Best Hippies (2009)
Leave it to the hippies to come up with some of Phoenix's cheekiest eateries. We're not talking about just any peace-and-love throwbacks, though. We mean Jan and Andy Goldstein, the dynamic husband-and-wife duo behind the burgeoning Two Hippies empire.
It started a few years ago, when they opened a kitschy, pint-size burger and hot dog joint on Indian School called Two Hippies Magic Mushroom Burgers. Even though the shop's motto is "Don't tell ANYONE where you bought them," word is out on Two Hippies' cheap, yummy eats. There's usually a lunchtime line down the sidewalk for the namesake burger, smothered in sautéed 'shrooms, melted Swiss, caramelized onions, and Thousand Island "liquid sunshine sauce," with a side of hand-cut fries. We adore the hot dogs here, and the hot wings are just irresistible, especially with the insanely hot "suicide" sauce.
But no wonder the wings are so good: Andy Goldstein goes way back in the restaurant business, since his brother Ron founded the legendary Long Wong's almost 30 years ago.
This past year, Two Hippies spawned a love child — Two Hippies Beach House — and it's just as quirky as the burger spot, only with a breezy, beachy theme. Here, you can kick back on the outdoor patio and chow down on no-frills Mexican food with a lighter spin, like fish tacos or green chile beef burritos, washed down with a desert pear lemonade. Nothing's fried, they use organic ingredients, and the vibe is really pretty wholesome, as far as hippies go.
Just weeks ago, they opened Two Hippies Dropped Out of College and Opened a Pizzeria (yes, that's the name) and, soon, the Goldsteins are branching out with Two Hippies Breakfast Joint, which we expect to be just as psychedelic as ever (even the tablecloths will be tie-dyed, they tell us). Expect a menu full of homey morning treats like waffles, pancakes, and — obviously — housemade granola.
We have the munchies already.
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