The city of Glendale sprawls through a large portion of the West Valley of Phoenix, encompassing all types of housing areas including the air force base housing where I live. Glendale Avenue shoots straight across Phoenix and several of its suburbs, coming to an abrupt end on Litchfield Road where it dead ends at Luke Air Force Base.
Historic downtown Glendale, a collection of antique stores, cafes, and New Age shops that line Glendale Avenue for several blocks, is a relaxing place to stroll and shop. During the holiday season the area hosts a beautiful light display that even includes wrapping the palm trees in holiday lights.
Last week as my son, Nick, and I were returning to the base from a drive around the West Valley, we stopped in downtown Glendale and visited a few shops. During our walk we discovered a wonderful German restaurant with a cool and quiet outdoor beer garden. Haus Murphy's turned out to be such a pleasant experience that my sister, Gail, and I went there late this afternoon for an early supper. We both had the Schweizer Schnitzel which was delicious. The restaurant has a nice assortment of beers and wines (but we had iced tea), as well as several uniquely German desserts which we also declined.
The meal was well worth the drive of ten miles or so, and the ambiance of the dining in the beer garden was priceless!