What to Eat & Drink in Phoenix This Week: Pub Crawls, Ice Cream,Your New Favorite Indian Cuisine, and More

Melt away your worries.
Melt away your worries. Evie Carpenter
Score Some Late Night Ice Cream
Monday, June 26th

With new summer hours in place, Melt now is open from 4 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday, and from noon to midnight Friday through Sunday, making it one of the sweetest late night eats destinations in Phoenix. We've decided to use the continuing high heat as an excuse to head there tonight for a midnight snack of Fruity Pebbles, Fresh Peach, or Cookie Monster — a blue cookie-batter ice cream with Oreos, mills wafers, and Chips Ahoy.

click to enlarge If you have never experienced the joy that is a puffy taco, a trip to Surprise is in order. - PATRICIA ESCARCEGA
If you have never experienced the joy that is a puffy taco, a trip to Surprise is in order.
Patricia Escarcega
Grab a Puffy Taco in Surprise
Wednesday, June 28th

We haven't stopped thinking about these airy fried tacos since our food critic wrote about them last week. The Texas specialty is only available from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, so we recommend celebrating hump day with a drive to pick-up a few at the Puffy Taco Truck in Surprise.

Courtesy of Found:RE Hotel
Join the Independents Week Pub Crawl
Friday, June 30, 2017

The five-bar downtown pub crawl is organized by Local First AZ, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, compete with discounted drinks, scavenger hunts, and prizes. Drinks at each stop are $5 each, and include a rum punch at Fez, Murcielagos or Mizuwari at Found:Re, sangria at the Crescent Ballroom, beers and well-drinks at Valley Bar, and a surprise libation at Cornish Pasty Co. The crawl is free to join, but you should register ahead of time online.

click to enlarge TONY FELICE
Tony Felice
Celebrate National Mai Tai Day at with a Tiki Dinner
Saturday, July 1st

In honor of Mai Tai Day, Hula's Modern Tiki is slinging $8 Mai Tai cocktails ranging from their signature version, a not-too-sweet combination of gold rum, dark rum, orange curaçao, orgeat, pineapple, and lime juice, to a bourbon Honi Honi made with whiskey, lime juice orgeat, and orange curaçao. Also on offer is a Mai Tai pairing dinner, which includes two courses specially selected to complement a particular version of the cocktail. Dishes include kitchy island-inspired options like coconut shrimp rolls, fish tacos, and macadamia encrusted Hapu.

click to enlarge A Gujarati thali offers a classic sampling of the culinary gems in this region of Western India. - OM BISTRO/COURTESY OF FACEBOOK
A Gujarati thali offers a classic sampling of the culinary gems in this region of Western India.
Om Bistro/Courtesy of Facebook
Try a Taste of Gujarati Cuisine
Sunday, June 2nd

Last week we wrote about the dishes that make up a typical Gujarati meal. The best way to get taste as much of this sweet, sour, spicy coastal cuisine is by ordering a sample platter called a thali. Om Bistro offers one such Gujarati thali exclusively at lunchtime on Saturdays and Sundays. We think a culinary discovery is the best way to wrap up the weekend.

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Felicia Campbell has written about food, culture, and cars for digital and print publications all over the world and is the author of The Food of Oman: Recipes and Stories from the Gateway to Arabia (Andrews McMeel, 2015). Her husband learned quickly that she’d rather get a bag of avocados than a bouquet of roses.