ISO recommendation in between Mesa & Goodyear
I'm looking for a place to meet up with some girlfriends that will be open until at least 9:00 PM. I have friends coming from Mesa and Goodyear so would like something in between. Since downtown is pretty much a deadzone...do you have any suggestions?
Would like a comfy/cozy place with good food...maybe even wine. Or a cafe type place. We are a group of knitters...yes, I know it's a food board, but it is helpful to note that we may need space to spread out and comfortable seating. And I will have my newborn along for the ride. (Thought of Duck & Decanter, but they close at 7:00 at Camelback location and earlier at the other two.)
It would be helpful to have easy access on/off highway.
Your suggestions would be much appreciated. Otherwise, we may need to just meet at a Starbucks.
I can think of no better place for a group of knitters to meet than in a "dead zone." Actually, I don't really believe that but wanted to make the point that stereotyping Downtown is as unhelpful as stereotyping knitters.
Lux is an interesting idea, although it's so crowded inside that it would be hard to have room for knitting. Hob Nobs, a coffee house with food and a liquor license, might do. It's situated just off I-10 at the northern edge of Downtown. I wouldn't put the food and drink at quite the same level as Lux, but it's less crowded and more sedate. Another idea near I-10 is the Downtown branch of Pita Jungle. The interior is mostly booths, but there's a very nice patio where you might be able to spread out, particularly on a weeknight.
If you would seriously consider Starbucks to be an option, then I would suggest Lux as a step up from there. They serve dinner, beer, wine, and cocktails, in addition to their coffee drinks and housemade pastries. Unfortunately, I can't tell you anything about the dinner offerings, as I haven't tried any of them yet. I will say that Lux can be fairly noisy, which I guess could be a problem for the baby (your call).
On a slow night, Cheuvront might work too.The atmosphere there has been pretty sedate on my visits, which might make it more infant-friendly. I've never been excited by the food there, but I've never thought it was bad either.
I can think of several other places that are roughly mid-way between Goodyear and the center of Mesa and open until 9:00, but I don't know how many of them would be suitable for a group that wants to spread out with a bunch of yarn and linger.