Lakeside Cafe, Bar, and Patio Opens in Tempe
Located in the Lakes community at Lakeshore Drive, south of Baseline Road (next to another patio bar and cafe, Pier 54), The Watershed is the patio-focused project of Valley residents Dan and Robin Scott, who opened their new cafe and bar of American eats on December 8.
"It was our goal to create an experience that you can't get anywhere in Phoenix: picnic tables on a lawn, couches and bars overlooking a beautiful lake," says Dan Scott, who also owns a media company in Albuquerque. "The feeling is like you're somewhere else."
The menu at The Watershed, created by chef and general manager Matt Nichols, features familiar American dishes with a twist inspired by Nichols' years in San Francisco, Washington, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. There is a Santa Fe-inspired version of the Canadian dish poutine made with chile-dusted fries, green chile gravy, and beer-battered queso fresco; fish tacos with pineapple salsa; and a signature griddle burger available in four different syles: Korean, Mexican, New Mexican, and barbecue.
Poutine a la Sante Fe
As for libations, The Watershed offers 12 specialty cocktails, wine, craft beers, and house made classics including sangria, margaritas, and Bloody Marys.
The Watershed's seating options include a patio that can seat 200, an indoor "Captain's Lounge," and a 50-foot bar.
5250 South Lake Shore Drive, Tempe
3 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Friday
11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday
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