Arrowhead Grill: Happy Hour Report Card
The Spot: Arrowhead Grill, 8280 W. Union Hills Drive, Glendale,
The Hours: Happy Hour is offered from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day.
The Interior: Happy hour is held in the lounge, a dark and cozy spot furnished with tall cafe tables and chairs and a small rectangular bar with a sleek, mirrored back bar. A wall outfitted with waterfall windows separates the entry from the lounge, lending the sort of upscale touch that brings corporate steakhouses to mind. That's not surprising when you know that Arrowhead Grill's chef-owner is Charles Schwerd, who worked for Mastro's Steakhouse and Mastro's City Hall Steakhouse for years. Don't imagine for a second, however, that AG emulates the well-hello-there-stranger vibe of those popular meat-markets. Arrowhead is quiet and comfy, a watering hole for middle-aged couples and retirees looking for an inexpensive night out, not a hook-up.
The Food: During happy hour, an extensive bar menu features AG Bar Favorites (snacky finger foods mostly) at half off, burgers and sliders at $3 off and a handful of Bar Classics (small entrees) marked down $2-$4, while the regularly priced remaining entrees range from $13-$29.
I love that deviled eggs can be ordered individually -- 50 cents for the spicy, surprisingly good garden variety, 75 cents for an ultra-mustardy version topped with crab.
Given my recent exposure to the wonderfully chewy house-made pretzels at Brat Haus in Scottsdale, it's pretty hard to work up much enthusiasm for the fluffy pretzel rolls here -- flecked with coarse salt and certainly decent -- served with cheese fondue ($2.50). But for the price, who can complain?
What, we wondered, was a "pig wing"? The server who delivered it from the kitchen called it a "pork shank," but he must know, but it seemed a bit small for that. In any case, it vaguely resembled a skinny wing, and its porky tenderness -- offset by a side of spicy hush-hush sauce -- provided variety on a beef-heavy menu.
8280 W. Union Hills Drive, Glendale, AZ