Giving these down-low dining destinations the credit they deserve. The Peppermill Zu Izakaya The Hudson Eatery & Bar
Chef-owner Chad Bolar spent nine years working for culinary star Christopher Gross, and his classical chops are deliciously apparent at this unassuming strip mall spot – part modern-day steakhouse, part gastropub embraced by cuisine-starved South Tempeans.
7660 S. McClintock Dr.
This cozy bar and restaurant captures the spirit of a Japanese izakaya pub without its more traditional trappings. A massive menu of tempura, tacos, hot pots and grilled meats includes gyoza dumplings, chile-garlic edamame and tempura sweet potatoes.
2210 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Whiskey, bourbon and other well-oaked spirits are the collective jam of this breezy gastropub. The mindful if scant 12-item food menu is headlined by a spot-on Philly cheesesteak filled with tender chopped sirloin in a gooey amnion of melted provolone and tangy pickled peppers. Vegetarian dishes include tahini pasta and a white bean cilantro stew.
1601 E. Apache Blvd.
This article first appeared in the 2023 City Guide, published by PHOENIX magazine in November 2022.
Giving these down-low dining destinations the credit they deserve.
The Hudson Eatery & Bar