Milagro Grill in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card
Kate Crowley Camarones Dulces at Milagro Grill.
The Hours: Happy Hour is offered everyday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. until close.
Kate Crowley Hungry? Choose Tostadas de Costilla
Located in a higher-end strip mall in Arcadia, Milagro Grill's interior is a bit luxurious. There are two sections in the wood-heavy dining room, with room for traditional tables and more casual high-boys and bistro tables near the bar. The indoor/outdoor bar offers seating as well as TVs with low-volume sports broadcasting. The heavily shaded patio offers misters and enough distance from the street to feel like an outdoor room.
There are many filling options for happy hour, with food prices ranging from $5 to $8. We skipped the safe options, but they are available if you like: guacamole ($5), chips and salsa ($6) and wings "alitas" ($8). We first tried the Camarones Dulces -- worth every penny at $6. They come three to a plate and the shrimp is perfectly fried and yet not greasy. The large portion of shrimp is served on iceberg lettuce and topped with a spicy aioli with cilantro and picked chile. If you're hungry, order these and refuse to share. The camarones came in slightly ahead of another stand-out, Tostadas de Costilla ($7).
Kate Crowley Chile Verde Tacos, lovely to look at, yet didn't live up to their good looks.
Also served three to a plate, this tostada dish was spicy and moist. Clearly a notch above most happy hour offerings, the tostada has beef short rib, potato purée, aioli and pickled pasilla. Heavy and yet, offering tons of flavor from the short rib, they are a perfect complement to a beer or margarita and a meal unto themselves. Not quite making the list of favorites was the Chile Verde Tacos ($7). The guacamole on the tacos was wonderful but the pork lacked flavor and we could barely taste the tomatillo sauce. One of Milagro's "signature" eats, the PB & J de Puerco, was only offered at $2 off during happy hour for $8. It's a unique dish, but the price point might deter first-timers.