At The Whining Pig, friends and neighbors gather to nibble on cheese and charcuterie or freshly baked cookies while sipping glasses of wine and frosty beer. Guests imbibe the fine wines and beers at a shiny bar top decorated in a varnish of pennies—an ostentatious display of $32.67 in spare change. They can also relax at tables near the tavern's chalkboard wall, pausing every so often to add their own doodles. In the kitchen, the proprietor's dad slices up sausage from Schreiner's, pairing the meats with fresh fruits and savory cheeses for plates that perfectly accompany the vino.
Since 1997, The Armadillo Grill has entertained diners—who lovingly call the neighborhood spot "The 'Dillo"—with more than 40 televisions, two pool tables, and dartboards. Of course, the staff also presents a menu, and it's chock full of eclectic American food. Appetizers of spicy Louisiana shrimp and Thai chicken skewers wake up somnolent appetites and the culinary show goes on with mouth-watering pastas, grilled sandwiches, and seasoned meats. To make the dining experience complete, The Armadillo Grill pours glasses of international wine or draft brews, such as Firestone Walker IPA. And the little Dillo kid's menu brings out smaller portions of the restaurant's signature burger and pasta.
To successfully open his pub, Seamus McCaffrey required very little research. Born and raised in Belfast, he grew up around the aromas of shepherd's pie and witnessed the cozy charm of dark-stained horseshoe bars. Thus, Rosie McCaffreys Irish Pub was born as a reflection of Seamus's intimate knowledge of casual dining on the Emerald Isle.
In the midst of the dining room lies the wooden bar, which is lined with rope lights and beer fountains stocked with Guinness. In this setting the wait staff ferries about classic Irish dishes such as corned beef and cabbage and crispy, battered fish and chips, the pub's signature meal. Along the walls, televisions contribute to the convivial ambience by broadcasting Gaelic football matches and Glasgow Celtics soccer games.
At Ticoz Resto-Bar, the chefs draw from traditional Central American, South American, and Mexican recipes to whip up modern interpretations of authentic dishes such as tamales and enchiladas. Their menu includes grilled chicken doused in sherry chipotle sauce, street-style corn and flour tacos, and the cheesy housemade corn chips of Nachos Montana, named for the state's cheese-covered founder. Behind the bar, bartenders craft signature cocktails and martinis to complement the menu's innovative Latin flavors.
Meals and merriment unfold in an intimate lounge outfitted with dark woods, earth tones, and scarlet chairs and booths. Candles and a string of overhead lights illuminate a relaxing outdoor patio warmed by a space heater.
Wrigley Mansion has been Phoenix’s grande dame for over 80 years, built as a 24-room estate between 1929 and 1932 by chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. as a 50th wedding anniversary present for his wife, Ada. However, the on-site Geordie’s Restaurant & Lounge is much newer – the Italian eatery opened in the 1990’s – but still retains the gracious elegance of the grounds with white tablecloth service and plenty of upscale entrées to choose from. Chef Robert Nixon makes his own pastas and breads, and plucks his own herbs from the Wrigley’s garden, then sends out statement dishes like the signature Bisteca alla Fiorentina, a 32-ounce Porterhouse for two, or tagliatelle tossed with daily seafood. The patio is extremely popular for periodic jazz nights and a sunset happy hour, though the gilded, baroque interior is nothing to shy away from, either.
It can be hard to keep a straight face while golfing with friends, especially when the trousers of the player in front of you reveal slightly too much of his backside. That's exactly what happened to the founders of Half Moon Sports Grill, who decided to name their fledgling sports bar after the "half moon" they giggled at one fateful afternoon. This tongue-in-cheek sense of humor permeates Half Moon, cultivating a festive atmosphere where glasses of craft beer clink on amber and cherry hardwoods, televisions stream the latest games, and a menu of refined American bar food keeps hunger pangs at bay. Pub classics such as spicy chicken wings join updated comfort favorites, such as the BLT n'A with applewood bacon. A robust burger list features a build-your-own option as well as the California, whose guacamole, bacon, and provolone make up the eighth-largest economy in the world.
Beers from local breweries such as Lumberyard and Four Peaks fill the bar alongside imported bottles of Guinness, red and white wines, and specialty cocktails including guava margaritas.