Metro Phoenix is still going full steam ahead when it comes to the Hawaiian poke trend, with two new spots opening just in the past month. Plus, we said hello to a few Thai restaurants around the area, an intriguing five-dollar concept restaurant, and colorful fare from chef TJ Culp in the Melrose District of Phoenix.
Check out this list to break out of your usual takeout routine:
Restaurant Progress, Phoenix
This new spot in the Melrose District of Phoenix is led by 25-year-old Chef TJ Culp — it's a colorful restaurant with a full bar. Dishes include hamachi crudo and New York strip steak.
Thai Delight, Phoenix
The Ahwatukee restaurant offers Thai cuisine on Chandler Boulevard, with vast lunch and dinner menus.
Taste of Thai, Phoenix
Thai food must be a theme for Phoenix-area restaurants this month. Taste of Thai offers a lunch special for $7.95 on its menu.
The 5-Spot, Phoenix
We're intrigued by the concept of the 5-Spot, which promises five-dollar food and drinks every day from open until closing time.
Outta Bronx, Phoenix
Outta Bronx, now open on the Southeast corner of McDowell Road and 40th Street, promises "New York style street food" like pastrami and other gooey, meaty sandwiches.
The Rooster Tavern, Scottsdale
This rooster-themed bar in North Scottsdale near the Scottsdale Airport serves meatball sliders, wings, and other American bar fare.
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Dolce Vino Wine Bar Italian Cuisine, Glendale
Dolce Vino promises live music on its website — that plus a varied wine list could make for a decent night out for those seeking Italian cuisine.
Modern Market Eatery, Scottsdale
This sit-down eatery in Scottsdale offers food to those following strict diets, including paleo, celiac, and vegan-friendly fare.
Poke Spot, Scottsdale
Just in case there weren't enough options in the area to try the new Hawaiian poke trend, Poke Spot has just opened on Scottsdale Road in North Scottsdale.