The Vig

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4041 N. 40th Street, Phoenix
602-553-7227

Arcadia doesn't lack for popular yuppie hangouts — Chelsea's Kitchen, La Grande Orange and Il Postino — but the hottest new place to see and be seen is The Vig, a sleek retro-modern watering hole with a casual dress code and a bocce ball court on the patio.The place is crammed with local movers and shakers, all there in their khaki shorts and flip flops to check each other out and chat each other up. Meanwhile, the menu (which sticks to contemporary basics with the occasional upscale flourish) features Vings (a mild grilled version of wings), entree salads (try the Vig Modern Building with candied walnuts and feta), a good burger and a handful of entrees, all at moderate prices. Executive Chef Doug Havins, who took over after the first few months, has worked hard to improve both the menu and the food. And he's done a great job of that (check out the five-spice edamame, the grilled romaine salad, and the BBQ chicken burger with grilled pears and smoked gouda) but who knows if the customers notice? They're all just there to relax, have a drink, eat a simple meal, enjoy the good weather and do a little people-watching. And for all these things, The Vig is absolutely perfect. If you don't see someone you know at The Vig, you're probably a hermit. Lunch and dinner daily. $-$$