Where to eat
There are a lot of choices in central and downtown Phoenix that would only be a short drive away, but if you need to stay close to that area, here are a few options:
Cafe Ga Hyang offers outstanding (and generously portioned) Korean food. It's a couple of miles west and a mile north of your location (NW corner of Olive and 43rd Ave). Very homey with warm hospitality. A great option if you have a big crew to help you taste around the menu.
A couple of miles southeast from your location, you Tacos Atoyac (north side of Glendale Ave, just east of 19th Ave), where you can grab an inexpensive, delicious meal. Great fish tacos, milanesa torta, and chicken in mole. Wash it all down with the horchata made in-house.
Head a little bit farther east and you'll end up at Sierra Bonita Grill (east side of 7th St, just south of Glendale Ave). Nothing groundbreaking here, but they offer some tasty Southwestern takes on comfort food. We typically will make a meal out of a handful their substantial starters, but they have some worthy entrees too--when we go that route, we usually go with the buttermilk fried chicken or smoked red chile pork roast.
So far after 2 days, here's what I've done; Sunday night at Sierra Bonita. The carne asada was tender and very tastey, the green chili mac n cheese had just a hint of heat, and the queso fundido was great. Monday night was Bobby Q's and had the whole hog, baby back and St Louis ribs, brisket and pulled pork. The meats were as tender as anything could be and MORE than the three ofus could eat, plently for leftover lunch tomorrow.
More to come as we continue. :-)
re: Bakersfield Hound
Right up I-17 to just north of Peoria is Pappadeauxs, a national chain but the only one in Arizona. They are a seafood place and better than decent one. But the real reason I ever go there is for the crawfish boils they have this time of year. I can't get enough of them! If you like that sort of thing, they have them only Wednesdays and Thursdays. Great special on raw oysters right now, too.
re: Bakersfield Hound
Oh man, I don't know how it didn't occur to me sooner: You're in easy striking distance of Chino Bandido. There truly isn't anything like it anywhere else. Search the board, there is already much waxing poetic about the place. Jade Red Chicken (their version of General Tso's) in a quesadilla is way better than it has any right to be.