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Pane Bianco, Fry Bread House, Ritos and others Recommendations (PHX)

ccl1111 Mar 11, 2007 10:41 PM

so what's the recommendation at pane bianco? will be downtown all week not too far from there.

also heard copper star coffee on 7th ave and indian school is very good. heard fry bread house is right near there as well. always wanted to try that.

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  1. winedubar Mar 12, 2007 08:37 AM

    fav's at pane? thats tough..they only have about 3 or 4 sandwhiches then the market sandwhich of the day..and a salad...

    i love the caprese sandwhich..he makes the mozz fresh every day, same at pb....and the tuna is to die for...

    he has a special sandwhich - pulled pork..OMG that has to be one of the best ever...so rich and fantastic. i wish he'd add it to the regular rotation.

    fry bread house is great!!! the ppl who run it are sooo nice and after you go 2x they'll know your name and you're order, its great.....

    copper state is good...and so are all the super cute vintage stores on that stretch of 7th ave....

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    1. re: winedubar
      ccl1111 Mar 13, 2007 12:31 PM

      did fry break house yesterday. was awesome. pane bianco maybe tomorrow. the pulled pork sounds right up my alley. hope they have it!

      at fry bread house, had the special with a fry bread & a hominy beef stew. so good that i couldn't wait & am still feeling the effects of burning my tongue. then got a desert one with honey & powdered sugar. had to get back to class so tried to eat that while driving back - bad idea - honey & powdered sugar everywhere. : ) stood outside the building scarfing it down as i was late but i couldn't put it down! definitely a fan!

      1. re: ccl1111
        winedubar Mar 13, 2007 02:07 PM

        thanks alot - you're making me hungry again!!! i LOVE fry bread house :D

        im glad you enjoyed it!!

        1. re: ccl1111
          azhotdish Mar 13, 2007 02:50 PM

          try the chocolate with butter next time...EXCELLENT!

          1. re: ccl1111
            amkirkland Mar 13, 2007 04:05 PM

            That stuff comes out SOOO hot!

          2. re: winedubar
            ccl1111 Mar 14, 2007 11:09 PM

            managed to sneak in pane bianco today for the first time. loved it. i had the market sandwich. it was made with bresaola, piave cheese and arugula. really, really good.

            1. re: ccl1111
              winedubar Mar 14, 2007 11:39 PM

              wow, that sounds great!! i love pane....

              1. re: winedubar
                ccl1111 Mar 15, 2007 08:40 AM

                so i have 2 more days in downtown. am near thomas & central. did fry bread house & pane bianco (1sts). any other cheap quick places near here that i should try? or should I just repeat fry bread house & pane? thanks!!!

                1. re: ccl1111
                  winedubar Mar 15, 2007 09:27 AM

                  carolinas - its about 10 mins away by car..the enchilada's are pure rapture ;) tammy coe on roosevelt and 7th street for the best cupcakes, desserts and mj bread..the roosevelt is around the corner on 3rd street at mckinley but not open til 5. phoenix ranch market on 16th and roosevelt. welcome diner on roosevelt and 10th-ish street *i think*

                  and guadalapana on 16th stree south of thomas..great mexican food - they even have pigeon on the menu..or at least they did...

                  ritos on 14st and roosevelt..she is the burrito nazi...im not kidding!! 3 or 4 things on the menu, no subsitutions, cash only, stand in line, order right or get the hell out!!! but the green chile burro??? mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

                  1. re: winedubar
                    ccl1111 Mar 15, 2007 10:29 AM

                    i actually brought the family to carolina's for lunch on saturday and we stopped by phoenix ranch market afterwards (didn't eat as were too full). we were jonseing for more carolina's by dinner. as i've posted before, this board is changing my life. i can't stop thinking about food. : )

                    the roosevelt definitely sounds interesting. been reading about that lately. want to go there but it'll be too late. tammy coe's too but i'm lunch bound & not hankering for sweet.

                    so welcome diner or rito's i guess it is. since you gave the description, for rito's, i'll go search it out! thank you so much for the recommendation!

                    1. re: ccl1111
                      winedubar Mar 15, 2007 11:12 AM

                      np - in fact i'll be at rito's for lunch today too :D


                      and who knew its been open for 27 years??

                    2. re: winedubar
                      amkirkland Mar 18, 2007 09:01 AM

                      anyone know if rito's is open on mondays?

                      1. re: amkirkland
                        ccl1111 Mar 18, 2007 10:26 AM

                        monday through friday 9 to 5

                    3. re: ccl1111
                      silverbear Mar 15, 2007 11:27 AM

                      I'd suggest the following:

                      Middle Eastern Deli (self-explanatory) -- west side of 16th St. b/w Thomas and Osborn

                      Eliana's (El Salvadoran) -- east side of 24th St. b/w McDowell and Oak

              2. winedubar Mar 15, 2007 11:38 AM

                i don' tknow why i keep forgetting matt's big breakfast is open for lunch!!!! they do have lunch stuff..you can find them on-line


                i always get the hen & chick, scrambled, with bacon...mmmmmmmm bacon

                1. ccl1111 Mar 15, 2007 12:49 PM

                  back from rito's. this thread should probably be labeled great, cheap phoenix lunches. sorry for highjacking the coffee thread. i'm new to this so still making blunders.

                  the green chile burro at rito's was awesome. unfortunately, i treated it like a taco bell burrito (not realizing how much sauce & such was in there) & it blew out the bottom & i lost much more than i wanted to to my shirt & jeans. i look very cool right now.

                  anyway, it was awesome. i also ordered the 2 tacos and while they were very good, i would definitely recommend the green chile burro for a first visit. the bummer is that they are only open m-f. somehow i need to get my wife out here as well as she will love it.

                  it was a mad-house though at around 11:30. huge line. didn't take that long to get through though. definitely will be going back.

                  so tomorrow, i guess i've got to choose between matt's big breakfast, welcome diner, guadalupana, middle eastern deli and eliana's. i will say i'm tempted to go re-fry bread house but i will hold strong.

                  been a great week so far! fry bread house, pane bianco & lux, rito's. thank you so much for the help!

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                  1. re: ccl1111
                    amkirkland Mar 15, 2007 01:39 PM

                    I love Eliana's, and the owner is so helpful, but it's a stretch to call it downtown. Tell us where you'll be and when and maybe some people can meet up.

                    1. re: amkirkland
                      ccl1111 Mar 16, 2007 09:06 AM

                      amkirkland... saw on the bc thread that you're trying to jam some meals in. if anybody's open for lunch today around the central / thomas area, i've got an hour (11:30 to 12:30) to try to add another new gem to my downtown phx lunch week. i'm open to the place.

                      1. re: ccl1111
                        amkirkland Mar 16, 2007 09:31 AM

                        I'm weighing Davang for a bahn mi, PB for the caprese or Matt's and leaning towards davang.

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                          winedubar Mar 16, 2007 10:01 AM

                          sold!!!!! i'd go to davangs in a heartbeat!! i should be able to find 2 bucks in change on the floorboard of my car ;)

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                            amkirkland Mar 16, 2007 10:07 AM

                            so it's 11:30 at davangs?

                            1. re: amkirkland
                              winedubar Mar 16, 2007 10:16 AM

                              i'll be there :D

                              1. re: winedubar
                                ccl1111 Mar 16, 2007 10:54 AM

                                19th avenue between camelback & indian school?

                                1. re: ccl1111
                                  winedubar Mar 16, 2007 11:09 AM

                                  yes, i think the street is actually turney? its on the west side of 19th ave, in a little strip mall. towards the street you can see one of those water dispensing gallon vending things...does that make sense? :D

                                  4538 N. 19th Ave. for exact addy

                                  i'll be wearing glasses and a long sleeve charcoal grey t-shirt :)

                                  1. re: winedubar
                                    Firenza00 Mar 16, 2007 11:51 AM

                                    Damn, didn't see this til 11:50 or I would have gone down too. I really enjoyed Da Vangs. My g/f is too scared to eat there again... :)

                                    1. re: Firenza00
                                      winedubar Mar 16, 2007 12:32 PM

                                      you can come to the next one. you don't have to ask me twice to go to da vangs!!!

                                      1. re: winedubar
                                        Firenza00 Mar 16, 2007 03:14 PM

                                        Actually, I went around 12:40. Got stuck in accident traffic. Under the Bethany Home overpass, ON BOTH SIDES, there were accidents closing two lanes each way. Gotta love it.
                                        I got a shredded pork bahn mi, a meatball one, and some fresh spring rolls. Lots of good food for only $7. :)

                                        1. re: Firenza00
                                          winedubar Mar 19, 2007 10:59 PM

                                          so sorry i missed you!! i think i was leaving as you got there!!! so sorry im replying so late - ive been down for the count with the flu.....im cursing the fact i missed the shot this year!!

                                    2. re: winedubar
                                      ccl1111 Mar 16, 2007 03:37 PM

                                      winedubar. got stuck in class & didn't get out late. didn't get to da vangs until 12:00. looked for you but didn't see anybody matching.

                                      did bring a work colleague & we both thought it was great. i had the bbq beef with rice & it totally rocked. also got a bahn mi & it was also stellar. he had the pho & also gave it a thumbs up.

                                      makes me 4 for 4 this week listening to your & the other ch recommendations! at this point, for the first time in my life, i'm wishing i lived closer downtown. i think i'd be willing to face the traffic & crowds for the food! : )

                                      1. re: ccl1111
                                        winedubar Mar 19, 2007 10:59 PM


                                        i've been out sick so i am just now seeing this!!! so glad you guys liked it, i love davangs..its good, fast, and cheap :D definitely good eats!!!

                      2. re: ccl1111
                        ccl1111 Mar 16, 2007 11:19 PM

                        i should also mention that while i did go there (rito's) for the first time for thursday lunch, i managed to screech in there right at 5 (surprised they let me in) and i got 2 green chili burro's and a side of beans to go. got the unanimous thumbs up from my wife, sister, brother-in-law & pop (all foodies).

                        then today (did da vang for lunch btw), stopped back by rito's again and loaded up for the whole clan (4 green burros, 1 red burro, 3 sides of beans, 1 taco, side of rice). everyone was stoked. we all agreed that while the red burro was very good, the green is champ.

                        1. re: ccl1111
                          ccl1111 Mar 19, 2007 04:44 PM

                          and also to rito's credit. nuked 3 day old beans and rice are rocking. just finished them. yum. i say if it tastes this good, bring on the lard!

                      3. winedubar Mar 15, 2007 01:17 PM

                        i'm so glad you liked the suggestions!! i went to ritos for lunch today too. had the green chile burro and a tostada...then we ran to tammy coe for coffee because i thought i would need the boost to make it thru the afternoon.

                        i hit the same spot twice in a week sometimes too...i'll admit it, when i moved into my place bout a year ago i ate at davangs every single day :D its addicting, if you like 2 dollar pork vietnamese sandwhiches i mean.

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