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Brittney Griner's Favorite Phoenix Spots 

The Phoenix Mercury's dunking wonder, Olympic gold medalist and LGBTQ+ trailblazer shares her favorite Phoenix spots for dining and adventure. This city's food scene, as well as its close proximity to Sonoran Desert adventure, are Griner’s favorite aspects of Phoenix. 

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Little Miss BBQ

 “First, we’re gonna get some barbecue. We’re gonna go to Little Miss BBQ, which is probably the best barbecue in the Valley,” Griner says. “They sell out probably by like one o'clock, so I get there super early. I would get there at like 7:30 [a.m.] and get my little ticket so I could wait in line.” 
 

Hot N Juicy Crawfish 

“Probably later in the evening, we’d go to Hot N Juicy Crawfish,” Griner says. “I really love the crab there – the king crab is really, really good. Their catfish is good, too.” 
 

Nami 

“Oh, and I love NAMI,” Griner adds. “It’s a vegan place, next to Green [New American Vegetarian]. I’m not vegan, but I really like vegan desserts. If you [like] to splurge, be a little healthy with it. You have to go to NAMI on Seventh Street, close to downtown.”  And what is she having? “Chocolate. I’ll order a whole chocolate cake or I’ll get the chocolate cupcakes,” she says. “I stopped this morning and got the team some cupcakes.” 

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Salt River

“If I’m going to do some sightseeing with friends, I have a Jeep, and I love going off-road here,” Griner says.  “I’ll take them to the Salt River and or I’ll go to Four Peaks.” 

 

Four Peaks and Bulldog Canyon

 “Four Peaks and Bulldog Canyon are probably my two favorite places for off-roading.” 

For visitors who are sans Jeep, check out these guided tours or the best hikes in Phoenix.

 

Charlie’s Phoenix

One of the oldest and largest gay bars, located in the Melrose District, is her go-to for drag shows. And more food. “They have really good tacos outside in the parking lot,” she says with a laugh. 

 

Oasis Cafe

As for late evening activities, Griner usually keeps things low-key and indulges her inner big kid by playing games at Oasis Café in Scottsdale. “It’s a really good hookah lounge. They’ve got good food and they’ve got games," she says. “I like a place that has games. I love playing games: card games, dominoes, Connect Four, Uno – the classic games.” 

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