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Apr 24, 2008 05:26 AM

Phoenix downtown for four nights !?

Will be staying in Phoenix downtown, probably no rental, at the Wyndham for four nights starting this Saturday.

Are there any places not to be missed? Pubs & micro brews are a favorite followed by nicer restaurants with farm fresh ingredients. I also assume the Mexican must be pretty authentic. Any suggestions are welcome.

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  1. Farm fresh = Pizzeria Bianco and Cibo, for dinners; the antipasto platters at both places are all local, seasonal, organic vegetables with local Queen Creek olive oil. Pane Bianco for lunch.

    Pubs -- The Roosevelt.

    Not Mexican, but Southwestern, really -- the easiest is probably Sam's Cafe, and there's a recent favorable review. It comes off as slightly corporate and isn't popular with all the hounds, but they are pretty careful in the kitchen and the menu stays fairly inventive.

    Pizzeria Bianco
    623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    603 N. 5th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 850103

    816 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Sam's Cafe
    455 N 3rd St Ste 114, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Pane Bianco
    4404 N Central Ave Ste A, Phoenix, AZ 85012

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    1. re: themis

      The Roosevelt for wine/beer, great food (roasted tomato soup w/grilled cheese, homemade pretzels with dipping sauces)and his other restaurant Matt's Big Breakfast (I call it high end greasy spoon) local ingredients, everything made fresh. Great spot for breakfast or lunch.

      1. re: themis

        Pizza Bianco looks great ! Would it be a fun place to go alone?

        1. re: AWeeHeavy

          Yes, actually -- ask to be seated at the bar; you'll be able to watch the master at work and chat with fellow foodies.

      2. The most authentic Mexican is not Downtown. It's in strip malls in various Hispanic neighborhoods. Some are as close as half a mile to Downtown, but not really inside its boundaries. The Mexican places in the heart of Downtown generally offer a less adventurous border cuisine to please office workers and convention attendees.

        If you truly want authenticity and adventure, a rental car or some use of city bus and/or taxis will be needed.

        That being said, you might want to refer to these recent threads:

        1. I vote for Cheuvront Wine & Cheese on Central if you are remotely into wine. Short cab ride. Super-hip; wonderful food; cheeses from around the world.
          Strongly agree with recs for Roosevelt and Matt's. If you are up for a longer cab ride or can cop a ride with someone, try Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain -- they grow some of the food on-site there and also source fresh, local ingredients. (Can't get links to work again -- tried, but failed. Silverbear, can you help? Thanks!)

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          1. re: 1wino

            place links...

            816 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

            Matt's Big Breakfast
            801 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

            Quiessence Restaurant & Wine
            6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85042

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

            1. re: 1wino

              These look like great suggestions. I'll let you know how they work out.

            2. Rose and crown pub directly across from Pizzeria bianco is a british pub that recently opened with a good draft beer selection. never eaten there, but it's a cool location in a historical house with great beer.