Cornish Pasty Co. Back in the old days, Cornish Pasty Co. was a claustrophobic little pub in a downtown Tempe that served up some of the best handheld English fusion fare around. Since then, the food is still great, but there's also Mesa and Scottsdale locations and the original Tempe spot has expanded with twice as much dining space inside and a new patio too. That's probably because guzzling pints, listening to Black Sabbath and Graveyard, and, of course, eating any of the 40 pasty varieties on the menu is just fun stuff. Don't limit yourself to the pastys though, either. The oven chips, chicken liver pate, and Shirley Temple's pudding are all good enough to warrant a spot in your pub routine.
TexAz Grill If you haven't eaten chicken-fried steak at this 30-year-old neighborhood steakhouse, you're missing out on a real Phoenix experience. Its simple, down-home layout and straightforward menu remind us what dining out in the old west must've been like. Locals and newbies alike love house specialties like the aforementioned chicken-fried steak, chicken-fried chicken (no, really!) and Southern style pork chops--two juicy, expertly cooked slabs of pig that are enough for two meals! Check out the chicken kabobs: four whole chicken breast fillets, skewered with mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, and tomato. Friendly wait staff and a really solid Sunday brunch make this place all the more special.