downtown phoenix - circa1900 or fez
Circa 1900 closed years ago. The chef is now at Noca, an excellent restaurant at 32nd St. & Camelback. That's not extraordinarily close to the Airport, but it's no farther than Cibo or Fez. I don't think Noca is usually open for lunch, though.
Fez doesn't get a lot of love on this board, but I think it would be fine for a casual lunch depending on what you are looking for. Like Noca and Cibo, it's several miles from the Airport.
If Airport proximity is essential, the recommendations would depend on which direction you are coming from and if you are picking up or droppping off a rental car.
603 N. 5th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 850103
628 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
I want to mention that I had a very good breakfast at Fez, this morning.
I suppose we arrived about 10 am, and the patio looked pretty full. Inside had plenty of empty tables. I had the FEZ omelette, which was stuffed with goat cheese, roasted red peppers, and gyro meat. It also came with a bit of green salad and some toasted baguette. It was quite good, and a generous portion. One of my friends also ordered it, and said it was the best breakfast he had had in quite some time. My other friend had the FEZ benedict, and she made some remark about licking the plate.
This was my first visit, but, I think I'll be back. Brunch is only served on weekends, starting at 8:30 am.
3815 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012
I went to Fez for the first time this weekend for a fundraiser event, and while the burger I ordered was pretty mediocre, the spicy harissa fries were quite good. The biggest shock to me was finding Arizona Stronghold Dala (cab) available b-g-t ($11) and bottle ($40), which is barely north of 200% markup. It's actually the first place I've seen in town that has this wine available.