A hulking tower of gooey Muenster cheese, onions caramelized in whiskey, bacon, mushrooms, and a tangy sauce atop a well-seasoned, half-pound patty on a pretzel bun, the Bootlegger, your friendly server will rightly say — along with the PBLT — is a very good choice here. And the signature burger's size, plus the addition of a few handfuls of light and crispy housemade chips, means it easily can feed two. Not a bad thing to know if you're planning on tasting on a few satisfying apps beforehand, like smoky wings in a spicy and citrusy sauce or crispy shrimp and grits studded with sausage bits over a basil purée.

Chances are you'll smell the efforts of Slade's Southern Pride Smoker before you actually see it sitting behind glass near the bar. Within a smartly dressed yet comfortable room of distressed brick and reclaimed wood, the smoker's heady aromas hang lazily in the air, as much a part of the atmosphere as the din of conversation or the glowing clusters of mason jar lights.

The Bootlegger Burger, a hulking tower of meat, cheese, mushrooms, and sauce, is a very good choice here.
Jackie Mercandetti
The Bootlegger Burger, a hulking tower of meat, cheese, mushrooms, and sauce, is a very good choice here.

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Bootleggers

3375 E. Shea Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85028

Category: Restaurant > Barbecue

Region: North Phoenix

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Bootleggers
3375 East Shea Boulevard
602-996-4228
www.bootleggersaz.com Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily

Bacon Board: $16
PBLT (pork belly sandwich): $11
Sliced beef brisket: $12
Smoked turkey leg: $8

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Before you know it, you're seated in a leather booth or in front or an aluminum tabletop, and there is barbecue before you — then, there isn't. You'd swear it vanished into thin air. But maybe that's the moonshine talking.

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rjsbabe
rjsbabe

I really enjoy your articles Laura and I agree, Bootleggers is awesome! The nachos are to die for...best I've ever had.

johnsnare
johnsnare

A little ridiculous.  I want a good burger, not half of the cow's ass.

 
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