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Cabin Fever

Written by Wynter Holden Category: Happy Hour Issue: January 2016
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PHM0216EBHH02Hike to these woodsy eateries for warm winter grub and pints for pennies.

The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen

26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe

There’s always a Sasquatch sighting going on in Tempe, thanks to the cheeky carved family of mythical creatures perched outside Chef Aaron May’s new digs at The Yard in Tempe. Wood plank walls, trussed ceilings and antler chandeliers lend the place a rustic log cabin-feel; a dual-purpose “game” room sports pool tables and mounted buffalo heads.

PHM0216EBHH03Cozy up to the bar for $4 pretzels with beer cheese or the house hot dog washed down with a cool Blue Moon, Deschutes IPA or other brew from the rotating tap ($3 each). Other appetizer deals include hummus with pita bread ($5), cheddar-slathered nachos ($6) and $5 fried pickles, a Southern staple that pairs nicely with the house Burger & Beer special, offered for $9 anytime. On cool winter nights, head out onto the patio to warm your burger buns by the wood-burning fireplace. 3-6 p.m. M-F



PHM0216EBHH04Cabin Whiskey & Grill


9868 W. Northern Ave., Peoria

Once a Mexican joint with sand volleyball and beachy cabanas, the patio eatery next to Peoria’s Park West shopping district is now home to a cool country bar that’s big on sports, hunting and manly liquors. Pine accents, life-size tree decals and an indoor fireplace almost make The Cabin feel like a high-elevation escape. Wines by the glass and $3 wells entice guests to extend their stay, with select half-pricePHM0216EBHH05 appetizers to fill up hungry bellies on a dime. Pair $2 Kilt Lifters and other domestic drafts with brisket-topped potato skins ($4.50) or $5 avocado egg rolls. While stuffed jalapeños are always a crowd-pleaser, the restaurant’s “famous” Cabin torpedoes make a bigger impact on the palate – and the gut – with pepper-jack cream cheese and smoked brisket in a crisp bacon wrapper ($4.50). 3-7p.m. M-F




PHM0216EBHH06The Rokerij


6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix

It’s hard to avoid comparisons to a spelunking adventure when venturing into this subterranean sibling of Richardson’s next door. The Rokerij – which means “smokehouse” in Dutch – is dark and mysterious, with copper bar tops and dark wood beams. Venture down a steep stone-walled staircase to find an underground bar with plush booths and a fireplace that burns year-round. Technically there aren’t any appetizer discounts, but a PHM0216EBHH07new lower-priced menu rolled out this past fall means carne adovada sliders, chipotle ribs and Mexico City ceviche can be found for as little as $7 a plate. Enjoy a $5 house margarita with $5 bacon-wrapped jalapeños or sample one of The Rokerij’s $5 glasses of select vino with crispy fried calamari or creamy artichoke dip ($8 each). Drafts are also $2 off, making happy hour a great time to experiment with some new suds on tap. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sa-Su