Phoenix: Be­yond Down­town

Where Phoenix - - THE GUIDE -

BAR­RIO CAFE Mex­i­can. Com­plex, sa­vory dishes and art-laden quar­ters; Su brunch is ac­com­pa­nied by live mu­sic. The newer Bar­rio Ur­bano whips up a short list of break­fasts through din­ners in an even tighter space. www.bar­rio­cafe.com. 2814 N. 16th St., 602.636.0240. Val­ley Map P15; Bar­rio Ur­bano at The Yard, 5632 N. 7th St., 602.287.9000. Val­ley Map O15

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 BIT­TER & TWISTED COCK­TAIL PAR­LOUR Eclec­tic. This stylish but un­pre­ten­tious drink­ing den and eatery is lo­cated in­side Phoenix’s his­toric Luhrs Build­ing. A small, eclec­tic and con­tin­u­ally evolv­ing menu pairs with the in­ven­tive cock­tails and fine spir­its. www.bit­terandtwistedaz.com. 1 W. Jef­fer­son St., 602.340.1924. Phoenix Map K5

BLUEWATERBeach im­port GRILL with fresh Seafood. oys­ter New­por­tand sushi bars, pri­vate sep­a­rate and re­tail out­door­fish mar­ket. din­ing www.blue­wa­ter­grill.op­tions, and a com. Val­ley 1720 Map E. O15 Camel­back Road, 602.277.3474.

CHELSEA’Scom­fort food— KITCHEN Brus­sels Amer­i­can.sprout sal­ads, Hip­ster ro­tis­serieush­ered from chicken,a peek­a­boofilet mignon kitchen tacos—to ta­bles of fash­ion­able fam­i­lies via team-style serv­ing. www.chelseask­itchenaz.com. 5040 N. 40th St., 602.957.2555. Val­ley Map N16 CHRISTO­PHER’S RESTAU­RANT & CRUSH LOUNGE French. Christo­pher Gross runs a ca­sual (but most def­i­nitely chic) es­tab­lish­ment, hap­pily sch­mooz­ing with guests and match­ing wines to rich en­trées and cheeses. www.christo­pher­saz.com. Biltmore Fash­ion Park, 2502 E. Camel­back Road, 602.522.2344. Val­ley Map O16

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

GERTRUDE’S Amer­i­can. Farm fare and herba­cious cock­tails are al­ways in bloom at this morn­ing-tonight restau­rant, to the plea­sure of neigh­bor­hood work­ers and ro­man­tic dates, and to the com­fort of taga­long hus­bands who’ve seen their fill of flow­ers and but­ter­flies. www.gertrudesrestau­rant.net. Desert Botan­i­cal Gar­den, 1201 N. Galvin Park­way, 480.719.8600. Val­ley Map Q18

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.

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 cat­tle-ranch­ing 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.stock­yard ssteak­house.com. 5009 E. Wash­ing­ton St., 602.273.7378. Val­ley Map Q17

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