Get your game on at one of these west-side eateries before the big Super Bowl game. Here are 10 spots to try:
Gordon Biersch Brewery features weekly burger specials, make-your-own pizza and addictive garlic fries. Pair your meal with a stein of Schwarzbier, a German black beer, or Marzen, a golden lager, from the on-site brewery. Details: 6915 N. 95th Ave., Glendale, (623) 877-4300, www.gordonbiersch.com. Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. to midnight Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Sweet O Wine and Chocolate Lounge offers handmade truffles, pastries, wine, coffees and panini sandwiches served in a comfy, urban-chic bistro atmosphere. Desserts such as triple chocolate mousse cake average $6. Other nibbles include an excellent fruit, nut and chocolate plate and a selection of wine and chocolate flights. Details: 9380 W. Westgate Blvd. (in the Westgate Center, across from AMC Theater), Glendale, (623) 877-3898, sweetolounge.com. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Haus Murphy's is a kitschy, crowded, noisy eatery that features great soups, schnitzels, wursts and other German fare in the restaurant and outdoor beer garden. Dinners average $15. Live music on the patio Friday and Saturday evenings. Details: 5739 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, (623) 939-2480, www.hausmurphys.com. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to8 p.m. Sunday.
Bitz-ee Mama's is a no-frills Mexican and American eatery that's been a fixture in Glendale for years. Most items are under $8. Try the burros and chips, or diner-style hamburgers. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 5:30 p.m. Open early for breakfast, too. Details: 7023 N. 58th Ave., Glendale, (623) 931-0562. Open 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.
La Perla has been around since 1946, serving dependable Mexican fare like tacos, enchiladas and chimichangas. Portions are large and most entrees are under $10. Great salsa and homemade menudo, too. Two large dining areas, cantina and Latin bands on weekends starting at 9 p.m. Details: 5912 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, (623) 939-7561. Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday,7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Zang Asian Bistro is a step up from the traditional dim red-and-black chop suey house.
Here, cuisine from Thailand, Japan, Malaysia and China are served in a pretty, understated dining room accented with vivid Chinese folk art prints and comfortable high-backed booths. Look for kung pao chicken, Japanese-style potstickers, tom yam soup from Thailand, and sizzling seafood platters. Dinner entrees are under $20. Details: 6835 N. 58th Drive, Glendale, (623) 847-8888. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Cucina Tagliani is a family-owned eatery that has dished up massive portions of shrimp scampi, lasagna, manicotti and create-your-own pasta bowls since 1993. Entrees average $13; half portions also available. Decor is Old World grotto style; there's piped-in big band music, a separate bar area and a nice selection of wines. Details: 8349 W. Bell Road, Peoria, (623) 412-2690, www.cucinatagliani.com. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Pho Avina, a tiny, tidy and authentic Vietnamese cafe, is known for its vermicilli noodle soups, curries, fried rice dishes and spring rolls. The menu is enormous and reasonably priced, and staff is helpful in explaining options. Try Avina's special fried catfish ($9) with sticky rice pudding for dessert. Details: 4920 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, (602) 439-2547, www.phoavina.com. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Dillon's offers American and barbecue fare with a few quirky favorites like fried pickle appetizer ($6). Dinner entrees average $13 and include smoked sausage, fried chicken, prime rib and country fried steak.
There's a nice selection of burgers, sandwiches and salads. Try the build-your-own barbecue plate ($19 for three meats). Free appetizers and special giveaways starting at 4 p.m. on game day. Details: 20585 N. 59th Ave., Peoria (two blocks south of Loop 101), (623) 566-8100, www.dillonsrestaurant.com. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Skye is a jazzy supper club where beef is king and people-watching is primo. Entrees average $25 and include roast duck, rack of lamb, seafood options and appetizers such as lobster bisque and blackened ahi tuna. Nightly live entertainment and dance floor; dress is resort casual. Details: 16844 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Drive, Peoria, (623) 334-0010, www.skye-restaurant.com. Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Bar open 4 p.m. to1 a.m. daily.