When you're hungover, it seems the only thing that eases the pain is greasy food and, well, more alcohol. Some ingenious local restaurants have started combining the two, so now you can hair of the dog through food.
Here are our favorite drink-inspired dishes around the Valley:
Bloody Mary Onion Rings
Basically, a deconstructed blood mary atop a bed of golden, crisp onion rings. There's pickles. There's olives. There's carrots and celery. There's bacon. Duh. And on the side? Bloody mary dipping sauce and a little carafe of ranch, 'cause this is America. This glorious mess is the perfect snack for Sunday Funday after a rough Saturday night.
$12.75. 4341 N. 75th St., Scottsdale, boondocksaz.com
Cerveza Battered Fish Tacos
True taco connoisseurs know the key to an authentic Baja fish taco is beer in the batter. Mexican cerveza (preferably a lager), to be exact. Tempe's Social Hall, the sleek new tenant in the old Minder Binders space, offers crunchy cerveza battered fish tacos topped with spicy tomatillo salsa, fresh slaw and refreshing lime crema - the perfect antidote to mucho tequila shots the night before.
$11. 715 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, azsocialhall.com
Rosé All Day
High Spirited Cupcakes
Allow us to get a little Basic B for a moment as we rejoice at the covenant of two tenants of Basic B-dom: rosé and cupcakes. Renowned for their mash-ups of craft cocktails and handcrafted cupcakes, Phoenix's wino-est boutique bakery will be offering a rotating selection of five different varieties of cocktail-inspired mini cakes each day. We, of course, like the Rosé All Day - rosé-infused cake filled with strawberry curd and rose buttercream. For the more adventurous, there's the Oaxaca This Way - mezcal chocolate cake with marshmallow center and Mezcal, cinnamon and chocolate buttercream - and Gin N' Juice - gin vanilla cake with raspberry limoncello curd and limoncello frosting.
Price varies per cupcake. Order online at highspiritedcupcakes.com
Mmmmm… beer (cheese). While not technically cocktail-inspired, the beer cheese nachos at Salty Sow are what (Wisconsin) dreams are made of. The GCP Nachos are served with green chili pork, guacamole, beer cheese (melty and saucy), cotija and pickled jalapeño. Pair your nachos with one of Salty Sow's mini cocktail flights to round-out your hair of the dog experience.
$10. 4801 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, saltysow.com
Which one will you try first?
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