looking for something yummy in Phoenix
Heading to Phoenix for a work conference in mid March and need to set up a few dinners for my colleagues. Most dinners will be for 8-10 people, but one will require a private room for 50.
Location: downtown Phoenix or along the N-S strip of the light rail.
Price range: $35 and under, tip and service charges included
Atmosphere: business casual, intimate for small crowds
Food: can be any type, but prefer something unique--no chains!
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Every place below should meet your criteria. I'm assuming the $35 per head does not include alcohol.
District -- restaurant at new Sheraton; emphasis on updated American classics with local ingredients; much better than standard hotel restaurants; could probably accommodate your group of 50
Pizzeria Bianco -- normally a long, long wait, but with a group of 8-10 you could reserve a table and enjoy one of Phoenix's most renown restaurants
Sens -- Asian tapas; has small private room good for group of 8-10
Sam's Cafe -- Southwestern lite (in other words not overly spicey) @ Arizona Center
1130 -- American food by same people behind Sam's Cafe
Kincaid's -- Phoenix outpost of a small steak-and-seafood chain; might be slightly above your target price range
Midtown and Uptown (grouped by rail station):
Central / Roosevelt:
Portland's -- modern American
Cheuvront -- wine bar will full food menu
Switch -- casual updated American; lots of sandwiches, salads, etc. in semi-trendy atmosphere
Durant's -- classic Phoenix steakhouse; probably higher than your price range, but might be worth an exception
Central / Thomas
Wild Thaiger -- Thai; a little different than standard Thai strip mall places
Central / Osborn
China Chili -- mostly Cantonese; some good off-menu specials; big round tables suitable for groups; 1/4 mile east of rail line on 3rd St.
Alexi's Grill -- Italian and updated Continental
Central / Indian School
Fez -- Sandwiches, burgers, flat bread pizzas with a slight North African influence. Semi-trendy atmosphere
Central / Camelback
Maizie's Cafe -- nice neighborhood place with modern American food
Aiello's -- Italian (mostly southern); nice atmosphere
2611 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
2631 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
302 E Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85012
2603 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
455 N 3rd St Ste 114, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Cheuvront Wine & Cheese Bar
1326 N. Central, Phoenix, AZ 85004
3815 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Portland's Restaurant & Wine Bar
105 W Portland St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
1130 the Restaurant
455 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
5202 North Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012
3550 N Central Ave # 120, Phoenix, AZ
District: American Kitchen and Wine Bar
320 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
705 N 1st Street 120, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Maizies Cafe and Bistro
4750 N Central Ave #B1, Phoenix, AZ
silverbear, YOU ARE AMAZING! I've looked into all of these places (although it took me a couple hours or so to research them all) except for Aiello's, plus several more.
I like Alexi's, 1130, Switch, Sam's Cafe (all for the big group), Coronado Cafe, Fuego, Ticoz, Fez, Wild Thaiger, Fate 905, District, Portland, and Cheuvront.
Do you have any favorites from the ones you listed? In particular, have you had good experiences with Alexi's, 1130, Switch, and Fuego?
Thanks again for being so helpful!!!!
Alexi's -- Good in past, but have not visited very recently
1130 -- Was there about 2 weeks ago; Generally good, but a few missteps (e.g. a cheesy bread that didn't really go with the food)
Switch -- I like the food; I'm not sure how well it would work for a big group; call ahead to be sure
Fuego -- no experience and it's 1.5 miles from nearest rail station
My favorites right now would be District, Sens, Durant's, Cheuvront, Maizie's -- but I didn't list any place I don't like at least somewhat.
Yes, but only with you order at least 2 items per person. It would not be good if your group includes hearty appetites. It's definitely more of a grazing place.
Also, I just noticed you mentioned Ticoz and Coronado Cafe. Those are both more than half a mile from light rail. I'd keep it between the 7s (street and avenue) to ensure walkability from rail stations along Central.
Not much more so than most places mentioned. Yes, I've brought my two-year old to Maizie's, but it doesn't pander to kids with crayons on the table, etc. It's casual in the sense of being a sort of informal neighborhood place, but you're unlikely to feel out of place with an all-adult group. Hope that helps.