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Mar 19, 2009 12:06 PM

Authentic, atmosphere in PHX

My dad and I are headed to Phoenix next week for NCAA and spring training. We are looking for some great off the beaten track foodie haunts there. We especially like Mexican, German, anything Asian - but are totally open to finding great places. We will be staying near downtown Phoenix, will be in Glendale for NCAA and Mesa for Cubs game. Any tips would be appreciated!!! :)

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  1. You're going to cover a lot of geography with staying downtown and taking in games in Glendale and Mesa. I expect many of the Phx stands will be suggested so here are a few that may or may not make the list:

    Crazy Jim's - Greek meets Italian. Fresh salads, house made pita bread. I prefer the 15th Ave location but depending on where you are "downtown" the Washington St. may be closer.

    China Chili - I think they offer a great value at lunch and they serve my favorite version of "House Special Chicken" in the valley.


    China Chili
    302 E Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85012

    Crazy Jim's Restaurant
    4041 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015

    Crazy Jim's Restaurant
    305 W Washington St Ste 104, Phoenix, AZ 85003

    1. Not far out of your way on the way out to Hohokam Field for the Cubs games, there are some good choices available to you at Dobson & Main at the west end of Mesa.

      Mekong Plaza -- southeast Asian shopping center on SW corner. Features UnPhoGettable restaurant and several others

      Asian Cafe Express -- despite the fast-foodish name, it's actually a great little Chinese restaurant.

      Grill El Quetzal -- Guatemalan food in same shopping center as ACE -- SE corner of Dobson & Main

      Grill El Quetzal
      1933 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

      Asian Cafe Express
      1911 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

      66 S Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ

      1. For good-fun German, you might want to look into Haus Murphy. It's not the best that I have had, but has always been very good. I like the biergarten better than inside, but that is just me.


        Haus Murphy's of Glendale
        5739 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301

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        1. re: Bill Hunt

          I went to Haus Murphy's last Sunday, for the first time. My Sauerbraten with Spaetzle was very overpriced at $16.95. There was very little meat. The pickled red cabbage was the best part. Paprika Schnitzel was much better, and seemed more reasonably priced at $13.95.

          1. re: johnseberg

            Interesting. We have not been in about two years, so much could well have changed. Thank you for the report.


        2. In downtown Phoenix, check out The Breadfruit for spicy Jamaican, Fate for hip Asian-fusion and The Roosevelt for foodie-pleasing bar food (and a fantastic beer list). In Mesa, I love Mango's Mexican Cafe; it's super-casual and inexpensive, and the Sonoran-style grub is excellent.

          816 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

          905 N 4th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

          Mango's Mexican Restaurant & Bakery
          44 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

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          1. re: epicurina

            Fate is changing its name to "905" or something along those lines. Original chef Johnny Chu is now at Sens a few blocks away. The new place, Sens, focuses on Asian tapas and is quite good. I don't know what Fate / 905 / whatever is like since the change.

            705 N 1st Street 120, Phoenix, AZ 85004

          2. Thinking Mexican and atmosphere I'd recommend Carolina's on Mohave St. just east of 7th st. This is a simple order at the window Mexican with fantastic tortillas. You'll see politicians, business executives, police officers and pmpls. On 7th St. north of McDowell is a newer place call America's Taco Shop. Limited menu but it doesn't matter because you want the carne asada tacos. Both of these are good inexpensive lunch places. For dinner I would try Barrio Cafe on 16th st. You can check out their menu online. Very creative. If you are staying downtown you can't miss Matt's Big Breakfast but expect to wait. For real Arizona atmosphere nothing beats Lon's at the Hermosa Inn especially this time of year when you can sit outside.