Where to Eat: Waste Management Phoenix Open

Come February, Arizona will play host to one of the state’s most premier events—the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Every year, thousands of people pack into the TPC of Scottsdale venue for a chance to see some of their favorite pro-golfers, athletes and occasional celebs take the course in a battle for the big trophy.

This year’s festivities will take place Monday, Feb. 7, through Sunday, Feb. 13. And while there will certainly be no shortage of action on the golf course, the surrounding Scottsdale community will transform into a hub for parties, fun and (of course) good food galore.

If you’re hoping to grab a bite before heading to the Phoenix Open, are looking for a midday break, or are in need of some fun, food-centric plans following the “Greatest Show on Grass,” just there are plenty of nearby restaurants, bars and lounges that are open and hosting special deals in honor of one of the Valley’s biggest sports weeks.

Breakfast Favorites

Photo courtesy Hash Kitchen.

If you didn’t already know, Hash Kitchen is home to some of the most unique breakfast and brunch options in the Valley—plus Arizona’s largest Bloody Mary Bar. Kick off the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a craft mimosa flight and cannoli doughnuts for a truly wild week of sports (and good food).

The Buzz Eatery and Treats is offering Waste Management Phoenix Open ticket holders a little “treat” when they stop in—and attendees who can show proof of attendance will receive a free small drip coffee.

As easily inferred by the name, The Boozy is home to some pretty decadent cocktails and really just an extensive food and drink menu in general. Whether you’re looking to indulge in a brioche, Nutella French toast dish or are just in the mood for some pre-Phoenix Open cold brew booze, this is the perfect spot—and not too far from TPC of Scottsdale.

Lunch Locations

Photo courtesy Grimaldi’s.

The Scottsdale Quarter—located not far from the TPC of Scottsdale course—is offering free round-trip shuttle service to and from the event. Which means that some of the best bites at and near Scottsdale Quarter are on the table for midday eats.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is the perfect place to pop in for some delicious coal-fired pizza, while Humble Bistro is another great local destination for authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of High Street—plus their happy hour is hosted everyday until 5 p.m.

Downtown Scottsdale’s Blue Clover Distillery is offering Waste Management Phoenix Open spectators specialty craft cocktails in honor of the big sporting event. The diverse restaurant and distillery Blue is also offering a 15 percent discount on the entire bill for those who show their same-day ticket. 

Another Scottsdale Quarter hotspot (and prime destination for a great burger) is Zinburger—an American eatery that serves up savory beef dishes, truffle fries and even beloved house-made veggie burgers.

After-Party Spots

Photo courtesy The Mexicano.

The W Scottsdale—one of Scottsdale’s swankiest (and arguably most fun) resorts—is set to host a multi-sport weeklong celebration to accompany the much-anticipated Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Super Bowl, as well. The hotel will be hosting a cocktail “Tee Time” event on Thursday, Feb. 10, in the hotel’s Living Room and Cottontail Lounge, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Mexicano is one of Phoenix’s newest and freshest restaurants. With unique menu items like lava rock fajitas served on sizzling lava stones, smoking grouper ceviche presented in a coconut shell, 36-inch quesadillas and chipotle agave shrimp, The Mexicano is truly a one-of-a-kind dining experience —and undeniably fun for all of your post-Phoenix Open antics.

Settled at Kierland Commons is Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar—an island-themed joint perfect for sitting back, relaxing, and indulging in everything from cilantro-filled tacos to fruity, mango-centric cocktails.

Watch the tourney on one of Kelly’s at SouthBridge’s 20-plus TVs or reserve a personal viewing lounge featuring your very own 55-inch screen. Bottle service and private lounges and event rooms are available, too.

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