With pages full of flavors traditional to Mexico City, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, and Cozumel, the menu at Haciendas Mexican Grill is like an atlas of Mexican cuisine. Guests can taste the classic Mayan influence on the nation’s dishes with the cochinita pibil, a cut of pork that slowly marinates in a stew of achiote, orange juice, and banana leaves, or revel in the country's knack for sauces with the dark-brown dressing of the pollo con mole. The chefs also take slight liberties with the dishes, infusing the chocolate fondue with ancho chiles and transforming the humble hamburger with oaxaca cheese and chipotle mayo. To honor Mexico's extensive coastlines, the chefs drench jumbo prawns, stuffed salmon filets, and lobster ravioli in spicy cream sauces.
Outside the dining room, guests can experience Mexican culture with specialty margaritas, tap and bottled beers, and other libations in the restaurant’s three bars. Like an interstellar pub crawl, each bar features a different atmosphere: one sports a scenic view of the mountains, another buzzes with a row of LED TVs, and an outside patio grants fresh air and warm sun ideal for a round of icy beverages.
Amid the bright, contemporary decor and open-air seating of Grazie’s two locations, the restaurant’s chefs roll out fresh, flavorful pizza dough and compile classic Italian specialties. Their menu of pastas and gourmet pizzas—which are crowned with toppings such as prosciutto, capers, and ricotta—complement the tannins of an expansive, all-Italian wine list. The pizzeria doubles as an off-sale wine shop, with each bottle curated by wise wine experts who tirelessly sniff out rare imports with the enthusiasm of grape-fixated bloodhounds. When Grazie's hospitable staffers aren't serving lunch or dinner, students from regularly scheduled Italian-language classes flood the restaurant space with the delicate syllables of useful phrases such as “What’s your name?” and "Are you going to finish that lasagna?"
If Pizza Re’s signature pizza, Sweet Jalapeno Fig, is any indication, the chefs like to have fun with their New York-style pies. They cover this one in jalapeno jam, figs (of course), feta cheese, caramelized onions, spinach, pine nuts, and sea salt—but it's not their only unique creation. Another exclusive pizza, the White Clam, features minced clams, garlic sauce, and mozzarella cheese. The rest of the specialty pies are more traditionally inspired. There's a lasagna pie, a chicken pesto pie, and Da Works, a topping-heavy pizza with pepperoni, sausage, and veggies.
Other meals have no crust involved. Pizza bowls, for example, consist of a tin dish filled with pizza fixings and topped with a gooey blanket of cheese. Homemade marinara sauce lends flavor to pasta plates, and the garlic knots are all made in-house, rather than outsourced from retired sailors.
Eating at someone else’s house usually means overcooked yams, reedy string beans, and tedious games of red rover. Today’s Groupon invites you over to someone’s house for good food and no tedious games of red rover. For $25, you’ll get $50 worth of colorful cuisine at Eddie’s House, a delicious dwelling inhabited by local celebrity chef Eddie Matney. Phoenix Magazine’s Number One Chef in the Valley rolls out his signature Mediterranean-influenced New American fare in a new namesake spot.Think: Your eyes reveal that this meal is the highlight of your day. I feel pity for you. Say: You guys look like you need some nacho poppers. They go great with our cheesy-chicken skewers!
America's influence is far-reaching at T. Roosevelt's Tavern, a neighborhood pub named after the 26th US president that shells out classic American dishes with a modern twist. Twenty draft beers pour from the taps, brandishing the recipes of local breweries and pairing with a menu that features housemade pastas and house-cured charcuterie. Comfort food abounds throughout T. Roosevelt's wood-and brick-covered interior, filling tables with meatloaf, braised-rabbit ragu, and country-fried steak slathered in gravy. A spread of mostly vegetarian pizzas emerges from wood-fired ovens, and beefy burgers weigh down plates with applewood bacon and sides of fries.
Dining at EVO means more than simply enjoying a meal—it means celebrating with friends and family. But that's not to say that the food takes the back seat. EVO's Italian cuisine is made with an eye for traditional flavors, from charcuterie and cheeseboards to house-made pastas and lobster risotto. Forkfuls are paired with sipfuls from an extensive drink menu, featuring craft beers, wine, and even spirits poured from taps. And the decor is a sleek departure from the norm as well. Exposed brick walls and mismatched mirrors gleam under the light of crystalline chandeliers, providing an upscale backdrop for events such as weekly Martini & Manicure sessions and particularly elegant Tuesday night dinners.