Hi all, San Diego chowhound here visiting Phoenix for the weekend. I'll be staying at the Sheraton Crescent on West Dunlap. What are some good chow-ish restaurants in the area of the hotel? Local flavors especially appreciated.
There ain't much up that way... the ones that pop to mind are Chanpen Thai, and Chino Bandido. Chino's is a divey little place, but there is truly nothing like it anywhere else... they do Mexican/Chinese/Caribbean combo meals. We aren't just talking different cuisines on the same plate... we're talking a teriyaki chicken quesadilla with a side of jerk chicken fried rice, if you want.
13828 N 51st Ave, Glendale, AZ 85306
15414 N 19th Ave Ste K, Phoenix, AZ 85023
What about Mi Cocina Mi Pais, a Ecuadorian little place not too far
Address is 4221 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, (602) 548-7900
Other than that, I would cut over Dunlap to 19th Ave or Central and head south down the Central corridor.
If off-hours (not rush hour which is early here, 6:30-9:00 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m.), the freeway is right there and can take you anywhere in about 30 minutes.
There's little fine dining and not even much good casual dining in the immediate area, but the neighborhood just to the east, Sunnyslope, offers some good choices for the adventurous.
For traditional Arizona / Sonora - style Mexican food, El Bravo on 7th St. south of Dunlap is a good bet.
For a more authentic, interior Mexican experience, you might want to try Los Reyes de la Torta, on 7th St. at Hatcher (about half a mile north of Dunlap). Until recently, this place was known as Tortas La Presa, so you may find more information under that name. Here's a recent review that roughly corresponds to my impressions after eating there:
For decent Japanese, Mr. Sushi (AKA Akaihana) at Northern Ave and the I-17 Frontage Rd. (one mile directly south of your hotel) is a good choice.
Sorry, I'd like to add places links, but that feature still seems incredibly broken for me. Every attempt to add a link brings up the wrong place. If you search the board with the names above, you should be able to find more information.
This doesn't get much play here, but I like the place . . . if you're into meat: Mirage Restaurant.
It's not too far - up 17 to Greenway then West half a mile or maybe a mile.
It's interesting, eastern European menu with very nice staff, usually some cool techno-pop video/karaoke channel going and the meats are very good. Very unusual and I think priced pretty well. They call it European American, but I'd stay away from the American dishes and just get the cool cured meats, simmered dishes and unusual cuts. I like the Kebapcheta, the Kufteta and the Tatarsko Kufte.
3345 W Greenway Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85053
Not sure about walking distance but there are several very good restaurants around in the area if you are willing to travel a mile or two. They don't get talked about as much on here though (probably because most people on here don't live in the area).
GreekTown is a fantastic restaurant and I've never been disappointed there. I highly recommend it.
As silverbear pointed out, Mr. Sushi is a good option.
Shish Kebab House is pretty decent but they can be hit and miss sometimes (it's on Olive avenue which is the same as Dunlap ave).
There's also Cafe Sarajevo -- this is a hole-in-the-wall place and is very easy to miss but the food is great and the owners are absolutely wonderful people. Not a whole lot of vegetarian options here though.
I'll post some more later if anything comes to mind.
Greek Town Restaurant
8519 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020
3411 W Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85051
Mr. Sushi Japanese
8041 N Black Canyon Hwy Ste 112, Phoenix, AZ 85021
Shish Kebab House
5023 W Olive Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302