So I woke up in the middle of the night and was feeling adventurous, so I packed up and drove to Pacific Beach. I was dreading the AZ heat and was desiring the cool breeze of the beach. I stopped in for breakfast at a long time favorite of mine – Kono’s Surf Club. They serve very large portions of breakfast and lunch, and have the daily specials written out front on a chalkboard close to the boardwalk. There is also a great coffee cart that is just past Kono’s to the north. They only take cash and there is always a bit of a line to wait in as it is a local favorite. I relaxed on the beach and rollerbladed some and then grabbed some shrimp tacos and a Red Trolley Ale for happy hour lunch at the Green Flash.
Switch Restaurant & Wine Bar is a contemporary lunch and dinner restaurant located in the heart of downtown Phoenix just off the light rail path. With its beautiful spacious modern decor, Switch is a nice relaxing place to eat or stop in for a drink. They also have a great patio area with some unique artwork. Their menu is influenced by American and European cuisine and they use fresh seasonal products that allow them to ‘switch’ up their menu from time to time. Switch is known for their popular ‘Ombre speciality drink (a spicy jalapeño pineapple vodka cocktail) that is very popular with regulars. I had the Switch House Burger (9 oz of angus beef with goat cheese, crispy onions and Canadian bacon) and found it fresh and delicious along with a great tasting Sangria. The staff was very friendly and I look forward to stopping in again sometime.
A late night hang-out I love is BJ’s. They have a good happy hour with half off their mini pizzas, $2 off appetizers and $1 off their award-winning beer. It’s always a nice little place to chill with a buddy to watch ESPN highlights. One of the few chain restaurants I enjoy. They have good pizzookies too!
Tonight I visited the Sushi Room in Chandler. Head chef Joseph Chun just recently opened this new establishment next to his widely popular Living Room restaurant next door. The Sushi Room menu carries traditional sashimi and rolls, but with a European influence.
I ordered three rolls off their specialty roll menu. The K.I.G includes jumbo shrimp tempura, spicy crab, cream cheese, topped with spicy tuna and jalapeños. The Truffle Steak contains asparagus, avocado, cucumber, shrimp, topped with seared beef, truffle aioli and fried onions. And the Chandler roll is a roll with spicy tuna, spicy crab, avocado, masago, romaine lettuce, wrapped in soy paper with spicy aioli. All three were delicious. My buddy ordered a butterfish plate with asparagus that was absolutely amazing. There’s a great atmosphere to the Sushi Room as this local area has become a hot spot for Chandler residents. The happy hour has great prices and I look forward to trying this place out in the future.