It’s one part revved up comfort foods, two parts awesome cocktails and beers on tap, and 100% rock ‘n roll. Sid’s Garage is a smaller chain out of Boise, Idaho that made a big splash in Arizona, by opening its first location in Desert Ridge Marketplace in its busy “The District” area. Get ready for great music, fantastic food, cocktails served in what could best be described as cheekily designed “pipes,” and the best night out with friends you will have experienced in a long time.
By Lynette Carrington
The aesthetic at Sid’s Garage is high velocity fun. There is always music, and live bands are almost always the order of the day. If you’re looking for a quiet date night, this is not the place for you. But, if you want to go have a fun time with friends, enjoy good music or satisfying food made with fun twists, this will be your new hangout.
At the core of the Sid’s Garage menu is a unique selection of outstanding burgers. The beef used by Sid’s Garage for its burgers is a wagyu and black angus blend of Snake River Farms and Double R Ranch. Some of the burger varieties include the Not So Whimpie with Sid’s Garage signature candied bacon, aged cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and secret sauce, and the PBB & J with creamy peanut butter, raspberry-cayenne jam, candied bacon, cheddar cheese and lettuce. Don’t judge and peanut butter and jelly burger until you’ve had it. It’s delicious! Best of all, any of the beef can be substituted with a plant-based veggie patty. All Sid’s Garage burgers are also served with the restaurant’s logo seared onto the top bun just in case you forget where you’re enjoying your food. Other main dishes at Sid’s Garage include a Nashville hot chicken sandwich, elote loco hot dog and grilled salmon.
Whether you are coming to dine or stop at Sid’s Garage before heading out to see a movie, don’t miss some of the best sides just about anywhere. I’m not sure what the secret is to the Loco Fries, but they are probably the best French fries I’ve ever had. They definitely have their own seasoning and perhaps they are double-fried? Whatever the magical unicorn recipe is, be sure to order the fries for the table… And make it a double. Other side noshes are the candied jalapeno bacon with a bourbon-sriracha dipping sauce, Bavarian pretzel bites with beer cheese fondue, tempura green beans and flash fried deviled eggs. Also, don’t miss the signature mac and cheese with a four-cheese sauce blend, toasted truffle breadcrumbs and candied jalapeno bacon bits.
Then, there are Sid’s Garage monster shakes. There is nothing else quite like these and be prepared to share, because they are decadent, huge and filled with surprises. The Original Sin includes vanilla ice cream and chocolate chips and buttercream with a slice of red velvet cake tucked into the massive glass. The Midnight Munchies version features vanilla ice cream, brown butter glaze, Fruity Pebbles and a rainbow lollipop. Or try the appropriately or inappropriately named Fat Elvis shake that comes with peanut butter, raspberry jam, vanilla ice cream and Cap’n Crunch cereal all topped with an ice cream bar. Check out the menu for all the other decadent monster shakes.
The drink menu includes a rotating selection of local drafts, from scratch bloody marys, mimosa flights, mules and sangrias. Order a Beer In Bag, guess what kind of beer it is, and the next one is on Sid’s Garage. Sid’s Garage is located at 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., #48-1540, Phoenix. Call 623-335-1233 or visit www.sidsgarage.com for more information.