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Dec 10, 2009 02:43 PM

Hip restaurant in Phoenix that's open on Sundays??

Help! I am traveling to Phoenix for a commercial shoot and need to take my ad agency out for dinner on Sunday night, but it seems that every place I want to go is CLOSED on Sundays! I would like somewhere not too chi-chi, but also not too cheesy- family-oriented. Somewhere with a hipper vibe. I have tried:

Pizzeria Bianco
Lola's Tapas
Radio Milano

and a few others that I can't remember now. I have reservations at:

St. Francis

We are (unfortunately) staying near the Phoenix airport. Any other suggestions?

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  1. Barrio Cafe is very good. Do not take reservations (but then neither does Biancos).

    It is close enough to the airport to work for you I think and it is hip and fun and has very good food.

    1. The easiest would be to go ino right into Tempe and go to Cafe Boa

      1. We were visiting from NY a few weeks ago. We went to The Mission and loved it. Went twice and it was great both times. One of the days we went was a Sunday.

        1. The Caffe Boa suggestion above is a good one. Two things to keep in mind, though:
          1) Don't trust any reviews more than 90 days old. Boa recently hired a new chef who has taken the restaurant to the next level.
          2) There are two restaurants named Caffe Boa; they are separately owned. I believe the suggestion above is for Caffe Boa on Mill Avenue in Downtown Tempe. Nothing against the other one, but it's farther from the Airport.

          Noca is a not terribly far from the Airport, either. It would be a relatively quick drive down 32nd St., 40th St., or 44th St. to get there. The Sunday evening experience at Noca is what's know as "Simple Sunday Suppers" with artisan takes on classics served at a prix fixe of $35 per head (wine extra). It might be a lot of fun for your group.

          Other places I like and open Sundays:

          PastaBAR, located Downtown. It features a simple menu of handcrafted pastas and meat and vegetable sides with a lot of emphasis on local ingredients.

          Gallo Blanco, located in the Clarendon hotel in Midtown. Mexico City street food adapted for a boutique hotel restaurant. Highlights include the elote (corn appetizer), fresh fish, pollo asado, specials like pork belly and octopus tacos, and guacamole that my wife, daughter, and mother (the three people I have to keep happy most often) have described as the best they've ever had.

          Finally, I'll suggest Fez and Switch,two places that don't get a lot of buzz on this board, but which I think might have the "hipper vibe" you seek. At Fez, the menu is mostly burgers, kisras (flatbread pizzas), salads, sandwiches, and a few entrees. There's a light Middle Eastern influence, but also a comfort food component. At Switch, the emphasis is more American, with the same contemporary feel. Fez is at the north end of Midtown; Switch is at the south end of Midtown.

          2603 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

          Caffe Boa
          398 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281

          3815 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

          3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

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

          1. Though I am more a fan of NOCA's full menu, than Simple Sunday Supper (or very similar syntax), that would be my choice and they are not that far from the airport.