Eating German Food in Arizona

Saturday was a very, very long day for me. A 4am wake up time was in order to get me to my early morning flight to Phoenix. Normal people would have gone to bed early as to not be miserably tired in the morning but I went out with my friend to Horseshoe Casino to see my favorite summer band GoGo Gadjet.

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We danced, we sang, we had a good time and I was home in bed way later than I should have been. Oops!

When I arrived in Phoenix, I convinced everyone a big lunch was in order and we ended up at Haus Murphy’s, a German restaurant in Glendale.

Haus Murphy's giant preztel

We checked out Haus Murphy’s during Glendale Glitters- the Christmas light festival in December. My brother-in-law, sister, and nephew lived in Germany for 3 years so this family knows their German food.

Haus Murphy's Pretzel with cheese

Haus Murphy’s pretzels were so good, we ordered two of them with the side of cheese.  And they were giant!

I ordered the paprika schnitzel since it was the one featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. It was pretty good and was the best entrée we had on the table.

Haus Murphy's paprika Schnitzel

My sister ordered the goulash but the spaetzle was super-disappointing and really mushy. It is hard to find good spaetzle in the United States. The purple cabbage was really good though. Some wins at Haus Murphy’s, some losses.

Haus Murphy's goulash

My nephew went comic book shopping with his Dad so my niece and I explored the block.

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Later that night, we were still full of German food and pretzels so we opted for  margaritas for dinner at RnR Gastropub for a friend’s birthday. I had the spicy mango on the left and my sister had the prickly pear on the right. The spicy one was our hands-down favorite!


On Sunday in Phoenix it was cold and pouring down rain- I guess I bring the cold weather with me where ever I go! In getting the kids ready, I told them to go grab a sweatshirt. My nephew came back wearing this- he is my favorite for the day!!! I bought him this a while ago but it was too big. I figured his Arizona Cardinal/Chicago Bear fan parents just wouldn’t let him wear it but he likes “the purple team”. What a good little nephew.

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We had lunch during a giant thunderstorm (in Phoenix- so weird!) at Mellow Mushroom. This location has Moose Drool on tap, a brown Montana beer that is awesome! I can only find it out West so I had to order one. It looks dark but tastes a lot lighter.

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Pizzas for us- Holy Shiitake Pie with red sauce in front and a Kosmic Karma with a yummy pesto swirl.

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It has been a fun and relaxing time in Phoenix so far. The weather needs to shape up so I can get some pool time in this week!

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2 Responses

  1. Chaitali says:

    That spicy mango margarita sounds amazing 🙂 I hope the rest of the week has better weather and you get in some pool time!

  2. Psychic Nest says:

    Hi Andrea,

    The food looks delicious and your niece looks like she has lots of fun! Thank you for sharing your experience!


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