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PHX - best location for walking distance good food options

I recommend against staying near the airport as there is really nothing near there. But it is quite easy to take the light rail from the airport to downtown or beyond. If you stay near the rail, you'll have all the rail-accessible restaurants within easy striking distance. Silverbear's hotel recommendations of the Sheraton and Clarendon are probably the two best. I would add to them the Downtown Hyatt and the Wyndham (not as nice as the Sheraton, but consistent with the quality of the big hotel chains). If you want a bit more charm (i.e., smaller rooms, older plumbing) the Hotel San Carlos is also very close to the light rail. Staying downtown puts you close (within rail or walking distance) to Pizzeria Bianco, PastaBar, Moira Sushi, Roosevelt Tavern, Matt's Big Breakfast, Sens, one of the Los Dos Molinos locations and the Downtown Phoenix Public Market (Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings).

Jan 13, 2010
kjhart in Phoenix

Best Things to Eat in Phoenix

Spiedini and the Sonny Boy from Pizzeria Bianco
Pita Jungle's Hummus
Machaca burrito from Carolina's
Veggie tacos at Gallo Blanco

Jul 21, 2009
kjhart in Phoenix

Is Richardson's/Rokerij jinxed? (Phx)

Fabulous news! I was so sad to hear about Richardsons, but delighted to know I won't have to wait months or years to get my favorite brunch. Thanks for the info.

Jul 21, 2009
kjhart in Phoenix

Phx: Top Pizza Joints

I second the nod to Pino's. My favorite place to pick up a pie to go.

Pino's Pizza Al Centro
139 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

Jul 13, 2009
kjhart in Phoenix

Where to eat near Heard Museum, Phoenix

My Florist is also a rather long walk from the light rail on an August afternoon (half a mile each way). I'd recommend something on Central like Fez, Switch or Cheuvront. None of these is particularly Phoenix-unique, but they fit the other criteria, and they all have good, though not amazing, food.

Cheuvront Wine & Cheese Bar
1326 N. Central, Phoenix, AZ 85004

3815 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Jul 01, 2009
kjhart in Phoenix

NAU area bars/restaurants need 21st B-Day G.C.

You can't go wrong with Beaver Street Brewery.

Beaver Street Brewery
11 S Beaver St Ste 1, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Jun 18, 2009
kjhart in Southwest

SF Hound coming to Scottsdale

Scottsdale Road and McKellips, actually. It moved about 7 years ago, I'd say.

Jun 09, 2009
kjhart in Phoenix

Tuscon and Tonopah recommendations?

I agree with Claudette's suggestion about Palm Springs. I did a bit of research because I was not even sure if there was anywhere other than gas station convenience stores to get food in Tonopah, and came across Tonopah Rob's Farm Stand, If you happen to be there on a Saturday, you can check out what Tonopah Rob and his "cadre of vendors who also have all-natural locally produced yummy stuff" have to offer. Best of luck!

Jun 07, 2009
kjhart in Southwest

Tuscon and Tonopah recommendations?

Are you planning to stop in Tonopah? It's only about 2 1/2 hours from Tucson, and about 45 minutes from the heart of Phoenix. I'm not sure there is much there food-wise -- I've only used it as a gas stop. If you want to stop to eat before Tucson, I would highly recommend holding out until you get to Phoenix. Is there any particular food in which you are interested?

Jun 05, 2009
kjhart in Southwest

Vegas Bar Recs -- Help!

One of my favorite Vegas drinking places is the Fireside Lounge at the Peppermill. Think late 70s-early 80s' disco style, with a fire pit right in the middle of the bar. The music level is appropriate for conversation and the drinks are well made. Service can be a bit slow at times, but not too bad. No cover.

May 18, 2009
kjhart in Las Vegas

Last Minute Phoenix Advice Needed

I love PB, it is my favorite restaurant in the world. Truly. But, the wait is indeed four hours these days. Indeed, I showed up at 5:30 or so on a Friday in March, stood in line for 20 minutes to put my name on the list, and some time around 9:45, we got our table for three. To me, it's worth it, but to others it may not be.

May 13, 2009
kjhart in Phoenix

Gallo Blanco Cafe (PHX -- Clarendon Hotel)

[For some reason, the Chowhound moderators removed the thread about Gallo Blanco, but they were kind enough to send me an email with the text of my post in it, so I'm re-posting.]

The Clarendon is close to home for me, so I have tried every restaurant/bar incarnation they have had, always hoping that it will be a hit, but it has never happened until last night. Gallo Blanco is great!

My husband and I stopped in just for a drink to check the place out. After checking the menu, we decided we would order something small for dinner.

They have remodeled a bit so the restaurant and bar are a bit more open. Unfortunately, the lighting is still really, really dim -- so low that I needed to hold my menu up to the candle on the table to read it. But that was just about the only drawback. More importantly, the food was excellent, and inexpensive to boot.

We really weren't very hungry, so we did not get too far into the menu. I had the seasonal vegetable tacos, which were the best veggie tacos I have had anywhere. The small (4.5 in., or so) corn tortillas are made in-house and the mix of veggies was delicious, as were the tomatillo and red salsas that came on the side. And they were a whopping $2 each. My husband had the special, a carne asada torta with a fried egg, which he declared the best sandwich he's had in years. With one beer, our dinner bill was all of $18!

While we were eating the chef stopped by to talk to us. He said that about 70% of the food on the menu is locally-produced, which is one of the reasons the menu is pretty small.

As is usually the case in the Clarendon's restaurant, it was not very busy. So, hounds, please go to Gallo Blanco and support what could be a very good restaurant, so that I don't show up there in six months to find that another Clarendon restaurant has bitten the dust.

Gallo Blanco Cafe
401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

May 01, 2009
kjhart in Phoenix

Best Pub Grub in Phoenix Area?

The pub at the corner of Alma School and Warner is Churchill's. The food is mediocre. The best British pub food I have had in the Valley was at the British Open on Scottsdale & McDowell. That was a few years ago, and I only ate there once. To be honest, I don't even know if it's still there.

Apr 04, 2009
kjhart in Phoenix

Coffee houses in PHX

I love Copper Star. I'm really not a coffee afficianado, but I find their lattes perfectly drinkable, and their housemade scones and blueberry muffins are delicious. I haven't had any of the other pastries, but I know that the cupcakes and banana bread are also made onsite.

I keep going back because the atmosphere is exactly what I like in a coffee place -- a friendly, neighborhood joint, with a bit of that urban edge, but not overrun by the hipper-than-thou crowd. I find the staff to be pleasant, and the owner is very friendly.

Feb 27, 2007
kjhart in Southwest

Wedding in Phoenix

Another vote for Coup des Tartes. We held our rehearsal dinner with approximately the same number of people there, and it was superb.

Jan 25, 2007
kjhart in Southwest

PHX: Anniversary dinner advice? (extra degree of difficulty)

If I had to choose just one of the recommendations already made, it would surely be Lon's. It has atmoshpere that you won't find outside the Southwest and the food has always been fabulous for me (though I haven't been in a few years and I know they have been through some chef changes). And it is quite romantic for an anniversary dinner

While I love Durant's, it doesn't seem to be a quintessentially Phoenix place. I feel like there are Rat Pack-y steak houses all over the country. Also, I have often found myself seated near rather raucous groups at Durant's, which could detract from the romance factor.

Jan 22, 2007
kjhart in Southwest

Late Night Dining in Tucson

We're heading to Tucson next weekend because my husband's band has booked a gig there. He likes to avoid a big meal before playing, but is always famished after a show, so I'm hoping for some recommendations for a post-gig meal. I suspect we'll be ready to leave the club around midnight, and would like to eat something besides fast food or, god forbid, Denny's (I think I'd rather go hungry).

The show is at a bar at 4th Avenue and 6th Street, and we'd like to not travel too far. We're not looking for anything fancy, and would be open to greasy diner-type breakfast food, Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Indian, Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, and lots of other things I haven't mentioned. Not big into sushi, though.

I've already noted Mi Nidito as a possibility (their website says they are open until 2:00 am on Saturdays), but would welcome any suggestions.

Thanks in advance for your advice.

Jan 06, 2007
kjhart in Southwest

Thai or Indian rec Central/East Phx

Thai Lhana on Indian School & 38th Street (NW corner). I much prefer it over Thai Rama.

Jul 26, 2006
kjhart in Southwest

Good dessert destination in the East Valley (PHX)?

I'm not sure how good their desserts are these days, or about the availability of espresso drinks, but I've had a lovely time having dessert and wine at House of Tricks in Tempe. Might be a little hot for enjoying the patio right now, but in a month or two (o.k., four) it will be perfect.

Jul 20, 2006
kjhart in Southwest


As far as I can tell, Cheuvront is alive and kicking. I received an email from them just last week advertising their Bastille Day special. In addition, Karen Dawson, late of Ruby Beet Gourmet is their new chef. I think that they may have switched web addresses at some point a while back, which may be the cause of this confusion.

The correct web address is

Jul 17, 2006
kjhart in Southwest

Carolina's Mexican/Phoenix

Thank you! That Ed Helms bit was brilliant. I think the last line says it all.

Jul 08, 2006
kjhart in Phoenix

Dim Sum Insight Needed (PHX)

hzp: I'm afraid I can't be of service on SF dim sum recommendations because it has been about 20 years since my last dim sum in the Bay Area. But I'm sure the hounds on the Bay Area Board will be able to provide all the information you need for delicious San Francisco dim sum.

Jun 29, 2006
kjhart in Southwest

Dim Sum Insight Needed (PHX)

Count this as another vote against Golden Buddha. I was not at all impressed with the dim sum. I grew up eating dim sum in San Francisco's Chinatown, so I might be a pretty harsh critic, but I certainly didn't eat anything at Golden Buddha that would entice me back there. I have not tried C-Fu or Great Wall, so I have nothing to offer in the way of dim sum recommendations.

Jun 29, 2006
kjhart in Southwest

Southwest Board Coverage

The states listed at the top of the Southwest Board exclude Colorado, has it moved to another board?

Jun 24, 2006
kjhart in Site Talk