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.
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.
623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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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:
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!)
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.