Phoenix: Be­yond Down­town

Where Phoenix - - DINING -

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

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