Phoenix: Beyond Downtown
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
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 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.
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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
MORA ITALIAN Italian. Food Network star Chef Scott Conant dazzles diners with a top-notch Italian menu offered in a laid-back eatery with a bustling bar and street-side patio. Find a mix of time-honored classics and new, bold dishes. www.moraitalian.com 5651 N. 7th St., 602.795.9943. Valley Map N15
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.rustlers rooste.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