This Saturday night, moderate price rest. in Phoenix?
My husband and I will be staying in downtown Phoenix this Saturday for the Suns game. Any recommendations for dinner? We like all types of food, looking for something moderately priced, trendy...
You won't find much that is trendy within a close walk of the US Airways Center. Personally, I like Thai Elephant and Bistro 101 on Adams Street, just a few block from the arena, although I seem to be the only person on this board who likes the latter. While both serve really good food, neither is particularly trendy and I'm uncertain if either currently has a liquor license.
To find something trendy would require going over half a mile north of the arena toward Roosevelt. Fate, as mentioned above, probably fits the bill for trendy. I find the food good but not great and the portion sizes too small, but it will do if trendy is the deciding factor.
I would reccomend Fate. It's Asian fusion food, so it's very Americanized, but it's around $10 a plate and quite good. The setting is very trendy; it's set in an older home, and decorated very avant garde. There's even a DJ in a loft of the house that spins drum and bass. But you have to make a reservation; for some reason they are very particular about this even though it never seems to be full outside of First Fridays. There's even a really cool little bar next door to have a few drinks afterward if you have time.
Do you have a car? If so, I'd recommend Barrio Cafe www.barriocafe.com for some really good Mexican. Or Coronado Cafe www.coronadocafe.com for updated American in a charming, but a little homey, setting. Both are a short drive (e.g. less than 5 mins) from downtown Phoenix.
If you don't have a car, I would check out 1130 at the Arizona Center or maybe Kincaid's at the Collier Center.
I would also recommend maybe Pizzeria Bianco, but you'll never make the Suns' game if you go there ...
2814 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006
2201 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006