Italian for "your wine," Su Vino doesn't only curate a lineup of award-winning varietals, it also crafts custom wines to suit even the most discerning palates. Inside an eye-catching tasting room, Su Vino Winery pairs glasses and bottles of its vintages with a menu of light appetizers and sensuous desserts. Red wines such as the jam-flavored cabernet sauvignon/merlot blend and peppery zinfandel pour crimson into tasting glasses, whereas white wines—including the tongue-twisting gewürztraminer—immerse taste buds in crisp, off-dry tones. They also open their bottle-lined space to guests interested in hosting a birthday party, bridal shower, or scared-straight event for delinquent grapes.
Johnny of Johnny Fox's Public House sought to re-create the comforting pub ambiance he experienced during his time in Ireland with his father. He has accomplished this by building an old-world cottage exterior and large water wheel and filling his pub's interior with Gaelic "craig agus ceol." Following the tradition of Irish pubs, he divided the rooms into quaint sections. Low wood tables and stools sit near a brick fireplace, while one ornate booth stands semienclosed near the back. An old pipe organ sits next to a long table occupied by wayward lawn gnomes, and plenty of natural light floods in from all directions. Bartenders fill pints with Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick's at a bar inscribed with Gaelic sayings. In the kitchen, chefs labor over classic dishes such as shepherd's pie prepared with fresh ground lamb and beef, Guinness-braised short ribs, and pan-seared sea bass. Brunch buffets are available on Sundays, and a good whiskey is easy to find at Johnny Fox's, including an 18-year Jameson, while a carefully selected list of white and red wines can be paired to match all dishes on the menu. The restaurant's 15,000 square foot space is also available for meetings, weddings, or meetings held during weddings.
Cheers Tavern’s interior glows with its baker’s dozen of 51-inch high-definition TVs and its gargantuan 80-inch LED high-definition TV, which contributes to the pub’s lively, neighborly setting where regulars cheer on stock-car races, football games, and other sporting events. A menu of pub food, including wings by the dozen and a deep-fried cheeseburger, pairs harmoniously with the eight draft beers that flow freely from Cheers' taps. Guests can throw darts or play pool to stoke their own competitive fires, or they can see who can shatter the most beer mugs with high notes during Ultimate Karaoke on weekends.
Local art and regional flavors foster a sense of community at the two locations of Taps Signature Cuisine and Bar, prompting ABC 15 to describe the Litchfield Park restaurant as "a place where you can kick off your shoes, stay a while, and enjoy some local music." The chefs add distinctive southwestern flavors to dishes by occasionally incorporating anaheim chilies or chipotle-spiced condiments from the area's naturally occurring ketchup geysers. These piquant touches lend a welcome kick to certain recipes, whereas the rest of the upscale American menu—which includes grilled rib eyes, organic chicken breasts, and roasted fillets of salmon—embraces more classic flavors.
Nancy Fitzgerald, owner of The Tasting Room, knows the importance of being local–having grown up in the Phoenix area herself–and populates her eatery’s wine and beer lists with local Arizona tipples. Specializing in boutique and specialty wines and beers, she's also amassed a menu of more than 70 wines from across the United States, South America, and Europe that are complimented by more than 20 microbrews and a cider. Her chefs pair these libations with small plates of italian crostini and goat-cheese-stuffed bell peppers, and paninis topped with smoked and cured meats and eclectic cheeses. A variety of pre-arranged specialty cheese and meat plates are also available, or guests can create custom plates from a list of 18 different cheeses and 7 meats with which to impress a date or immediately see the benefits of a low-carb diet.
Every day, the chefs at Allen and Traci Thompson's award-winning The Grind cook their organic burgers in coal-fired ovens. At Chick Rotisserie & Wine Bar—the duo’s other restaurant, located just next door—the culinary team relies on an alternative means of preparation. Here, Chef Bevin O'Neil cooks free-range and organic meats on rotisserie racks before brushing them with homemade glazes such as peach barbecue and mandarin orange chutney. He supplements these meats with American comfort staples that include breads, soups, cinnamon buns, and whipped potatoes.
Guests can monitor the rotating rotisserie racks from an open-air dining room with floors of Aspen wood. They might be distracted, however, by a wine list with more than 40 varieties of reds and whites. Along with in-house meals, the Chick Rotisserie team sells entire to-go chickens that, unlike a middle-school dance, are entirely free of hormones.