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!
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!!
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).
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!