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Home Cooking in Phoenix

There’s something to be said about a meal enjoyed at home. The coziness and warmth of the space, the care that goes into the meal, and the enjoyment of a drink shared with friends on the patio. US Airways Magazine helps you capture that feeling in Phoenix at these urban restaurants located in restored historic homes.

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The Henry

The Henry

You can’t miss The Henry when you drive by it on Camelback Road. The office building turned restaurant and Fox Restaurant Concepts headquarters is the home to the newest Arcadia/Central Phoenix neighborhood restaurant. The Henry is an American brasserie that serves lunch and dinner during the week and breakfast, lunch and dinner on the weekends. You can also stop by in the early morning to pick up some breakfast, coffee, pastries, and fresh pressed juices from the group’s Juby True brand.

My husband and I stopped into The Henry on an early Sunday evening and found the placed packed as if it were a Saturday night. We were seated inside with a view of Camelback Mountain. When perusing the menu there were several creative non-alcoholic drinks listed like the Chai Lime Ginger Beer and Orange Hibiscus Cooler. There was also an inventive cocktail menu. Looking at the full bar and the lounge seating at The Henry, I made note that it would be the perfect location for a get together and some libations.

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Top places to enjoy a late night meal in Phoenix



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

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.

Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

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.

Turf Pub and Restaurant

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.

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Labor Day Recipes

Labor Day means a break from work, so no brown bagging it or braving the lunch rush that day. Whether you’re relaxing at home or throwing a party, Salty Sow, District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, and The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort have provided these tasty Labor Day recipes which make a perfect 3-course meal for your day of relaxation.

Appetizer: Summer Farm Salad from Salty Sow 

Summer Farm Salad from Salty Sow

Summer Farm Salad from Salty Sow


½ ounce - baby kale
½ ounce - baby arugula
½ ounce - baby spinach
1 ounce - pt. reyes blue cheese crumbles
1 ounce - pickled red onions
½ ounce - candied almonds
1 ounce - bacon lardons, warm
1 ounce - avocado
1 ounce - white balsamic vinaigrette
1 each - soft boiled egg

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Birthday Freebies in Phoenix

Birthdays bring parties, presents and tons of Facebook love. If you're celebrating your birthday in Phoenix, birthdays also bring something else: free stuff.

So don't worry if that card from your grandma with cash in it hasn't arrived in the mail. Here are some specials at Greater Phoenix restaurants and attractions that will help you celebrate your special day while saving you (or your friends) a little money.

Phoenix Zoo Birthday ClubChildren up to 12 years old can be registered for the Phoenix Zoo's birthday club. Club members get to monkey around the zoo for free on their birthdays, and enjoy a complimentary spin on the carousel.

AZ on the Rocks: By signing up for the birthday club at this climbing gym, you receive a free day of rock climbing and/or a free yoga class during the week of your birthday. What better way to work off those birthday pounds?

Fox Restaurant Concepts: Get the scoop on special offers, restaurant openings and more, plus receive a free dessert on your birthday at any of the Fox restaurants in Greater Phoenix when you sign up for their email newsletters.

True Food Kitchen flourless chocolate cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake at Fox Restaurant Concepts' True Food Kitchen

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Downtown Phoenix Pizzerias

Pizzeria Bianco has been bringing pizza fans to downtown Phoenix for years. Now, with the addition of two more pizzerias this summer, plus local favorite Cibo, downtown Phoenix can join New York and Chicago as a must-see destination for pizza connoisseurs.

Pizzeria Bianco

New York Times food critic Ed Levine wrote that Chef Chris Bianco crafts what “might just be the best pizza in the world.” Located in downtown’s Historic Heritage Square, Pizzeria Bianco is intimate and bustling, with exposed-brick walls and a glowing, wood-fire oven. While you wait for a table (and there will be a wait), enjoy a glass of wine at Bar Bianco next door or a pint of ale at the English pub across the street.

The Rosa at Pizzeria Bianco

The Rosa at Pizzeria Bianco

Pomo Pizzeria

Pomo Pizzeria is one of two Phoenix-area restaurants to receive the stamp of approval from Vera Pizza Napoletana (True Neapolitan Pizza), an Italian trade association that authenticates and promotes the pizza standards of Naples, considered the birthplace of pizza. Pomo opened in downtown Phoenix this May.

The Margherita (front) and Bufala at Pomo Pizzeria

The Margherita (foreground) and Bufala at Pomo Pizzeria


This urban pizzeria and wine bar occupies a restored 1913 house in the Roosevelt Row district. A warmly lit interior and one of the most romantic outdoor patios in downtown Phoenix makes Cibo a local favorite for pizza.



La Piazza Locale

The other Napoletana-certified pizzeria in Phoenix is also opening a branch in downtown Phoenix. La Piazza al Forno has long been serving up pizza to the lucky residents of Glendale and was fawned over by Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The downtown Phoenix location opens this month.


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