All American Summer Eats
Looking for solid American cuisine with a great atmosphere? Here are some of the favorites among the residents of the Valley for classic American fare with a few new twists.
This is classic bar food with some serious upgrades. Located in the Central Phoenix neighborhood of the same name, the Windsor boasts a unique cocktail list (think prohibition era) and a backyard-style patio. For starters, try the Corn Dog Poppers, complete with fried pickles and ballpark mustard. After that, the brown bag chicken sandwich is one of the favorites among the regulars.
The Windsor is one of several local spots that falls under the Upward Projects umbrella. The hallmark of the family-owned company is pairing great food with local ingredients, boutique beverages and warm, friendly culture. For hours and directions, check them out at windsoraz.com.
Known first and foremost as the most popular local brewery in the Valley, Four Peaks started as a group of beer enthusiasts trying their hand at creating great beer. The 8th street brewery in Tempe became a local hangout for Tempe residents thanks to the great patio talked onto the mission-style building, making this a great beer and burger joint. Talk to your server about great beer pairings, or grab a sampler and try them all! Check them out in Tempe or any of their three other locations. Hours and directions can be found at fourpeaks.com
For a slightly upscale take on classic American, Check out the Vig at one of its four locations around the Valley. Not only can you get a great burger (the Fillmore Burger is a favorite), but you can enjoy it on one of the best patios around, and enjoy it with regular fries or delicious sweet potato fries, all while playing a game of bocce. Find them at thevig.us.
Another local favorite that serves new American fare, The Main Ingredient (or TMI as it’s called by the locals) is a favorite gathering spot for residents of downtown and especially the adjacent Coronado neighborhood. The building is stylish and cozy and is a converted house in the common bungalow style that. The patio’s got al fresco seating that is full of locals six nights a week who often bring the furry members of their family with them (there’s even a neighborhood pony that’s often there). The servers are friendly and the Ales are fantastic. Check out their Artichoke heaven dip and their all-day happy hour every Monday. For more info, go to tmialehouse.com.