Fast, high-quality food in Phoenix
I'm looking for a gem in Phoenix. Is there anything fast, clean, cheap and delicious that can be recommended? Or maybe some where that's just impressive to see? Chains as well as Mom and Pops are welcome.
actually chris and chrysa kaufman from rancho pinot started slow food phoenix...
but that doesn't have anything to do with whether or not it will take awhile to eat your food ;) the name 'slow food' came as a reaction to the attempt to put a mcdonalds at the roman steppes. carlo petrini, the founder, said 'we don't need more fast food, we need more slow food', and thus the name was born.
I don't think miso is claiming that Bianco founded the local convivium -- just that he's been affiliated with the movement, a claim which a quick Web search along the lines of "chris bianco" "slow food" confirms.
I agree that there can be slow-foodish places that serve quickly, though. Essence Bakery Cafe (in the old Sabuddy site in Tempe) is one of them. Essence's food is quite good, although it may not satisfy the OP's criterion of cheap. Personally, I find it overpriced, but those willing to pay a premium for local and organic might not feel the same way.
Essence Bakery Cafe
825 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
i think its pretty well known that he's involved/co-founder of the convivium.if memory serves he puts our logo - the snail - on his menu. don't quote me tho - i always get the wiseguy and spiedini so i don't usually look at the menu. im such a creature of habit :D
my intention was just to explain what slow food meant. there's a common misconception that slow food means food cooked slowly or food that has to be eaten slowly, or leisurely paced meals.
i was simply hoping to explain that the whole slow food movement is a reaction to the proliferation of fast food at the expense of local food traditions and culture.
sorry for the thread hijack!!!!
This is true -- regardless, watch them make sandwiches at Pane Bianco or pizzas at the pizzeria. The work is always done at a deliberate pace, no matter how many people may be waiting. The people in front work the same way. If you're the only one there, you will get your sandwich in about 5-8 minutes. If there are a few people in line, or if you hit the rush, you will be waiting. You will never see anyone hop or sprint or burst about in a Bianco establishment.
re: Dallas Alice
While Pizzeria Bianco definitely does not meet the OP's criteria, Pane Bianco, the owner's sandwich shop, probably does -- except perhaps the criterion of cheap. Nevertheless, I do find Pane Bianco's somewhat high prices are offset by portions generous enough for sharing.
4404 N Central Ave Ste A, Phoenix, AZ 85012
for me 'clean, fast and cheap' is usually cherry blossom noodle cafe...ALMOST healthy ;)
for 10 bucks you can get some sushi and a salad and miso. their iced green tea is good too
or switch. just don't go at lunch because there's a line out the door. dinner or weekends? not so much
My faves in my usual territory of Central Phoenix and Tempe:
Yasda Bento -- quick, tasty Japanese food Downtown on Adams Street.
Suenos New Mexican Cafe -- New Mexican and Mexican specialties on Washington Street just east of Downtown
Middle Eastern Bakery and Deli -- The name says it all. On 16th St. b/w Osborn and Thomas
Focaccia Fiorentina -- Sandwiches and pastas Downtown on Central between Adams and Monroe
Calabria Italian Grocery & Deli -- Sandwiches and pasta dishes on Roosevelt at the north end of Downtown Phoenix.
In Season Deli -- In the courtyard shops on the 400 block of Mill Avenue in Downtown Tempe
Med Fresh Grill -- Turkish and Meditteranean food, also on the 400 block of Mill Avenue
Based on my experiences, all meet your criteria of fast, clean, cheap, and delicious. Pizzeria Bianco (mentioned above) is certainly clean, delicious, and reasonably priced, but it's hardly fast, no matter how early one arrives.
Calabria Italian Grocery & Deli
1001 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
In Season Deli
414 S Mill Ave Ste 111, Tempe, AZ 85281
18 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Suenos New Mexican Cafe
1010 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Middle Eastern Bakery & Deli
3052 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016
112 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
414 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281
D'oh! How could I forget these gems:
Fry Bread House -- Better than at the State Fair and available year-round. On the bendy part of 7th Ave just above Indian School in Midtown.
Ranch Market Food Court -- Mexican treats inside the big supermarket at 16th St. and Roosevelt
La Tolteca -- All sorts of Mexican treats on Van Buren east of Downtown
Carolina's -- Great burrtios in South Phoenix near the airport rental car center. It doesn't look clean, but it gets regular gold and silver awards.
Super L Ranch Market -- Good Chinese, especially Taiwanese, eats at the food court inside this supermarket on 44th St.
Knock Kneed Lobster -- Fish and chips; unbelievably good hush puppies at 32nd St. & Washington on north side of Airport
Phoenix Ranch Market III
1602 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Carolina's Mexican Food Restaurant
1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
1205 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Super L Ranch Market
668 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Knock Kneed Lobster
3202 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Fry Bread House
4140 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013