Each week, we venture to a new restaurant to check out what the spot has to offer during our favorite time of day — happy hour. Whether it's affordable appetizers, delicious drinks, jaw-dropping deals, or none of the above, we'll check out the situation and report back.
The Spot: Isabella's Kitchen
8623 East Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale
The Hours: Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. for selected drinks and food.
Perfect for: Enjoying the outdoors with friends with scenic views and hearty happy hour food.
The Interior: Isabella's Kitchen offers patrons several options to feel comfortable. Kick back with colleagues after work on the patio — you'll have a view of the sunset if you arrive at the right time and experience resort dining without the exuberant prices. If you're seeking privacy, there are four-tops and tables tucked inside. The vibe is casual, but the decor of empty bottles, wine barrels, and rusted steel gives the place an eccentric warm ambiance.
The Food: There is no skimping on the cheese and meat plate at Isabella's Kitchen. Genoa salami and mortadella is served with cranberry bread, Brie, Pecorino, dried mangos, figs, walnuts, and house mustard. A rosemary sprig adds a special texture and color to the plate. Given its generous portions, the assumption is this board is expensive — think again. This plate is only $12 and a popular option for happy hour patrons. If you are looking for other food choices to share, Izzy's wings and the bruschetta plate offer sizable portions, too, or opt for traditional Italian fare, like a Margherita pizza.
The Drink: Order a variety of beers for $4 or select wines for $7. During happy hour, cocktails are $8 and well drinks are $6. We opted for the Moscow Mule, their signature drink. This drink isn't light; the house-made ginger syrup, loaded vodka, and lime juice is a stealth combo. Isabella's Kitchen also features a Grapefruit Vojito, the menu's second-best seller and their version of a traditional mojito, substituting vodka instead of rum. The staff is attentive and eager to check on whether your drink is made the way you like.
Conclusion: Great drinks, spectacular views, and excellent food makes Isabella's Kitchen the complete and satisfying happy hour experience. Whether with friends or family, this place will quickly become a go-to spot.
Don't Miss: Generous food options for the price. In particular, the meat and cheese plate — you won't find a board like this anywhere else during happy hour.
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Skip This: Sitting inside. The best way to enjoy Isabella's Kitchen is sipping your Moscow Mule while watching the sunset behind the mountains.