ON & OFF THE BEATEN PATH :: The Road to Scottsdale AZ

by David Daugherty on December 5, 2011

Before going to Scottsdale, I spent a couple days getting in shape by visiting some of my favorite old haunts. These were places I came to favor; I’m including them here should you ever have the occasion to be around and are looking for a place to stop for a bite and a beer.

The first stop was in Chandler AZ—Teakwoods Tavern & Grill—for their great wings. (Note: you’ll come to see I have a weakness for wings. Please be patient with me.) When living in Chandler, I used to go to Teakwoods regularly for Wing Night.

Teakwoods Tavern & Grill, Chandler AZ

Their menu has all kinds of great pub fare to try and they always have a full list of special items that changes every night. Grab a handful of peanuts, shell them, and toss the shells on the floor — it’s OK. But beware: the beer flows cold and a night can be lost sitting at this nice and engaging neighborhood bar. So, if you’re in or passing by Chandler, I highly recommend Teakwoods as an alternative to your standard highway stop.

Phoenix skyline

Next, it was off to Phoenix and the bar in Rustler’s Rooste, which has an awesome view of the city of Phoenix from atop the hill on which it sits.

Rustler’s Rooste was established in 1971. Legend has it that the site it sits upon—the top of a butte in the foothills of South Mountain—was a hideout for cattle rustlers. Currently, it’s Arizona’s Legendary Cowboy Steakhouse. It is located 15 minutes from downtown Phoenix and Tempe, 20 minutes from Scottsdale, and 10 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport.

Slide in for a grand entrance!

A two-story building with the lounge on the top level, there’s an indoor waterfall and patrons can take a sliding board into the dining room. Don’t worry — for those who would rather walk down, there is a staircase, though for some—depending on the length of their nights and their inclinations and capacities—the slide can be really useful…and safer.

Rustler's Rooste, Phoenix AZ

Rustler’s Rooste serves up some of the best steaks I’ve ever had along with ribs, chicken, and seafood. Appetizers are different and delicious, including rattlesnake! Their desserts will tempt you and there’s a really nice bar with an excellent selection of libations.

Live country western music is featured 7 nights a week, and “The Rooste” is is open 365 days a year. It’s a nice big place where you never have to wait for a table or a bar stool, and can comfortably invade with a large group.

Continuing on my path, I went to Tempe AZ to visit Doc & Eddy’s. Let me tell you a little something about this place: it may not be one of the historic places on my list but it’s a flat-out fun sports bar. Doc & Eddy’s is located on the northeast corner of Rural and Baseline Roads. I really enjoyed this bar when I lived here in the early 1990s and I was glad it was still there when I drove up. It’s one of the best sports bars for catching a ball game, thanks to the enormous amount of televisions and big screens throughout the bar. Offering something for everyone—no matter what your interests or your age—comfortably catering to everyone from college students and professionals to retirees.

Doc & Eddy’s, Tempe AZ

It was about 11:00 a.m. when I arrived at Doc & Eddy’s. The bar was filled with a number of retirees having an early lunch along with a few beers, telling stories that — I’m pretty certain from what I could observe — included some pretty tall tales. Fun and funny. Then again, I’ll need a little latitude here as I was also having a beer at 11:00 a.m.! Doc & Eddy’s gets seriously busy as the day moves along, so I’m glad I got there early enough to get some interior pictures of this very friendly sports bar.

There are a lot of activities going on here besides the sports on the televisions and a big selection of music on the jukebox. If you’re into playing pool, there are a dozen pool tables behind the bar, 10 of them 9-foot regulation tables. Pool leagues and tournaments are held here all week; a poker tournament is also held during the week.

You’ll also find plenty of video games as well as a slot car electric racetrack and air hockey. The slot car track is awesome. Go to racelinkusa.com for details and to learn more about how you can participate in slot car racing, as well as a link to Doc & Eddy’s that gives the race schedule with times and practices. The link also provides information on how to purchase the tracks, slot cars and accessories along with the rules and regulations of slot car racing.

On a more somber, but gratifying note is The Arizona Room. This is a larger party room boasting pennants and pictures of Arizona sports teams and stadiums. But notably, there’s displayed the Sports Illustrated cover with Pat Tillman and the flag of Arizona above it in a nice tribute to the Arizona Cardinal/war hero who was killed in Afghanistan while serving his country. As I am also a veteran, it touched me.

I sat down at the bar and ordered a burger and a Four Peaks Kilt Lifter ale. One thing to note here is that Doc & Eddy’s was one of the first bars in the area to serve Kilt Lifter. Another nice touch is their patio. The patio seats at least 15 wooden tables that surround 2 olive trees with more seating at tables in the area. For the summertime when temperatures can get over 110 degrees, there is a misting system that lowers the temperature 20+ degrees.

Clearly, this is a true sports bar and one of my favorites. With good food, great burgers, and cold drinks, you can’t miss with Doc & Eddy’s! My bartender was very nice and attentive — really, all of the people working here went out of their way to make sure I had everything I needed and gave me the opportunity to show my readers what a truly great sports bar Doc & Eddy’s is!

On deck…time to check out Scottsdale…

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