So, I’m not normally the one who goes out and hangs out at bars or goes out to eat at different restaurants, but when I find a good place, I like to tell people about it. I have only been to a handful of bars in the nearly 30+ years I’ve been around, but I have to say that by far the best one I have ever been to has been Brad’s Place located on the corner of Elliot/48th St in Ahwatukee Arizona.
What makes Brad’s Place unique is simple, it’s like home. You go there, you have a good time and you get to meet new people or just have fun with the people you already know. Even though it’s a bar, it’s family friendly. As a mom myself, this is a huge bonus when looking for places to go out with the family. Brad makes sure that everything is clean, wholesome and fun for all ages.
Another thing that’s awesome about this place is the fact that there is live entertainment. You will get singers, and musicians who perform for you and even take requests, make jokes, and generally help you have a good time. Of course, there is also a television on nearly every wall tuned into a game that you can watch at any given moment, but if the sports channel is something you’re not into, you can request that a television be turned to another station and the bartender, or even Brad himself, will hand over a remote and tell you to go and change it to whatever you want.
The food, oh man don’t get me started on the food! Every Friday they have a fish fry, and as a girl from a coastal town, fish is something I know something about. I went one Friday with my in-law’s and we all got different dishes for each of us to try. My father-in-law got the trout, my mother-in-law got wings, and I got a cheeseburger (I wasn’t really hungry and knew I could take the rest home with me and eat it later).
First off, it takes a lot of talent to cook trout and have it taste good. Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking trout is an easy fish to cook, because it’s not. That chef (and yes, I will call the cook at Brad’s Place a chef because only a chef can cook food this amazing) made a masterpiece out of the fish. It was golden, fluffy, moist, flavor-full, it was heaven in my mouth. It tasted so good that despite my best efforts my father-in-law only allowed me one taste (I wound up considering another order of the fish to eat and just take the burger home, but decided against it because of my hunger not being large enough to be able to finish the very generous portions that are given at Brad’s Place).
Next I tried a few wings, and those too were delicious. The meat was cooked perfectly, the seasonings were Brad’s own creations that are made in house and served according to order. Everything was out of this world. But, my mother-in-law also refused to allow me to eat too many of her wings because she claimed “If you eat them all, you won’t want to try your own burger that you custom-ordered.”
Yes folks, you heard it right. You can custom order your burger and they will bring it out to you just the way you want it. And if it’s unique enough, you may find Brad ordering one right along side you to try it out for himself. Mine wasn’t that unique, I just asked for them to add their signature chili on the burger, which was something the waitress we had claimed that no one else had ever tried to do before.
My burger came out beautiful. There was the thick burger patty with lettuce, onions, tomato, ketchup, and a pickle on the side and the chili was just smothering the entire thing under the top bun. Several other people watched, and the waitress even said that she was going to order one when she went on break because it looked just that good (we left before she went on break, so I don’t know if she actually did or not).
Words cannot describe the taste of that burger. However, I can say that despite the fact that I was not really hungry when I first ordered, and that the hunger I had had only been sated with the tastes I had of my in-law’s food, I wound up eating the entire burger and leaving none left to take home.
The good thing about Brad’s Place is that it is in an ideal location. There is a major grocery store to one side (Safeway) and on the other side is the hair salon. Now, you wouldn’t think that these stores would do anything for the bar itself, but they do. For example, the stylists will visit Brad’s Place on their break, and sometimes give free hair tips to those that are regulars or just visiting. And come on, how many of us would pass up a place to eat after getting some essentials when there is an outside patio and you are watching all this delicious food being eaten? Not many that’s for sure.
Of course, happy hour ends at 1:00 a.m. and Brad is nearly always there, mixing stuff up, trying out new things, and letting his guests try his new concoctions to see how it will be taken if he was to put it on the menu. He’s very outgoing, always meeting the new people and talking with the regulars, and a generally all around great guy. So, if you are in the area, and you are looking for a great place to hang out, relax, and eat some great food from some great people, I suggest you head on over to Brad’s Place and get to know the wonderful people there.