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A friend and I are going to the Phoenix Art Museum this Friday and are looking for a lunch spot near there with a fun atmosphere and decent food. Good wine/cocktail list a plus. :) Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. PAM has a cafe on site. I think it was upgraded as part of the recent museum expansion, but I haven't tried it yet:

    http://www.phxart.org/information/gen...

    Just down McDowell Rd. within walking distance is My Florist Cafe with nice atmosphere and good beverage selection. The food always seems adequate but does not wow me:

    http://www.myfloristcafe.com/

    A little farther north on Central (just under a mile) is Durant's, which would definitely fit the bill for both good food and cocktails:

    http://www.durantsfinefoods.com/

    I would suggest making a reservation if you choose Durant's.

    1. The Barrio Cafe 7th Street South of Thomas (I think) is awfully good. Alot of good reviews for this place on this site. Very, very creative Mexican food.

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      1. re: Elmo

        16th St., actually:

        http://www.barriocafe.com/

      2. Hm, Phoenix City Grille isn't too far -- you can search to get Seth's review of it.Food is more than decent and atmosphere is nice.

        If the weather's gorgeous and you go into the proposition prepared to deal with parking (or just valet and not think about it) Postino would be a really good choice. I love their bruschetta and they have a nice selection of wines by the glass -- there's usually a prosecco on the list, which I like -- and you have the option of stopping by Arlecchino's for gelato after, or if Postino doesn't suit you, grab a salad/sushi/sandwich and one of Tammy Coe's Ooey Gooey Cupcakes at La Grande Orange instead. Last couple of days they have rolled up the big doors so it's an airy urban escape, perfect for lingering.

        1. A few of us had about an hour between meetings and ate at the Arcadia Farms at the Art Museum today. Colorful walls, pleasant room, nice bar, good service and we liked the food. Lots of good salads and sandwiches. Almost ordered crab cakes but I tried the crepes- lots of flavor with basil, chicken, spinach, etc. so I can recommend the dish. It had a nice outdoor patio too for our nice afternoons.

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          Arcadia Farms Cafe
          1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ

          1. Love Love Love Durant's..
            This is one of the best classic restaurants in Phoenix..
            I am going next week and I can't wait..

            1. This question comes up often enough that sometimes I think we should make a permanent sticky. The following links to a thread with a pretty extensive list of restaurants.

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/483155

              1. What about Fez? They're open for lunch, and not so far up Central...I'd think Postino would be a bit of a drive....