Kitchen 86 + Bar
While this sleek El Paseo spot gets its name from slang for doing away with something, diners tend to leave wishing they had room for more. The spacious smallplates joint features a rotating menu of eclectic continental bites, including housemade curry, ramens, and wood-fired pizza, crafted with local, organic ingredients. For an indulgent protein boost, ask your server if the flavorful 86 Burger, which comes piled high with grass-fed beef, Gouda cheese, and bacon, is gracing the menu for the day.
Gather a group for a late lunch or early dinner to take advantage of the broad selection of shareables and 3-to-6-p.m. happy hour, or snag a seat at the lively bar for imaginative cocktails, craft beer, and wine.
In addition to the creative cuisine, locals rave about warm, speedy service and the space’s upbeat ambiance. Kitchen 86 also stands out for offering late-night bites until 2 a.m. (a rarity on the sometimes-sleepy desert scene) and a second happy hour from 10 p.m. on.