Relish Burger Bistro
6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, 480-423-2530
Spectacular views of Camelback Mountain are a draw of The Phoenician’s casual hamburger palace, along with killer adult milkshakes and Kobe beef burgers. Score mini versions of the latter at three bucks each during happy hour, along with $4 Mexican beers like Negro Modelo and Tecate. Though the leather chairs and mantled fireplace make for an upscale dining room, hikers straight off Camelback’s challenging 1.5-mile Cholla Trail can descend into a cozy patio chair or bar stool and enjoy $6 Cuervo margaritas, palomas and wines by the glass. Relish also offers five signature Southwest-inspired appetizers for five bucks each, including pulled pork sliders with jalapeño slaw, fried queso fresco sticks and decadent tater tot nachos. 3:30-6 p.m. daily
Perfect Pear Bistro
1241 E. Chandler Blvd., Ste. 127, Phoenix
It takes most travelers two to three hours to traverse the switchbacks and elevation gains of South Mountain’s quiet, 4.5-mile Alta-Bajada Loop. Luckily, walkers can wind down every afternoon with $2.50 domestics, $5 wines by the glass ($20 bottle) and $3.50 craft and seasonal drafts such as Sonoran White Chocolate Ale and SanTan’s Mr. Pineapple at nearby Perfect Pear. As the eatery’s name suggests, the menu is fruit-heavy – though the décor is strictly neutral tones and warm wood (no tacky pear wallpaper, thank goodness). Order an açaí mojito or pear-flavored mule ($7.50 each) with bargain tapas like warm brie with bacon and brown sugar ($3), rosemary sweet potato fries ($4) or an olive and pepper platter ($2) for an ideal post-hike pairing. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; tapas 2-6 p.m.
Asado Mexican Kitchen
28244 N. Tatum Blvd., Cave Creek
Cave Creek is home to some of the Valley’s most well-traveled trails, including the hilly 12-mile Sonoran Bike Trail and an easy 5.6-mile loop around Apache Wash. Afterward, outdoorsy types can refuel with $2 Bud Lights and $4 glasses of Chardonnay at Asado Mexican Kitchen. Rustic and cozy, with copper fixtures, weathered wood and stone walls, Asado warms the spirit and the belly. Beer, cocktails and wines by the glass are two bucks off during happy hour, with a 25 percent discount on appetizers. Pair a $7 paloma with cheese-stuffed jalapeños ($6) or wash down carne asada street tacos ($6.75) with a flirty Flora-Rita made with reposado tequila and hibiscus syrup ($8). Not feeling the fiesta? Asado’s brew list ventures beyond the expected Corona with locals like San Tan Devil’s Ale and Four Peaks Kilt Lifter, while coconut-crusted chicken tenders ($6) and crispy shrimp sliders served on Hawaiian rolls ($6.75) lend global appeal to the grub menu. 3-7 p.m. M-F.
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