Since 1998, FuNuGyz Sports Grill has been known in Peoria as a popular hangout and exciting sports tavern with quality pub cuisine and Mexican dishes. Featuring live musical sets, televised sporting events like UFC matches, and hosting an ongoing poker tournament, the bar strives to keep patrons entertained and connected while satisfying their bellies and elevating their spirits.
Hearty, comforting diner-style meals are the foundation of SJ’s Sports Grill. Diners choose their satisfying meals from the restaurant’s menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner feasts with all the trimmings, such as a breakfast of buttermilk pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and home fries. At dinner, they can tuck into a 12-ounce rib-eye steak accompanied by a baked potato, veggies, salad, and dinner roll. Nearly every dish diners choose comes with expertly seasoned french fries or home fries for a well-rounded comfort food plate. To wash down rib-sticking burgers or pork chops at dinner, guests can sip draft beers, glasses of wine, or mixed drinks.
Arizona shares more than a border with the Mexican state of Sonora. Though they belong to different countries, the two states share the same desert topography and, thus, many of the same culinary traditions. Valle Luna highlights and celebrates these traditions with a menu of Sonoran–style tacos, sopas, and pedazos inspired by the rare genius of its founder, Tia Rita. Surprisingly, Valle Luna’s story began not in Arizona but in upstate New York. Tia journeyed to Syracuse in the 1970s, bringing with her the recipes she gleaned from her childhood in the Sonoran Desert. After earning a number of awards and accolades in New York, Tia returned to warmer climes and founded the original Valle Luna on West Bell Road in Phoenix, where her food continued earn rave reviews until her passing in 2008. Today, Tia's family carries on her legacy at three locations spread across the Valley. They’ve even added to her original menu, crafting such genre-defying dishes as Mexican potato skins, choco tacos, and salsa-stuffed piñatas.
In more ways than one, Upper Crust is the best of two worlds. Though the menu was inspired by Brooklyn pizza parlors—evidenced by stromboli and thin-crust specialty pies—there are also slightly more upscale dishes, such as stuffed mushrooms and crème brûlée. Beyond the all-ages dining room, a separate wine bar for guests 21 and over features Old World and New World varietals, as well as a rotating selection of craft beers. Throughout the space, the red-and-white checkered tablecloths feel familiar, but plasma TVs and corrugated metal panels over brick walls introduce modern touches.
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.
Only an artisan kaiser roll or a pretzel bun would have the strength to properly support Arcadia Tavern?s hangover burger. Atop a half-pound patty, chefs pile thick slices of applewood-smoked bacon, a mound of caramelized onions, melty slices of jack cheese, a grilled tomato, and an egg fried over-easy. All of Arcadia?s food is this oversized and tasty; in fact, that?s the restaurant?s modus operandi when it comes to drawing up its breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night menus. As guests indulge in the eatery?s full slate of American cuisine, such as pulled-pork sandwiches, buffalo-chicken pizza, and slider trios crafted to represent the three branches of government, they can catch sports match-ups on the plasma TVs that hang throughout the space. Those who prefer a more natural vista are in luck, too: the restaurant?s wrap-around porch boasts picturesque views of Camelback Mountain.