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Bobby's Restaurant

Bobby’s Restaurant And Jazz Lounge: A Happy Hour Hot Spot

It’s always a challenge to stay motivated at work the week after the holidays. The cure: mid-week happy hour! To help me through my hump-day blues, I joined a friend at Bobby’s Restaurant and Jazz Lounge at Kierland Commons for a drink and a few appetizers.

At first thought, the perception of Bobby’s would be that it would be a bit pricey for a quick drink after work. However, its happy hour menu offers a great variety of food with even better pricing.

Available only in the lounge, the appetizers range from $3.50 to $8, and cocktails start at $4. In addition to the food and spirits, there is also live entertainment every night of the week.

When I entered into the restaurant and headed up the ornate staircase, I was slightly concerned that I was underdressed, but I was wrong. Once I entered the lounge, I immediately felt like I was in a local jazz bar — but with much better décor. The service was friendly and prompt; the lounge was almost full, and the live jazz music was about to start.

We surveyed the menu and decided on the following:

Kalamata Olive Hummus

Bobby's Restaurant: Kalamata Olive HummusServed with cucumbers and gluten-free rice and seed crackers, the portion was large, and the hummus had just the right amount of kalamata to make it unique. However, the rice and seed crackers had such a strong flavor that it almost overpowered the taste of the hummus. When we received the bread served with the dinner, I was able to enjoy the hummus with the more mild bread. I would order it again but ask for a different choice of cracker.

Butternut Squash Ravioli

Served with a light tomato sauce, tomatoes, butter, parmesan and sage, this appetizer is amazing. The mix of the squash and sage was more unique than any butternut squash recipe I have tasted. I would order this dish over and over.

Bruschetta

Bobby's Restaurant: BruschettaBobby’s version is served with a large portion of diced tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic and Italian bread. Like all of the other dishes, the bruschetta portion was large enough to share with more than two people. The tomatoes were full of flavor, and the basil was fresh. The bread was drizzled with just enough balsamic to compliment the rest of the ingredients. Although it was a simple dish, it was done well.

Mac and Cheese

I wanted to sample something more traditional and ordered mac and cheese — my trusty comfort food of choice. It was what you would expect in a mac and cheese dish. It had a great, sharp cheese flavor and was served with spiral pasta. It was a great accompaniment to the rest of our order.

From start to finish, Bobby’s was a great choice for happy hour. It is a perfect location to start off a date or meet your significant other after work. The elegant décor and live music gave it a classy feel without going overboard. The bartenders are friendly, and the service was great. Aside from their weekly happy hour, they also do a Ladies Night every Tuesday in the lounge offering discounted cocktails.

If you need a little mid-week fun, Bobby’s could be the right spot for your next outing.

Bobby’s rating:

Food: 5 out of 5
Service: 5 out of 5
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5

If You Go: Bobby’s Restaurant and Jazz Lounge

7122 E. Greenway Parkway
Kierland Commons
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254
(480) 556-0770
mancusosrestaurant.com

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

District American Kitchen And Wine Bar: Amazing Ambiance, Appetizers and Alcohol

Amazing ambiance, appetizers and alcohol make District American Kitchen and Wine Bar a great post-work hangout

Yesterday was one just one of those days. Counting down the minutes until the end of my business day, all I had on my mind was that I needed to de-stress. The best way? A wine bar, of course. Although I had never been to one before, I knew yesterday was the night to consider a tryst with lady vino.

After Googling my options, I narrowed it down to one — District American Kitchen and Wine Bar. Because my main mode of transportation is the light rail, location was important when making this decision, and this wine bar is located fairly close to one of the stops. Convenient location? Check.

As my friend and I walked up to the restaurant, we knew we were in for a swanky treat. District American Kitchen is located in the downtown Phoenix Sheraton, directly across the street from a Hooters. Classy? Check. Just the right amount.

The interior of the restaurant was beautiful, the bar wrapping and curving — probably one of the most elegant bars I’ve seen. It became quickly evident this was a popular after-work hangout, with the men slipping out of their coats, rolling up their sleeves and loosening their ties. Women paired up with their girlfriends, chit-chatting over (many) glasses of wine. Work-related conversations (doused with exasperations) were heard from our neighboring tables, while those who chose to show solo paired up with their go-to cocktail.

With just an hour left of happy hour, which ends at 7 p.m., our eyes skimmed the drinks menu, and we chose the White Peach and the American Red Sangrias, both priced at $5 each. Both were sweet, rich and delicious. Originally, we were there to just sip, but after drooling over the list of small plates offered and watching others snack, we couldn’t resist and ordered the Pretzel Bite Fondue and the Schrieiner’s Bacon Wrapped Dates, both priced at $4. Affordable happy hour prices? Check.

You would think as ladies, we would shy away from anything wrapped in bacon, but when you’re hungry, you’re hungry, and we don’t regret it one bit. But we probably should have, considering the dates were stuffed with chive cream cheese. Drizzled with Vermont maple syrup, the bite-size delights were so addicting, we ordered another round of it. Seriously.

The fondue, on the other hand, was what you’d expect, with the bread warm, soft and topped with a few grains of salt — just the right amount. The District cheese sauce was a little overwhelming, but because I consider cheese as its own food group, I finished the plate.

Our impulse order turned favorite? The Cedar River Beef Tenderloin Nachos ($10) topped with pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole. After asking the trio of patrons sitting at the next table if the nachos were worth ordering, we received an assuring “Yes,” all three expressing how much they enjoyed the dish. However, I’m not sure why we asked, considering there was virtually no trace of the nacho dish left on their table.

Our’s quickly became a mirror image. Incredible food and drinks that left us yearning for more? Check.

District American Kitchen offers a comfortable, gorgeous environment and comfort foods with a twist — perfect for winding down post-work in the middle of the week. It wasn’t crowded; you seat yourself; and it wasn’t too noisy, either. And I’m sure if you don’t end up ordering every aesthetically pleasing appetizer you see, you’ll walk away with not only a small bill, but also a newfound favorite happy hour bar you’re bound to lounge in more than once.

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If You Go: District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar Logo

320 N. 3rd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 817-5400
www.districtrestaurant.com

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