For over the past 20 years, we’ve celebrated the Valley’s best. From the top businesses and professionals to the people who make it all happen, Arizona Foothills Magazine’s annual Best of Our Valley contest recognizes Arizona’s crème de la crème across more than 400 categories. From the best doctors and best resort down to the best cup of coffee you can find around town, each Best of titleholder is chosen by those who know the city best – our readers.
Each week, we’ll be highlighting individual winners from Best of Our Valley 2019, who share their advice, insights and thoughts on what it means to be a part of this exclusive list. Winners will be featured in the April 2019 issue of Arizona Foothills Magazine, a tell-all guide to the best people and places in the Valley of the Sun, as chosen by its residents.
The Best of spotlight is on Clever Koi who claimed AFM’s Fave Best Asian Cuisine. Congrats, Clever Koi!
AFM: In a brief 2-3 sentences, please tell us a little bit about Clever Koi –
Joshua James and Nick Campisano, co-owners of Clever Koi: This stylish, Asian-inspired kitchen & craft cocktail bar showcases innovative, chef-crafted dishes, award-winning cocktail list and daily happy hour. Clever Koi has two Valley locations, Phoenix and downtown Gilbert, featuring a striking modern Asian décor, fully visible thanks to the large glass façades and spacious outdoor dining patios
AFM: What does it mean to you to be a Best of Our Valley winner?
Clever Koi: As a small, locally owned company, it’s a wonderful honor to be recognized by diners.
AFM: What’s your favorite part about being AFM’s Fave Best Asian Cuisine?
Clever Koi: Knowing when people see that we are a Best of Our Valley winner, they know that they can expect a delicious meal and drinks and great service in a fun dining environment.
AFM: Have you seen any benefits as a result of being a BOOV winner?
Clever Koi: It’s an award that showcases to both residents and visitors that the Clever Koi consistently delivers outstanding food and service.
AFM: How do you / your team put your “best” foot forward every day?
Clever Koi: Food, drinks and hospitality create a memorable experience for our guests, so we want to make sure we give that to them on every visit.