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Lakeside Cafe, Bar, and Patio Opens in Tempe

Cafe dining with a water view has come to Tempe again. And this time, it's got a little California and New Mexico in tow.

Located in the Lakes community at Lakeshore Drive, south of Baseline Road (next to another patio bar and cafe, Pier 54), The Watershed is the patio-focused project of Valley residents Dan and Robin Scott, who opened their new cafe and bar of American eats on December 8.

"It was our goal to create an experience that you can't get anywhere in Phoenix: picnic tables on a lawn, couches and bars overlooking a beautiful lake," says Dan Scott, who also owns a media company in Albuquerque. "The feeling is like you're somewhere else."

See also: 24 Carrots Vegan Cafe and Juice Bar Now Open in Tempe

The menu at The Watershed, created by chef and general manager Matt Nichols, features familiar American dishes with a twist inspired by Nichols' years in San Francisco, Washington, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. There is a Santa Fe-inspired version of the Canadian dish poutine made with chile-dusted fries, green chile gravy, and beer-battered queso fresco; fish tacos with pineapple salsa; and a signature griddle burger available in four different syles: Korean, Mexican, New Mexican, and barbecue.

As for libations, The Watershed offers 12 specialty cocktails, wine, craft beers, and house made classics including sangria, margaritas, and Bloody Marys.

The Watershed's seating options include a patio that can seat 200, an indoor "Captain's Lounge," and a 50-foot bar.

The Watershed 5250 South Lake Shore Drive, Tempe 480-756-0508 www.watershedaz.com

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