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Jul 9, 2008 09:03 PM

Good food off of I-10 in Phx

I have a cousin that will be passing through Phoenix on a Sunday afternoon and we will be meeting for an early dinner. I'm trying to think of a place that is not far off of the freeway for her as she is not familiar with the city. We will be eating a late lunch/early dinner. I'm looking for something good and moderately priced. I like just about everything, so I'm up for any type of cuisine. We eat out all the time, but I just can't think of anything off hand.

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  1. well, the i-10 kind of spans alot of territory ;) could you narrow down an area?

    1. Sunday and close to the freeway put some serious limits on the possibilities, as such my list is has some not-so-swanky options.

      In Phoenix...

      One decent possibility is the food court of Phoenix Ranch Market. It's not exactly easy-on-easy-off, as there is no entrance to eastbound I-10 at 16th St and no 16th St exit from westbound I-10, but if she can make her way between 7th St and 16th St along Roosevelt, she should be OK. :-)

      For Americanized Chinese food, there is China Chili (opens at 4:30 on Sundays), which she could also get to easily from the 7th St exit.

      Some 24th St-ish options north of the freeway are Eliana's (Salvadoran), El Nopalito and La Barquita (both are hole-in-the-wall Mexican). I don't know which, if any, of these would be open during the late afternoon on Sunday, but maybe someone who is more familiar with their hours will chime in.

      Baiz Market (forget what the little cafe inside is called) is very close to the freeway, but the light rail construction and the one-way streets (Washington and Jefferson) might make this area a little tricky for a visitor to negotiate. I'm pretty sure they're open on Sundays, but I'd call to check.

      in Tempe...

      Byblos (pretty good Middle Eastern and Greek food) in Tempe is not exactly super close to the freeway, but it is pretty easy to get to--exit I-10 at Baseline, head east on Baseline to Mill, go north (right) on Mill, cross over the Superstition/US 60, look for Byblos on the west (left-hand) side of Mill. They open at 4:00 on Sundays, according to their website.

      Farther along Baseline is Classic Italian Pizza. But, according to a recent entry on Jess Harter's blog, they are closed on Sundays through the summer. You might call to check this out for yourself.

      Phoenix Ranch Market III
      1602 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

      Classic Italian Pizza
      1054 E Baseline Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283

      China Chili
      302 E Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85012

      Eliana's Restaurant
      1627 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008

      El Nopalito
      2831 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008

      La Barquita Restaurant
      2334 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006

      Baiz Market
      523 N 20th St, Phoenix, AZ

      3332 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282

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      1. re: hohokam

        Thank you so much for the suggestions. I know having to be close to the freeway really limits things. That's why I was having so much trouble thinking of anything. I have been to Ranch Market many times and didn't even think of it. I know there are some good places downtown too, but I think that many of them are closed on Sundays. I will look into the places you listed or just make her drive a bit farther.

        1. re: hungrygrrl

          No problem. My directions to Byblos are a little messed up. Coming from the freeway, one would turn LEFT on to Mill from Baseline--I guess that's what comes from posting in the middle of the night. ;-)

          Good luck. I hope y'all find a place that works.