Dining Out, Food Opinion

Best Chicken Wings in Phoenix

We are always on the hunt for the best chicken wing, because there is always a best to be found, right?

I noticed someone posted a question in a group I follow, and she said… “I’m new to the Phoenix area.  Where can I find the best chicken wings?”  I almost did not scroll through the comments, but because I am who I am I had to, even though I felt confident with the wing choices in my area.

I see the usual places repeatedly, but as I kept scrolling through the comments, I kept seeing Valley Wings.

“Valley Wings has the best wings and sauce.” 

“Valley Wings is always fresh.” 

“Definitely try Valley Wings.”

Valley Wings (Buffalo and Honey Hot Flavors)

I leave the comments and add Valley Wings to my phone’s notepad page, “Restaurants to Try.”

Chicken Alfredo Fries

My husband literally says the next day, “I want some wings.” I said, “all these people kept saying Valley Wings is the best.”  He was skeptical, so we had to check them out.

We ordered from the car.  Waited the 15 minutes they said it would take to complete our 20-wing order of 10 Honey Hot, 10 Buffalo and Chicken Alfredo Fries.

My husband went inside to pick-up our order.  We were going to drive home and eat, but we peeked into the box and mad the quick decision to eat in the car.

We debated Valley Wings against all our previous favorites, and my husband is staying true to his, but he says Valley Wings is a top contender.  I am all in with Valley Wings, they are THAT good!

Location visited:

Valley Wings
15414 N. 19th Avenue, C
Phoenix, AZ 85023

Dining Out, Food Opinion

Bruster’s Real Ice-Cream

You can never fail with a trip to the ice cream shop! Well, if they’re lactose intolerant, you can but Bruster’s Fresh even has non-dairy treats like Freezes.⁣

Even when it’s raining, like it is in Phoenix today, eat ice-cream and talk about how cold you are. Who does that? I do.

Bruster’s Real Ice-Cream in the Arrowhead area is a quick and easy ice cream stand with walk-up ordering and benches for outdoor seating. You know what I say, everything tastes better when you eat it outside. You can even grab your ice cream to-go thru the drive-thru, if you’re on the go.

Bruster’s Real Ice-Cream

Rich, creamy and lots of flavors to choose from! They even let you sample if you can’t decide what you should go with.⁣

Grab your kiddos and even your fur babies. Free ice cream to children under 40” and doggie sundaes for your non-human friends.

What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor. Here I have Rocky Road on the bottom and Cookies ‘N Cream on the top. (Sugar-free options are also available.)⁣

FUN FACT: I DO NOT eat chocolate ice-cream, but I eat Rocky Road.

Location visited:
17115 N 51st Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85308

Dining Out

Slapfish

You know when you see a new spot and you’re like hmmm… I wonder what’s going on over there.  That’s how I felt when I seen Slapfish pop-up on the scene.  I don’t live on the side of town where Slapfish is.  I was just in the area that day, so I noted it in my phone notes under Restaurants to Try.

Do you have a list in your phone of restaurants to try?

The opportunity presented itself for me to go and give Slapfish a whirl.  I ordered the Fried Fish Street Taco and the Fried Shrimp Roll.

As we waited, my husband and I noticed the steady flow of traffic coming in and out.  The restaurant was filled, and people were waiting for to-go orders and I said to my husband this place must be GOOD!  That’s always my first clue.  My second clue is, has the staff tried the things that I’m asking about.  The counter person had everything I asked her about.

Fried Fish Taco

The food was hot, one thing I require of all my food.  The shrimp nor the fish had that weird texture thing going on.  The like Texas toast bread roll the shrimp was nestled in was SO buttery and delightful.  Everything was just incredible. Think of a “souped-up” Long John Silver. Sorry LJS.

Fried Shrimp Roll with Seasoned Fries

They have several locations in various states.  I will certainly visit Slapfish again and have the courage to try their most popular item, the Lobster Roll.  Let me know if you’ve been or if you swing through.

Location visited:
7280 W. Bell Rd.
Glendale, AZ 85308

Website: www.slapfishrestaurant.com/

Slapfish Outdoor Seating
Slapfish Inside Seating
Dining Out, Things-to-Do

Lux Central Coffee Shop

I had a meeting to attend and it was up to me to choose the location, so I chose Lux Central.  The meeting started at 9:30am, and the place was packed.  Line out the door.  I was taken aback by that.  It is just a coffee shop after all, is what I thought.  Naturally, I immediately said this place must be GOOD!

We waited in line about 12 minutes, with a Lux Central staff member walking down the line taking orders.  Since I hadn’t been there before, I needed visuals and some direction.  She allowed us to work our way up to the glass case where the pastries were on display.  I made my order.  Blueberry muffin and the pretty coffee drink in a glass mug.  She asked, a latte?  I said, yes, and what does it take to make it sweet?  She said, caramel.  I said yes, a caramel latte and a blueberry muffin, please.

As we waited in line, we noticed that the seating was limited because everyone in Phoenix was at Lux Central that morning.  There were four of us, so we strategically scoped out where we could squeeze in.  Don’t be opposed to sitting with another person or two, everyone seemed friendly enough and knew this may happen at Lux.  There were many pockets of casually clustered seating all over the building and an outdoor seating area as well.  We luckily discovered a space for four and grabbed it.

I’m all about process and order.  I notice this everywhere I go.  When we ordered in the line, we waited in that same line until you get to the register to pay.  Once you pay, you hang out and wait for your name to be called.  As the drinks came out, they were placed on the counter next to the register where there is constant traffic of payees.  If drinks are not picked up timely, it’s a sea of orders all over the counter while you cautiously and others not so cautiously try to determine which drink is theirs.  This process could be a lot better.  The potential landing area for completed drinks should be relocated to allow for a more seamless process between the payees and the pick-up station, but I’m just a patron.

Lux Central

Anyhow, Lux Central not only has pastries and coffee, they also have a complete breakfast, juice bar and liquor menu.  Everything our group had (coffee, latte, blueberry muffin, croissant, hot chocolate, blueberry loaf) agreed their items were good and it was worth a return for full breakfast and coffee.

Lux Central is great meeting, study, and hang out space in central Phoenix, and I can see why the line is constantly out the door.  The vibe is legit.  I encourage you to visit a local coffee shop in your area and let me know what you ordered.

Bonus:
Live music tucked in the corner (visited on a Sunday).

Location visited:

4402 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Hours: 6AM – 12AM

Dining Out, Food Opinion, Movies, Theater, Things-to-Do

The iPic Theater Experience

We were chosen to try-out the iPic Theater in Scottsdale, AZ.  To be honest, I had researched iPic before and thought, whoa!  That activity is NOT in our family of six budget. As the mom who takes the kids to the movies before noon so that we only pay $5 for matinee tickets, I was ecstatic that iPic graciously extended an invitation and we were able to experience the luxuries of iPic.  Click the *link in bio* to check out what makes iPic theaters so luxurious. 


iPic provided us with a 4-admission ticket pack, so we bought pizza for the two “Littles” and dropped them off with grandma and the older boys, my husband and I headed to the theater. Upon arrival we were greeted by management and shown to our seating.  We were given menus and were told; everything is on the house.

My boys looked and asked, really?  Yes, we frequent our theater with the reclining seats, popcorn, snacks and drinks on-hand but this was different.  New plush reclining pod-seating for two.  Blankets, pillows, unlimited popcorn, a full menu + a Keto option, brought right to our seats.  I asked my husband to please check on me to make sure I didn’t fall asleep during the movie, that’s how comfortable the space was.  Let me tell you, we were there for ALL. OF. IT.

Photo Courtesy of iPic Theater

Seating was $27 per person, so $108 for the four of us. 

Here’s what we ordered from the menu:

Fajita Quesadilla $15 (my husband had a steak quesadilla, because he thought you can’t go wrong with steak, cheese and a flour tortilla shell)

Chicken Strips $15 (I had the chicken strips, because I’m simple)

Angus Burger Sliders $17 (both my sons had the sliders, because kids eat burgers)

Truffle Fries $12 (we shared 2 orders)

Drinks $3.50 (3 drinks, I share with my husband because I don’t drink much soda and it was free re-fills)

Toffee Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich $10 x 2 (we shared 2 between the four of us)

We also had popcorn, but remember, the cost is included in the cost of your ticket.

As you can see, the pricing is like real dining. I can say the menu was nicely done.  A little bit for everyone, from lobster rolls, salad bowls, flatbread pizza to Keto steak skewers.  Menu prices are online to view ahead of time, which is a major plus in my book.  All in all, the food was ok.  It lacked overall seasoning of the meats used. My husband ate all his quesadilla, and said he’d get it again.  I hate half of my chicken strips and took the rest home for lunch the following day. The boys didn’t eat all their food and didn’t care to take the rest with them.  We collectively gave the food a 3 ½ out 5 rating.

So, in total, our iPic theater outing was $246.50.  iPic certainly delivered what it set out to do and is worth all of what they provided, which is a luxurious movie going experience.  I’d visit iPic again, for a special occasion but when the whole family is in tow, we’ll stick to the theater up the street.

iPic.com

Location visited:
15257 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Dining Out

Slickables

We live in Phoenix, Arizona, where summer temperatures reach into the 110+, so ice-cream is basically a food group.  We treated the kids to Slickables, and they loved them.

We each chose two cookies to wedge our favorite ice-cream flavor in between.  Each ice-cream sandwich was only

 $2.50.  You also have the choice of choosing a brownie to make your ice-cream sandwich, but we all stuck to cookies.

Slick2

At chain ice-cream parlors, with a family of 6, we can easily run up a bill of $40 with add-ins and the such.  At Slickables, our bill was $12.50 plus tax and we were in summer cool bliss, until we stepped back outside.

Slickables is located on busy Mill Avenue, in the heart of Tempe, so parking may be a doozy.  There’s metered parking, so bring change (in most cases you can now use your debit card) but you can also park in a nearby garage for a small fee and walk a short distance.

Once in the Slickables, there are just a few tables to sit,  but if you’re not lucky enough to snag one, you can stroll down Mill Avenue and window shop while you finish up your cream.

Location visited: 699 S. Mill Avenue, #117, Tempe, AZ 85281

Hours: 11am-midnight daily