By Sondra Barr
Photos by Sondra Barr
Located at the northwest corner of Shea and 32nd Street, 32 Shea, affectionately known as the “Sheaborhood Oasis,” has been a source of culinary delight and community spirit since its inception in 2011. With its recent expansion, this locally owned gem has further solidified its reputation as a staple in the Phoenix community, offering an experience that is as heartwarming as it is palate-pleasing.
This flex concept establishment seamlessly transitions from a bustling espresso bar and café by day to a serene dining spot by night. The lush, dog-friendly patio, adorned with a fountain and market street lights, offers a tranquil spot – day or night. It’s a place where time slows down, allowing guests to savor each moment, whether it’s a morning java, casual meeting, a family outing, or a romantic dinner.
Operating from what was once a 1980s drive-thru photo mat, 32 Shea’s journey is a story of transformation and community. The commitment to using local ingredients and supporting neighborhood events and organizations underlines its dedication to being more than just a dining destination; it’s a pillar of the North 32nd community.
As you step into the newly expanded dining room of 32 Shea, you’re immediately enveloped in a casual yet intimate ambiance.
For lunch, the options are tantalizing. Sandwiches like the stacked turkey, caprese, and the veggie-tarian with tomato, cucumber, greens, avocado, provolone, and cream cheese, satisfy mid-day cravings. The vibrant zen poke bowl with its succulent ahi tuna and fresh jalapeños, and the sunrise salad, a medley of burrata, pistachios, fresh greens, strawberry, orange, and house balsamic, are crafted for those who cherish a blend of freshness and flavor.
And, it gets better. Executive Chef Jordan Marshall has brilliantly crafted a new dinner menu that is a testament to culinary artistry and local flavor. The updated menu is a fusion of classic favorites and innovative creations, ensuring every visit is both familiar and exciting.
As the sun sets, 32 Shea transforms into an intimate lounge, serving dinner items that celebrate taste and texture. The Shea Wei shrimp, angus sirloin steak cooked sous vide for supreme tenderness, and the indulgent lobster mac-n-cheese are just a few of the highlights. The convenience of enjoying these dinner entrees through the drive-thru adds a unique touch to the dining experience.
Meanwhile, the cocktail menu tells its own story. Drinks are carefully crafted blends of spirits and spices, a nod to the place’s creative spirit. Take the SHEADS of Lavender, for example. It’s not your typical cocktail. Imagine vanilla vodka mingling with the crispness of lemon, woven together with a hint of lavender. It’s a bit like catching the scent of a spring garden on a breezy day, with a dash of blueberry for a playful twist. This drink goes beyond the usual – it’s a taste of 32 Shea’s imaginative approach.
Then, there’s the Arizona Hummingbird. This one’s a burst of lively flavors. It combines Rain cucumber vodka and Giffard elderflower for a refreshing base, brightened up by a squeeze of lemon. The kiwi and cucumber? They’re not just add-ons. They bring a slice of Arizona’s boldness into the mix.
32 Shea has something for every palate and occasion. Its versatility, coupled with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, makes it a place where every visit feels special. It’s not just a café or a lounge; it’s a local haven where every moment is worth savoring with family, friends, and neighbors.
Shea 32 is located at 10626 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix. For more information, visit 32shea.com.