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Monday, May 18, 2015

Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits (Sedona, Arizona, U.S.A.)


Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits 241 State Route 89A Sedona, Arizona, U.S.A. If you have never been to Sedona, you must put it on you bucket list as it is incredibly beautiful here. The rocks are all a beautiful reddish colour and a must see.  The Cowboy Club has been around for quite a while and has quite the history. Established in 1946, the Oak Tree Tavern, re-established it self in 1992 as the Cowboy Club, has been Sedona's most popular hangout for cowboys, movie actors, celebrities and locals for more than 65 years.  It is the birthplace of the "Cowboy Artists of America" , by founding members, Joe Beeler, George Phippen, Charlie Dye and John Hampton formed the prestigious CAA in front of the fireplace at the Oak Creek Tavern on June 23, 1965. Celebs such as John Wayne, Burl Ives, Jane Wyman, Burt Lancaster, Maureen O'Hara, Robert Mitchum, Gene Autry, Joan Crawford, James Stewart and Rock Hudson just to name a few frequented this place. We didn't seek it out it just invited us in!  It has a beautiful long wood bar that seats 15 people with big solid wood chairs that swivel. There are several half circle booths. Outside they have a sidewalk patio area with umbrellas.  Inside it has a very subtle western theme. On the pub on the menu are such things as Buffalo, elk and rattle snake.  For lunch we had a bowl of the Buffalo Chilli that came in a small cast iron pot. It was very good.  We also had the Oak Creek Saloon Dip which came with black bran hummus, charred tomato cactus salsa and cilantro flat bread.  That too was very good indeed! There is only 4 types of beer on tap and a suitable wine menu.  There is a large selection of whiskey.  There are also lots of hot weather drinks.  My wife had their Famous Cowboy Margarita, wit was big and very good.  Great little place and well worth stopping in and trying it out!  The "Duke" himself was here, isn't that enough!

Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery (Downtown, Phoenix. Arizona, U.S.A.)


Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery, 2 E Jefferson 21-0217  Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.  www.tiltedkilt.com/locations/phoenix  Located on the second floor over looking Jefferson Street. It is very close to Chase Field stadium home of the Arizona Diamondbacks Major League Baseball team and very close to US Airways Arena, home to the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball League The main sit up bar has one side inside that seats 12 and the other side you sit outside and it too seats 12 people. The out side patio area where the in/ out bar is, also has ample seating. There is a long table called the Captains Rail that runs parallel to the bar and it seats 40 people at pub high chairs/ table.  It is open seating (no reservations at this table ) and has its own waitress. There are over 20 large flat screen TV's through out that bar.  There is a very large projection screen with 35 tables and chairs of 4.  To eat, I had the Butcher Block Flat Bread Pizza that came with sundried tomato pesto sauce, topped off with pepperoni, sausage, applewood smoked bacon and mozzarella cheese.  It was quite good. My wife had the Chopped Salad that came with lettuce, roast turkey, green peppers, tomatoes, chopped bacon and mozzarella cheese with a choice of dressing and it too was good. It was a very large portion! They serve Barefoot wines from California.  As for beer they have 35 different types of beer on tap.  The waitresses are dressed as they do in the other Tilted Kilts with tiny tops and very short tight kilts.  Good food and good atmosphere and close to sports fields/ arenas! 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria (Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.)


El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria, 640 S Mill Avenue, Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.  www.elhefetempe.com  Another cool bar in Tempe in the older area by the University of Arizona.  The center piece is their big rectangular bar that has seating on 3 sides and can hold 25 people.  There is a nice side walk patio area that is on two sides of the bu8ilding on the corner.  Out back is another big patio area with another sit up bar aw well as a 3rd sit up bar in side, that is half in and half outside, gotta love the weather here!  With several large doors that open you get the fresh air coming inside! For lunch we had the street tacos, 2 mahi mahi and  1 chicken and they were very good indeed!  We also had chips with homemade guacamole, salsa, & pico degallo. The guacamole was very good and something my wife wanted, fresh home made! This place has 32 nice big flat screen TV's and one monster screen which is made up of quite a few TV's.  The waitresses were very attentive, quick and friendly.  The music was rocking and the mood was very good.  Apparently Lulu Lemon yoga pants and shorts are part of the waitresses uniforms.  That was brought up to me, just saying.  There are no sinks in the men's or women's washrooms, but when you come out their are two large communal sinks, which is kinda of cool.  That way you can ensure people wash their hands!! All in all this is a very good place to visit and I give it two thumbs up for sure!! 

San Tan Flat Grill & Saloon (Queen Creek, Arizona, U.S.A.)



San Tan Flat Grill and Saloon, 6185 West Hunt Highway, Queen Creek, Arizona, U.S.A.   www.tantanflat.com This really cool place was introduced to us by our good friends in Florence, Arizona (Thanks J&C)  This is a big place, especially the outside back area.   Inside there is a very nice bar that you can sit up to inside or outside and holds about 16 people all together.  Just outside there is a cover wrap around area with misters spraying water to keep you cool.  Numerous bar height tables and chairs in this area where we sat.  Now for the open area in the back, which is surrounded by fences and buildings.  There are a couple of old chuck wagons and a stage coach. One of the buildings is the pool room with 3 pool tables.  One building can be booked for private functions. They have an astounding 50 picnic tables and at least 30, 45 gallon steel barrels with 1/4 of the side cut out to make a fire pit.  They supply the firewood.  What is on the menu, marshmallows and S'more kit for $7.99.  How cool is that!! They supply the roaster sticks as well. They also have an out door sit up bar at one of the other buildings.  The inside walls are covered with all sorts of western things such as horse collars, branding irons and the list goes on. They have a bit of anti government theme here as you can tell by all the signs.  This I learned is because they had dancing outside and apparently Pinal County frowned on that and shut them down.  They went to court and won, but didn't forget. Most of their T-shirts say the following on the backs, " People should not be afraid of their Governments.  Governments should be afraid of their people".  For lunch J&C had the special, which was a huge pulled pork sandwich with loaded potato soup, piles of good pulled pork.   Neither could finish their meals but had enough for another meal at home.  My wife had the mesquite bbq chicken quesadilla, while I had the mesquite chicken wrap with potato cakes as my side. Both were very good.  Here you go up and order your food and they call your name and you take it back to your table.  Check their video out on their web site! We all really enjoyed this place and well worth the trip to try if you are ever in the Phoenix area.  Two thumbs up for sure!!

Hitching Post Pizza Pub (Apache Junction, Arizona, U.S.A.)

 Hitching Post Pizza Pub, 2341 N Apache Trail, Apache Junction, Arizona, U.S.A.   www.hitchingpostpizzapub.com  Doesn't look like much from the outside, has a patio area in front with papas grass like umbrellas to protect you from the sun.  Inside, there is a small curved sit up bar that seats 10. It is a small neat little place and a stage for a band.  Very much a western theme inside this pub.  One dollar bills, signed and posted all over the walls.  There are 8 different types of beer on tap.  Several locals were sitting at the bar, and one couple was selling their home made pickles.  I didn't buy any but a guy at the bar bout a couple of jars.  Time for lunch and I had the rattle snake, which is apparently locally caught and mixed with their own  spices.  The bartender "Suzie" said she doesn't like rattle snake as it is too chewy but many others do. I had it any way, and yes it is a bit chewy, I thought that it tasted a lot like....rattle snake! They have pizza in their name and lots of pizza on the menu, but I didn't try any. I will leave that up to the next person. Out back is a large patio area with a 16 person sit up bar.  Great spot if you love sitting in the sun.  Check out their t-shirts to see what their other specialty is. Suzie was a good bartender/waitress, always polite and quick serving.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mammoth Steakhouse and Saloon (Goldfield, Arizona, U.S.A.)


Mammoth Steakhouse and Saloon,  4650 North Mammoth Mine Road, Goldfield, Arizona. U.S.A. http://goldfieldghosttown.com  The sit up bar is along the front with seats for 13 people. There are lots of cowboy hats and boots hanging from the ceiling.  This is a very old western themed bag as there is a whole old western village here. They have a railing made of wagon wheels, 11 to e exact. The floor is well worn 10 inch plank boards.  The bartender was Cowboy Dan who was wearing a holster and a six shooter, originally from Turkey, but has been in the USA for over 35 years and is home to him! Great guy and full of character. Outside is a huge deck with 14 large picnic tables.  You can tie up hour horse and come in for a cool refreshment, as did some very nice local women! The food is very reasonably priced, the most expensive thing on the menu is 16 oz T-bone steak at $23.75.  There is a whole tourist town that is very interesting most of which is free, but $8.00 gets you mine tour.  Lost of shops and what ever.   It is worth your while to pop in for a visit. This was one of 3 saloons here in 1893, tales galore! Enjoy!

Murphy's Law Irish Pub & Ale House (Chandler, Arizona U.S.A.)


Murphy's Law Irish Pub & Ale House, 58 S San Marcos Place, Chandler, Arizona, U.S.A. www.murphyslawaz.com  in historic Downtown Chandler.  Murphy's has a very long sit up bar that seats 40 people, very cool indeed!  My bartender was "Rachel", she was very nice, friendly and  attentive.  Another bar with dollar bills singed and along the walls.  I do not know what they would do if they went to 1 or 2 dollar coins instead of bills.  Running along the ceiling tipped up side down on an angle are empty Irish whiskey bottles. There are 32 different types of beer on tap and 4 white and 3 red wines to pick from.   They are constantly changing their beer that is on tap. On the walls they have a Bison and Moose head mounted. as this is a long narrow bar, along the wall opposite from the bar are seating with church pews against the wall.  For lunch, I had the grilled fish tacos on soft tortillas with chips and salsa. The price $9.00 and they were very good!! The owner is obviously a Seattle Seahawks NFL fan as there are numerous Seahawks flags etc. on the walls. There is no other teams on the walls or any where in the bar. Down the middle of the pub are 5 stand up long tables.  Also on the menu are: Murphy's own fish an chips, Corned beef and cabbage, Irish breakfast all day, pizza and sandwiches.  There are no Burgers! I had the 3 corned beef and cabbage sliders for $8.00 and they were very good.  This place is in the old historic rejuvenated area of Chandler.  There are lots of nice shops to go through. I don't know the connection with the police car and the election for a new sheriff, but I forgot to take a picture of the front of the pub so I posted a picture form their web site. If you are n the area, let your wife shop and enjoy a cool one, then every one is happy!!

Rusty Spur Saloon (Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A.)


Rusty Spur Saloon, 7245 E Main Street, Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A.  www.rustyspursaloon.com This is a tiny little bar that has been around since 1951, and is in Old Scottsdale, which is very nice and has lots of shops, gallerys and places to eat. According to their web site, "The Rusty Spur Saloon is a Scottsdale destination. Celebrities like Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Vince Vaughn, and Jennifer Anniston have walked through its swinging doors to take in the Old West d├ęcor and Scottsdale live country music."
There are signed dollar bills all over the walls of this place and also loads of  licence plates!  The sit up bar is almost the width of the building it self and seats 12 people.  I was able to come by one day when it hadn't opened and got a good picture of the inside as you see above.  They have live music playing every day, which is a nice touch.  There are 5 tables for 4 and  3 pub  high tables of 4 on the walls there is a bar ledge and 6 stools per side.  Seating is tight but this is a cool little place.  Lots of people were eating here, but I didn't try the food so I can't say much about it. I don't know if they have any beer on tap as I didn't see any taps.  Most were drinking bottled beer.  Cozy friendly place, with one waitress/ bartender and she was amazing keeping every one looked after.  Better time management then I will ever have.  I am glad I came here and I would go again if I had the opportunity.  By the way 3 hour free parking on the street!

Harold's Cave Creek Corral (Cave Creek, Arizona, U.S.A.)


Harold's Cave Creek Coral, 6895 Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, Arizona, U.S.A.   www.cavecreek.com  This is a big place, there is a large U shaped sit up bar that seats 35 people.  It was interesting sitting there listening to the politics and solving of all the world problems by the people sitting there.  There are also two other sit up bars here, but the main one is the one to be at.  This is a very western theme inside, with a lot of Pittsburgh Steelers NFL memorabilia including autographed pictures. I take it the owner is a big Steelers fan.  Hanging from the rafters are loads of old cowboy boots, don't know what happened to the cowboys that owned them! As for beer there are 20 different beer on tap.  As I was here just after 1100 am, I had to eat of the breakfast menu.  So I went for the Chicken and Egg Enchilada burrito for $8.99.  This thing was big and came with a ton of roasted potatoes.  I gave it my best shot, it was very good but it got the best of me.  I could only eat half of the burrito and left most of the potatoes. Lots of the others n this place were eating as well and all the portions are of a good size. Outside they have a large covered wrap around deck area.  Just off the bar area is a dinning room area called the Fireplace, that has, believe it or not a fireplace.  It is like a nice big dinning room.  The bartender was "Nancy", and she was very good, friendly and polite.  She kept up with all of her customers and they all were very happy with her!  I understand children are allowed in here but I don't know if they are restricted to certain areas or not.  Cave Cree, if you are ever here, gotta try it out!

Raceway Bar & Grill (Maricopa, Arizona, U.S.A.)


Raceway Bar & Grill, 49237 West Papago Road, Maricopa, Arizona, U.S.A.  www.racewaybarandgrill.com  This cool place is out in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the desert!  I loved this place the moment that I stepped in the doors.  It is loaded with automotive memorabilia and collectibles.  Everything from valve covers, engine heads, old car grills, hubcaps, oil signs and more hanging from the ceiling and on the walls. Hundreds of licence plates are all over the walls. There is an L shaped granite sit up bar that seats 10. I had "Rita" as my Bartender and she was great, very friendly and welcoming.  It is not every day the bartender introduces him or her self and also makes you feel very welcome.  Outside they have a covered area with another sit up bar bar that is L Shaped and seats 18-20 people.  Then there is the large courtyard area with picnic tables, palm trees and more old signs.  The TV Show "American Pickers" even made a visit here and was aired on their show!  How cool is that!  They have 12 different types of beer on tap.  One of their specialties is their thin crust pizza with lots of options. I was not too hungry so I had the Chips and homemade pico and salsa at $4.25.  It was very good indeed!  It is about and hour out of Phoenix and 10 minutes or so out of Maricopa the city its self.  It is worth the drive from Phoenix to try it out.  They have a pin map so you can mark where you are from. I really enjoyed it here and would love to return some day! 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Rula Bula Irish Pub (Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.)


Rula Bula Irish Pub, 401 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe Arizona USA.  www.rulabula.com   The building was constructed in 1899 and has been a few different businesses over the years. Rula Bula has a nice meandering 25 person sit up oak bar.  It has nice Irish touch to the place and without over doing it.  The all wood tables, have cloth table cloths on them and the chairs are older style wood chairs.  The booths have wood arms with leather benches.  Out back is a nice patio area with a curved concrete bar that sits 15 people.  Also on the patio are numerous tables and chairs with sun shades (you will need them).  Inside the bar they have Irish music playing in the back ground.  For lunch, I had the Irish Pot Roast sandwich.  It had loads of pot roast and covered in mozzarella cheese win a nice big fresh French roll.  It cam with Irish Fries. It was huge and very good.  My wife had the Irish Cob salad, with lots of crumbly blue cheese, tomato, fresh lettuce, beets, potato, avocado, egg, chicken, ham bacon with a home made balsamic dressing.  She said it was one of the best she has had.  The portions are big and the quality is good with reasonable prices.  It is in a very cool area of Tempe and close to the University of Arizona. Saturday and Sunday it is half price bottles of wine.,  We had the Benvolio Pinot Grigio  2103 form Italy, very enjoyable.  Try it out, we really enjoyed it here.  Sorry I forgot to check out the beer selections!