By Chelsea Martin
Summer’s in full swing, temperatures continue to rise, and near-boiling swimming pools and maxed-out air conditioners provide barely any relief. Fortunately, community taverns and restaurants offer cold drinks, refreshing fare and freezing desserts to help diners endure.
Here are some of Wrangler’s local favorites.
Nosh Arizona’s Night at the Nosh — Nosh offers plenty of unique drinks, including Night at the Nosh. This refreshing concoction starts with strawberries, pears, sugar, vanilla and Espresso Italia’s Moroccan Mint Tea. Next it’s blended with Anejo Rum, then soaked and stirred regularly for about a month before serving. When it’s finally ready, it’s blended again and then served with a light and crisp ginger beer. What says summer more than that?
Lucky Lou’s California chicken wrap — This deliciously appetizing light wrap is packed with tasty ingredients perfect for summer. It features grilled chicken, bacon, avocado, tomatoes and shredded lettuce tossed in a spicy ranch dressing, then wrapped in a vegetarian tortilla. It’s even better paired with an ice cold happy-hour pint.
Flanny’s Bar and Grill’s craft beers and growlers — Sure, Flanny’s main focus is its 24 taps of craft beers from breweries around the Valley and around the country. And its rotating inventory means the selection is always changing. But for your next backyard barbeque, be sure to pick up a growler (or two). These 64-ounce to-go containers filled with craft beer will help you and your guests beat the summer heat – or at least make coping with it a little easier.
Marcello’s “Beet” the heat salad — A fresh spring mix of greens topped with beets, pine nuts, hard-boiled eggs and red onions make for a delicious salad. But what will really get your taste buds talking is Marcello’s sonic vinaigrette dressing.
Rita’s Gelati — The pavement may feel like it’s on fire, but you won’t notice it (as much) when you’re having an ice-cold gelati on a hot summer’s day. Rita’s gelati layers old-fashioned frozen custard, Italian ice and more custard for a delicious heat-soothing blend. This popular treat gives you two great flavors in one refreshing treat.