Dining Guide | 6 of the Best Restaurants in Phoenix for Dude Food
This month we concentrate on the men in our lives as we arrive upon Father’s Day. As you gather around and watch them as they open their ties, golf tees and precious keepsakes made by little loving hands, make sure that you get some real manly food in the mix as well. Our dads are always seemingly easy to please and that’s because they welcome “dude food” with open arms and empty bellies. Dude Food encompasses the comforting dishes that his mom made growing up, or dishes with a heavy focus on the meat playing center stage. We’ve located some of the most elevated manly meals that any man in your life would be happy with and you may find some new favorites too.
6 of the Best Restaurants in Phoenix for Dude Food
The Attic Ale House
4247 E. Indian School Road| Phoenix| 602.955.1967
While the Attic Ale House’s Ivan Burger is world-renowned thanks to a being named one of the top 10 burgers in the world by Burger Guide. But, we’re most impressed with the “go big or go home” attitude of their I Can’t Believe Huddy Ate This Burger. It’s more than just a burger, it’s a challenge. Gather the guys together and give your best effort at tackling this epic creation. It’s essentially six of the Ivan burgers (1/2-pound choice burger, crisp spring greens, tomato, onion, chipotle mayo and your choice of cheese) with the extra addition of six fried eggs and twelve pieces of bacon. What’s more manly than taking down a monster burger?
Garage Wine and Tap
1534 E. Bethany Home Road| Phoenix| 602.265.4125
Nothing says manly meal to me more than a wholesome and straightforward meat and potatoes meal. We love the prime ribeye served at Garage. The ribeye is sourced from Gold Canyon and is prepared in such a way that it is fork tender and perfectly marbled giving that melt-in-your-mouth feel. It’s topped with a cabernet demi and roasted providing an extra layer of depth and richness. The mashed potatoes are creamy and just buttery enough to feel decadent without being completely sinful. Some seasonal vegetables are added to round out the plate, but we all know the focus is on that beautiful beef. This is the perfect comfort meal for any meat lover.
North Mountain Brewing
522 E. Dunlap Ave.| Phoenix| 602.861.5999
Burgers and pizza have long been considered “dude food” and with good reason. They are both hearty, easy to eat and the flavor combinations are nearly endless. What happens when you combine the two? Flavor explosion delivered by way of this hamburger pizza! This unique pizza is built by layering local Arizona choice ground beef, white cheddar, pickles, lettuce, onion, tomato, shredded lettuce all set with a blended sauce made of ketchup, mustard, and mayo. You’re welcome to add avocado, bacon or a fried egg to your pizza to add to the experience. This pizza will make your taste buds dance; no buns required!
O.H.S.O. Eatery + NanoBrewery
4900 E. Indian School Road| Phoenix| 602.955.0358
O.H.S.O. is all about elevating pub fare and there is no greater representation of this than in their brisket mac. There is something comforting about a bowl of pasta interlaced with smooth, creamy and gooey cheese all on in its own. When you add in smoked brisket, red pepper, slightly spicy and tangy barbecue sauce, crispy onion strings, toasted bread crumbs and Boursin sauce it gets a little sinful and something that will really stick to your ribs. The grown-up toppings and flavors bring this dish from something to appease the kids to something that will satiate the manliest of appetites.
Wally’s American Pub N Grill
5029 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.954.2040
Wally’s is everything that you are trying to find in a neighborhood pub; friendly, inviting, warm and with a menu full of comforting dishes. If you’re looking to get a little messy, you have to try their famous meatball hero. This massive sandwich stars huge (in size and flavor) meatballs with a rich house made marinara sauce with the perfect combination of spices. The velvety melted mozzarella provides a touch of salty flavor to the sandwich and adheres perfectly to the other sandwich components. The sandwich filling seems to dwarf the fresh-baked hoagie, so if you’re brave you can eat with your hands, but you might want to keep that knife and fork at the ready!
5223 N. Central Ave.| Phoenix| 602.279.1111
This neighborhood favorite has a robust wine, beer and cocktail selection that is ever evolving and makes a great introduction to any dinner, but it is made even more remarkable with the sophisticated pub fare. Ribs often evoke a down-home backyard feel and one bite of Windsor’s New Orleans style pork ribs will quickly transport you to a bayou backyard with the unique combination of spices (is that cinnamon I taste?). The baby back ribs themselves are slow roasted and come bathed in a house barbecue sauce that you can sop up with the accompanying cheddar biscuits. Get in there and get a little messy.
*This article was originally featured in the June 2016 issue of Uptown Magazine.*
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