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Located at CityScape, downtown Phoenix's entertainment hub, The Arrogant Butcher boasts an ultra-hip vibe and a contemporary American kitchen led by Chef Andrew Ashmore. A popular spot on the social scene, this restaurant is best if looking to catch the day's game, host a private party, celebrate with happy-hour specials, indulge in romantic conversations or rub shoulders with state politicos. There's never a dull moment even when it comes to the menu which covers appetizers of zucchini fritters, mains of jambalaya and sweet potato tortellini and dessert that includes salted caramel pudding and warm peanut butter cup. The minimalistic interiors with plush sofas, portraits on the wall and mood-enhancing lighting adds to the upscale, 1960s feel of the place.
Locally known as the place to get a cup of hipster coffee, Cartel Coffee Lab is focused on making a cup of coffee or other caffeinated concoction in the best way possible. All of their beans are single-origin and the somewhat high prices often reflect their exotic provenance. However, once you taste these beans infused in water or milk, you will know where this extra coin went. With a few other locations around Phoenix and Tucson, Cartel has quickly monopolized the high-end coffee market in AZ.
Don't expect to be handed a check after your meal; you won't get one. That's where the name comes from. You're on your honor to tell the cashier what you've eaten and to pay your fair share. It is downtown Phoenix's premier place for down-home cooking, with a few booths and walls covered in praises from local fans and famous visitors alike. The menu features fried chicken, pork chops, red beans and rice, cornbread and cobblers. The delightful, simple food is prepared from the heart.
When in the city, visit Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles run by the grandson of the Phoenix soul food legend Mrs. Elizabeth White. This place is always packed with hungry locals craving some old-fashioned soul food, complete with all the trimmings of collard greens to mashed potatoes. It has even been visited by celebrities like Shaquille O'Neal, Amare Stoudemire and many more. The boisterous and unpretentious setting is made up of several small rooms still laid out as part of the original house, all packed with tables full of diners. The waffles are light and fluffy, and the chicken is fried to perfection! After your main plate is cleared away and if you still have room, be sure to try the red velvet cake along with some sweet tea.
While diners at the venerable restaurant represent the city's movers-and-shakers including local politicos, Durant's is also one of the quintessential places in Phoenix to bring a date. The interiors feature classic dining room decor from over-stuffed banquettes to the dark-wood paneling. Durant's is primarily known as a steakhouse and the servers are Valley veterans who have been with the restaurant for many, many years. It is also known as one of the city's best 'beef-and-booze' houses, where dry martinis are never out of fashion. One last trick, enter through the kitchen at the back of the restaurant and say hello to the chefs who will be at your service.
Rhythm Room was chosen as one of the Top Twenty Blues Venues in the USA by Blues Review Magazine and has won Best Blues Club by local Phoenix periodicals countless times. This musical hot spot has featured headline acts by greats such as Deke Dickerson and Bob Margolin. Legendary guitarist Guitar Shorty, the man who taught Jimi Hendrix to play the guitar with his teeth, is a frequent performer. Top names in rock circles, from Deerhoof to The Spinto Band, also make this place their stop when in Phoenix. Pictures framed Blues legends cover the walls but the main attraction is always the stage. Great seats everywhere with tiny tables big enough for a couple of cocktails and a light bite. Sunnyside Barbecue is served Friday and Saturday nights.
Founded back in 1974, Avanti rests on Italian tradition both in terms of gastronomy as well as dining culture. Owner, Angelo Livi, plays the perfect host to patrons that include celebrities like Larry King and The Beatles' Ringo Starr. Talented culinary veterans translate their expertise onto a menu featuring regional specialties like Mozzarella Caprese, Tortellini Portofino, Cioppino and Veal Picata. Pair the same with a bottle from their extensive wine cellar and end with one of their signature desserts. The ambiance exudes elegance and the unrivaled hospitality matches that of the Italian people.
A space designed with the aim of restoring the inner calm to people's lives, Space is meant for complete relaxation. The focus is on keeping things simple, and not complicating with elaborate treatments. Patrons are encouraged to focus on all the goals and aspirations they have drifted away from in the course of their daily lives. You can undergo body treatments like the Espresso Mud Embrace, and indulge yourself with massages like the Thai Yoga. At the end of your visit, you will emerge not only with a relaxed body, but also a clear mind.
Enjoy a luxurious stay at this world-class resort in the Valley of the Sun. Built in the 1930s, the hotel's architecture was influenced by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Each of the rooms are tastefully furnished and carry an understated desert color scheme. Recreational facilities include a championship golf course, outdoor swimming pools as well as an onsite spa and salon. Dining options include award winning restaurants such as Wright's at The Biltmore as well as Frank & Albert's. The resort, its restaurants and golf course have individually won a slew of awards making Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, a prime accommodation in the city. Check website for more details.
Luxuriate in the pleasures of the Arizona Biltmore Spa, which offers unique treatments for the body and soul. The facility includes 17 indoor treatment rooms, outdoor relaxation zones, three spa pools with warm cascading water and a hydrotherapy tub. This state-of-the-art facility encompasses a large area at the Biltmore complex. Treat yourself at the full-service beauty salon or work out that stress in the aerobic room with cardiovascular and weight training equipment. Private sauna, steam and whirlpools help you relax and unwind. Reservations are mandatory for the spa and a credit card is required to secure the appointment.
Arizona Grand Resort includes accents of the Mediterranean and the Southwest in its design and style. The luxurious holiday destination offers elegant suites, wonderful amenities and a host of recreational activities. Relax by one of the six pools before heading to one of the hotel's fine restaurants for a meal. Options include the Rustler's Rooste steakhouse, Aunt Chilada's for a spicy Mexican fare or the Hawaiian-themed Lobby Bar for light bites and cocktails. Tee off at the Arizona Grand Golf Course or smooth those aching muscles with a massage at the spa. For more details on services and reservations, do check their website.