Cafe Review: Valentine Delivers on Its Grand New Dream of Regional Cuisine

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Valentine is one of the most ambitious, beautifully weird, and best restaurants to open in recent memory. The Melrose hybrid by Blaise Faber and Chad Price — part coffee lounge, part eatery, part bar, part experimental cocktail “vault” — is so distinct and so out of left field that nothing else in greater Phoenix feels remotely similar. Even the mid-century modern, throwback-desert aesthetic is fine-tuned to its own frequency. Something groundbreaking is happening here, and it’s just beginning.

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