While the eastern half of the country is shoveling out of one of the worst winter storms in recent history, it’s all sunshine and clear skies in the Valley of the Sun. It’s also time for MLB Spring Training! For a short period of time, fans all over Phoenix can flock to watch their favorite teams warm up for the season. We have a guide of some of your best dining hot spots around the Valley to make your spring training game day complete.
If you’re headed to: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick or Scottsdale Stadium
SOL Mexican Cocina
15323 N. Scottsdale Road
Located at the Scottsdale Quarter, SOL Mexican Cocina’s patio is the ideal place to sit back, relax and sip on a margarita before or after a day at the ballpark. The perfectly shaded patio features plush seating, an outdoor bar and a view overlooking the vibrant heart of Scottsdale. The restaurant’s menu features Executive Chef Deborah Schneider’s bold, modern interpretations of traditional Coastal Mexican cuisine with a focus on fresh, sustainable ingredients. From 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, you can stop by for SOL’s happy hour and try some of the restaurant’s Baja-inspired dishes or refreshing margaritas at a discounted price.
in Old Town
4000 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 105
Enjoy your favorite pizza while you soak up the desert sun and spring breeze. Each of Grimaldi’s eight Arizona locations has a distinct patio. So if you’re in the mood for pizza and a cannoli or just want to enjoy a glass of vino or beer, Grimaldi’s in Old Town is a perfect place to unwind after a game.
Kelly’s at SouthBridge
7117 E. Sixth Ave.
To enjoy the cool weather and feel the awesome Old Town atmosphere, hit Kelly’s at SouthBridge before or after your spring training game. Their spacious outdoor patio, adorned with bright red umbrellas, is hard to miss. It’s the perfect place for some pre/post game day drinks. Join them on Wednesdays for their live music on the patio after 5 p.m. Located on Sixth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, the 8,000-square-foot upscale restaurant offers traditional pub classics mixed with exceptional modern cuisine and the perfect laid back atmosphere.
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
7077 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale or 4731 E. Cactus Road, Paradise Valley
At this Celtic-themed pub and eatery, you will always find five things: ice cold beer, a mouth-watering menu full of traditional and contemporary pub fare, large TV screens showcasing sporting events, a festive atmosphere full of fun and friends and attractive “cast members” eager to put a smile on your face and make you feel right at home. Save some money before you hit the game and its ballpark prices, and enjoy specials on their “Hoppy Hour” menu throughout the week. The dishes range from $2 to $5, and are offered daily.
Gastropub & Grill
7014 E. Camelback Road, Suite 1423
Scottsdale’s newest dining addition, Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill, opened in February at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Hail a golf cart to take you to the games from the comfort of their 1,500-square-foot patio. Enjoy happy hour, seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. and again from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Choose from $4 featured pints, house margaritas, well drinks, and featured wine. There’s even a $3.95-$5.95 food menu.
If you’re headed to: Tempe Diablo Stadium or Sloan Park (spring training home of the Chicago Cubs)
Salut Kitchen Bar
1435 E. University Drive
Spring in The Valley is all about patio weather, and we can’t think of a more attractive outdoor setting than the one at Salut Kitchen Bar in Tempe. After a day of hitting the ballpark, you should hit up Salut — Tempe’s neighborhood wine bar — for their happy hour or one of their daily specials. Every day from 3 to 6:30 p.m. you can get discounted food, cocktails and bottles of wine.
If you’re headed to: Surprise Stadium or Peoria Sports Complex
13525 N. Litchfield Road, Surprise
Uptown Alley is a 60,000-square-foot family entertainment venue featuring bowling, an arcade, two-level laser tag, an ultra-lounge and more. Check out their great patio and full-service restaurant, Red Embers Bar and Grill, during spring training season. Indulge in their craft sandwiches, signature burgers and delicious tacos. On Tuesday enjoy $2 Street Tacos, select domestic pints, bowling games, shoe rentals and $5 worth of game play from 7 p.m. to close. On Wednesday catch a quick game of bowling for $3 before 4 p.m., and then come back after your spring training game for all-you-can-bowl from 9 p.m. to close for $12. Thursday is all-night happy hour from 3 p.m. to close, and Monday through Friday is half-price select drinks from 3 to 7 p.m.
• Liz Lastra, at Evolve PR and Marketing in Scottsdale, represents the restaurants mentioned.