news release that ComicX, a Mexico-based comic-themed restaurant and bar, will open an 8,000-square-foot location between Sweet Tomatoes and Majerle’s Sports Bar. It will be the first U.S. location for the concept.

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The 100 Best Places to Eat in 2019, According to Yelp

How’d Yelp come up with the 100 spots? Well, Yelp “considered both the rating and the volume of the reviews” for all of the restaurants on its site, “while accounting for the overall volume of reviews in each business’s area so as not to disadvantage businesses in areas with relatively low review volume.” Basically, the list is a highlight of its best-reviewed restaurants, though, per always, remember to take Yelp reviews with a grain of salt.

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10 Macro Trends Impacting Food And Beverage Innovation In 2019

Food developers love thinking about which “it” flavor is going to pop this year, or which vegetable will replace kale and cauliflower. But there are generally bigger, longer-term societal changes that drive these things. We call them Macro Trends, and we’re thinking about them in the short term, and considering how they will impact things in the long term. Here are our picks for 2019.

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19 food predictions for 2019

Food is always a reaction. What we want to eat reflects what is happening in the world around us. This past year, it was no accident to find restaurant culture embracing diversity and individuality, to find people interested in discovering one another through the dishes we consume and the stories behind them. Appetite is also highly suggestible. When we see someone else eating something delicious, we want it immediately. Instagram is one vast visual craving, and ideas travel from coast to coast and continent to continent faster than ever before. At the start of this new year, it’s time to look ahead. What’s in store for the world of food and restaurants? Here are 19 predictions for 2019, from the sweeping to the granular.

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The 101 most iconic restaurant dishes in America

Iconic dishes occupy a lofty position in the American culinary landscape. They’re the dishes that we make pilgrimages to, the ones that are on The Great Foodie Bucket List, the ones that you can’t leave town without trying. They’re dishes that in many cases can only be found at one restaurant, and those experiencing them for the first time do so in quiet reverence. They’re the dishes that really are that good. In other words, these are the 101 dishes that you really should make an effort to try at some point.


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Can Taste Be Subject To Copyright?

Chefs and avid restaurant diners may want to follow an issue that has the legal community abuzz. A new and curious recent court ruling over cheese has broad ramifications for the food industry as we know it.

The question at hand: is it possible to copyright taste?

Although the subject matter of sensory copyright is vast and often confusing to those outside the legal community, the case of Heks’nkaas (“witches’ cheese”) is an interesting one. According to the company, Levola, who bought the recipe for the cheese spread from a local grocery in 2011, it should be allowed to copyright its cheese spread due to its unique taste. The case was initially dismissed, but has been brought before another court, The District Court in The Hague to revisit the ruling.

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Channel your inner Thor at this Viking restaurant in Australia


It might be thousands of miles from Scandinavia, but this Viking-themed restaurant offers a contemporary interpretation of Norse traditions Down Under.

Mjølner restaurant first originated in Sydney and there’s a recently opened outpost in Melbourne, named after Thor’s famous hammer.

Of course, Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, is a proud Aussie and featured in a recent Crocodile Dundee-themed tourism ad for Australia, so it’s only fitting the feasting halls of Asgard are being recreated in Oz.

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How Southern Food Has Finally Embraced Its Multicultural Soul

Oscar Diaz of the Cortez in Raleigh, N.C., which has become an exemplar of new Southern cuisine

The signs of a Nuevo South are impossible to miss at Jose and Sons, a buzzy restaurant inside a former train depot in downtown Raleigh, N.C. On a window on the side of a door, Hola Y’all flows in a jolly green script, while Hecho en Raleigh snakes across the bar in big block letters.

The slogans are a preview of a menu that seamlessly melds Southern and Mexican classics–think collard-green tamales, pork chops rubbed in al pastor spices, pimento cheese enlivened with chicharrones. “We’re not being ‘authentic’ Mexican, we’re not being ‘authentic’ Southern,” says the 32-year-old owner, Charlie Ibarra. “It’s just who we are.”

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This restaurant gives refugees a chance at a new life

This restaurant gives refugees a chance at a new life

Food is, of course, sustenance. But one local restaurant has shown it can also give immigrants a shot at a new life.

Emma’s Torch, a new eatery in Carroll Gardens, not only serves dinner six nights a week and brunch on the weekend, it also trains refugees in its kitchen and helps them find work.

“It kept on ringing in my head this idea that food can really be used to create bridges … to do so much more than just feed people,” says Kerry Brodie, 28, who started Emma’s Torch as a pop-up in Red Hook last summer, then re-opened it in May at a permanent location on Smith Street.

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