The neighboring days of July 29 and July 30 turn out to be big ones for food lovers. On July 29, many people celebrate National Chicken Wing Day while National Cheesecake Day falls on July 30.
You don’t see that combination of flavorful favorites together very often. However, if you want to indulge in one, or both, we know some spots in the Valley you should visit.
A quintessential part of any sports-watching experience, chicken wings are a messy finger food that can range from sweet to burn-your-mouth hot.
Buffalo Wild Wings
With “wings” in the name, you would expect Buffalo Wild Wings to offer something special, and you’d be right. Choose from 16 signature sauces and 5 seasonings to build your perfect wing flavor. You can also choose traditional wings or white-meat boneless wings. Enjoy them at the restaurant with domestic, import or craft beer and various sides, or buy buckets of wings to eat at home.
Locations: 8 spots around the Valley
The Hub Grill and Bar
The Hub offers a respectable 12 flavors of chicken wings, including the unique Raspberry Chipotle. Also, in addition to traditional and boneless wings, you can order Arizona Smoked style. Thirsty? Wash down your wings with a selection of more than 90 craft and draft beers.
1860 S. Stapley, Mesa
1925 S. Sossaman, Mesa
Native Grill & Wings
This wing-focused establishment offers 21 flavors from basic Honey BBQ to mouth-melting Ghost Pepper. You can also choose from traditional wings, boneless wings or Native Style Strippers (chicken strips). Eat the wings alone or as a combo with salad and pizza. As a bonus, Native Grill & Wings also serves New York Cheesecake.
Locations: More than a dozen locations around the Valley
Teakwoods Tavern & Grill
A full-range grill, Teakwoods still lists “wings” prominently on its menu. While it only offers 8 basic flavors, the specialty flavors include some unusual mixes and additions, including prickly pear cactus. It offers three types of wings: traditional, boneless and tenders. If you don’t want to stop binge watching your latest show, Teakwoods does deliver to Chandler and Gilbert through Grubhub.
Chandler: 5965 W. Ray Rd.
Gilbert: 151 E. Williams Field Rd.
Silky, sweet and cheesy, cheesecake makes the perfect base for a range of gastronomic delights. Include fresh fruit, chocolate, peanut butter or any other ingredient or flavor you wish to make a delicious dessert.
The Cheesecake Factory
Yes, it’s an obvious choice, but you can’t ignore the selection of more than 30 types of cheesecake. Whether you want something sweet, tart, sour, extra chocolate or classic, you can find it. Even better, for National Cheesecake Day, The Cheesecake Factory offers two perks. First, take advantage of the “Any Slice, Half Price” deal on July 30-31. Second, a new Celebration Cheesecake will be on the menu starting July 30. It layers strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla mousse cheesecake, and vanilla cake under a cream cheese icing.
Locations: 5 spots in the Valley
For true New York-style cheesecake, you need to drop by “Arizona’s New York Deli.” Chompie’s uses family recipes to make its fresh-baked goods, including its award-winning cheesecake. While you’re there, you can also enjoy sandwiches, dinner specials, Jewish cuisine, all-day breakfast or a famous bagel.
Locations: Chandler, Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe
Kneaders Bakery & Cafe
This well-loved spot for fresh baked goods offers two styles of cheesecake. The Fresh Berry Cheesecake loads a vanilla cheesecake with raspberry filling and tops it with whole strawberries and whipped cream. Or you can opt for the Turtle Cheesecake with caramel, pecans and chocolate on a cookie base. You can also order online for delivery.
Locations: 14 spots in the Valley
As the name suggests, Piefection focuses on pies and pie-shaped desserts. It carries a range of cheesecakes, including flavors like Cherry, Triple Berry, Blueberry, Lemon and Fresh Strawberry. Also, the Pie of the Month is a special Berry Lemonade Cheesecake, which features fresh strawberries and blueberries in a lemon glaze with real whipped cream.
Location: 6731 E. Brown Rd., #104, Mesa
Your local grocery store
Ask many people their favorite place for cheesecake and they’ll name the bakery section of their local AJ’s, Basha’s, Fry’s or Safeway. The selections might learn toward basic — although sometimes they’ll surprise you — but for cost and convenience you won’t do much better.
– Justin Ferris, Phoenix.org