Phoenix: Down­town

Where Phoenix - - THE GUIDE | DINING -

THE AR­RO­GANT BUTCHER Amer­i­can. Baby back ribs, crab-stuffed chicken and beef stew are among the ur­ban com­fort foods on this bold menu. A glass-lined ex­hi­bi­tion kitchen al­lows diners and out­side pedes­tri­ans a glimpse at prepa­ra­tions. Lo­cated across the street from Talk­ing Stick Arena, with un­der­ground park­ing avail­able. www.foxrc.com. Cityscape, 2 E. Jef­fer­son St., 602.324.8502. Phoenix Map K4

CIBO Pizza. Bou­tique pizze­ria and wine bar in a cozy, friendly house built in 1913. www.ci­bophoenix.com. 603 N. 5th Ave., 602.441.2697. West of Phoenix Map D1

HULA’S MOD­ERN TIKI Poly­ne­sian. Fish and fruit, sauces and slaws, and sea­son­ings from Asian, Ja­maican and Ca­jun tra­di­tions are blended into sum­mer-ev­ery­day sup­pers and lunches. www.hu­las­mod­ern­tiki.com. 4700 N. Cen­tral Ave., 602.265.8454. Val­ley Map O14; 7213 E. 1st Ave., 480.970.4852. Scotts­dale Map J5

LOS DOS MOLINOS New Mex­i­can. Take a hint from the hun­dreds and hun­dreds of chiles hang­ing from the ceil­ing at the orig­i­nal “South Cen­tral” lo­ca­tion: En­trées tend to be spicy-hot. Better order a pitcher of mar­gar­i­tas to put out the flames. www.los­dos­moli­nospho­enix. com. Lo­ca­tions in­clude: 8646 S. Cen­tral Ave., 602.243.9113. Val­ley Map U15; 1044 E. Camel­back Road, 602.528.3535. Val­ley Map O15; 4025 E. Chan­dler Blvd., 480.706.1066. Val­ley Map X16

NOBUO AT TEETER HOUSE Asian. James Beard Award-win­ning Chef Nobuo Fukuda cre­ates rus­tic Ja­panese dishes with dar­ing con­tem­po­rary touches in­side a house built in 1899. Sig­nif­i­cant sake list. www.nobuo­fukuda.com. Her­itage Square, 622 E. Adams St., 602.254.0600. Phoenix Map H8 POMO PIZZE­RIA NAPO­LE­TANA Pizza. This hand­some pizze­ria wood-fires piz­zas for purists us­ing in­gre­di­ents im­ported from Naples; from-scratch Ital­ian desserts too. www.pomo pizze­ria.com. Lo­ca­tions in­clude: 705 N. 1st St., 602.795.2555. Phoenix Map D4; 366 N. Gil­bert Road, Gil­bert, 480.878.2222. Val­ley Map U22

TALAVERA Steak. Ad­mire the high Sono­ran Desert from the din­ing room or ter­race, and the divine prime beef, seafood and wines that are de­liv­ered to those ta­bles. www.ta­lav­er­arestau­rant.com. Four Sea­sons Re­sort Scotts­dale, 10600 E. Cres­cent Moon Drive, 480.513.5085. Val­ley Map E21

ZINC BISTRO French. Parisian-styled bistro with fan­cied-up peas­ant food, a deca­dent, avail­ableany­time choco­late souf­flé, and a zinc bar, of course. www.zincbistroaz.com. Kier­land Com­mons, 15034 N. Scotts­dale Road, 480.603.0922. Val­ley Map I18

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