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Happy Hour: CHAR Pizzeria Napoletana

Desert DigestFood & DrinkHappy HourJuly 22, 2021Happy Hour: CHAR Pizzeria Napoletana

THE SCENE I almost can’t believe my eyes when I walk into CHAR Pizzeria Napoletana in Peoria. There’s a sleek, clean and downright Euro feel – silvery tin tiles on the ceiling, modern black light fixtures, gleaming wood and metal chairs congregated around marble-topped tables, brown leather banquettes and booths, a contemporary wooden bench and a clean white counter.   I grew up in the West Valley and went to high school just minutes away from this pristine pizzeria at the corner of Lake Pleasant Parkway and Happy Valley Road. Let me tell...
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I fell in love with the Hawaiian plate lunch back in the ’80s. Not in Hawaii, where I somehow missed it, but at Aloha Kitchen in Mesa, the first Hawaiian fast-casual in town, if memory serves. Of course, nowadays, island cuisine can be found all over the Valley, and one of the newest places for an excellent Hawaiian plate lunch is Maui Hawaiian Grill in Tempe.   It’s a clean, well-lit place, but I can’t help noticing that men outnumber women here by something like 10-to-1, and I’m pretty...

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All the news that’s fit to nosh.  Calling Subs: Tucson transplants, the day has finally arrived: eegee’s is opening its first metro Phoenix location this week. The Gilbert outpost of Tucson’s most beloved fast-food sandwich shop opens this Thursday, July 15, at 3535 E. Baseline Road. To celebrate the grand opening, the eatery will offer one eegee’s sticker designed by Valley artist Timmy Ham per order (while supplies last). A limited number of special stickers will award recipients with free eegee’s for a year. Fox Restaurant Concepts...

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Photo courtesy Fairmont Scottsdale Princess    A barman perches squat vessels shaped like boater hats atop a row of freshly stirred old-fashioned cocktails. He fires up a kitchen torch and lights each one, letting them smolder for a few moments before lifting the tops to release the sweet perfume of smoke and whiskey. A chef swabs a massive tomahawk steak and a pile of cipollini onions and mushrooms with a butter-drenched sprig of rosemary. She lights a nest of hay resting beneath the feast and covers the whole shebang with a rectangular metal cloche....

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plantain latkas | Photo by Leah LeMoine   THE SCENE STOP. Stop driving by restaurants and shops you’re curious about. Pull in, park and go inside. Try as many new things as you can. At worst, you’ll spend a little money and be disappointed. At least your curiosity will be satisfied, and you’ll know not to go again.   At best, you could discover a new favorite – a neighborhood haunt, a regular spot for meals with friends, a haven with your kind of people, art, vibe, food and drinks. You...

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All the news that’s fit to nosh.   Suns Mania: The Valley is rallying, indeed – with food and drink specials inspired by the Phoenix Suns’ arrival in the NBA Finals. Grab these deals while they last:  PHX Beer Co. released a limited-edition craft brew called Shazaaam! West Coast IPA, in honor of beloved Phoenix Suns announcer Al McCoy’s famed catchphrase. Notes of mango and papaya energize this beer, which is available as a four-pack or on draft.  Humble Pie and Humble Bistro are offering a “baller deal”...

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Enjoy a cocktail, craft beer or chef-curated snack above it all at these sky-high bars and restaurants. Lustre Rooftop Bar Hotel Palomar’s chic poolside bar serves up local beers, craft cocktails and light bites with a side of sweeping city views. Hang out for happy hour on weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. or stop by on Saturdays from 8 p.m. to midnight for music from local DJs. 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-258-0231, lustrerooftopbar.com Floor...

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