Cibo (food in Italian) serves freshly baked hand-tossed pizzas with toppings of mozzarella, basil, garlic, smoked salmon, zucchini and more. The best in organic produce is imported so that you can taste the authentic Italian flavor. Choose a more complex preparation such as the Bresaola; a type of salad or the Pear Salad for those health conscious moments. Mini crepes with whipped cream topped with berries and Nutella make for a lovely dessert.
Phoenix foodies know that La Grande Orange Grocery is a great one-stop shop for gourmet groceries, organic coffee, but the adjacent pizzeria really stands out as well. Here, guests enjoy pizzas from the classic Margherita to the more eclectic roasted corn, tomatoes and goat cheese, whatever you choose, the ingredients are always local and in season. Other menu items besides the pizza include burgers, rotisserie chicken and fresh salads. To accompany the food, they offer a great selection of cocktails, craft beers and wines.
Lux is a coffee lovers' ultimate paradise. Unique, exotic, local and international blends are all available at this coffee bar located at the North Central Avenue. Although coffee is the highlight, enjoy fresh baked goods every morning as well as light bites and savory mains for lunch and dinner. On the walls, find works by local artists that change every week giving the place an art-gallery like feel. Free Wi-Fi allows you to catch up on work while on your coffee break and the friendly staff makes every customer feel at home. They also have an outdoor seating area. Open till the late, Lux is one of the best places in Phoenix for your caffeine fix.
If you are a fan of green and red chillies sauces, Mexican-style chorizo sausage, hefty burros and sauce-soaked enchiladas, then find your way here. The Mexican comfort cuisine is inexpensive and the service is fast and friendly. It gets extremely busy here at lunch, so come early or plan to wait. Though the decor is simple, it offers a full range of Sonoran-style Mexican dishes such as burros, enchiladas, tacos, plus hand-made tamales and tortillas.
Crudo is one of the trendiest spots in Phoenix for cocktails, contemporary Italian cuisine and seafood. The menu is divided into sections including crudo featuring raw fish, cotto featuring cooked dishes, the mozza cheese menu and griglia grilled menu. Diners can choose to order a-la-carte or choose three, four or five course pricing options. The bar menu is full of incredible craft cocktails as well as an great wine selection.
In-the-know locals frequent this unassuming little wine bar in the Phoenix's Arcadia neighborhood (there are two others as well, one in Gilbert and the other in Downtown Phoenix). In a city buzzing with strip-mall cuisine, Postino is hidden a residential neighborhood, where the kitchen serves wonderful helpings of the Italian countryside, the Napa Valley, the South of France and the Mediterranean coast. The wine selection rotates every few months but Californian and Italian labels are the most common, with a few French wines and a handful of Argentinian ones added for good measure. Beer lovers can appreciate the selection as well, with the stellar Guinness on draft or the Alesmith IPA.
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.
Even though former Phoenix Suns star Dan Majerle is no longer a part of the franchise, his legacy lives on in his eponymous restaurant. It is usually crowded before, during and after Suns games. At lunch, it's also popular with downtown businessmen. Housed in the oldest commercial building in downtown Phoenix, the interior has the feel of a contemporary sports bar. The fare is mainly sandwiches, burgers and a few hot entrees.
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.
One of Phoenix's downtown highlights, albeit a bit retro, is the revolving Compass Restaurant located high atop the Hyatt Regency Hotel. This favorite of Valley visitors offers regional American cuisine and a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city as the top spins at a slow three miles per hour. Recently updated, the dining area features upholstered banquettes and each one provides amazing views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Decor is elegant contemporary and service is friendly and a bit formal. American favorites such as steaks, poultry, seafood are all prepared with a Southwestern spin.
The Hard Rock Cafe, known world over for its cool music, splendid service, and great night-outs, is a tried and tested venue for quality entertainment. Be it the live performance, the DJs or the food and drinks, one is certain that it will be top of the tops. Sample a burger, the Hard Rock Burger to be precise, and you realize that nothing is going to match up to it. The drinks are always great, especially the cocktails and margaritas. Don't forget to buy a few souvenirs from the counters.