Casey Moore’s Oyster House | Photo by Brian Goddard
Phoenix’s diverse culinary landscape provides plenty of ways to satisfy late-night food cravings beyond fast food or national chains. If you’re a night owl who wants to try out a new dining destination open until midnight or later, here are four options in each corner of the Valley. For even more options, check out our Ultimate Late-Night Eats Guide.
Brenda’s Inferno (Phoenix)
Open until midnight Monday through Thursday and Sunday, and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday
Formerly known as The Armadillo Grill, this locally owned kitchen and sports bar has been around since 1997 and offers patrons a tasty selection of appetizers and entrees. One look at the menu and you’ll be surprised that two great food options like the Philly cheesesteak and Louisiana shrimp pasta could share the same space. Did we mention that they also serve buffalo mac and cheese (penne pasta covered in homemade mozzarella and cheddar cheese sauce, topped with buffalo chicken and parmesan cheese)? Appetizers include fried pickles, spinach artichoke dip, and let’s not forget about the Inferno wings – because who doesn’t love wings? A wide beer and wine selection and creative cocktails such as the Whisky Mash (whisky, lemon juice, simple syrup, and fresh mint) and Spicy Mango (vodka, mango nectar, Fresno chiles, lime juice and orange bitters) round out the menu.
1904 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-287-0700, brendasinferno.com
Open until midnight daily
This restaurant has a long list of food items to choose from and an even longer list of drinks for those who like to end their night with a cold beer, cocktail or glass of wine. There’s a certain sophistication that accompanies AZ88’s dining atmosphere and the accompanying food options do not disappoint. The Bonfire Chicken Plate comes with grilled chicken, red potatoes, spicy orange-citrus slaw and peppadew pickled peppers. You might prefer to try the Asian shrimp, which comes with snow peas, pea pods, water chestnuts, green beans, bell peppers and toasted sesame seeds, all served on egg noodles and covered with a spicy-sweet sauce. Prefer something simple like a chicken sandwich or salad? They’ve got you covered. Craft cocktails include the Salty Dog (fresh grapefruit juice, Finlandia grapefruit vodka, pink Himalayan sea-salt rim) and the Coco Coco (Bacardi coconut rum, $120 cherries, cranberry juice, citrus soda, and coconut syrup). Local beer and fine wine are also available.
7353 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, 480-994-5576, az88.com
OHYA Sushi, Korean Kitchen & Bar (Glendale)
Open until 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 p.m. Sunday
This is the spot for the sushi lovers. The food options are seemingly endless, offering mix-and-match possibilities that include tuna, salmon, squid, octopus, yellowtail and more. Korean BBQ, stir-fried dishes, noodles, and soups are also a great choice. For drinks, standard beer and wine options abound, but we recommend trying one of the several variations of Japanese sake.
4920 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, 602-298-0110, goohya.com
Casey Moore’s Oyster House (Tempe)
Open until midnight Monday through Thursday and Sunday, and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday
Tempe boasts a slew of late-night dining options, but Casey Moore’s is one of the most notable for its scrummy seafood options, expansive patio, and diverse drink selection. Must-trys include the oysters, linguini pasta with your choice of sauce and a protein option of chicken, shrimp, or salmon, and plentiful appetizers such as chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks and onion rings.
850 S. Ash Ave., Tempe, 480-968-9935, caseymooresoysterhouse.godaddysites.com