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Sep 14, 2009 09:22 AM

PHX in November, light rail recommendations?

I will be in Phoenix for about a week in November, for a conference at the convention center downtown. I will be staying at the Crown Plaza which I understand is right on the light rail. I'm not planning on renting a car for the week, so proximity to light rail is key.
1. Any good breakfast options? Good coffee (real coffee, not whipped cream fanastical things) is a must, as is some kind of eggs or such. I am NOT a pastry kind of person and the continental breakfast served at my conference is probably not going to cut it for me. any suggestions on a good place where I can linger over a pot of coffee and the paper?
2. I've seen some good threads re: eating dinner alone at the bar, etc - any suggestions specifically that are close to light rail?
3. I am planning to drive out to taliesin one evening, so will need to rent a car for that night only. Any suggestions on dining stops on the way back?

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  1. Wasliche - November is a good time to be in Phx. Hope you like our light rail. We think it's great!

    What I'd recommend - Matt's Big Breakfast (3rd Street and Roosevelt? I only know to find it based on that it's NE of the San Carlos Hotel's radio tower) is always a hit. Food is very good and I'm a big fan of his coffee. I keep telling myself, "One of these days I'm just going to order the coffee and toast with jam". There is almost ALWAYS a wait unless you get there the minute they open (which is what we do).

    Mrs. White's Golden Rule at 11sth STreet and Jefferson is Southern, down home cooking - fried chicken, greens, pies. Really delish and I've never been there when it wasn't busy.

    There will be more posts from people that are familiar with Tempe however, the one resto I would suggest is the restaurant in the Memorial Union (2nd floor) at ASU's Tempe's campus. Food is fresh, local and the resto is striving for sustainability. They have a great brick oven pizza and save room for dessert!

    Enjoy the desert - November's a good time to be here - we JUST got down to 100 degrees today.

    1. This request has Silverbear written all of it. Silverbear, quit working and help this person out!

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        1. re: johnseberg

          Wow. If you read that blog, you pretty much can't go wrong!

        2. re: ejs1492

          Sorry. I've been traveling for a few days and didn't see this thread.

          There are two Crowne Plazas right along light rail -- one Downtown and one near the Airport. I'm gong to assume the former.

          In terms of breakfast, Matt's is an obvious choice. A longer walk (maybe 3/8 of a mile) but worthwhile is Local Breeze. District at the Sheraton has a very good breakfast buffet.

          In terms of eating alone at the bar, some possibilities include Cheuvront, Kincaid's, District, & Gallo Blanco. All but the last one are just a block or two from a station. Gallo Blanco is several blocks away but probably worth the walk. Durant's has a great bar, but I've never tried to order food there (as opposed to in the dining room). I can't see why it wouldn't work, though.

          As for Taliesin West, renting a car is a good idea. There's no bus route that goes within a mile of there. Nearby favorites include Osha Thai (for your dinner) and Sweet Republic (ice cream for dessert).

          2611 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004

          Osha Thai Cafe
          10953 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

          Kincaid's Fish Chop/Steakhouse
          2 South Third Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

          Matt's Big Breakfast
          801 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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

          Sweet Republic Ice Cream
          9160 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

          Gallo Blanco Cafe
          401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

        3. I am a big fan of the light rail and hope you enjoy it. Matt's Big Breakfast is a must but I believe it is at 1st street and Roosevelt. Very nearby are Roosevelt Tavern (also owned and operated by Matt Pool), Pasta Bar and Sens. You can find more details of those places by searching on this site. Within walking distance of the Crowne Plaza are Hanny's and Kincaid's. Hanny's is more of a bar that serves decent food and Kincaid's is a chop house with a great happy hour in the lounge - all apps are 50% off. The light rail runs up Central Avenue and on or nearby are Durants - an old line steakhouse , Alexi's and Gallo Blanco which is new and very good and serves Mexican food. Also on Central is Macayo's Mexican Restaurant where the Obama family dined during their recent Phoenix visit. This is probably the only time Macayo would show up on this site and I throw it in for the curiousity factor and not for the food.

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          1. re: Poerz

            Thanks all, I appreciate the suggestions... and the silverbear link is clearly going to be invaluable! Am looking forward to a nice week including some great food.