The Vig: Four Neighborhood Hotspots

by Mike Hunter


Fresh Herb Grilled Salmon Grilled Potatoes, wilted greens, mango chutney & yellow pepper vinaigrette $17

Fresh Herb Grilled Salmon
Grilled Potatoes, wilted greens, mango chutney & yellow pepper vinaigrette

The Vig restaurants began with a first location in the Arcadia neighborhood — to great acclaim. The intent was to create a family-friendly and fun neighborhood tavern serving American and tavern-inspired comfort food at a good price with the highest-quality ingredients. Today, there are four Valley locations; each has its unique amenities, but all share in the lively and flavorful concept.

The menu at The Vigs ranges from salads and healthy plates to rich and delectable dishes — all comfort food and all delicious. For the most part, each location has the same menu. For lunch, a favorite is the Lean & Green Steak Salad made with flat iron steak, seasonal vegetables and arugula tossed in a red wine vinaigrette with gorgonzola, parmesano, reggiano cheeses and an aged balsamic. The Prime Vig Dip is also a satisfying choice as it is made with medium rare sliced beef, smoked Gouda and grilled onions on a pretzel bun spread with a chipotle mayo and then accompanied with au jus. One of the special dishes is the Vanilla Braised Short Rib Tacos, which are rich and delicious and come on a flour tortilla topped with Asian sweet glaze, house-made kimchi, spicy aioli and crispy shallots. Also an all-around favorite is the Holy Mac & Cheese, which can be customized to include bacon, chicken, chorizo or broccoli atop the campanelle pasta smothered in American, white cheddar and gruyere cheeses.

While the food will keep guests coming back, the atmosphere of fun is also a great enticement. Each location has its unique look and appeal. The Uptown location is set in an historic former bank building with an enclosed patio and seating that makes for a great place to do an event. The patio at the Arcadia location is always a hot spot on weekends and in the cooler evenings, with live music and plenty of seating in what feels like a modern backyard. Patrons can play bocce ball or any number of games to further their experience. Each location has lively weekend events, such as brunch DJs at the Fillmore location and a jam-packed happy hour at the McCormick Ranch Vig.

The Vig

Arcadia — 4041 N 40th St., Phoenix; (602) 553-7227
Fillmore — 606 N. 4th Ave., Phoenix; (602) 254-2242
Uptown — 6015 N 16th St., Phoenix; (602) 633-1187
McCormick Ranch — 7345 N. Via Paseo Del Sur, Scottsdale; (480) 758-5399

Editor’s Note: Fundraise for Your Cause. The Vig offers its locations to generate funds for local organizations by donating 20 percent of the total pre-tax sales for organized timeframes Monday through Wednesdays in an effort to give back within each of the communities surrounding the Vig locations.

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