Spring Training in Metro Phoenix: 30 Best Places to Eat and Drink Near Cactus League Baseball Stadiums
Grassroots Kitchen & Tap / Facebook
From Salt River Fields in Scottsdale to Glendale's Camelback Ranch, the 10 ballparks that accomodate the Cactus League's 15 teams are scattered all over the Valley of the Sun. As you might imagine, each neighborhood has something to different to offer when it comes to food and drink, with some stadiums located within walking distance of dozens of restaurants and bars, and others offering much more limited options. But whether you're looking for a walkable place to grab a beer or a local restaurant to enjoy a post-game meal, we've done our best to find the top places to eat and drink near each metro Phoenix spring training stadium.
So, put down that hot dog and get ready to dig in.
Salt River Fields
Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies
Salt River Fields is easily one of the best, most affordable Cactus League spring training stadiums, and with its relative proximity to downtown Scottsdale, there's really no shortage of options for eating and drinking before and after the game. However, if you're looking to stick really close the park, try Butters Pancakes & Cafe for breakfast or lunch. This popular morning spot, less than two miles from the ballpark, serves some of the best breakfast in town including pancakes (duh), eggs, and fresh-squeezed orange juice that might just change your life. In the same shopping complex, you'll also find Grassroots Kitchen, a casual New American restaurant that's a great spot for a burger, sandwich, salad, or beer. But if food's not a priority or if you're looking for a more sport-fan friendly vibe, head up the street to Zipps Sports Grill. This local chain of sports bars is known for its friendly, neighborhood vibe and golden wings (they put a little honey in the hot sauce). The bar has televisions, shuffle board, and Golden Tee, so you can get your game on before you head the park.
Butters Pancakes & Cafe
8390 East Vía de Ventura, Scottsdale
8120 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale
Zipps Sports Grill
8380 East Vía de Ventura, Scottsdale
The Salt Cellar Restaurant / Facebook
Take one look at Sloan Park and you'll know the stadium must belong to the Chicago Cubs. With its green awnings and structural beams, it's designed to look somewhat like Wrigley Field, so why not stick with the Windy City vibe and hit Chicago's own Portillo's before or after the game? The Tempe location of the fast-casual restaurant is only about one and a half miles from the ballpark, and you'll find all the requisite Chi-town fare — specifically, hot dogs covered in vegetables and no ketchup, of course. For a more formal dining situation, head about four miles north to Salt Cellar Restaurant in south Scottsdale. Hidden below street level and known for serving seafood classics including oysters Rockefeller and shrimp cocktail, this is a perfect place to escape the Arizona sun and down a few drinks. Pro-tip: Salt Cellar has happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. daily in the bar, during which you can nab some nice discounts on food and drinks. Finally, for the beer lovers, there's The Brass Tap, a craft beer bar that's only about a mile from Sloan Park at Mesa Riverview. Here you'll find more than 60 taps and 240 craft beers from all over the world.
65 South McClintock Drive, Tempe
Salt Cellar Restaurant
550 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale
The Brass Tap
1033 North Dobson Road #104, Mesa
Yard House / Facebook
Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox
This West Valley stadium is one of the nicer ballparks in the Cactus League, but when it comes to dining options nearby, your choices will be somewhat limited. Your safest bet will be to head to Westgate Entertainment District, the sprawling complex of restaurants, bars, and shops surrounding University of Phoenix Stadium, where the Arizona Cardinals play. Here you'll have plenty of restaurant options, but we'll suggest Yard House for those looking to get a beer and a bite. As at the restaurant's many other locations around the country, you can count on an impressive selection of local and international beers, plus a giant menu of upscale bar fare. For the party-hardy sort of spring training fans, Westgate also offers Saddle Ranch Chop House, an impossible-to-miss Western-themed restaurant and bar that serves food and drinks and has a mechanical bull. And if neither of those options seems to fit the bill, we'll suggest venturing a little farther from the ballpark to downtown Glendale, about nine miles away. If you do, hit La Piazza Al Forno, a family-owned restaurant, that serves some of the best pizzas in the Valley.
9401 West Westgate Boulevard, Glendale
Saddle Ranch Chop House
9375 West Coyotes Boulevard, Glendale
La Piazza Al Forno
5803 West Glendale Avenue, Glendale
Saddle Mountain Brewing Company / Facebook
Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians
Getting to Goodyear Ballpark, located about 20 miles west of downtown Phoenix, means making quite a trek for many spring training fans. Fueling up before you head out isn't exactly a bad idea, but if you prefer to grab a bite and a beer close to the park, you do have a few good options. Sports fans will probably know the name Dan Majerle, and the former Phoenix Suns player and coach owns a mini-chain of sports bars around town these days. You'll find the Goodyear location of his Majerle's Sports Grill just over five miles from the ballpark, and you can count on solid sports bar fare and cold beer on tap. For a similar vibe even closer to the park, there's also a Native New Yorker about two miles away. And if you're wanting a taste of something truly local, venture to local craft brewery Saddle Mountain Brewing Company, about three miles north of the stadium.
13375 West McDowell Road, Goodyear
Native New Yorker
530 North Estrella Parkway, Goodyear
Saddle Mountain Brewing Company
15651 West Roosevelt Street, Goodyear
Rito's Mexican Food / Facebook
Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers
With its location in the far northwest Valley, Surprise Stadium is probably the most difficult-to-get-to Cactus League stadium. On the upside, there are a few good spots to grab some grub once you make it out to that side of town. Rito's Mexican Food is a local cult favorite when it comes Mexican food, specifically green chili burritos made with tender beef that's soaked in slow-burning green chile sauce. The restaurant is definitely a no-frills sort of place, but does accept credit cards, unlike its cash-only sister restaurant in Central Phoenix. New York Flavor, located about two miles from the ballpark, makes a great destination for sandwiches and New York-style egg creams. The fast-casual eatery serves an all-day breakfast and lunch menu of grinders, salads, burgers, and more, with some of our favorite options including the hot corned beef or the signature cold hoagie. And booze hounds will want to belly up to the bar at Irish Wolfhound Pub, a favorite spot for beers and classic Irish pub fare including fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, and more. The comfortable bar and restaurant offers happy hour every day with specials including $2.75 domestic drafts and $3.50 well drinks.
Rito's Mexican Food
15643 North Reems Road, Surprise
New York Flavor
15170 West Bell Road, Surprise
Irish Wolfhound Pub
16811 North Litchfield Road, Surprise
Little Miss BBQ / Facebook
Tempe Diablo Stadium
Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Angels fans, you've got it good. At least, you do when it comes to your team's spring training stadium, which is the most centrally located of all the Cactus League ballparks. As such, you'll have plenty to choose from when it comes to pre-game beers and post-game eats, but a few of your best options close to the park include the following spots. For lunch, you'd be crazy to not try Little Miss BBQ, the Valley's most famous Texas-style barbecue spot. It's only about two and a half miles from the stadium, but to get your fix you'll need to plan on getting there close to opening or risk the restaurant selling out its near-perfect brisket before you arrive. A more family-friendly spot for a meal would be Oregano's Pizza Bistro, found about four miles from the park. Here, the whole family can share thin-crust or deep-dish pizzas, giant portions of pasta, and the spot's famous pizza cookies offered alongside a menu of beer, wine, and cocktails. Boulders on Broadway, a neighborhood bar about three miles from Tempe Diablo, makes a good stop for craft beer fans. The casual spot has more than 30 tap handles and some 70 beers available in the bottle.
Little Miss BBQ
4301 East University Drive, Phoenix
523 West University Drive, Tempe
Boulders on Broadway
530 West Broadway Road, Tempe
Popo's Fiesta Del Sol / Facebook
Maryvale Baseball Park
Built in 1998, Maryvale Baseball Park is one of the older stadiums in the Cactus League, and when it comes to restaurants near the park, the options favor those willing to seek a dining adventure. Los Reyes de la Torta is only about a mile and half from the ballpark and serves some of the Valley's best tortas, or Mexican sandwiches. First timers can go all in with the Del Rey, a gargantuan sandwich that's loaded with ham, cheese, pork sirloin, breaded beef, egg, sausage, and Mexican sausage, plus tomato, onions, avocado, chipotle sauce, and refried beans. Popo's Fiesta del Sol also serves Mexican fare, but this sit-down spot — with its 99-cent margarita Tuesdays and All-You-Can-Eat Mondays — is probably a better fit if you're looking to drown your chips and salsa in cheap booze. Or cheese. Finally, there's Love Cuisine (formerly Fu-Fu Cuisine), where you can find some of metro Phoenix's only African fare. Everything here is pretty spicy, but there are some approachable dishes like jerk chicken and curried goat. And if you go, don't skip dessert. The restaurant's pof-pofs, or hushpuppy-like doughnuts, are kind of famous.
Los Reyes de la Torta
4333 West Indian School Road, Phoenix
Popo's Fiesta del Sol
6542 West Indian School Road, Phoenix
3633 West Camelback Road, Phoenix
Angry Crab Peoria / Facebook
Peoria Sports Complex
Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres
Seattle and San Diego are coastal cities, so it would make sense if fans of the cities' baseball teams liked seafood, right? Well, if so, then the logical choice for a post-game meal near the teams' spring training stadium would be Angry Crab, a well-loved local spot for Cajun-style seafood boils featuring everything from lobster and crawfish to King crab and shrimp. Don that bib and dig into a plastic bag filled with a seafood of your choosing, dressed in whatever sauce you like. A less messy option, though perhaps only slightly, would be Carolina's Mexican Food, a local Mexican restaurant known for its spicy machaca and fresh tortillas. Try either the green or red chile burros or the Oaxaca Special, which comes stuffed with chorizo, beans, potatoes, and cheese. Both of those restaurants are less than five miles from the ballpark, but by far your closest option would be Hooters, which is just up the street from the park. Don't worry, we know you're going only there cause the wings are so good.
7608 West Cactus Road, Peoria
Carolina's Mexican Food
9030 West Peoria, Peoria
16550 North 83rd Avenue
Republica Empanada / Facebook
The recently renovated Hohokam Stadium makes a pretty cozy spot to catch a ballgame, and there's hardly a better place to eat or drink before the game than the family-owned and operated Republica Empanada in downtown Mesa. This Latin restaurant serves savory and sweet empanadas, as well as a pretty impressive selection of craft beers in a bright, friendly atmosphere. For something a little more spicy, hit up Los Dos Molinos, a New Mexican restaurant about three and a half miles from the park. Known for its incredibly spicy food, the restaurant specializes in dishes such as Carne Adovada, Shrimp Veracruz, and just about anything you can smother in New Mexico red chili or Hatch Valley green chili sauce. Then, when you're ready to cool things down, head to Sun Devil Liquors, a retail liquor store with wide selection and a little surprise: a basement bar. Located about two miles from the stadium, this underground bar pours a rotating selection of beer and wine — and if you like what you're sipping, you can probably purchase a bottle.
204 East 1st Avenue, Mesa
Los Dos Molinos
260 South Alma School Road
Sun Devil Liquors
235 North Country Club Drive, Mesa
RnR Scottsdale / Facebook
San Francisco Giants
If you read "spring training" and think "a good reason to day drink," then Scottsdale Stadium is definitely your scene. Found in Old Town Scottsdale, the Giants' spring training stadium is the best place to party while also watching a game. You can't throw a rock without hitting a bar or restaurant in this part of town, but for party-loving Giants fans, the obvious choice is RnR, a fan-friendly bar and restaurant that serves everything from smothered potato chips and tacos to kale salads and bacon Brussels sprouts. Drink specials usually abound and if not, you can always count on the selection of flavored margaritas. You'll find a slightly chiller vibe across the street at Brat Haus, a German-inspired beer garden and restaurant with 28 craft beers on tap and a menu that focuses on house-made sausages. For the best experience there, sit outside, play some giant Jenga, and order a bucket of the Belgian fries. But if that's still not going to cut it, go for Rehab Burger Therapy. This beach-themed burger joint will serve you a patty topped with everything from bacon to chili.
7210 East 2nd Street, Scottsdale
3622 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Rehab Burger Therapy
7210 East 2nd Street, Scottsdale
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