Phoenix: Be­yond Down­town

Where Phoenix - - DINING -

BECK­ETT’S TA­BLE Amer­i­can. Farm-to-ta­ble fare in an ur­ban-tav­ern at­mos­phere that’s noisy (but not too) and smartly chic (yet fam­ily friendly). The menu changes sea­son­ally around a core of neigh­bor­hood raves and faves. www.beck­ettstable.com. 3717 E. In­dian School Road, 602.954.1700. Val­ley Map O17

BLUE­WA­TER GRILL Seafood. New­port Beach im­port with fresh oys­ter and sushi bars, pri­vate and out­door din­ing op­tions, and a sep­a­rate re­tail fish mar­ket. www.blue­wa­ter­grill.com. 1720 E. Camel­back Road, 602.277.3474. Val­ley Map O15

CHELSEA’S KITCHEN Amer­i­can. Hip­ster com­fort food— Brus­sels sprout sal­ads, ro­tis­serie chicken, filet mignon tacos— ush­ered from a peek­a­boo kitchen to ta­bles of fash­ion­able fam­i­lies via team­style serv­ing. www.chelseask­itchenaz.com. 5040 N. 40th St., 602.957.2555. Val­ley Map N16

CHRISTO­PHER’SFrench. Christo­pher RESTAURANTGross runs& CRUSH a ca­sual LOUNGE(but most def­i­nite­ly­with guests chic) and es­tab­lish­ment,match­ing wines hap­pi­lyto rich schmoozin­gen­trées and Fash­ion cheeses. Park, www.christo­pher­saz.com.24th St. & Camel­back Road, Biltmore 602.522.2344. Val­ley Map O16

EL CHORRO Amer­i­can. Hearty, homey faves like Cae­sar salad, beef stroganoff and trout aman­dine in and around a Par­adise Val­ley land­mark that in 1934 served as a girls’ school. In­door din­ing is an op­tion, but out­door din­ing takes the cake with views of both Camel­back and Mummy Moun­tains. www.el­chorro.com. 5550 E. Lin­coln Drive, Par­adise Val­ley, 480.948.5170. Val­ley Map N17

FLOWER CHILD Veg­e­tar­ian/ Ve­gan. Fast and ca­sual, healthy-minded con­cept with mix-and-match menu of­fer­ings for veg­e­tar­ian and car­niv­o­rous meals. Fla­vored teas, fresh lemon­ades and kom­bucha on-tap. www.ia­maflow­er­child.com. 5013 N. 44th St., 602.429.6222. Val­ley Map O17; 100 E. Camel­back Road, 480.212.0180. Val­ley Map O15

POSTINO WINE CAFE Wine Bar. A restau­rant and bar known for its se­lec­tion of af­ford­able wines, as well as cre­ative br­uschetta boards, pani­nis, sal­ads and cheeses. www.posti­nowinecafe.com. Lo­ca­tions in­clude: 3939 E. Camp­bell Road, 602.852.3939. Val­ley Map O17; 5144 N. Cen­tral Ave., 602.274.5144. Val­ley Map O15; 302 N. Gil­bert Road, Gil­bert, 480.632.6363. Val­ley Map V22

RUSTLER’S ROOSTE Western. Guests of this old moun­tain­side restau­rant are greeted at the door by a longhorn bull, and can pro­ceed to the din­ing room via a large tin slide (or wooden stairs). Chuck­wagon steaks and ribs are served with corn on the cob and bis­cuits. www.rustler­srooste. com. Ari­zona Grand Re­sort, 8383 S. 48th St., 602.431.6474. Val­ley Map U17

THE STOCKYARDS Steak. The area’s cat­tler­anch­ing his­tory is cel­e­brated here: taste­fully, in mu­rals and old black-and-white photos, and tastily, in time­less steaks with up­dated treat­ments like whiskey-pep­per­corn sauce and sides like cow­boy beans with chorizo. Look up to pressed-tin ceil­ings, down to pol­ished-wood floors (the orig­i­nal!), and straight ahead to the swing­ing doors that lead to the saloon. www.stock­yardssteak­house.com. 5009 E. Washington St., 602.273.7378. Val­ley Map Q17

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