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Find restaurants on the go using 'Check, Please! Arizona' videos

November 26, 2012

Sound familiar? You’re shopping at the mall, scouting the best holiday lights or applauding your child’s holiday pageant – and suddenly, it’s time for dinner!

This holiday season, finding a restaurant on the go with the “right” menu, location and price is as convenient as your mobile phone or tablet. Simply visit for free access to videos of 75 locally owned Valley eateries featured on "Check, Please! Arizona." The Emmy Award-winning restaurant-review program airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. on Eight, Arizona PBS.

“Now Arizonans out and about during the holidays can quickly decide where to dine by watching free video reviews on their phones or tablets,” said Kelly McCullough, General Manager of Eight, Arizona PBS. “These short, Emmy Award-winning videos immediately put 75 of the Valley’s top restaurants in the palm of your hand, anytime, anywhere. It’s a way for Eight to help de-stress the holidays and encourage everyone to dine at restaurants reviewed on our show.”

Currently, 49 percent of the traffic to Eight’s mobile website at goes to the "Check, Please! Arizona" page. The 75 episodes, which include three restaurants in the Sedona area, also can be watched on other devices at

Each week, "Check, Please! Arizona" features a trio of guests who dine and then review three local restaurants they recommended to each other. James Beard award-winning chef Robert McGrath, also recipient of an Emmy, hosts the half-hour program. Season three premieres at 7 p.m., Jan. 3.

More than 800 viewers nominated restaurants to be considered for "Check, Please! Arizona" in the show’s first two seasons. To appear on the show, viewers must nominate their favorite eatery (restaurant, supper club, diner, lunch cafe, dive, hole-in-the-wall, food truck, etc.) at

"Check, Please! Arizona" is made possible by, Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers, Whitfill Nursery and Lawns by Les. "Check, Please!" is a registered service mark of Check, Please! LLC.

Eight, Arizona PBS is a trusted community resource.  For over 51 years, the PBS station has focused on educating children, reporting in-depth on public affairs, fostering lifelong learning and celebrating arts and culture. Eight achieves its mission through the power of non-commercial television, the Internet, educational outreach and community-based initiatives. Its signal reaches 86 percent of the homes in Arizona. With more than 1 million viewers weekly, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. For more information, visit Eight is a member-supported service and the public media enterprise of Arizona State University.