Assert your independence with liberating libations and star-spangled starters at these three all-American eateries.
Red, White & Brew
6740 E. McDowell Rd., Mesa
Known for 22 oz. suds, rotating daily specials and addictive garlic bread sticks, this popular Mesa haunt does justice to modern American food. Though cheeseburgers and New York-style pies are on the menu, there are plenty of regional and international dishes to satisfy global palates – with vino options to match. A shaded wraparound patio offers a casual place to enjoy $6 happy hour appetizers including cheesy chicken empanadas and white truffle fries, while the cozy, red-walled dining area is a classy spot to down a glass or two of house wine ($4.50). Draft brews, well drinks and domestic bottles are $1 off. Pair a large Thunder Canyon amber ($4.50) with gooey mini stromboli or chug a cheap Redbridge ($2.25) to tame the heat of tangy jalapeño ravioli that set off fireworks on the palate. 2-6 p.m. M-F.
Paul Martin’s American Grill
6186 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Sleek and chic as a luxury car, Paul Martin’s is a refined spot to wine down after a hard day. Dim lighting and curtain partitions in the bar area accommodate private chats, while a gorgeous community table with pendant lighting is a fun place to meet new people while enjoying the restaurant’s made-from-scratch cuisine. Look for all-natural meats and seasonal produce in $5 happy hour starters such as maple-cider chicken skewers and lettuce cups with creamed salmon and sliced apples. Try a glass of Parducci Sustainable Red with a shareable cheese and fruit plate ($9), or keep it light with ahi tuna poke and a seasonal Fresh Berry Cooler made with vodka, Cointreau and muddled blackberries ($9). Paul Martin’s $13 burger, beer and fries combo is an all-American treat, with hearty all-natural beef and regular or sweet potato fries served with a 12 oz. draft brew. 3-8 p.m. daily. Bar only.
Charr, An American Burger Bar
777 E. Thunderbird Rd., Ste. 107, Phoenix
Opened by Manhattan transplants Joe and Myrah Aiello, stylishly lower-case charr is one in a trio of casual Aiello eateries in North Phoenix’s rapidly expanding Moon Valley ‘hood. Not your typical burger joint, charr boasts a full bar and open-kitchen concept, and an all-American menu featuring timeless classics from oysters to wings to Angus sliders. Nab a stool at the counter bar for $4.50 well drinks, $7 martinis and $3 import/craft bottled brews during happy hour. Wines by the glass and appetizers (excluding calamari) are $3 off; nosh garlic knot sliders ($6.50) with a $5 glass of Urbans Riesling or order a $7 martini to accompany a dirt-cheap wedge salad ($3.50), spinach dip ($5.50) or beer-battered fried pickle chips ($3.50). 11 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F. Bar and patio only.
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