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.
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.
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
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
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 Club: Children 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After a long week my husband and I decided that we needed a date night. We headed over to Trattoria del Piero at the Biltmore Fashion Park to enjoy some refreshing drinks and appetizers on the patio. Later that evening on the main lawn of the Biltmore Fashion Park one of my husband’s favorite movies, Caddyshack, was being shown as part of the Movies in the Park series. A perfect date night.
Trattoria del Piero is the second location of the Queen Creek Olive Mill’s Tuscan themed restaurants and is a part of the new UNION shops at the Biltmore Fashion Park. The menu consists of appetizers, bruschetta, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts made from local and organic ingredients. You can sit inside or outside on the patio. Or, if you prefer, you can belly up to the bar. Since it was such a lovely spring evening, my husband and I opted to sit on the patio. (Tip: If you want to sit on the patio to eat, let someone inside know first so they’ll come out to take your order. The patio is shared with other businesses in UNION so they may not know you are waiting for service.)
A little known fact is that Trattoria del Piero serves the famous meatballs made by Lisa G. All of those that mourned Lisa G.’s closing can now enjoy her famous meatballs anytime at Trattoria del Piero. Upon the confirmation of this rumor, my husband promptly ordered a bowl. I decided on the bruschetta board and a hot pink Prickly Pear lemonade.
Now, I’m going to be honest with you, while perusing the menu I noticed the cupcake sampler right away. I wanted to order it as an appetizer but held off until the end of our meal. The wait was well worth it. The cupcakes are made with olive oil from the Queen Creek Olive Mill and are delicious. My personal favorite was the Mexican chocolate cupcake. I had to stop myself from going inside and buying a full sized Mexican chocolate cupcake to go.
Trattoria del Piero is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (I’m ready to go back soon for their famous Vanilla Bean Olive Oil waffles). Take note that the dinner portions are more like appetizer portions. Trattoria del Piero also serves wine and beer.
If you want to make a date night out of it like my husband and I did, check out the Movies in the Park spring schedule.
Trattoria del Piero is located at the Biltmore Fashion Park at 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix.