It’s usually about this time of the summer that Phoenix residents who don’t have a condo in Mission Beach or a cabin in Munds Park start to feel like a cast member on The Leftovers. If you find yourself wondering where everybody went — and how you’re going to get through the next few months — fear not.
Those tireless, devoted Valley restaurateurs want to take care of those of us who have been left behind. Actually, those guys are probably in San Diego, too. But their staffs are still here and waiting to dazzle you with summer promotions. Here are 10 of our favorite specials from around the Valley:
What’s better than an hour of happiness? All the hours of happiness. The Vig is stretching the boundaries of grammar by making "happy hour" last for seven hours. Drinks are on special from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., food from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. We're not even mad about it.
Blanco Tacos + Tequila
Some say that tacos and tequila is the greatest marriage since Donny and Marie Osmond. We don’t know about that, but we do know that offering happy hour daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. all summer might get us to propose to you. Wait, what? They’re brother and sister? Ewwwww.
If the words “pizza,” “beer,” and “drive-thru” make your spidey senses tingle, put Federal Pizza on your summer itinerary. Every Wednesday through Labor Day, get a free 32-ounce craft-beer growler with any drive-through pizza order. The beer changes each week, but the special will always be special.
Champagne dreams and beer-bottle pockets? The Phoenician wants to solve that problem this summer. The resort's catchy “$40/$30/$20” promotion means a three-course meal at J&G Steakhouse for $40, afternoon tea in the Thirsty Camel for $30, or your choice of a burger and dessert at Relish Burger Bistro for $20. Treat yo’self.
This little beauty never gets old. Sauce has been running its summer deal — a pizza, salad and two glasses of wine for $20 — for a few years now, and it’s never not been great. It’s always been great.
Every Sunday this summer, Nook’s new location downtown wants to give you pizza and a bottle of wine for $30. Their people in Arcadia want you give you half off all their bottles of wine. Why would you deny them this pleasure? Why?
Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend
If you haven’t yet tried Little Cleo’s, now is the time. The seafood restaurant is offering a four-course menu for $35 through September 24, and holy mackerel, does it look good. Better scuttle over there and shell out some clams before the deal is all dried up.
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You thought we forgot about your kids, didn’t you? Well, we did actually. But Zinburger didn’t, and they’re making kids’ meals only $3 all summer. That’s, like, two episodes of Dora the Explorer on iTunes. Only tastier.
This Valley institution has done away with afternoon tea, and somehow it didn’t make headlines nationwide. Maybe that’s because they replaced it with “Summer High Tea,” which is essentially the same thing, but with iced tea probably because someone checked the forecast. Check it out for $40 per person through September 11.
District American Kitchen at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
The thing about summer specials is that summer special, summer not. (Sorry.) But we love this deal from the gang at District because it’s for locals only: Arizona driver’s license holders get happy-hour prices from 3 p.m. to close through August. Sort of makes you proud to be a resident, right?
Editor's Note: This post has been updated from its original version to reflect that the four-course menu at Little Cleo's is available through September 24, not August as previously noted.