Phoenix City Grille: A Hidden Gem in the Heart of the Valley

by Molly Cerreta Smith

Phoenix City Grille has been quietly experiencing success as a locals’ and visitors’ favorite since it opened its doors in the iconic Bethany East shopping center in 1997. Nestled into the Madison neighborhood with many surrounding historic districts, Phoenix City Grille is owned and operated by Sheldon Knapp while Executive Chef Micah Wyzlic, who has worked for the restaurant for nearly 15 years, heads up the kitchen. 

Simply known as PCG to many, the restaurant boasts a friendly neighborhood tavern vibe and an unpretentious fine dining menu, which is complemented by an excellently curated wine selection, specialty cocktails, full bar (including a scotch, whiskey and bourbon list) as well as bottled beers and beers on tap, many of which are from local Arizona breweries such as 4 Peaks, Lumberyard and Mother Road. The restaurant even offers innovative mocktails for those who prefer a non-alcoholic libation.

In addition to local craft brews, Phoenix City Grille sources local ingredients whenever possible, seeking products that are grown and produced locally throughout the state. A few of the vendors’ ingredients they incorporate into their menu come from the likes of Crow’s Daily, Schreiners Sausage, Ramona Farms, Rhiba Farms, Mount Hope Spices, Mediterra Bakehouse, La Sonorense, Shamrock and Passport Coffee.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and offers brunch on Sundays. Diners can start with PCG’s Green Chile Skillet Cornbread, which is not only gluten-free (in fact, many dishes on the menu are) but award-winning. And no meal should ever end without a slice of the restaurant’s famous Buttermilk Pie. The all-day menu maintains regulars’ favorites and the restaurant’s most popular dishes — ranging from eclectic to classic comfort. However, Chef Wyzlic also incorporates new dishes with the season, utilizing fresh and at-peak ingredients to keep things exciting for diners. 

Over the years, PCG has grown to become a true neighborhood restaurant, with many regulars who come in time and again for their favorite meals. During COVID closures and seating restrictions, the restaurant offered family-style meals to go in order to still accommodate its clientele. Doing everything it could to remain open to not only continue to employ its staff but to provide for its regulars, Phoenix City Grille continued to modify its offerings to stay open and continue to thrive to overcome those challenges. Phoenix City Grille continues to thrive today, welcoming newcomers and regulars alike every day of the week.

Phoenix City Grille is open Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (including brunch hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Happy hour is offered in the bar and patio seven days a week — Monday and Tuesday from 3 p.m. to close and Wednesday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Phoenix City Grille
5816 N. 16th St., Phoenix
(602) 266-3001

P.C.G. Green Chile Skillet Cornbread

Skillet: $12; slice: $3

Ramona Farms Super Food Salad

Tepary beans, Sonoran wheat berries, arugula, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, organic winter squash and panela cheese with chiltepin-Dijon vinaigrette
Large: $12; small: $8

Buttermilk Pie

Sweet buttermilk custard and caramel sauce


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