Places We Love to Eat By Amanda Goossen

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Places We Love to Eat

When Amanda Goossen got married 12 years ago, she couldn’t make a meal to save her life. Thankfully there was an executive chef in the family who would give her a lesson or two in both dining and making a meal.

Taking her new lessons in the culinary world and combining them with her love of writing, Amanda would build a career in food, eventually taking her from Arcadia News restaurant writer to Managing Editor of the community newspaper she’s passionate about.

 Discover these great new local spots that Arcadia News recommends and look for Amanda again next month when she shares more places she loves!

Rise Biscuit Co.

When Kay Allison was growing up, her mom made a hot breakfast every morning for her husband and children on their dairy farm. Fast-forward two decades and this local mom is now whipping up the same buttermilk biscuits her mom once made, though her three young children are eating them in the city, without cows mooing out the kitchen window.

Now, Kay has made a business for herself with her beloved family tradition, selling her buttermilk and gluten-free biscuits to the public. Find Rise Biscuit Co. by going to their website or at the Phoenix Public Market on Saturday mornings.

Forge Pizza

Forge Pizza is the new anchor restaurant at the Union at Biltmore Fashion Park. This new pizza and beer spot is so much more than pizza and beer, serving up flavorful Slow-Cooked Ribs, Crispy Cheese Curds and salads that satisfy every palate.

An industrial vibe and roomy outdoor patio makes this joint the place to be, whether shopping at the mall throughout the holidays or just looking to relax for a bit with top-notch menu choices.

Just don’t forget the soft-serve ice cream! Yum!

Welcome Chicken and Donuts

Welcome Diner on Roosevelt has a steady following with fried chicken being a favorite among patrons. Now, the owners and chef have taken to making this dish the star of the show at their new restaurant, Welcome Chicken and Donuts.

Out on 16th St and Buckeye, off the beaten path for most Phoenicians, Welcome Chicken and Donuts is a heavenly hideaway to indulge in the ultimate comfort food. Although only a handful of tables reside inside what appears to be an old fast food joint, there are a variety of outdoor seating options and the food is so good, I would eat it standing up or while sitting in my car in the parking lot.

Finger-licking good fried chicken alongside sweet and sometimes even savory donuts… you can’t go wrong.