One of the regulars I met compared Mabel Murphy's to Cheers. Officially called a night club, Murphy's is a welcome oasis from the Arizona sun. The people are friendly and the food is excellent.
Also, for those who care (not me—go Chiefs!) the bar owners are Packers fans. You can even buy Packers items.
Favorite Dish: Whenever I stopped in for lunch, I chose the turkey club sandwich. They also have evening specials, including all-you-can-eat chicken on Tuesday and free steak (with two drink purchases) on Wednesday. The chicken and fixings were as good as mom's home cooking.
This western-style restaurant (a fixture in the western-themed village of Rawhide) offers live country-and-western music every night.
Favorite Dish: Unique appetizers include fried rattlesnake, barbecue ribs, and mesquite-broiled shrimp while entrees include a variety of steaks, barbecue chicken, baby-back ribs, prime rib, and other western delicacies (all meals are served with a tossed garden salad, cowboy beans, a daily side dish and corn bread).
Open only at night, this is one of Old Town Scottsdale's most popular spots (so be prepared to wait)...the food is worth the wait (especially with the garlic mashed potatoes on the side). Everybody raves about the rotisserie chicken as well as the huge mounds of garlicky, herb-seasoned mashed potatoes that come with it. But everything is quite good!!!
Favorite Dish: There were a couple of recommendations provided to me by friends who live in the Phoenix area. One being the Prime Rib Sandwich Platter which comes with your choice of cole slaw, baked potato or fries. The other being the 1/2 Chicken Plate with mashed potatoes. Huge portions I must say, so bring the loose fitting pants...lol
I ate at an amazing restaurant with my father called A Different Pointe of View, located 1800 feet up on the Tapatio Cliffs just outside of Phoenix (and on the grounds of the Pointe Hilton resort). The food was amazing, and the restaurant rather upscale (despite the corny name). I couldn't find any proper pictures of the place, but the views are spectacular.
Although it took them a very long time, the pizza was really really good! All the kids enjoyed it and the restaurant was very comfortable and inviting. The service was good too!
This is first time I'd ever seen a "Pasta Bar" where you go and choose the ingredients and sauce you'd like and the chef prepares your pasta fresh and hot in front of your eyes...