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Downtown PHX Lunch

I have been summoned for Grand Jury Duty and will be in downtown PHX tomorrow all day praying I don't get picked (if I do, it's 3 days a week for 4 months!!). Anyways, I'm not very familiar with downtown PHX. I'm looking for a quick, but delicious lunch spot I can walk to during whatever lunch break I'm hoping they'll give us. I'll be at the Superior Court of Arizona on 3rd Ave between Madison and Jefferson. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. At 2nd Ave and Jackson, there is Sweet Pea Bakery. They usually have some seasonal selections for lunch as well as great desserts - cupcakes and the PB&J cookies are my favs. The owners are very nice. Also, next door to the them is the Royal Coffee bar (I'm not a coffee drinker though so not able to vouch for them).


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    1. re: sunshineinaz

      Oh cool! Sweet Pea Bakery is the bakery where my mom found a recipe for the cookies she made as favors for my wedding 2 months ago. The recipe was printed in the Republic and the cookies turned out fabulous. I definitely have to stop in there; if not for lunch, afterwards, to pick up some cookies and cupcakes to bring home. Thanks!

      1. re: scorpioscuba

        If stopping by after jury duty, keep in mind that Sweet Pea closes early.

        Current hours:

        Tuesday - Friday, 8:30am till 3:00pm
        Saturday, 10am till 3pm

        1. re: silverbear

          Good to know, Thanks! I'd be lost without all of you! :)

    2. Within a few blocks of Superior Court:

      Royal Coffee Bar -- tucked behind Sheriff Joe's megaplex on Jackson Streeet; more coffee bar than restaurant, but serves a daily selection of sandwiches from Lisa G

      Sweet Pea Bakery -- right next to Royal; mainly a retail bakery, but serves some nice salads and antipasto plates for lunch

      Kirin Wok -- fast food Chinese; not that different from Panda Express at the mall, but gussied up with a nice selection of condiments to enhance the food

      Thai Elephant -- often discussed on this board with mixed opinions. I think it's a fine choice for a juror's lunch, and the food comes quickly

      Yasda Bento -- fast food Japanese; on same block as Thai Elephant

      Sing High -- a frequent destination of jurors; old school Americanized Chinese all the way; the food is adequate at best, but every Phoenician should eat there at least once if only for the history. The restaurant has been in operation for something like 80 years.

      Ed the Hotdogger -- street vendor with two locations near the courts. Ignore the Indian School address on the place link; that's the business address, but the carts set up on Jefferson, at 1st Ave and 3rd Ave, I believe.

      Royal Coffee Bar
      209 W Jackson St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

      Yasda Bento
      18 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

      sweet pea bakery
      209 W Jackson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003

      Sing High Cafe
      27 W Madison St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

      Kirin Wok
      15 W Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ

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

      Ed the Hotdogger
      1312 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ

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      1. re: silverbear

        Thanks Silverbear - it looks like I have several options to pick from tomorrow and if I end up a Grand Jurorist (is that a word?) then I can try all the rest.

          1. re: lawyerbriefs

            Thanks! So, I'm a Grand Juror now. Since we got out early (noon) I picked up some cookies and a cupcake from SweetPea to take home and then headed up Central to try a sandwich from Pane Bianco, a place I've been dying to try (Fabulous by the way!). I'll have the next 4 months to try all of your suggestions. I'm looking at this as a great opportunity to try some restaurants I wouldn't normally get to go to.

            Thanks to all of you!!

      2. Stickler's on the corner of 3rd & Washington is quick and relatively well priced. I like the Traffic Jam sandwich. Great bread.

        1. I served Grand Jury twice a week for 3 months, so I feel your pain (if you are selected). My fellow jurors and I frequented Duck & Decanter (quick & easy -- that hour lunch break goes by quickly). You might also consider Tom's Tavern, Sing High, Bar Smith, First Watch and Foccacia Fiorentina.

          1. There is also Crazy Jim's across from the Dodge Theatre and they have great salads!

            1. Bar Smith on Washington between 1st and 2nd Streets is quite nice for lunch. My department went to lunch there for my first day on the new job a couple weeks ago. Here's the menu: http://www.barsmithphoenix.com/menu.html I had the chile rubbed chicken salad, on the enthusiastic recommendation of my new boss, but found the chicken a bit dry and the pineapple not grilled as indicated on the menu -- otherwise, though, it was a nice salad. My boss had the flat iron steak salad, which I had intended to order, and said it was the best she ever had, and it did look good. There was a lunch special of grilled scallops over risotto, and upon seeing it delivered to the next table several of our group ordered it, and were not disappointed. I believe this restaurant is one of the few in the area that is open in the evening, so it would be a good place to go for drinks later.

              As an aside, now my department is moving to the wilds of the Cotton Center in south Phoenix with no lunch options at all nearby. I have posted a separate query about the possibilities in that area, and received some advice. The new situation is made more difficult by the fact that many of us will be carpooling so we will not be able to drive to lunch. I am disappointed to not be working in downtown Phoenix.