Delux in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card
Josh Chesler The Delux "Duo" is a great way to try the acclaimed burger without stuffing yourself.
The Spot: Delux
3146 East Camelback Road, Phoenix
The Hours: Happy Hour is offered Monday - Friday from 4 until 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. daily, though the sushi kitchen closes at midnight Sunday - Thursday.
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Separated into two dining rooms (both with their own bars) and a patio, Delux takes what would be considered a small space for most restaurants and makes the most out of it for its customers. The "grill" side of the restaurant is centered around a long bar-style table while the sushi-based portion of the establishment features several side by side televisions that offer a panoramic glimpse of life under the sea. The blue lighting creates a casual and entertaining feel for diners, particularly those enjoying the reverse happy hour after the sun goes down.
Josh Chesler Blue lighting and casual seating sets the mood for burgers and sushi at Delux.
Though they're a bit pricy for a happy hour item at $10.50 per pair, the Delux "Duo" sliders are enough food to be an excellent small meal or shared appetizer. For an extra delicious time, order them with a side of Delux's signature aioli and dip them in the creamy blend of spices. While the bruschetta plate isn't anything to write home about, it's not a bad vegetarian starter for the table at the $5 happy hour price. Also, while it's not a happy hour special, a shopping cart-shaped basket of mixed fries ($6) is one of the better items on the menu and comes with sides of ketchup and the previously mentioned aioli.
Josh Chesler The sushi at Delux is surprisingly good, particularly for a place known for its burgers.
The second half of the happy hour menu is where things get interesting, as eating late-night sushi at a burger place would normally be quite the risky venture. However, Delux's sushi is the exception to the rule, as the sushi chefs and recipes are straight from the defunct sushi restaurant, Zen 32. Even though most of the happy hour rolls are standard sushi fare, a Spicy Tuna Roll or California Roll for $3.50 is still tough to beat at 11 p.m. on a Tuesday. The Samba Roll ($8) is one of the more uncommon rolls available, and provides quite the flavorful punch with a combination of eel, cream cheese and jalapenos.