10 Best Places to Eat and Drink During Spring Training in Metro Phoenix

For true baseball fans, this old school chophouse is a don't-miss dining destination.
For true baseball fans, this old school chophouse is a don't-miss dining destination.
Courtesy of Don and Charlie's

Though the big draw for spring training visitors is the 15 professional baseball teams that come to the metro Phoenix area for pre-season training, this city offers plenty to do, eat, and drink before and after the game.

From exciting new breweries to classic Mexican fare, we've gathered a list of restaurants and bars that showcase some of the best and most exciting things going on around town. There are standby dining destinations on the list, as well as some of the newest spots to break into the local scene.

See also: 10 Best New Metro Phoenix Restaurants of 2014

Don and Charlie's

This Scottsdale chophouse makes our list not because it serves innovative cuisine or adheres to the latest dining trends, but rather because Don and Charlie's serves simple, well-executed steaks; always has great service; and boasts one of the best collections of sports memorabilia anywhere. With walls and walls of signed jerseys, baseballs, and photos, this restaurant will have plenty to keep spring training fans interested while waiting for the food to arrive. The restaurant's menu takes inspiration from owner Don Carson's Midwestern roots, with popular dishes including shrimp de Jonghe, prime rib, and bbq ribs.

If you've come this far, you may as well make the trek to Gilbert to try one of the nation's hottest breweries.
If you've come this far, you may as well make the trek to Gilbert to try one of the nation's hottest breweries.
Heather Hoch

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.

Named the best new brewery in the world by Ratebeer.com, this new-ish Gilbert brewhouse has quickly become a must-go destination for visiting beer geeks. Founded by a group of friends and funded thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. even teamed up with renowned gypsy brewer Mikkeller last year. The brewery turns out wildly experimental beers often brewed with local ingredients ranging from Sonoran white wheat to locally-grown oranges. The tap list changes nearly everyday, but you can always count on finding something unique.

It's worth the wait -- we promise.
It's worth the wait -- we promise.
Lauren Saria

Little Miss BBQ

Since opening about a year ago, Little Miss BBQ has changed the Phoenix barbecue scene forever. Everyday diners line up at the Phoenix restaurant with hopes of getting a plate of the dry-rubbed, slow-smoked brisket before the food runs out -- and it always runs out. Owners Scott and Bekke Holmes specialize in central Texas-style 'cue, and their menu also includes housemade sausage, pulled pork, turkey breast, and pastrami. On Friday and Saturday there's even beef short ribs to be had, with all the food served market style on butcher paper with pickles, onions, and white bread.



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