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Aug 21, 2011 01:03 PM

Best option near Arena

Hello All, will be in town for an interview at the very end of September and hoping to catch the last Phoenix pre-season game of the year while I'm in town. Looking for a good dinner/snack option that either opens at 5:00ish or is open past 10:00. The game is on a Saturday if it matters.


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  1. I like the Gordon biersch when I go to the, drink, service all are good. Small plates are my usual choice with seasonal drinks.

    1. Edit: Non-chain, and something I cannot get in Ohio.

      1. that's a bit of of trick. the arena is in a relatively new "entertainment zone" development and there are nothing but chains in the complex. check the Westgate web page for a full list.

        there are some options in downtown Glendale like Haus Murphys for German food. or some independents up around the Arrowhead area like Arrowhead Grill for steaks. my advice is to grab lunch at Richardsons/Rokerij before the game and then head to the arena. bit of a drive, but worth it.

        6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016

        Arrowhead Grill
        8280 West Union Hills Road, Glendale, AZ 85308

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        1. re: kmarg

          Not much to recommend that close by. What I typically do is grab some pizza at La Piazza Al Forno which is pretty good pie (family run place) and relatively close

          La Piazza Al Forno
          5803 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301

          1. re: Random987

            Yup - That would be my recommendation however it's not really NEAR Jobing as in walking distance.

        2. That part of town, you'll be hard-pressed to find anything non-chain. (I used to live about 2 miles south of the arena.) I'm also familiar with your posts/ won't find anything non-chain, fine dining near the arena. I can give you a few more casual recs.

          Since you are from Ohio...there's always In-and-Out Burger...closest at Camelback just off 101. About 2 miles south of the arena.

          Other options in the general vicinity of the arena, but off the beaten path:

          I can also recommend a Pupuseria near there...but it is a hole-in-the-wall. Salvadoreno Restaurant #2 at 7333 W. Thomas Rd. # 88. And the neighborhood is admittedly a little rough around the edges. Handmade pupusas - basically a thick corn tortilla filled with beans, cheese and meat - are delicious and served with salsa and cabbage salad.

          Also in that area would be a very good place for Tortas. Tortas El Tri (which is somehow affiliated with Tortas la Presa further north) is at 2837 N 75th Ave # 6...basically the same intersection as the pupuseria. My mouth is watering just thinking about the Torta Especial. They also have other Mexican dishes, but we went there for tortas.

          Unfortunately, the best options are on the east side of town.

          Salvadoreno Restaurant
          8911 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020

          Tortas El Tri
          2837 N 75th Ave Ste 6, Phoenix, AZ 85035

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          1. re: iphonechica

            Don't eat beef in general, so no interest in In and Out, however the Salvadoreno and Tortas El Tri recs are perfect.



            Salvadoreno Restaurant
            8911 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020

            Tortas El Tri
            2837 N 75th Ave Ste 6, Phoenix, AZ 85035

            1. re: uhockey

              Argh, forgot about your non-beef diet. Sorry about that. Is Pork OK with you? Both places have plenty of pig to offer if you're not into beef.

              1. re: iphonechica

                Went to a different branch of Salvadorena and there is plenty even if you don't eat meat at all.

                1. re: iphonechica

                  The no beef comment was with regard to In-and-Out Burger, not the others. :-)

                  Pork is fine - even really high end beef is alright - but the lesser cuts and ground beef do nothing for me.


                  1. re: uhockey

                    "High end beef" is a relative term, in my opinion. Certain cuts of beef are appropriate to certain dishes, and many would argue - including many high end chefs - that you can draw more flavor out of the "lesser cuts". In fact, even the price discrepancy at the store isn't what it once was, as the demand for cheap cuts has grown.

            2. you might try chris bianco's new place at the wigwam? it's called litchfield i think.