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Phoenix Light Rail Dining

50sGuy Feb 5, 2009 08:15 PM

I'll be in the Phoenix area next month to take in some spring training games. Besides baseball, I also like trains, so am anxious to try the new light rail system. I plan to ride it from one end to the other and back.

Besides baseball and trains, I also enjoy good food. What do you recommend that is within walking distance of a light rail station? I'll be by myself, so a restaurant with bar seating or a sushi place would be perfect. Your ideas are appreciated. Thanks.

  1. silverbear Feb 6, 2009 04:05 AM

    Yes, as azhotdish noted (Thanks for the plug), I've made restaurants near light rail my nerdy hobby for the past 2 years.

    Regarding your question of bar seating, there are a few places that stand out for that:

    Portland's -- across street from Central / Roosevelt (haven't reviewed that one yet)
    Cheuvront -- Central / McDowell station

    As for sushi, there are two places right by rail stations, but I haven't reviewed them yet:

    Sushi 101 -- University / Rural station
    Ichiban -- Central / Thomas

    Also, some of the best sushi in Phoenix, IMO, is at Hana Japanese Eatery. It's a bit far from nearest rail station -- just over 1/2 a mile north of 7th Ave / Camelback, but someone motivated and in good shape could easily make the walk in mild weather.

    Hana Japanese Eatery
    5524 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

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

    Portland's Restaurant & Wine Bar
    105 W Portland St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

    Sushi 101 Japanese Restaurant
    920 E University Dr # 101, Tempe, AZ

    Ichi Ban Japanese Restaurant
    2815 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    5 Replies
    1. re: silverbear
      werewolf Feb 6, 2009 11:16 AM

      I like trains too, but does that light rail thing actually go from anyplace to anyplace else that's useful to more than two dozen people? I guess if it has good bus connections...

      1. re: werewolf
        hohokam Feb 6, 2009 11:34 AM

        Head to Pane Bianco, get yourself a sandwich, and sit down facing Central Ave. Watch the trains go by as you tuck into your food. This would be a great way to collect the data needed to answer your question.

        1. re: werewolf
          silverbear Feb 6, 2009 11:59 AM

          Hohokam has the right idea. Enjoy eating and drinking well along the rail line regardless of how you travel or what you think of the project. I know where I stand, but I also know that a lengthy discussion of light rail's value is off-topic for this board.

          1. re: werewolf
            johnseberg Feb 6, 2009 06:02 PM

            It goes right by my office, in Tempe. I'm still more likely to drive to work. But, I will certainly buy the all day pass for a mere $2.50, on occasion, and check out a heck of a lot of Phoenix, after work, without the painful drive.

          2. re: silverbear
            50sGuy Feb 6, 2009 08:10 PM

            Great site, Silverbear. I'll spend some time reviewing it before I come to town. Thanks!

          3. azhotdish Feb 5, 2009 10:21 PM

            this is all you'll need - silverbear has done an amazing job of documenting nearly everything along the light rail.

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