5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix
Johnny Chu's RedThai
Nikki Buchanan Johnny Chu presiding over the kitchen at Sochu House.
Friday, March 21
Earlier this year, we told you that chef Johnny Chu, of Sochu House in Phoenix and T. Spot in Chandler, was planning to open two new spots in Phoenix. And as of this weekend, fans of the chef's Asian cuisine will wait no longer to experience the newest concepts. Chu is opening RedThai Southeast Asian Kitchen at 7822 North 12th Street (12th Street and Northern) this week. The restaurant will be serving Thai and Vietnamese cuisines including pho and Thai noodle dishes -- also including a bar and Southeast Asian street eats, curries, spring rolls, and clay-pot creations. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The Great American BBQ & Beer Festival
Diana Lustig Fans of beer, barbeque, and music gather at the Great American BBQ and Beer Festival last year.
Saturday, March 22
This weekend the first of the Valley's bbq fests will bring pitmasters from all over the state and country together for a celebration of all things smoked and meaty. Participating restaurants include Joe's Real BBQ, Paletas Betty, Bourbon Jacks, DGP Gourmet Fry Bread, and Sweet Magnolia Smokehouse. The festival, which will be held in Historic Downtown Chandler, will begin at at noon and will run until 10 p.m. Tickets cost $8 when bought in advance at any Valley Bashas' location or $10 if purchased online or at the gate. For more information visit The Great American Barbecue & Beer Festival website.
7822 North 12th Street, Phoenix, AZ
401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix, AZ
6015 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ
2902 N. 68th St., Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Ave. south of Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ