The games have begun for the month-long Cactus League season and Phoenix area restaurants are tempting baseball fans and locals to stop in with food and drink specials. Here are a few local restaurants to cheer your favorite team at before or after the game.
Cactus League food specials
Fired Pie’s locations in the Phoenix area are offering game day ticket holders 10% off when they dine in after the game. To find a location near you check their website.
Thai Chili 2 Go is giving away a free dumpling appetizer at all 5 valley locations with purchase and a game day ticket stub. To find a location and hours check here.
Mesa’s Cider Corps is extending their hours thru March 31st and offering a $1 off all pints when you bring in a same day ticket stub from Mesa’s Hohokam Stadium and Sloane Park. Hours are 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Mon. – Sat. with food trucks on site Fri. & Sat. http://cidercorpsaz.com/
One of Tempe’s newest restaurants Quartiere welcomes baseball fans to come check out their community driven Italian restaurant. Until April 1st fans can bring any 2018 Spring Training ticket stub for 1/2 off an appetizer or entrée when you purchase an entrée. Pizzas, pastas, salads and more are available at Quartiere
McFate Brewing is bringing fans attending games at Scottsdale Stadium a pop-up beer garden beyond the center field fence at The Clayton House. On game day the beer garden opens 90 minutes before game time with live music, food and of course beer. No ticket necessary. The Clayton House is at 3719 N. 75th St. Scottsdale.
College bowl season has kicked off and the Phoenix area hosts both the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium & Cactus Bowl at Chase Field. With thousand of fans coming to town for the bowl games , restaurants put on their game face to attract out-of-towers here for the games or just to enjoy our beautiful holiday season.
Several restaurants are hosting special bowl game events while you watch the games.
Bowl games buffets at Match Restaurant
Downtown Phoenix’s Match Restaurant is throwing a tailgate inspired buffet when UCLA & Kansas State battle for Cactus Bowl supremacy at near by Chase Field on Tues. Dec. 26th from 4:00- 6:00 p.m.
They’ll do again a few days later when Penn St. plays Washington in Glendale on Dec. 30th. from 2:00-4:00 p.m. outside by the pool.
$25 scores you a ticket to either game’s festivities and includes all you can eat and 2 beers or non-alcoholic beverages. You can call 602-675-8080 . Match is inside the Found:RE Hotel at 1100 N. Central Ave. Phoenix.
Fired Pie Pizza
Rooting for your alma mater on with friends at home then Fired Pie has the pizza for you. Their catering packages start serving enough for at least 10 people.
For 10-15 guests you get 8 mix-n-match 11” pizzas and a large catering salad for just $89.99.
For 16-20 guests, you can get 12 mix-n-match 11” pizzas and 2 large catering salads for $145.99.
There are Wrap Package options starting at $65.99 – you can get 16 mix-n-match half wraps (salads converted to wraps) and 8 sides with choices from granny smith apples, potato chips or any combination of the two.
Postmates and DoorDash will deliver for parties less than 10 can order Fired Pie through 3rd party delivering options like .
I’ve met a few veterans in my travels and in addition to loving the red, white and blue they love to eat. On Veteran’s Day, Saturday November 11th several Phoenix area restaurants are saluting active and retired military personnel with discounted or free food. Here is a list of who and what is being offered.
In support of veterans both active and retired, Fired Pie will be offering a free entrée to all vets who show their ID or are in uniform.
Miracle Mile Deli
All veterans both active and retired will receive 10% off their purchase by letting Miracle Mile Deli know they are a veteran at the register.
Miracle Mile Deli has been a staple in the Valley for 68 years. The locally owned restaurant is at 4433 N. 16th Street in Phoenix.
Famous Dave’s BBQ
Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que in Phoenix would like to thank all former and current Military personnel for their dedication and commitment to our country by offering a FREE “Two Meat Salute.” Hours are 11 am to 11 pm.
The “Two Meat Salute” is a choice of two different meats, including St Louis-Style Ribs, Georgia Chopped Pork, Texas Beef Brisket, Country-Roasted or barbeque Chicken, Traditional or Boneless Chicken Wings, Southside Rib Tips, Hot Link Sausage, Chicken Tenders or Beer-Battered Cod, served with a Corn Bread Muffin and a choice of one side.
To find one of the 4 Phoenix area Famous Dave’s BBQ near you click here.
Original Breakfast House
Original Breakfast House is honoring those who serve and have served. Veterans and Active Duty members eat free from the menu below or take $11 off any menu item.
There will be live music outside, along with free donuts and coffee. November 11 will be a real party at Original Breakfast House!
Cajun Andouille sausage and cheddar scramble 11.50 Pork Chops and Eggs 11.50 Machaca Scramble 11.50 Pulled Pork Hash and Eggs 11.50 Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes 9.95
Original Breakfast House is at 13623 N 32nd St, Phoenix
Dave & Buster’s
In the bustling heart of Tempe Marketplace is Dave & Buster’s who will be offering all active and retired veterans a 10% off discount when they show ID when making the purchase.
Luci’s Urban Concepts
In honor of Veteran’s Day, each one of Luci’s Urban Concepts will be offering 10% off any purchase at all locations to veterans who are in uniform or show proof of id.
Luci’s Urban Concepts includes Luci’s Healthy Marketplace which is at 1590 Bethany Home Road and a couple of miles away Pomelo at The Orchard at 7100 North 12th Street, Phoenix.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is honoring this day with 15% for all vets and military personnel. This offer is valid 11/10 and 11/11. Use the link to find a Grimaldi’s near you.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
This year, the burger joint will offer its best deal yet – a free burger to military veterans. This offer will be available to those who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. Find a Hopdoddy near you.
Organ Stop Pizza
Enjoy a free concert to celebrate and honor our veterans, with an emphasis on patriotic music, (other Organ Stop fan favorites will be played also) and a demonstration/explanation of OSP’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
*No food service will be offered other than beverages and ice cream and they will be available to purchase at current menu pricing.
Organ Stop Pizza only accepts cash/checks. No debit/credit cards accepted.
1:30pm – 3:00pm, doors open at 1:15pm on Veteran’s Day, Saturday, Nov 11
Organ Stop Pizza, 1149 E. Southern Ave., Mesa
The new cidery in Mesa will be holding an open house on Veteran’s Day. Here is the link to my October post with the details.
In just a few days umpires around the valley will be yelling “Play ball” starting the month-long 2017 Cactus League season for baseball teams and fans. Restaurateurs are well aware of locals and the influx of visitors to see their favorite teams and many are offering a game day and month-long food and drink specials around the Phoenix area. Below is a list of restaurants offering spring training deals around the Phoenix area.
The Scottsdale Charros
If you don’t want to miss any of the fun, you won’t have to stray from the Scottsdale Stadium to get a delicious bite to eat. The Scottsdale Charros make Spring Training an experience to remember with the Charro Lodge. This unique and special feature of Scottsdale Stadium is the perfect spot for a VIP feel with the patio-style seating with all-inclusive food and beverage.
You also get an outstanding view of the game you can’t find anywhere else in the stadium. You won’t find old fashion ballpark food here! The Charro Lodge has had a variety of local and national restaurants showcasing their menus, including Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers and Postino. All proceeds from the Lodge go right back into supporting local charities and SUSD schools.
Kelly’s at SouthBridge
To enjoy the cool weather and feel the awesome Old Town atmosphere, hit Kelly’s at SouthBridge before or after your spring training game. Their spacious outdoor patio, adorned with bright red umbrellas, is hard to miss. Kelly’s is just a few minutes away from Scottsdale Stadium and is the perfect place for some pre/post game day drinks. Kelly’s is at 7117 E 6th Avenue, in Scottsdale. For more information, visit www.kellysatsouthbridge.com.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
Heading to Sloan Park or Scottsdale Stadium? The patios at Thirsty Lion in Tempe and Scottsdale are the perfect place for a quick drink either before or after those spring training games. You’ll find great food, more than a dozen big screen TVs and over 50 beers on tap. Don’t forget to take the trolley from Tempe Marketplace to Sloan Park! For more information, visit thirstyliongastropub.com.
Burger Theory is surrounded by FIVE Spring Training facilities! They will have a weekly drawing now through the end of March to win a pair of game tickets. Bring in your baseball ticket from any facility after the game and receive 10% off of your bill. Want to stay longer than a post-game lunch?
Stay and play at Burger Theory with their Room with a Brew hotel package. This package includes your choice of two craft beers daily! Enjoy them at the pool, in Burger Theory or delivered to your room. Burger Theory is at 4401 E. McDowell Road. For more information, visit www.burgertheoryphx.com
MATCH Cocktails & Cuisine
Cubs fans can hang out at the Cub Hub at the Found:RE hotel and take advantage of daily specials at MATCH Cocktails & Cuisine 7 days a week from 4:20 – 6:20 pm. With a Windy City menu created by executive chef Akos Szabo just show your game day ticket and get 10% off your bill. Just look for the W flag hanging outside the hotel at 1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. https://www.foundrehotels.com
Drexyl Modern Cuisine
Show your ticket stub from that day’s game at Drexyl and receive a $1 You Call It glass of wine, beer or spirits with your purchase. Limit 1 per customer. Drexyl is at 8877 N Scottsdale Rd #402, Scottsdale
Craving Mexican food? Head to El Palacio in Chandler and they will give you half off any appetizer with your game day ticket all month-long. El Palacio 2950 E Germann Rd, Chandler, AZ 85249 http://www.epfamilyrestaurants.com/
Who doesn’t love Buy 1 Get 1 Free and all 5 Chompie’s area locations are offering a free Angus burger or Hot dog free with the purchase of 1. With 6 burgers and 2 hot dogs to choose from this dine in deal is home run. Not valid on March 17th. For a Chompie’s location near you check out www.chompies.com
If pizza is your go to game day meal the Fired Pie’s Mesa Riverview’s location will give you a $1 off any entree w/ a Sloan park ticket stub and give you a free ride to see the Cubs play at nearby Sloan Park. Fired Pie at Mesa Riverview is at 1003 N. Dobson Rd www.firedpie.com
Americans are giving more gift cards as gifts for Hannukah & Christmas and local Phoenix area restaurants have caught on. Often restaurants will give free or additional gift cards to the purchaser depending on how many or how much the gift cards are worth.
No matter what type of food your family & friends like there’s bound to be a gift card for them on the list below.
For the New Yorker — Chompie’s
Put a little New York in someone’s stocking. When you buy $50 in Chompie’s gift through December 31, Chompie’s will give you a $10 gift card for free. The offer is good for cards purchased in-store only. The $10 gift card will be good to use after January 1, 2017. Chompie’s has been Arizona’s New York deli since 1979. There are five Valley locations in Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Chandler. www.chompies.com
For the Paris- Lover — The Crepe Club
Forget naughty or nice. With a gift card from The Crepe Club the question is savory or sweet. Through December 24,when you buy a $25 gift card from The Crepe Club, you’ll get a $5 card for yourself. The offer is valid in $25 increments so with a $50, you’ll get an additional $10 card, for $100, you’ll get a $20 card. The Crepe Club is located in the Biltmore Fashion Park. www.TheCrepeClub.com
For the spicy- Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill
Enjoy a bonus gift on Z’Tejas this holiday season. Purchase a $50 gift card and receive a $10 bonus card. Better yet, purchase a $100 gift card and receive two $10 bonus cards. Bonus promotional cards expire December 31, 2016. Hurry in to your favorite Z’Tejas location to purchase a gift card. Visit www.ztejas.com
For the pizza lover- Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
It’s always better to get a head start on your holiday shopping and there is nothing quite like the gift of pizza for your friends and for yourself.
Grimaldi’s will be offering a Holiday Gift Card Promotion until December 26th. If you buy a $50 gift card you get a $10 gift card free, and if you buy a $100 gift card you get a $20 gift card for yourself! There is nothing more fun than getting a gift for someone else and getting a little something for yourself. You can purchase gift cards at your local Grimaldi’s or online at www.grimaldispizzeria.com.
For those on the run- Fired Pie
Until December 25th, buy a $25 gift card at any Fired Pie and get a $5 gift card to use January through March of 2017.
To find a location nearest you, visit www.firedpie.com. They have 15 locations in the valley and two in Tucson. A Mesa location is slated to open later this year
For the hungry- Miracle Mile Deli
Through December 31, Miracle Mile Deli offers a $20 gift card when you buy a $100 gift card. Miracle Mile Deli has been a staple in the Valley for 66 years. The locally-owned restaurant is located at 4433 N. 16th Street in Phoenix. http://www.miraclemiledeli.com
While many of us are focused on food, friends and football on Thanksgiving Day many more could care less about the turkey and all the trimmings and are anxiously waiting for Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend for shopping, eating & family fun.
Below is a list of food and retail deals around Phoenix for Black Friday and the weekend that follows.
Nothing says Thanksgiving like pizza or salad! Get that early Black Friday shopping started out on a full stomach at Fired Pie’s Tanger Outlet location. On Thanksgiving Day Fired Pie at Tanger opens its doors at 6 p.m. and stays open straight through 10 p.m. Friday evening. The fast casual pizza and salad concept makes it easy to pop in and out no matter what your holiday plans are! While there, buy a gift card for $25 and get a $5 bounce back that’s good at any Fired Pie location January through March of 2017. http://www.Firedpie.com
If you’re a Black Friday shopper, you can check the coffee off your to-do list. The Crepe Club at the Biltmore Fashion Park will be offering a free cup of coffee with purchase on Friday, November 25. The Crepe Club will have free coffee for guests who purchase an item until 11 am. The restaurant has fresh-baked French pastries, sweet and savory crepes, sandwiches and salads.
The Crepe Club is on the west end of the Biltmore Fashion Park beside William Sonoma at 2502 E. Camelback Rd., #130. www.TheCrepeClub.com
Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill
Power up before hitting the stores with a festive, bold brunch at Z’Tejas at Fashion Square Mall. Opening early at 9:00a.m the expanded brunch menu features delicious new dishes including South of the Border Benedicts, Bananas Foster French Toast and Stuffed Breakfast Relleno. Brunch will be served on Black Friday from 9:00am – 12:00pm. For more information visit www.ztejas.com
Looking for a break from shopping, Uptown Alley is hosting some Turkey Day Weekend Specials to make sure the holiday weekend is one the whole family can enjoy!
You can get a game of bowling for four with shoes, 1 large topping pizza, 4 sodas, and $40 in-game play a $100 value all for $59! This is available on Thanksgiving from 4pm- close and then November 25th-27th from 11am-5pm. For more information visit www.uptownalleysurprise.com Uptown Alley is at 13525 N. Litchfield Road, Surprise, AZ 85379
Arizona Animal Welfare League:
The Arizona Animal Welfare League is hosting their “Fall in Love With Animals Camp” on November 25th. The camp is available for kids ages 8-12 and is $60 per child. AAWL is hosting this special one-day camp to help show kids how to give back to animals and the community. Kids will learn how to care for animals and the environment, backyard wildlife and how to enrich the lives of animals every day through crafts, games and animal interactions. The camp is at the education center at 15 N 40th Place, Phoenix, AZ 85034 and is from 9am-3pm. You can sign up for the camp at www.aawl.org/fallcamp2016.
Black Friday is the perfect time to get all your holiday gifts for your friends in need of some relaxation. At spa810 they are selling their Comfort and Joy package a $273 for $109. Enjoy everything from a 50 minute customized facial with a hydrating masque to a 50 minute massage with a sugar foot scrub! Call spa810, Scottsdale-Shea at (480) 588-6809 for more information visit www.spa810.com/scottsdale-she
The Melting Pot
Stop in to The Melting Pot after a long day of shopping for a delicious four-course fondue dinner at a steal of a deal! The Melting Pot Restaurants of Arizona are offering the below four-course meal for $29.95! You must request the specialty menu to get the promotion! For more information visit www.meltingpot.com. The menu will be available all Thanksgiving weekend from Friday November 25th– Sunday November 27th.
Cheddar • Spinach Artichoke • Featured Cheese Fondue Selection (ask your server)
Caesar • California • Featured Salad Selection (ask your server)
Pacific White Shrimp • Teriyaki-Marinated Sirloin • All-Natural Breast of Chicken • Spinach and Artichoke Ravioli
Yin Yang • Flaming Turtle • Featured Chocolate Fondue Selection (ask your server)
As Americans we love our pizza, some of us more than others, so much so we eat about 350 slices of pizza per second. That’s the reason why all 15 Phoenix area locations of Fired Pie will be celebrating National Cheese Pizza Day on Monday Sept. 5th with 1/2 off Cheese Pizzas with the purchase of a drink.
Donate & get a free Pookie
All through the month of September you can help a hungry kid as Fired Pie will be participating in the No Kid Hungry campaign. For every $2 you donate to No Kid Hungry, Fired Pie will give you a voucher for a FREE Pookie on your next visit. You will have 2 months to redeem your voucher. Last year Fired Pie raised $8,000.00 for No Kid Hungry
No Kid Hungry
No Kid Hungry connects kids to good meals at school or at home and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals. The No Kid Hungry network consists of private citizens, non-profits, public officials and business’s to provide innovative ways to solve the hunger issues of today’s youth. www.nokidhungry.org
The locally owned Fired Pie allows you to build your own pizzas by picking the dough, sauce and toppings then bakes the pizza for you. There are currently 15 restaurants in the Phoenix area with a new Mesa restaurant open before year’s end. There are 2 locations in Tucson with their 1st out-of-state restaurant set to open in Las Vegas next year. www.firedpie.com
Only a couple of days until taxes are due and to get some relief there are a couple of Tax Day, April 18th, deals you should know about.
Z’Tejas is offering their 6th Street Margarita for only $4.18 on 4/18. All of Z’Tejas award winning Frozen ‘Ritas www.ztejas.com
Fired Pie will let you customize your own 11 inch pizza or bowl of salad for only $4.18. You will find 12 Fired Pie’s in the Phoenix area & 2 in Tucson. A great price for this quick and casual bite to eat. www.FiredPie.com
The 14 Phoenix and Casa Grande area Culver’s will be offering $2.00 Tax Day 1 Scoop Turtle Sundaes to cool you off for dessert. www.Culvers.com