Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Weekend Edition

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‘80s pop band Loverboy reminded us that everybody works for the weekend – especially when you find one of those rare haute hotspots that offers happy hour love seven days a week. Here are three places to score dining and drinking deals on your weekend reprieve.

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photos by Mark Lipczynski

Bei
2200 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
480-471-6609, beisushi.com
The Japanese kanji bei translates to “rice” or “America,” depending on the context. It could go either way at this Central Scottsdale sushi and sake bar. The vibe here is stateside chill with neutral tones, traditional Asian art and an impressive raw display. Happy hour specials rotate; past offerings have included $4.95 house wines and Kirin, plus American-friendly appetizer options like gyoza dumplings ($4.95) and shrimp tempura ($5.95). Sake bombs ($6.95) tempt the party crowd, while purists can enjoy house hot sake ($2.50) or premium Sho Chiku Bai Nigori ($7.50). Local sushi lovers rave about Bei’s fresh salmon nigiri ($2.95) and spicy salmon, which swim alongside chewy calamari ($5.50) and the yummy flash-fried Nebraska roll with spicy tuna, crab, cream cheese and avocado ($8.95). 4:30-7 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close daily.

 

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Caballero Grill
1800 N. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear
623-935-4287, caballerogrill.com
Longtime friends Anthony Guerriero and Paul Fratella opened their dream restaurant in a defunct McGrath’s Fish House in 2012. Taking advantage of the building’s lodge-like architecture, they created a rugged Southwestern steakhouse for the modern caballero. Saddle up in the bar area for $3 house vino, $2.50 margaritas and impressive views of lodgepoles fire-branded with the restaurant’s name. Domestic drafts set cowpokes back a mere $2.30, pairing well with spicy buffalo cheese sticks ($5.50) and $6 burgers. For three bucks more, upgrade to a free-range bison patty, the perfect manly accompaniment for craft pints ($1 off) or the daily beer special ($3.99). Also look for $4.25 blueberry mojitos for the daintier set and mini chimis stuffed with avocado and mixed peppers ($5.50). 2-7 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close daily.

 

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The Whining Pig
1612 E. Bethany Home Rd.,
Phoenix, 602-633-2134
facebook.com/thewhiningpig
The only whining that goes on inside this hipster hangout is over not getting a seat. The Whining Pig is tight and cozy, with every nook and cranny dedicated to bottle, tap or seating. Pop a squat at the narrow U-shaped bar and enjoy $5 glasses of wine with selections such as Fiddle Bender Evolution and Hess 2012 Chardonnay. Grub is limited to meat and cheese platters or a $3 brownie, but once you spot the chalkboard beer list, food will seem like an afterthought anyway. The bar regularly stocks 50-plus craft beers, most of which are $3 each during happy hour. Show your state pride with Lumberyard Red Ale and Four Peaks Kilt Lifter or branch out with Sudwerk Dry Hop Lager. A few upscale brews carry premium prices, but even adventurous options like Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock ($7) and Yeastie Boys Digital IPA ($8) are a buck off. 3-8 p.m. daily.

 

 

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