By New Times
By Robrt L. Pela and Amy Silverman
By Katrina Montgomery
By Kathleen Vanesian
By Monica Alonzo
By Benjamin Leatherman
By Robrt L. Pela
By Katrina Montgomery
Cibo Urban Pizzeria Cafe
603 N. 5th Ave.
Pizza never tasted as exquisite as the kind of round-pie ambrosia slung by Guido Saccone at Cibo. There’s also a full menu of other exotic Italian delights. Regular Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-11 p.m.; and Saturday, 5-11 p.m. Art Detour: New work by painter Pierre Hambur, Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, 5-11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fair Trade Cafe
1020 N. 1st Ave.
This coffeehouse and quasi-gallery offers socially conscious Fair Trade products, such as coffee and chocolate, in addition to serving breakfast and lunch and featuring monthly shows by local artists. Regular Hours:Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Art Detour:“Seeking God” show with paintings by Vada Roseberry and Laura Fisher Smith, as well as Russian icons by Smith, Friday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
138 W. Camelback Rd.
The swanky two-story gay lounge Homme transforms into a bilevel beat emporium nearly every night, with twisted turntablists drawing in clubgoers of every sexual orientation. Regular Hours: Daily, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Art Detour: Open Friday-Sunday, 7 p.m-2 a.m. (with “StraightNoChaser Presents: one” featuring DJs Joe DiPadova and Halo at 10 p.m. Friday with a $10-$15 cover; and Upstairs featuring DJs Pablo Gomez, Joe Bear, Shane Silkey, and Justin McBee at 9 p.m. Saturday; and “Lush” with DJ Brandon on Sunday at 9 p.m.).
101 E. McDowell Rd.
Although this kickback hash house is only open during daytime hours, you can still consume dinnertime dishes such as sautéed crab cakes and succulent pork chops, as well as numerous breakfast and lunch options. Regular Hours: Daily, 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Art Detour: Open daily, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
3 W. Monroe St.
This underground hangout feels like Hell’s waiting room, with gloomy red lighting illuminating various nightcrawlers sampling sinful delights such as ample alcoholic libations and sultry rock and blues tunes. Regular Hours: Monday-Friday, 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Art Detour: Open all weekend, Friday-Saturday, 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (with rockers Kris & Randy on Friday at 9:30 p.m.; and music by Jeordie, Mark Zubia, and others on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.); Saturday, 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m.; and Sunday, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
My Florist Café
530 W. McDowell Rd.
Gourmet sandwiches and salads are the main attraction at this trendy eatery, but you can also get scrumptious breakfasts such as herb frittatas in the a.m., as well as delectable sampler plates after 3 p.m. Regular Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-midnight. Art Detour: Breakfast and lunch specials offered daily, 7 a.m.-midnight (with pianist Nicole Pesce at 7 each night).
The Old Spaghetti Factory
1418 N. Central Ave.
When starving artists need inexpensive edibles, they head for this retro-homey and unpretentious Italian eatery for its dirt-cheap “complete meal” (featuring soup or salad, pasta, bread, dessert, and a beverage for about $9). Other traditional tastes, such as lasagna and chicken Parmesan, are also available. Regular Hours: Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday, 3:30-10 p.m.; and Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Art Detour: Open Friday, 3:30-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
105 W. Portland St.
This restaurant and wine bar regularly hangs the work of local-art-scene all stars such as primitive pop painter Luis Gutierrez and mixed-media sculptor Susan Copeland. Regular Hours:First Fridays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-midnight; Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; and Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Art Detour:Pastel mixed-media oil paintings by Kimberly A. Levi, Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-midnight; and Saturday, 5-10 p.m.
Royal Coffee Bar
209 W. Jackson St.
Coffee is king here, but it ain’t the only thing, as this espresso emporium also doles out mouthwatering muffins and other treats from neighbor Sweet Pea Bakery, locally produced artwork, and DJs. Regular Hours: First Fridays, 7 a.m.-midnight; Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon. Art Detour:Ryan Presson’s “BLANCO+NEGRO” photography series, Friday, 7 a.m.-midnight (with a DJ at 6 p.m.); Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
Séamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
18 W. Monroe St.
After peeping plenty of paintings, polish off a pint of Guinness, Harp, Bass, or any of the countless other intoxicating elixirs at this popular Irish hangout. Regular Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Art Detour: Friday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. (with rock by O’Carroll’s Gate from 7-10 p.m.); Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. (with an Irish seisiún featuring Sven Henrich at 7 p.m.).