Union Public House serves up unique American cuisine.
Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed down fare.
Union Public House's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Perfect for after-work outings, Union Public House's happy hour is hard to beat.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Union Public House's wifi.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Union Public House's al fresco patio seating.
Need room for one more? Add another to your party — Union Public House is great for large groups.
Union Public House draws a crowd with performances from live DJs.
Weeknights are busy for Union Public House, so call ahead and make a reservation if you can.
Casual dining at its best, Union Public House customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
Or, take your grub to-go.
Don't spend time circling the block — parking is available in a nearby lot, and valet is provided, if preferred.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
When it first popped up at the intersection of Park and University, Wilko was a quick stop for UA students to grab some espresso or refrigerated food to-go. But a massive overhaul in 2010 transformed the space into a fully functional restaurant, and one that has continually added to its menu since.
As a modern gastropub, Wilko prepares all of its inventive comfort food right on-site. That includes sandwiches, flatbreads, and a group of "Tasty Misfits," which don't fit under any menu category, but come in the form of Sonoran bratwurst or pan-seared tilapia. In addition to the eats, diners can fill up empty water balloons or wash down bites with more than 30 wines, craft cocktails, and more than 10 beers on tap.
Citizen Public House: A User's Guide
Inventive Gastropub Cuisine | Multidimensional Cocktails | Addictive Bacon-Pecan Brittle
To start: chopped salad with corn, couscous, smoked salmon, asiago, pepitas, arugula, and currants—so popular it has its own Facebook page
Sandwich: beef-belly BLT with jalapeño aioli and pickled tomatoes
Entree: pan-seared scallops with Hampshire bacon, roasted corn grits, wilted snow-pea greens, and cola gastrique
Dessert: chocolate-and-chili bread pudding with tortilla-chip ice cream
What to Drink: Science instructs the cocktail creations of mixologist Rich Moe. Try the Im-Port, a blend of Jameson whiskey, Sandeman tawny port, tobacco-and-leather-infused bitters, and Guinness stout foam. For something sweeter, Moe also mixes up a handcrafted sangria with pomegranate syrup.
Who's in the Kitchen? Chef Bernie Kantak is well known in the area for being the driving force behind Cowboy Ciao. It seems he has the Midas touch when it comes to restaurants. Under his guidance, Citizen Public House was named one of 2011's best new restaurants by Phoenix New Times and Esquire magazine.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Peruse the collection of authentic Native American ceramics and jewelry at Sewell's Indian Arts (7087 E. 5th Avenue).
After: Relax over a cocktail and jokes from comedians featured on Comedy Central and HBO at The Comedy Spot (7117 E. 3rd Avenue).
If You Can't Make It, Try: The Gladly (2201 E. Camelback Road), which showcases similarly inventive cuisine by Chef Kantak and cocktails by Moe, as well as one of the Valley's largest collections of whiskeys and scotches.
Located in Scottsdale, TK's is a well-known pizza place that has amazing pizza and good burgers. An unforgettable dining experience set in a casual ambience. It's an ideal choice for those interested in great food.
There's no particular required attire, so feel free to dress comfortably.
It's recommended that you should try the steak salad, the mac and cheese, or the pulled pork sandwich, since each one is fantastic. In terms of the restaurant itself, it's been tabbed as a nice option for both families with children and large groups. WiFi's available if you're trying to get some work done, and if you're in a hurry, you can always take advantage of the convenient take-out menu. Or, if you just want to pop in for a beverage, the restaurant does have a pretty decent selection at its bar.
A highly-regarded spot for both lunch and dinner, TK's definitely stands out from the rest. Along with valet, visitors have access to a garage and private lot nearby (or can park on the street). Prefer to pedal there? Bicycle parking is also provided.
A native of the Sonoran Desert, the brittlebush looks like a humble, gray-leafed scrub for most of the year. In late winter and early spring, however, it blossoms with bright yellow petals that evoke its cousin, the sunflower. It's a local treasure that changes with the seasons—much like the foods at Brittlebush Bar & Grill, located on Kierland Resort.
The chefs here draw from locally-sourced ingredients, pushing the bounds of gastropub creativity with each new recipe. Dishes such as salmon sliders and scotch onion soup—made with single malt scotch whiskey—match well with the drink list, which includes a nice selection of locally crafted beers on tap. The eatery's decor is likewise warm and welcoming, combining copper accessories and exposed wood beams with views of the beautifully landscaped golf course and herds of wild golf carts.