In the interest of sharing their hearth-bound heritage with the wider culinary world, the two families behind Arizona Frybread combined their traditional Yaqui fry-bread with recipes plucked from the worn pages of treasured cookbooks. This dedication to homestyle kitchen craft is also instilled in their restaurant’s cooks, who hand-sizzle each flat of crunchy fry bread before topping it with mojito chicken, steak, or beans and cheese. The shop pays equal attention to its toppings: red chili teases tongues with an heirloom kick calibrated in the course of three generations, and tender bites of cactus unlock the desert’s surprisingly verdant flavors.
Daddy Dukes’ chefs flip and stretch dough into 18" pizzas and blanket pies with cheese and a selection of more than 15 toppings before tossing them into the oven. They also serve circles by the slice and craft more than 10 specialty pizzas, such as the mexican, covered with ground beef and jalapeños, and the Fat Hawaiian, a combination of pineapple, bacon, ham, and onion. Guests enjoy Mama Duke's clams and spaghetti and philly cheesesteaks in the cozy dining room with red-and-white checkerboard patterns covering the table and a babbling fountain for convenient mid-meal wishes.
For more than two decades, The Mystery Mansion Dinner Theater has kept diners guessing with ghoulishly goofy whodunits. The rotating repertoire includes Murder at Greystone Manor, which takes place on the set of Golden Age Hollywood director C.D. Weasel's latest production. Before filming can begin in earnest, starlet Clara Simpleton comes down with a bad case of cold feet and cold everything else. Femme fatale and back-up actress Jewel Precious seems the obvious suspect, but the stunningly punny characters know well how to hide their motivations behind a flurry of gags and one-liners. Murder at Bedside Manor takes place in a shockingly OSHA-noncompliant hospital staffed by such consummate professionals as Barb Bituate, Old Doctor Young, Young Doctor Young, and Nurse Scratchit. "Lame jokes, puns, goofy costumes, and thin plots are the stock in trade at the Mystery Mansion," noted Barbara Yost of the Arizona Republic, adding, "Patrons can't get enough.
The nationally acclaimed pizzasmiths at Papa John's hand-toss dough in preparation for a miscellany of fresh meat, locally sourced veggies, and all-natural sauce. The menu sets out more than 15 toppings ($1–$1.50), such as pepperoni, black olives, and jalapeños, which adorn four sizes of original thin pizza ($7+) bedecked with fresh tomato sauce and cheese that unites the diverse ingredients much as a squabbling family is united by a love for pizza. Preselected topping combos ($11–$18) save stomachs from indecision; The Works proffers three types of meat, three vegetables, and olives, and the hawaiian barbecue chicken calls for a truce in the eternal fruit-veggie food fight with the addition of pineapple.
Ono Hawaiian BBQ brings the island to the mainland with tender meats soaked in made-from-scratch marinades. Chefs hand roll chicken katsu in panko bread crumbs to give it a fresh, crispy texture, and assemble generous portions of crispy shrimp, island whitefish, and barbecue chicken in the seafood mix.
Named for their founder, a renegade radio host and showman, Bill Johnson's Big Apple Restaurants please palates with a menu of hearty American fare. Warm up your appetite with Grand Canyon nachos, which––just like the real Grand Canyon––are covered with beef, black beans, avocado, jalapeños, and more ($9). Mama's breaded pork chops ($13.50) and southern fried 1/2 chicken ($14) counterbalance a beefy selection of steaks. A six-ounce sirloin paired with endless popcorn shrimp ($15) tests the limits of appetites and pants, and a bacon-wrapped eight-ounce sirloin filet ($15) brings barnyard frenemies together at last. Guests can also make their own meaty matches with the Make Your Own Smoked Combo option ($17), which allows diners to make three selections from a smoked smorgasbord of pork ribs, beef ribs, pulled pork, smoked brisket, hot links, and barbecue-smoked chicken.