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Jan 13, 2010 08:24 PM

Kathy Griffin downtown PHX

Hubby and I are going to see her at the Dodge Theater on Saturday night and we're looking for a nice place to have dinner before the show. We're easy--we like any style of food. Atmosphere is not important, just some good, tasty food. Price: we're good from $20 up to say $100 for the both of us. We're dropping the kiddos off at Grandma's early, so we can even be downtown by 4 (show starts at 8). A place that won't mind us lingering or that offers some sort of entertainment would be great. Otherwise we're also open to hopping over to another place for a drink afterward. We'd especially love to park in one garage and walk everywhere. Hey CH's, what do you think of us trying Pizzeria Bianco, if we're able to get our name in early enough? We've tried Cibo, but not the ever-popular Bianco. ANY advice/rec's would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. If you get Downtown right at 4, get on line at Bianco immediately, and score a table at the first seating, then you could still make it over to the theater on foot or via pedicab. If you didn't make the first seating, however, you might risk missing the show and should therefore have a Plan B in mind.

    Other options -- both on their own or in combination with Bianco:

    Hanny's -- upscale lounge with good bar food: sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, salads, etc.

    Kincaid's -- steak and seafood; generally very good food

    Local Breeze -- lavosh pizzas, burgers, etc. -- hearty food with a vaguely Islands theme

    Thai Elephant -- pretty self-explanatory

    Cibo -- as you mentioned

    A bit more distant to the northeast, but still viable:

    PastaBAR -- handcrafted pastas with meat and veg sides

    Sens -- Asian tapas

    Moira -- sushi and cooked Japanese food

    Nine 05 -- pan-Asian

    the Roosevelt -- pub with artisan bar food

    the Breadfruit -- Jamaican food; BYOB

    Pizzeria Bianco
    623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    603 N. 5th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 850103

    816 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Thai Elephant
    Phoenix AZ, Phoenix, AZ

    The Breadfruit
    108 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    705 N 1st Street 120, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Pasta Bar
    705 N 1st Street 110, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    40 N First St, Phoenix, AZ

    Moira Sushi
    215 E McKinley St #102, Phoenix, AZ

    Kincaid's Steak Chop & Fish House
    2 South Third Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Nine 05
    905 N. 4th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    2 Replies
    1. re: silverbear

      Wow! Thanks SO much silverbear for the many great rec's as well as the advice for Bianco. Looking forward to checking out all of these sites!

      1. re: silverbear

        Can't add any names to this comprehensive list but Kincaid's has a great happy hour with all appetizers at half price.

      2. Kincaids hours are now as follows: Lunch Menu (Dining Room): Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm and Lounge: Mon-Fri 11am-4pm.

        I was trying to find an upscale option for visiting clients tonight before the Dbacks game and this is a dissapointment.

        1. I tried District at the huge "new" Sheraton Phoenix on 3rd St. & Van Buren (NW corner) for the first time yesterday, for lunch. It was pretty good. I had a roasted salmon entree with a shrimp/asparagus risotto on the side. My friend had some very cute crab cake sliders and sweet potato fries that apparently were delicious, too. It's a large space so getting in would not be a problem. The culinary theme seems to be contemporary takes on American food, well-executed and presented.