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Downtown Phoenix Eats

JeMange May 22, 2008 02:43 PM

A few of us are roadtripping from LA to Phoenix on 6/17 to see Tom Waits at the Orpheum - Yeah!. We'll be staying at a hotel in the area - probably downtown somewhere. Unfortunately, none of us knows a lick about Phoenix or what sort of food will be available to us when we get there.

Basically, we're looking for suggestions of a moderately priced place in/near downtown that's fun, laid back, serves beer/wine+ and is sort of a foodie destination. We're hoping to grab dinner Tuesday night before the music begins - anything from Asian Fusion to Pit Barbecue and everything in between.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

  1. silverbear May 22, 2008 03:58 PM

    Downtown, all within a mile of the Orpheum:

    Cibo -- artisanal pizzas for one, salads, etc.
    Thai Elephant -- name says it all; may not have a liquor license yet
    Carly's Bistro -- not really a bistro; more a place for panini and salads, artsy atmosphere; open late
    Fate -- Chinese / Asian fusion; artsy feel; open late
    The Roosevelt -- pub with craft beer and wine by the glass; sandwiches and snacks
    Pizzeria Bianco -- Phoenix's legendary pizza; long wait but definitely a foodie destination; not a place to go before an event, but maybe the day after
    Los Dos Molinos -- fiery New Mexican food
    The Breadfruit -- Jamaican food with a healthful twist; no liquor license yet

    Pizzeria Bianco
    623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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

    816 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    905 N 4th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Carly's Bistro
    128 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Los Dos Molinos
    1010 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    The Breadfruit
    108 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Thai Elephant Downtown Phoenix
    20 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ

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    1. re: silverbear
      1wino May 23, 2008 06:02 PM

      Definitely Roosevelt. The "bar food" here is amazing. Owners Matt and Erenia Pool get organic, high-quality ingredients for the munchies -- no fried cheese sticks or frozen taquitos here, folks. Love the "ham and eggs," his hot dogs and the chips with sweet onion and blue cheese dips.
      I think he has about a dozen or so microbrews on tap and a small but really nice wine list. The guy has great taste. His breakfast/lunch joint, Matt's Big Breakfast, is downtown, too. Some on here say it's overrated, but I love it. Excellent burgers; reasonable prices at both joints.
      Another pick in addition to Silverbear's: Cheuvront Wine & Cheese on Central. A little more pricey, but fun. It's a wine bar with a full menu and is super-chic but not pretentious. It has a lovely international wine and cheese selection as well as gourmet snacks and entrees.

      cheuvront wine and cheese
      phoenix az, phoenix, az

      1. re: 1wino
        hohokam May 23, 2008 06:30 PM

        working place link for Cheuvront...

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

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      Ewilensky May 22, 2008 04:10 PM


      Making the same trip to see Tom the following night.

      Pizzeria Bianco is considered some of the best pizza in America and is conveniently closed the 17th-19th. Bummer.

      I asked this same question and was directed here:



      1. ipsedixit May 22, 2008 04:24 PM

        Lots of good suggestions from silverbear already, so let me just add a few more.

        Barrio Cafe -- updated, haute Mexican
        Guanaquito -- hole-in-the-wall Salvadorian joint

        Enjoy your stay.

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

        1434 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006

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