Best option near Jobing.com Arena
- uhockey Aug 21, 2011 01:03 PM
Hello All, will be in town for an interview at the very end of September and hoping to catch the last Phoenix pre-season game of the year while I'm in town. Looking for a good dinner/snack option that either opens at 5:00ish or is open past 10:00. The game is on a Saturday if it matters.
I like the Gordon biersch when I go to the arena....food, drink, service all are good. Small plates are my usual choice with seasonal drinks.
that's a bit of of trick. the arena is in a relatively new "entertainment zone" development and there are nothing but chains in the complex. check the Westgate web page for a full list.
there are some options in downtown Glendale like Haus Murphys for German food. or some independents up around the Arrowhead area like Arrowhead Grill for steaks. my advice is to grab lunch at Richardsons/Rokerij before the game and then head to the arena. bit of a drive, but worth it.
6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016
8280 West Union Hills Road, Glendale, AZ 85308
That part of town, you'll be hard-pressed to find anything non-chain. (I used to live about 2 miles south of the arena.) I'm also familiar with your posts/reviews...you won't find anything non-chain, fine dining near the arena. I can give you a few more casual recs.
Since you are from Ohio...there's always In-and-Out Burger...closest at Camelback just off 101. About 2 miles south of the arena.
Other options in the general vicinity of the arena, but off the beaten path:
I can also recommend a Pupuseria near there...but it is a hole-in-the-wall. Salvadoreno Restaurant #2 at 7333 W. Thomas Rd. # 88. And the neighborhood is admittedly a little rough around the edges. Handmade pupusas - basically a thick corn tortilla filled with beans, cheese and meat - are delicious and served with salsa and cabbage salad.
Also in that area would be a very good place for Tortas. Tortas El Tri (which is somehow affiliated with Tortas la Presa further north) is at 2837 N 75th Ave # 6...basically the same intersection as the pupuseria. My mouth is watering just thinking about the Torta Especial. They also have other Mexican dishes, but we went there for tortas.
Unfortunately, the best options are on the east side of town.
8911 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020
Tortas El Tri
2837 N 75th Ave Ste 6, Phoenix, AZ 85035
"High end beef" is a relative term, in my opinion. Certain cuts of beef are appropriate to certain dishes, and many would argue - including many high end chefs - that you can draw more flavor out of the "lesser cuts". In fact, even the price discrepancy at the store isn't what it once was, as the demand for cheap cuts has grown.