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Feb 1, 2008 02:10 PM

Best happy hour food in Phoenix area?

We're looking for really good, but relatively cheap, happy hour specials in the Phoenix area - meaning a chance to taste the menu without shelling out for a whole dinner experience and spending a ton of time. Weeknight recommendations would be especially appreciated - whether the happy hour is early evening or a 'reverse' happy hour. We are open to any type of cuisine for this quest. :)

The ones we've found so far that we reall like are: Kona Grill (Fashion Square - great food and drink specials, including sushi), Zen 32, and we've heard great things about Donovan's.

Any other cheap eats suggestions, whether or not during a specific happy hour, would also be appreciated! Thanks!

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  1. Eddie V's had fantastic happy hour specials in the bar. Located in DC Ranch in N. Scottsdale.

      1. re: azhotdish


        7210 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

        1. re: azhotdish

          WOW what a great looking menu! we're there!! Thanks!

        2. It's a chain, but McCormick & Schmick's has a great, cheap happy hour - and their patio is nice when the weather is good. I tried to get on their Web site to confirm their actual happy hour specials, but it was taking too long to load! Keeping in the seafood genre, I think the Salt Cellar has an amazing reverse happy hour, but I haven't been there in years, so I can't say if the quality is still the same or if it's even still going. But, I think it was a staple, so I can't imagine it went away. Roosevelt Tavern in downtown Phoenix also has some decent drink specials during happy hour.

          816 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

          Salt Cellar Restaurant
          550 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

          McCormick & Schmicks Seafood Restaurant duplicate
          2575 E Camelback Rd # 175, Phoenix, AZ

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          1. re: Beaver Street

            McCormick and Schmicks is FAB. the prices, the food, the drinks. love it all. I did roosevelt a few weeks ago and was underwhelmed. frankly, for what it is (a place with few tables, we were in the front room), i found the food to be kinda not conducive to cocktailing... the sandwiches were huge and unwieldy... soup isn't that easy to eat, many of the apps were the same (although, it should be said, they were all delicious)...

            not a big fan of zen32, either. their happy hour sushi is really kinda yucky.

            i am a big fan of the Fish market happy hour, particularly at the raw bar. sushi specials are half off, and there's a good bar list at the raw bar.

            and padre's is great too.. they've got a bar menu and a happy hour menu that are different from the regular menu... great deal of street tacos and nachos, etc.

            1. re: hzp

              totally agree about m&c's as well as fish market - i forget about the latter pretty often, although we did have a recurring hh on sundays there and enjoyed the food.

          2. Kincaid's downtown has a pretty great happy hour. 1/2 off appetizers till 6. Nothing too great but still worth hitting up, just (apparently) not on game nights.

            1. Wow, nobody has mentioned Roaring Fork? Their happy hour is so fabulous that they had to move locations to a place with a larger bar area. The fish tacos, (or perhaps a Big Ass Burger or roasted chicken) and a huckleberry margarita or two...ah, pure bliss.

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              1. re: modthyrth

                Sapporo has a great Happy Hour! More than just sushi on their 1/2 price menu.

                1. re: modthyrth

                  Yep, Roaring Fork is a good one. The green chile pork stew is my weakness. Oh, and it's hard to stop eating the jerky they put out at the bar.

                  1. re: modthyrth

                    I can't believe I forgot Roaring Fork....that's almost criminal, as they have one of the greatest happy hours. And Boingo2000....I'm on the same page as you with the green chile pork stew.

                    1. re: Beaver Street

                      I don't know about happy hour, but the "Dr. Pepper" shortribs at Roaring Fork was fabulous.