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Feb 29, 2008 04:35 PM

Dinner near Heard Museum in Phoenix

Hello! I've been reading past postings to find good dining options in Phoenix, but am not too sure I've got a handle on the geography. Some colleagues and I will be in Phoenix for a conference and are looking for a good place to eat dinner after an evening event at the Heard. We probably won't have a car, so will need to walk or cab to the restaurant. Is Heritage Square near by? Circa 1900 sounds lovely, but might be too pricey. Open to all cuisines. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Circa 1900 is closed.

    Unfortunately, not having a car and relying on walking or a cab is going to hamstring you a bit. (Just as an FYI, you can add up to 30 minutes on your time waiting for a cab - Phoenix is not a cab city.)

    That being said, you might want to try Coronado Cafe. It isn't my favorite, but it does a decent job. Also, there is Lisa G's and Trente Cinq.

    1. I love Durants..close to the Heard and just a great place to have a wonderful meal and drinks..

      1. Within walking distance:

        About half a mile north along Central Avenue:

        Durant's -- steaks, chops, seafood; might be too pricey if you thought Circa 1900 was out of your range, though.

        Switch -- sandwiches, salads, etc. in a hip atmosphere; very good food at moderate prices

        About half a mile south on McDowell just east of Central:

        Thai Hut -- good Thai in an old diner

        By the way, Circa 1900 has been replaced by a British Pub called the Rose and Crown. I haven't been yet, but I've heard good things. Heritage Square is about 1.5 miles southeast of the Heard.

        2611 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004

        2603 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

        Thai Hut
        101 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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        1. re: silverbear

          Cheuvront is one of my downtown faves. Great wine selection, including an extensive flight list, and I've never had a bum dish there. I love the hip urban atmosphere, too. (I tried to add a link -- didn't work. I have no end of trouble with that.)

          1. re: 1wino

            Here you go, handy linkage!

            Cheuvront Wine & Cheese Bar
            1326 N. Central, Phoenix, AZ 85004

            1. re: 1wino

              We get to Cheuvront whenever we have the chance. I really enjoy their "country" plates - the Spain is my favorite.
              Thai Hut - we get takeaway at least once a month. Can't beat it for Thai in the area.

              1. re: mamamia

                Is Monday still 1/2 off wine night? I used to work down the street and really enjoyed their atmosphere. Especially the romantic curtained section in the back.

          2. do you have any more info to give about restaurant preferences?

            i only ask because i'd be hesitant to have you walk anywhere from the heard right now.

            i live & work in centra phx and central is completely in disrepair - i'd be uncomfortable having anyone walk on central to get to a restaurant :( even tho i love cheuvront and durants and they are close to you, its just a mess right now.

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            1. re: winedubar

              Fez and Portland's could both be walkable...but you're right about the walking, although there won't be that much traffic in the evening. Also, if you call ahead for a cab, that could also work out all right.

            2. Thanks to all for your recommendations and to windubar for the tip re: walking. We'll just have to plan on calling ahead for a cab, which would widen our options, I think. How is Barrio Cafe? I think that's within 2-3 miles of the Heard.

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              1. re: cheriec

                If you go to the Barrio Cafe you'll find upscale Mexican fair. Try the Puerco Pebil (slow cooked pork roast) tacos. The guac is good and unusual, with pomegranite seeds. The dining room is cozy, the bar, tiny, and the parking might be a challenge, but all very interesting and definitely worth the visit. In case you'd just like an inexpensive lunch you might try Juan's, at 16th Street and Thomas. It's a family operation that puts out the standard Mexican dishes we all know so well, such as my favorite, huevos rancheros or a very edible bean and cheese burrito smothered with that salsa (ask for some extra--hey, I said standard didn't I?) But if you want the best huevos rancheros you'll have to go to 7th Avenue and Maryland for Sylvia's (yummy, as they say). These are not walking distance to The Heard Museum but you're taking a cab anyway. If you do go to Sylvia's, take a peek at the other end of the complex for Hana Japanese Eatery ( Awesome little place but the last time I went there it was b.y.o.s(ake) since they have no license. But they don't mind a bit.

                1. re: Dalton

                  Missouri, not Maryland, for Sylvia's and Hana.

                  1. re: misohungrychewlow

                    Some place links, just for good measure...

                    Hana Japanese Eatery
                    5524 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

                    Barrio Cafe
                    2814 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

                    Sylvia's La Canasta Mexican Rstaurants
                    5504 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

                    3815 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

                    Portland's Restaurant & Wine Bar
                    105 W Portland St, Phoenix, AZ 85003