Astronaut cooks have made numerous attempts to wrangle hamburgers into space-ready meals, from dehydrated-pickle disks to vacuum-sealed burger bottles. Enjoy what our starry-eyed brethren never can with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American fare, sushi, and drinks at Networks Bar & Grill, located in the Hyatt Regency Phoenix Hotel.
Networks Bar & Grill fills its casual quarters with an array of appetizers, sandwiches, and bubbling microbrew beers. Perfect for a friendly business lunch or a curiously tense softball team dinner, Networks serves a spring menu replete with timeless favorites and seasonal fare. Starters such as homemade spring rolls ($7) and a baja shrimp cocktail ($10) foreshadow more formidable mealpieces on the horizon. The bleu burger piles cambozola cheese and grilled onions atop a beef, chicken, or veggie patty ($11); diners can also wrap their hands around one of several sandwiches ($8.50–$10) or grab fistfuls of a crispy chicken salad ($10) to shock their tablemates. Ocean-born eats include an assortment of nigiri ($5) and specialty rolls such as the New Mexico, with citrus salmon and poblano peppers bonded with cream cheese mortar ($10). Bartenders pour pints of Dogfish Head IPA ($5.50) and whip up premium Van Gogh Vodka specialty drinks ($6–$12) that provide the courage necessary to ask a stranger to dance, even in the absence of music.
Like a surf-bum-slash-day-trader, Networks Bar & Grill blends a laid-back aura and a professional feel with plush booths, tall tables, and a no-nonsense full bar. WiFi lets lunching workers stay productive by making it easy to check email and manage fantasy sports teams.