Enjoy the “spirits” of the season with these holiday drink recipes from The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.
Hot Buttered Toffee
1 ¼ oz. Baileys
½ oz. butterscotch schnapps
Hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and crushed toffee
After Dinner Mint
1 ¾ oz. peppermint schnapps
Hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream, crushed candy canes and mint
Let’s face it, sometimes the time gets away from us and before you know it, it’s ten o’clock and all of your favorite restaurants are closed. So where does one go to get a late night meal in Phoenix? Here’s a list of places where you can dine late into the night.
Open until 1:30 a.m. seven nights a week, Hanny’s serves food like appetizers, pizzas, sandwiches and dessert until 1 a.m.
Copper Blues may be known for its more than 60 taps and live music, but they also serve a tasty bites late-night menu midnight to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Enjoy Irish fare like Shepherd’s Pie, corned beef and cabbage or one of their salads or sandwiches until midnight. Stay and enjoy a Guinness to wash it all down until 2 a.m. seven days a week.
Another downtown Phoenix Irish pub, Turf serves their regular menu until 10 p.m. and appetizers until 12 a.m., Sunday – Thursday, then Friday and Saturday you can enjoy the regular menu until 11 p.m. and appetizers until 1 a.m. The bar serves drinks until 2 a.m daily.
Popular food truck Short Leash Dogs now has a permanent eatery where you can enjoy their naan wrapped gourmet hot dogs. Sit…Stay is located on Roosevelt Row and has an expanded menu of gourmet hot dogs, corn pups, soups, salads and more. They also share space with The Pie Hole, the permanent location of Mama Toledo’s food truck.
With the nearest beach being just over 200 miles away, there are not many seafood based restaurants in Phoenix. Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend restaurant, located at The Yard brings fresh seafood to Phoenix with a retro New England flair.
My husband and I decided Little Cleo’s would make for a nice little date night. We made reservations ahead of time since it’s a small restaurant and it had been busy the last time we went by. When you walk in, you’re greeted by fresh oysters placed in an iced display case. The feel of Little Cleo’s is what you would expect of a fish house, albeit a little more sophisticated.
We had heard rave reviews of the Warm Jar of King Crab and Butter w/ Grilled Bread ($21) so we started our meal with that. It was delicious and the crab meat was perfectly sweet.
Although fall temps have officially arrived in Phoenix, locals are often alerted to the start of the season by the appearance of pumpkin flavored food and drinks. Now that we’re well into October, there are plenty of places in Phoenix to get your pumpkin fix.
(Please keep in mind many of these items are seasonal and may or may not be available when you visit. It’s best to call and check first.)
On Saturday, October 19, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix opens “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power,” created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The exhibition features stage outfits, original handwritten lyrics, instruments, concert posters and videos from artists including Billie Holiday, Maybelle Carter, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and more.
The MIM will celebrate the opening of the exhibition with a variety of activities for the entire family on Saturday, October 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests can learn to play a chord on an electric guitar, receive a “rock star” makeover and learn about the female musicians featured in the exhibit. MIM Music Theater will also host performances by Phoenix female musicians, including Pick and Holler, French Girls and Catfish Mustache. All activities are included with paid museum admission.