The Spot: Delux 3146 East Camelback Road, Phoenix 602-522-2288 www.deluxburger.com
The Hours: Happy Hour is offered Monday - Friday from 4 until 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. daily, though the sushi kitchen closes at midnight Sunday - Thursday.
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The Interior: Separated into two dining rooms (both with their own bars) and a patio, Delux takes what would be considered a small space for most restaurants and makes the most out of it for its customers. The "grill" side of the restaurant is centered around a long bar-style table while the sushi-based portion of the establishment features several side by side televisions that offer a panoramic glimpse of life under the sea. The blue lighting creates a casual and entertaining feel for diners, particularly those enjoying the reverse happy hour after the sun goes down.
The Food: Though they're a bit pricy for a happy hour item at $10.50 per pair, the Delux "Duo" sliders are enough food to be an excellent small meal or shared appetizer. For an extra delicious time, order them with a side of Delux's signature aioli and dip them in the creamy blend of spices. While the bruschetta plate isn't anything to write home about, it's not a bad vegetarian starter for the table at the $5 happy hour price. Also, while it's not a happy hour special, a shopping cart-shaped basket of mixed fries ($6) is one of the better items on the menu and comes with sides of ketchup and the previously mentioned aioli.
The second half of the happy hour menu is where things get interesting, as eating late-night sushi at a burger place would normally be quite the risky venture. However, Delux's sushi is the exception to the rule, as the sushi chefs and recipes are straight from the defunct sushi restaurant, Zen 32. Even though most of the happy hour rolls are standard sushi fare, a Spicy Tuna Roll or California Roll for $3.50 is still tough to beat at 11 p.m. on a Tuesday. The Samba Roll ($8) is one of the more uncommon rolls available, and provides quite the flavorful punch with a combination of eel, cream cheese and jalapenos.
The Drink: For beer drinkers, Delux offers a handful of their dozens of premium brews for a happy hour special each day, including local favorites from Four Peaks for $4 and sushi-complementing beers like Kirin and Sapporo for $5. The selection changes daily though, so be sure to check with your server or bartender. On Mondays, Delux also offers one of their beer flights for $5, so for those looking to try more than one beer at a time, it's best to go in on a Monday and roll the dice on whichever flight is available at the happy hour pricing. Those looking for hard liquor can either go with the happy hour special of $4 well drinks or shell out $11 for the signature (but not discounted) Deluxtini.
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The Conclusion: It's hard to find a place that serves a full menu until at least midnight with nearly the quality of food that Delux offers. When you add in the fact that the menu covers everything from salads and burgers to sushi and milkshakes, it's an easy option for conquering late-night hunger pangs. The only knock against Delux is the lack of options on the happy hour menu, but considering that the menu has some other excellent and fairly priced grub, like the enormous milkshakes for $6.50 and aforementioned fries, there's no reason not to stop by for a midnight snack and a drink or two.