If you’re anything like us, you have the taste of someone in their 40s or 50s, but the salary (or lack there of) of someone in their 20s. Luckily for our poor souls, most of the restaurants out of our price range offer pretty amazing happy hour prices. So, taking advantage of that, we’re proving you can still have a fun, delicious date for under $30.
AMORE AT THE ARROGANT BUTCHER
This Downtown Phoenix eatery is baseball-throwing distance from Chase Field and known for being one of the best places to be “seen”. With a wide selection of seafood, steaks, comfort food, draft beer, wine and craft cocktails, the menu certainly has something for everyone. My boyfriend and I have wanted to try this place for a while, but the prices of their regular menu are a bit above our budget for a standard night out. One look at the happy hour menu, though, and we knew this would be the perfect place for an early date.
If you haven’t walked into any one of Fox Restaurant Concepts’ and thought “I wonder if they’ll let me live here,” you can go sit somewhere else. The Arrogant Butcher is no exception. Bringing together the industrial look and a cozy, welcoming feel in perfect harmony, this restaurant is clean, aesthetically-pleasing and cool enough that you want to hang out but not too cool to be intimidating. We stopped by on a Friday evening, just before a Diamondbacks game, so the place was buzzing and provided plenty of people watching to supply conversation for our date. Since the D-backs were playing the (sigh) Dodgers, my LA-loving lover and I went over our fellow patrons, picking and comparing “teams.”
To our delight, most of the drinks were pretty cheap at $5 a pop, including well drinks, wine specials and three specialty cocktails. However, it was the $3 local brew special that we jumped on. Other drafts were $4 and there are also two shot-plus-beer combos that were $6-$7. Trying to live that #locallyfe, we stuck with our hometown boys and I ordered a Lumberyard Hefeweizen and my gentleman caller went the standard route with a Four Peaks Kilt Lifter. (Kind of boring, but what can you expect from a Dodgers fan?)
We may not agree on baseball teams or beer, but we sure do agree on food, and specifically, we agree on cheese. Essentially, that it is very, very delicious. After one quick glance at the menu, we looked at each other and my chivalrous boyfriend ordered, “The house soft pretzels with fondue and the antipasti plate, please.” Yup. We got bread and cheese and then another serving of bread and cheese . . . and meat. And it was good–very good. I was a little nervous when I saw the small size of the antipasti plate, but the enormous amount of soft, salty pretzel goodness that they tossed our way easily made up where that was lacking. So happy now that my stomach was full, I allowed our bar stools to be filled by Dodgers fans as we left.
$20.58 for two local craft brews and two appetizers.
THE ARROGANT BUTCHER, 2 E. Jefferson Street, Suite 150, Phoenix, 602.324.8502, foxrc.com/the-arrogant-butcher/