Late Lunch Downtown PHX, dinner in Mesa?
I will be attending a graduation ceremony next Sat. at the PHX Convention Center that will end at 2PM. Any recommendations for a place that serves a nice late lunch nearby? I've looked at 1130 the Restaurant.
We'll be staying in Mesa and I'd like to go to a trendy, nice wine list kinda place. Is there anything in the neighborhood or do we need to venture out?
There is a new beer/wine bar and restaurant in downtown Mesa at Country Club Drive and Main St. called Il Vinaio: www.ilvinaio.com.
I haven't been there yet, but the chef has an excellent pedigree (worked with Robert McGrath at Roaring Fork during the time when he won a James Beard award). They've only been serving dinner for 6 weeks.
Based on the web site, it seems to fit the bill for what you need and is much closer than D'Vine, although I do love D'Vine. Wonder if anyone else can vouch for it?
Hadn't heard of this place, thanks for mentioning it. Here's Jess Harter's report: http://thedish.freedomblogging.com/20....
I will give it a try, and I wish them the best, though their lack of focus worries me - from their website-
"Il Vinaio is an American WIne Bistro with Mediterranean influences serving Traditional American Home-Style Breakfasts and Lunches complimented by Italian & Greek Specialty Dishes."
Hanny's is my go-to downtown lunch spot. D'Vine sounds exactly like what you're looking for in Mesa, but it's pretty far east, not sure what part of Mesa you'll be staying in. Mesa is one of the geographically largest suburbs in the country. The Dana Park shopping center at Val Vista and Baseline also has some trendy options, haven't been there in a while so I'm not sure of the current offerings.
D Vine Wine Bar & Bistro
2837 N Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85215
40 N First St, Phoenix, AZ
The area immediately surrounding Fiesta Mall is declining middle class suburbia, and the restaurant mix is mostly second-tier chains. Go a mile west to Dobson Road, and you have access to some of the best Chinese and Vietnamese food in town, but little in the way of wine lists.
Cork, suggested above, is along the same arterial cross street as the Hilton (Alma School Rd), although 13 miles to the south.
About 8 miles northwest in Downtown Tempe, two good choices are House of Tricks and Caffe Boa. Both have good wine programs, although I'm not sure if I'd call either "trendy" (a highly subjective word). If you're really into people watching, the latest foodie interests, or any other possible definition of trendy, Old Town Scottsdale (12 miles north) might be the best choice.
House of Tricks
114 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281
398 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281
4991 S. Alma School Rd. Suite 101
Chandler, AZ 85248
I don't know where you are staying in Mesa, and it is geographically, quite spread out, CORK is easy to get to on the Loop 202. This would be my recommendation for your request "a trendy, nice wine list kinda place".
If you want to venture further afield, you'll find many, many other options but this was my first thought for your request.
1130 is okay, but I'd recommend District or Kincaid's instead. Call for hours.
As for dinner, Mesa is enormous and generally not very trendy. If you are staying in west Mesa, you might have some good options in Tempe and Old Town Scottsdale. Chandler might also be a nearby option. What part of Mesa will you be in?
Kincaid's Fish Chop/Steakhouse
2 South Third Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
340 N 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ