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The Yard

The Yard Phoenix, Arizona

After months of anticipation, The Yard has finally opened in Central Phoenix. The Yard by Fox Restaurant Concepts is a 53,000–square-foot multi-use space with dining, games and will eventually house much more.

The Yard bags

Sit and relax or challenge your friends to a game of cornhole at The Yard.

Right now you can visit The Yard to enjoy a meal or cocktails at Culinary Dropout. While you wait, or after your meal, you can challenge your friends and family to game of ping pong, foosball or cornhole. A second restaurant, Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend is set to open in mid-March.

Bratwurst appetizer at Culinary Dropout

Bratwurst appetizer at Culinary Dropout

The Yard is located at 5632 North Seventh Street in Phoenix.



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SoChu House

The first time I walked into Sens in downtown Phoenix, I thought, “Am I cool enough to be here?” Downtown Phoenix lost a little hipness the day Johnny Chu closed Sens, but have no fear, Jonny Chu opened SoChu House just a few miles north of downtown at Thomas and Central Avenue. Now, the hipness of SoChu House is masked by its strip mall location, but as soon as you walk in you’ll think, “I am so cool for finding this place!”

Carrying over the look and feel of Sens, Johnny Chu also carried over the majority of the menu items. On a recent visit for lunch I ordered my favorite Johnny Chu dish, the Pad Thai with tofu. A great lunch destination, SoChu House offers salads, soups, noodle dishes and main dishes. There is even a lunch portion that includes a choice of main dish, salad and dessert.

The bar area of SoChu House has a lounge feel with several places to sit in small groups. I’m looking forward to going back for happy hour and enjoying some cocktails and tapas with some friends. Of course, they’ll think I’m so cool for showing them this new hip spot in Phoenix.

SoChu House is located at 2801 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix.

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O.H.S.O Eatery + nanoBrewery

There's a new addition to the line-up of restaurants in the Arcadia area, and it's a cool one. O.H.S.O Eatery + nanoBrewery serves up a well-rounded menu that includes small plates, flatbreads, burgers and sammies. And, of course, beer! They do Happy Hour M-F, 11am-6pm (that's not a typo) and a Beer Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The nanobrewery portion of the restaurant is currently under construction but promises to be open soon - I'm already plotting my next visit. If beer is not your thing, they offer a variety of wines and cocktails as well.

A beer is born

Very hearty sandwiches - Pesto Chicken Sammie

I had the Cheese Flatbread and a Salad (disclaimer: I'm a vegetarian) which was quite tasty. My lunch companions both opted for sammies which were a hit. To quote the one who had the Pesto Chicken, it was "VERY GOOD!"

If you like to patronize restaurants that allow your dog, this is your place. The back patio is uber dog-friendly with a line-up of faucets that pour water into waiting dog bowls. The sign above says "Barking Bar (Free Refills)" - how cute is that? And inside the restaurant, painted dog paws dot the floor.

You may be wondering what O.H.S.O stands. I'm wondering the same thing. I'll have to ask next time I'm there.

See more photos of the restaurant.

O.H.S.O Eatery + nanoBrewery
4900 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018

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Happy Hour at St. Francis

St. Francis is your quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Serving a menu of local and seasonal items, the food at St. Francis is always fresh and delicious. It’s a place we like to take friends and family for a nice dinner, and celebrations, however, something we think gets overlooked at St. Francis is their extraordinary happy hour.

The Moscow Mule at St. Francis

St. Francis has happy hour seven days a week from 3-6pm. The great thing about the happy hour here is it’s anything but your typical happy hour. All of the specialty cocktails at St. Francis are hand crafted and made with fresh-squeezed juices, mixes and homemade syrups and during happy hour they are only $5. Wine and beer are also half price.

The Endless Summer wine cocktail at St. Francis

If you’re looking for a little nibble with your drinks, you can choose from $3 snacks or a variety of eats that vary in price from $5-8. Our personal favorite is the Forbidden Rice Bowl, a vegetarian option that’s filling enough to be dinner.

The Forbidden Rice Bowl made with seasonal vegetables at St. Francis

St. Francis is located in Central Phoenix at 111 E. Camelback Road.

Full Happy Hour Menu

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Insider Secrets at CityScape Phoenix

Everyone loves a secret, right? Many CityScape tenants offer great deals and unique experiences, but many aren’t heavily promoted. Here’s an insider look at all the secrets so you can take advantage of the specials and offers to enjoy the very best of CityScape.

Chloe’s Corner

A cup of coffee shouldn't break the bank - Chloe’s Corner serves up 50 cent cups of coffee all day, every day.

Lucky Strike

Work a little action into your workday lunch hour and challenge your co-workers to a round of bowling. Buy lunch for $9.95 and get a FREE game of bowling with your meal on Monday – Friday, 11am-3pm.

Urban Outfitters

Many shoppers don’t realize that the CityScape location has a large selection of sale merchandise, but it’s hidden upstairs. You can take advantage of major deals just by heading to the second level.

Par Exsalonce

Rather than getting your primping and pampering done after work or on the weekends, head to Par Exsalonce during your lunch hour instead. During weekdays between 11am and 2pm, you’ll receive up to 50 percent off select services. That translates to $10 brow waxes, $20 blow outs haircuts, $15 manicures and more.

$5 Event Parking

Heading to a ball game, the symphony or a concert and don’t want to worry about searching for parking and overpaying? No matter the event, if you show a same-day ticket stub you’ll receive parking for only $5. Parking at CityScape also makes it easy to meet up with friends for a meal or drink before or after the event.

$5 Valet

Want someone else to park your car? Pull up to the curb on First and Washington streets (outside The Arrogant Butcher) and take advantage of all day, every day $5 valet parking.

Pop Up Water Park

Just add water! CityScape’s popular weekday Pop Up Park will be extended through summer and run 7 days a week from 11am-1pm. The water fountains are a fun place for kids to splash, play and cool off while everyone enjoys the fresh air and takes advantage of fun and free activities. You can borrow board games, cornhole, books and magazines, lawn chairs, beach balls, sunscreen, blankets, frisbees and a basketball hoop. There is also live music by DJs William Reed and Sean Watson.

Stand Up Live

Did you know there isn’t a bad seat in the house at Stand Up Live? The venue was designed to optimize a perfect view to the stage from every seat. That means no need to arrive early, wait in line and fight for a good spot.

Copper Blues

Happy hour deals Monday – Friday, 4-7pm
Over 60 beers on tap
$1 beer shots, $3 domestic and local pints, $4 craft and import drafts, $5 call cocktails,$6 specialty drinks.
$3-$6 select menu items

The Arrogant Butcher

Happy hour deals Monday – Saturday, 3-6pm
$4 well drinks, wines and select specialty cocktails.
$2 to $4 12 oz. draft beer specials, $6 shot and beer specials.
$4-$8 select appetizers

Tilted Kilt

Happy hour deals Monday – Friday, 3-6pm
$3 well drinks,$3 14oz domestic drafts, $5 vodka Red Bull
$5 Jack Daniels.
$5 select appetizers


Lux Central

This explains why the orange juice is so fresh.

Lux Central is that place, the neighborhood go-to spot where you can get breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks in a place that feels like home - a really fun home where all the cool kids hang out. I recently visited  for the first time and loved it! The place was buzzing with activity. People were typing away on computers (ironically, good ol' fashioned typewriters are central to the decor), chatting it up with friends and listening to music.

We were on a mission to get a late breakfast, so we jumped right into the order line. They serve such fresh food that two of the breakfast items had already been marked off the day's menu. Luckily for us, they still had the Eggs with Veggie Hash and the Egg Sandwich. Yum on both counts. And the orange juice is f-r-e-s-h.

Eggs with Veggie Hash

Egg Sandwich with Bacon, Tomato & Cheddar

View from the bar

So, the next time you want to get out and about and really feel like you're a part of the community, head to Lux Central. It's highly likely that you'll run into someone you know. We did.

Check our more Lux Central photos on Flickr.

Lux Central
4402 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85016


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