By Gretchen Pahia

Dining for a cause is a great reason to check out a delicious restaurant chain here in the Valley.

This September, Thirsty Lion Gastropub is partnering with local schools to raise money for their Parent Teacher Organizations (PTA/PTO) with a Dine-to-Give fundraising program. Diners can just tell their server they are there to support any of the schools registered and 15% of the total bill from those dine-in purchases will be donated back to participating schools. The fundraiser runs through Sept. 29 and donation checks for schools that raise $100 or more through guest visits will be distributed in October.

Thirsty Lion is a tasty family friendly spot to enjoy dinner. The kid’s menu offers young diners, age 10 and under, an assortment of classics including chicken strips with a dipping sauce; fish and chips with tartar sauce; and spicy chicken sliders with chipotle aioli and pickles on a toasted brioche bun. These entrees are served with French fries. A hearty mac & cheese dish is a popular option too.

Thirsty Lion also offers a weekend brunch and there are options for kids, including a kid’s breakfast with two eggs any style, grilled bacon, potatoes, and toast; French toast coated with crunchy flakes and grilled; and a Belgian waffle with powdered sugar and syrup.

Several delicious options for those older than 10 include yummy appetizers like artichoke spinach dip with cream, chopped artichokes, jalapenos, garlic and served with chips; crispy calamari served with a chili lime sauce and lemon thyme aioli; an oven baked soft pretzel with house made beer cheese, jalapeno jam, and sweet mustard; and for those who like a little Asian cuisine, there’s a spicy tuna roll and California roll.

Burger, sandwich, salad, and main dish options include a barbeque white cheddar burger with Black Butte barbeque sauce, white cheddar cheese, crispy onion strings, and garlic aioli; a roasted chicken Caesar salad with ciabatta croutons, parmesan crisp, and Caesar dressing; a classic Reuben sandwich with corned beef brisket, peppered sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and 1000 island on rustic rye bread; and a Szechuan orange chicken dish made with tempura chicken in a garlic ginger orange sauce, scallions, Szechuan chilies, sticky rice, and soy glazed Thai vegetables.

Thirsty Lion has four locations in the Valley: Desert Ridge, Santan Village, Chandler, and Tempe Marketplace. Thirsty Lion is working to bring another location to the West Valley and is hoping to open a new restaurant at Westgate in fall 2023.

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Participating Dine-to-Give Schools



Copper Canyon Elementary School
Wildfire Elementary School
Thunderbird High School
Copper Ridge School
Desert Canyon Elementary School



Ryan Elementary
Corona Del Sol High School



Ryan Elementary
Higley High School


San Tan Elementary
Charlotte Patterson Elementary
Neely Elementary School