Detroit Coney Grill

Midwestern migration to Arizona is a cliche, but like many stereotypes, it has a germ of truth at its foundation. There are many people in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area with origins in the Great Lakes states, including Michigan. As with transplants from all points of origins, many new arrivals from the Wolverine state bring their loyalties to Detroit sports franchises and a love of Michigan foods. Detroit Coney Grill, even though it makes reference to a New York landmark in its name, is designed for the displaced Michigander with both its regional food and thematic decor.

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Dog Haus Biergarten

CityScape and other big projects in the core of the downtown Phoenix business district are usually defined first in terms of their anchor tenants, whether a contemporary hotel like the nearby Kimpton Palomar or an essential amenity like the Fry’s grocery at Block 23. In the smaller pockets of these developments, however, are numerous opportunities for more fine-grained retail and restaurant development. One spot at CityScape, a corner space right at the intersection of Central and Washington, has recently become home to Dog Haus Biergarten.

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The Handlebar & Grill

When light rail service started at the end of 2008, residents of the Phoenix Metro Area were introduced not only to passengers trains, but also to vertical bike storage. Four years later, hanging one’s ride on the train has become a ritual for commuters who combine bicycling and public transit. Maybe it’s just coincidence, but it’s hard not to notice the similar design of the vertical bike storage that rings the patio at Tempe’s new Handlebar and Grill, a bike-themed pub which just happens to be just four blocks from the Mill Avenue / Third Street light rail station.

smoked Polish brat with sauerkraut and pickled peppers

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