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Matt's Big Breakfast has been covered time and time again by local publications and foodies, elevating this downtown Phoenix diner to legendary status. The uncompromising quality of the ingredients is just the start with spot-on technique and an unchanging menu only adding to what makes this place one of the best for breakfast. The cooks at Matt's whip up perfect eggs, griddlecakes and more hearty mains through the day. A lunch menu is available during the second half of service, although the focus is always placed on the morning fare. Complementary coffee refills top off the appeal of Matt's, a Phoenix highlight that can't be missed.
Clever Koi specializes in Asian cuisine that fuses flavors from Japan, China, Vietnam, Korea and Thailand. Savor their signature Marinated Tofu and Smoked Bok Choy dumplings and buns like Peking Duck, Thai Basil and Wood Grilled Octopus Sausage. To complement the flavors pair your meal with Bánh mì or Vietnamese bread, Pork Ramen noodles, Vegetable Chow Mein, or Chicken Katsu rice. Avail their exclusive menus that cater to patrons looking for gluten-free or low carb meals. Head here during Happy Hour for an array of choices - from beer and cocktails, to sake and a rare beverage called shrub.
As implied by its name, this cafe specializes in Bosnian cuisine. What's not so obvious from the outside is that within the tiny cafe-style restaurant you'll find a bit of Bosnia resting comfortably with no hint of pretense. The interiors are decorated so that you feel like you're dining in the old square of some village in Eastern Europe. The menu is expectedly chock full of authentic favorites like gyros, cevapi and the sweet baklava, served to perfection by the delightful owner. Drop by for a taste of Bosnian food and hospitality.
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.
This is the ultimate gourmet burger and sandwich joint - and full service bar. But just because its gourmet doesn't mean it's overpriced or pretentious, just quality ingredients crafted into a simple yet artful and delicious menu. Delux uses only the best ingredients, selecting exclusively USDA choice grain fed certified four diamond Angus beef served on handcrafted brioche buns. Not into burgers? For lighter palates try their orange juice and saki marinated grilled mahi-mahi sandwich, a grilled vegetable panini, or choose from their excellent salad selection. Be sure to order a side of french or sweet potato fries a la carte (actually served in a mini shopping cart) to complement your meal and don't pass up the desert menu - once you see the Banana Split Lava Cake you won't want to. Serving food until 2am, they have a full bar featuring premium spirits, extensive wine and martini lists, microbrews and beers from around the world.
The Vig is not just another bar; it is a way of life! The eclectic tavern has a certain aura about it that gets you hooked and coming back for more. Live events, amazing bands, superb happy hour, DJs and an excellent selection of food and drink make this place a local favorite. The relaxing outdoor patio has a following of its own allowing patrons to catch their breath. With an addictive atmosphere and stellar music lineup, Vig's is a great place to come by with friends.
Duce in downtown Phoenix, attempts to give patrons a walk down history lane with its prohibition theme. Located within a former warehouse on South Central Avenue, The Duce doubles up as a bar and restaurant with ease. Relish the meatball sliders and roasted ribs while sipping on the house special cocktail, the Moscow Mule. Performances of live bands and DJ nights are scheduled regularly on the makeshift stage. Karaoke, retro and live music makes the place a music haven. Check website for more.
FEZ is all about the music, food and drinks. Award winning American cuisine and spicy Mediterranean selections feature on the menu, and to accompany, the restaurant's own signature martinis and margaritas. Enjoy all this and more in an elegant setting with late night events to keep your spirits up. Concerts, parties, music releases and DJ events take place all through the year. So if you're looking for a great night in town, head to FEZ!
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.
Diners will enjoy this Western-theme mountaintop steakhouse at the Pointe South Mountain Resort. Besides good food, the restaurant features live country music for listening and dancing, and banquet facilities for up to 1,500. Ranch-style furnishings and cowboy memorabilia add to the casual, country atmosphere. Huge steaks include a 2-pound porterhouse. The menu says, "If you can eat this, we'll let you keep the knife."
Seamus McCaffrey's Irish Pub and Restaurant is downtown Phoenix's Irish Pub. It offers a wonderful selection of imported beers, including a large selection of Irish whiskey. On the menu, most of the dishes resemble those from the Emerald Isle, albeit with an American twist. For breakfast, the traditional Irish one is served on Sunday mornings and during the week, live traditional music is also a featured attraction.