5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

Joe's Real BBQ Wednesday, May 7

Every year Joe's Real BBQ takes a day to thank customers for their support in the best way a restaurant can: by offering free food. This year that day is Wednesday, May 7 and during the day the restaurant expects to serve some 5,000 free meals. Customers can swing by for either a pulled pork or chicken breast sandwich with fresh homemade coleslaw, BBQ Pit Beans, and a drink. Children's sized sandwiches available for the little ones and only one meal will be allowed per person. During the day no other items will be available and you must be present -- no take out. Diners are also invited to bring canned food, fruit in particular, or boxes of cereal to donate to Open Arms Care Center. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 8 p.m.

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Phoenix Public Market and Cafe Wednesday, May 7

Because just one day probably isn't enough to celebrate your awesome mom, Phoenix Public Market Cafe is offering a whole week of Mother's Day deals that starts today and run through Sunday.To join in you can head to the Wednesday Night Open Air Market for local food and wine, as well as a cooking class with chef Aaron Chamberlin. The market will also feature live music and manicures and pedicures from Spa Fly -- to ensure mom gets some serious pampering. The cafe will also offer specially priced food and drinks throughout the week.

American TapHouse Thursday, May 8

American TapHouse, the family-oriented brew pub in Gilbert, has debuted a new happy hour with food and drink specials offered seven days a week. From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every day the restaurant and bar is serving $3 wings (buffalo, BBQ or house dry rub), $4 Beer Queso Cheese Dip, and $5 Carnitas Sliders. The restaurant also serves $3 Three Olives drink specials all day every day and from 9 p.m. to close American Taphouse's reverse happy hour offers $3.00 well drinks and food specials seven nights a week.

America's Taco Shop Friday, May 9

This Friday all nine Valley locations of America's Taco Shop have teamed up with the Phoenix Children's Hospital for the third annual Carne for a Cause. During the one-day event, 20 percent off all proceeds will go to benefit Arizona's only children's hospital. The fast-casual Mexican restaurant is known for its award-winning carne asada, though we have to admit we're partial to the tacos al pastor and cochata, a drink that blends iced coffee and horchata.

Del Frisco's Grille Through the month of May

In case you didn't know, there's a National Burger Month. And because someone said so, May is that month. In celebration the Biltmore-area restaurant Del Frisco's Grille has created a special burger with a local twist. Dubbed the Arizona Burger ($16) the dish features candied pepper wild boar bacon, fried pickled nopales, and jalapeno-peach mayo made with locally-made Chato Loco jelly. The burger will be available through the month of May.

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