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Feb 5, 2009 08:15 PM

Phoenix Light Rail Dining

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.

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

    1. 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

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      1. re: silverbear

        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

          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

            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

              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

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