Arizona’s first Shake Shack and new branches of Postino and Angry Crab Shack were among more than 20 restaurants that opened across the Valley in February. Fast-casual dining continues to expand in the Phoenix market, with new locations of Fork on a Pork and Hopdoddy Burger Bar. Among the closures: Stingray Sushi in Scottsdale and La Perla in Glendale.
The New York City-based chain opened at Scottsdale Fashion Square, the first of three Valley locations, offering 100-percent Angus beef burgers, flat-top hot dogs, crinkle cut fries and custard shakes. Shake Shack is part of “better burger” chains such as In-N-Out Burger, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Culver’s and Steak ‘n Shake. Burgers and hot dogs are made with hormone- and antibiotic-free meat, and ice cream is spun daily in-store. The new restaurant has wine and beer offerings, a large patio and foosball.
Details: Scottsdale Fashion Square, Camelback and Scottsdale roads. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 602-270-8825, shakeshack.com.
The sixth overall location of the popular wine bar is a two-story building on the west side of Kierland Commons in northeast Phoenix. The building features garage doors and sliding glass walls to easily transform it into an indoor-outdoor venue. Upward Projects opened the first Postino in Arcadia in 2001. The restaurant is known for its wine list, bruschetta boards, and Monday and Tuesday night special: $20 for a bruschetta board and bottle of wine.
Details: Kierland Commons, Greenway Parkway and Scottsdale Road, Phoenix. 602-899-1111, postinowinecafe.com. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-midnight Fridays, 9 a.m.-midnight Saturdays, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays.
Pork on a Fork
This barbecue fast-casual restaurant makes hand-pulled smoked pork and chicken, brisket, baby back ribs and smoked sausage, served in a plate, as a sandwich, burrito or bowl. Really hungry? Try the Midwest Monster, a generous portion of pulled pork and brisket topped with cheese, jalapeños and slaw, with two sides.
Details: Camelback Colonnade, 1949 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-884-8227, porkonafork.com. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays.
This Colorado-based, fast-casual chain lets diners build their own salads. Choose spinach, kale, romaine or field greens, then add toppings such as apples, black beans, edamame, egg and toasted almonds. There are more than 20 dressing options. You can also get signature salads, wraps, sandwiches and soups.
Details: Dana Park Village Square, 1940 S. Val Vista Drive, Mesa. 623-215-0622, madgreens.com. Hours: 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m daily.
Vic Bar + Kitchen
Chef Robert Douglas heads the kitchen at Verrado’s new restaurant, in the Victory Club. The menu features shareable plates, salads and sandwiches. Signature dishes include Amish veal skirt steak with preserved lemon hummus, tomato petals, living watercress and oregano-infused ice syrup; and pan-roasted grouper with pomme puree, sauteed Swiss chard, candied macadamias and strawberry vinaigrette.
Details: Verrado, 5325 N. Verrado Way, Buckeye. 623-533-4722, verrado.com. Hours: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays-Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays.
Piccolo Family Italian Ice
New Yorker Robin Piccolo, a Scottsdale resident, opened this pizza and ice cream shop in the Mercado at Scottsdale Ranch. The Italian ice selection features 14 flavors, including mango, passion fruit, lemon, watermelon and special monthly mixtures. The Brooklyn-style pizza is baked in a stone oven with a thin, foldable crust. The menu also includes shakes, smoothies, pretzels, bagels, coffee and nachos.
Details: 10135 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale. 480-659-5721.
Crossroads at Gainey Ranch
Chef Michael O’Dowd’s latest concept showcases his signature style, with a focus on local ingredients and eclectic recipes. Dishes include tricolor peppercorn-crusted filet mignon, pan-seared diver bay scallops and slow-roasted game hen. The golf-course restaurant replaced Terraces Dining Room and Patio.
Details: Gainey Ranch Golf Club, 7600 Gainey Club Drive, Scottsdale. 480-951-0022, clubcorp.com/clubs/gainey-ranch-golf-club.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
The upscale fast-casual chain now has 12 U.S. locations, including two in Arizona. The Phoenix branch joins the Scottsdale location, on Scottsdale Road north of Shea Boulevard. The new 4,000-square-foot restaurant serves a variety of burgers, milkshakes, all-Arizona craft beers, wine and cocktails.
Details: Town & Country, 2033 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-242-2337, hopdoddy.com. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
Kneaders Bakery & Cafe
The Utah-based, fast-casual restaurant serves sandwiches, pastries, soups, salads and breakfast items. Look for homemade sourdough pancakes, hot German chocolate bread pudding and rosemary focaccia bread. The Mesa branch, which has a drive-through window, is the 15th in Arizona and 12th in the Valley.
Details: 6611 E. McDowell Road, Mesa. 480-636-5010, kneaders.com. Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.
Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs
This is the sixth Valley location of the local franchise, which serves sub sandwiches, pastas and soups. Dine-in, carryout and drive-through service are available. Specialty subs include the Goodcents Original, made with ham, bologna, salami and pepperoni; and the Penny Club, with roast beef, turkey and ham.
Details: Greenway Village Shopping Center, 3121 E. Greenway Road, Phoenix. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sundays.
The hot wing chain serves bone-in and boneless chicken wings, as well as chicken tenders, with a choice of 11 sauces including mango habanero, garlic Parmesan and lemon pepper.
Details: 3155 W. Indian School Road, Phoenix. 602-535-5570, wingstop.com. Hours: 10:45 a.m.-midnight daily.
Drexyl Modern American
The kitchen at this sleek new restaurant is helmed by chef Robert Eckhardt, who previously worked at Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn. The menu features contemporary American dishes such as cola-braised pork chop, coldwater lobster rolls and smoked brisket Reuben. The restaurant features dinner service and happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily.
Details: The Shops at Gainey Village, 8877 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-840-1861, drexylusa.com. Hours: 3-11 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 3 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays.
Bacus Bros. Hotdogs and Beers
This new spot on Mill Avenue features playful names for its hot dogs, including Hair of the Polish Dog (Polish hot dog, bacon, egg, onions, green peppers, chili-style mustard and shredded cheese); Foghorn Leghorn Sausage (chicken and apple sausage, tomatoes, coleslaw and horseradish mustard); and Trainwreck (hot dog, chili fries, nacho cheese and sour cream). There’s also a variety of craft beers on tap and in bottles and cans.
Details: 414 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. 480-966-6666. facebook.com/bacusbroshotdogs. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Sundays. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Thursdays-Saturdays.
Kitchen West and Bar Six40
The two new concepts at the renovated Scottsdale Resort hosted a soft opening in December, with final touches completed in time for the recent grand opening. Kitchen West serves seasonally driven American cuisine: black cod with beet root truffle hash; mole meatballs with cilantro carrot slaw; and a wild Alaskan salmon chop with herb green rice. Bar Six40 is a coffee house by day and bar by night, featuring appetizers, beer, wine and cocktails.
Details: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, 7700 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale. 480-596-7522, destinationhotels.com/scottsdale-resort/dining.
This is the 14th location of the Arizona-grown pizza chain, which offers personalized pizzas and salads. Diners can choose sauces and cheeses such as mozzarella, Gorgonzola and Fontina, then add toppings such as steak, roast chicken, artichoke, mushrooms, kalamata olives and jalapeños. Pizzas take three minutes to bake. All pizzas and salads are $7.95, regardless of the number of toppings.
Details: 13070 W. Rancho Santa Fe, Avondale. 623-266-7998, firedpie.com. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Brat Haus’ sister restaurant and next-door neighbor showcases the Santa Maria grilling style, cooking the meats over an open flame with mesquite and oak wood. Meats include smoked tri-tip, chicken, pork ribs, pulled pork and salmon. Plates, sandwiches, salads and a wide variety of appetizers are on the menu, as well as a full cocktail, wine and beer list.
Details: 3636 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-946-4287, smokehausaz.com. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Angry Crab Shack
This is the fifth location of this popular seafood spot known for its Southern-style seafood boils, priced by the pound. Choices include shrimp, king crab, crawfish, mussels and blue crab. After you’ve chosen a protein, pick a sauce such as lemon pepper or trifecta. It gets messy, and that’s part of the fun.
Details: 310 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. 480-878-6900, angrycrabshack.com. Hours: 4-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 4-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Golden Hawaiian BBQ
This is the restaurant’s second East Valley location, where you’ll find a Hawaiian staple: lunch plates. Choose from meat options such as barbecue chicken or beef, kalbi short ribs, kalua pork, chicken katsu or fish filet, served with steamed rice, macaroni salad and cabbage. The menu also includes noodle soups, bowls, salads and appetizers.
Details: 1760 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. 480-821-9688, goldenhawaiianbbq.com.
Top your pizza with as many ingredients as you desire at no extra cost at this locally owned, fast-casual restaurant, now with two East Valley locations. If you’d rather trust your pie to the experts, pick a signature pizza such as the Meaty Italiano, Besto Pesto Chicken and Loaded Potato Skin.
Details: 2990 E. Germann Road, Chandler. 480-855-7342, eklecticpie.com. Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays.
The neighborhood pizzeria closed its original Carefree location and opened in Cave Creek. Among the signature pizzas are the Finding Nemo Scampi Pizza (baby shrimp sauteed in garlic butter with sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, roasted garlic, Asiago and mozzarella over creamy garlic white sauce); and Troy’s Braveheart (white sauce, mozzarella, sausage, barbecue chicken, Doritos Nacho chips, jalapeños, onions, Cheddar and barbecue sauce).
Details: Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. 480-575-3044,brugospizza.net. Hours: 4-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and Sundays, 4-9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
This small shop focuses on artisan sandwiches with locally sourced ingredients, all packaged to go. The menu includes Cuban, chicken salad and grilled cheese sandwiches, house-made soda, banana pudding and pickled slaw.
Details: 218 W. Main St., Mesa. 480-414-2787, worthtakeaway.com. Hours: 8 a.m.-7:05 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.
The Crepe Club
Satisfy your French food craving at this new cafe in Biltmore Fashion Park. Crepe varieties include Chicken Florentine, Caprese, S’mores Nutella and Strawberry “ShortCrepe.” The menu also features quiches, salads, sandwiches, fresh juices, baked goods, desserts, shakes and espresso drinks. The restaurant is next to Stingray Sushi and has an entrance leading into the Union.
Details: Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-956-0087, thecrepeclub.com.
Fuego Bistro: The downtown Phoenix CityScape location of this Latin restaurant has closed. Owner Jeff Ward’s primary restaurant, Fuego Bistro, remains open on Seventh Street near Bethany Home Road in central Phoenix.
La Perla: The family-owned restaurant, which served Mexican food in Glendale since 1946, shut down when the building’s landlord repossessed the property for non-payment of rent.
Stingray Sushi: The hip sushi spot has closed its Scottsdale Quarter location. The East Valley and Phoenix branches remain open.
Over Easy: The breakfast franchise has closed its location in The Yard at Farmer Arts District in Tempe.
RT O’Sullivans: The sports bar at Stapley Drive and the U.S. 60 has closed. The location on Superstition Springs in Mesa remains open.