Food PHX

We're suckers for Durant's swanky, old-school vibe, from the kitchen entrance in the back (which makes us feel like members of a secret club) to the polished service to that lipstick-red velvet wallpaper. And there's something about a juicy steak and a perfectly mixed martini that always sounds good. 2611 N. Central Ave., 602-264-5967, www.durantsaz.com

Phoenix has the heat — and 16th Street is the place to find it. Creative modern Mexican cuisine makes Barrio Café a foodie destination, while Tradiciones serves up classic Sonoran food in a family-friendly atmosphere. And for something cheap, filling, and damn tasty, try the Mexican-style sandwiches at Tortas El Güero.Barrio Café: 2814 N. 16th St., 602-636-0240, barriocafe.com; Tradiciones: 1602 E. Roosevelt St., 602-254-1719; Tortas El Güero: 2518 N. 16th St., 602-252-9228

Hey, we never thought he needed Oprah's stamp of approval, but since Chris Bianco got the big O, his pizzas are more in-demand than ever. Pizzeria Bianco is worth the three-hour wait, but we go for instant gratification at Pane Bianco, to indulge in homemade mozzarella and bread fresh from the wood-fired oven. Pizzeria Bianco: 623 E. Adams St., 602-258-8300, pizzeriabianco.com • Pane Bianco: 4404 N. Central Ave., 602-234-2100

Lisa Giungo tucked good food and wine into an airy bungalow, and called it Lisa G Café Bar. "I wanted it to feel like back home, like back East," says the Philly native. Customers think it's pretty cozy, too. 2337 N. 7th St., 602-253-9201, www.lisagwinebar.com

One of the most romantic restaurants in the Valley — and coolest BYOB spots — just happens to be tucked into a darling 1930s house, where coved ceilings and wood floors are only part of Coup des Tartes' vintage charm. The menu offers French-inspired fare and a luscious selection of the namesake tarts. No surprise, reservations are a must. 4626 N. 16th St., 602-212-1082, www.nicetartes.com

Downtown's hot year-round — Thai hot, that is, thanks to the debut of Thai Elephant, where the curry's as spicy as you can take it. Chef Johnny Chu's hip eatery Fate caters to a young, artsy crowd with contemporary pan-Asian cuisine. And the low-key Cherryblossom Noodle Café serves home-style Japanese food, from tonkotsu ramen to yakisoba.; Thai Elephant: 20 W. Adams St., 602-252-3873; Fate: 905 N. 4th St., 602-254-6424, www.go2fate.com; Cherryblossom Noodle Café: 914 E. Camelback Rd., 602-248-9090, www.cherryblossom-az.com

Cibo Urban Pizzeria Café, Tony and Karen Martingiglio's carefully restored historic bungalow, has become every bit the beloved neighborhood institution they intended it to be, not only because of its handsome rooms and relaxed patio, but also thanks to chef Guido Saccone's authentic Italian antipasti and awesome hand-tossed pies. 603 N. 5th Ave., 602-441-2697, www.cibophoenix.com

For a taste of local culture, indie coffee joints steam the chains. Take a break from 7th Avenue antiquing at Copper Star Coffee, or soak up the scene at Lux Coffeebar. At Drip Coffee Lounge the mod vibe is laid-back, not high-strung. And Royal Coffee Bar is one of downtown's best secrets. Copper Star Coffee: 4220 N. 7th Ave., 602-266-2136, www.copperstarcoffee.com • Lux coffeebar: 4404 N. Central Ave., 602-696-9976, www.luxcoffee.com • Drip Coffee Lounge: 2325 N. 7th St., 602-795-9905, www.dripcoffeelounge.com • Royal Coffee Bar: 209 W. Jackson St., 602-374-8044,www.royalcoffeebar.com

By day, we're hooked on Matt Pool's perfect pancakes and fresh-squeezed OJ at Matt's Big Breakfast. By night, The Honeymooner (grilled bologna and cheddar) goes great with a pint of beer at The Roosevelt, his tavern two blocks away. Come morning, we're back at Big Breakfast to nurse our hangovers. Dare we say, Pool's a genius. Matt's Big Breakfast: 801 N. 1st St., 602-254-1074, www.mattsbigbreakfast.com; The Roosevelt: 816 N. 3rd St., 602-254-2561

Calabria Italian Grocery & Deli
1001 N. 3rd Ave.
602-271-7000
www.calabriadeli.com

Carly's Bistro
128 E. Roosevelt St.
602-262-2759
www.carlysbistro.com

Cheuvront Wine & Cheese Café
1326 N. Central Ave.
602-307-0022
www.cheuvront.biz

China Chili
302 E. Flower St.
602-266-4463

City Bakery
215 E. Grant St. (at Bentley Projects)
602-253-7200
www.citybakeryaz.com

Coronado Café
2201 N. 7th St.
602-258-5149
www.coronadocafe.com

FEZ
3815 N. Central Ave.
602-287-8700
www.fezoncentral.com

La Tolteca
1205 E. Van Buren St.
602-253-1511
www.latoltecamex.com

Lo Lo's Chicken & Waffles
10 W. Yuma St.
602-340-1304
www.loloschickenandwaffles.com

Lola Tapas
800 E. Camelback Rd.
602-265-4519

Los Dos Molinos
1010 E. Washington St.
602-243-9113
www.losdosmolinosaz.com

MacAlpine's Soda Fountain
2303 N. 7th St.
602-262-5545
www.macalpinessodafountain.com

Middle Eastern Bakery & Deli
3052 N. 16th St.
602-277-4927

Mrs. White's Golden Rule Café
808 E. Jefferson St.
602-262-9256

Padre's Modern Mexican
1044 E. Camelback Rd.
602-277-1749
www.padresmexican.com

Paisley Violin
1028 Grand Ave.
602-254-7843
www.thepaisley.com

Palatte
606 N. 4th Ave.
602-462-9400
www.downtownbrunch.com

Portland's Restaurant & Wine Bar
105 W. Portland St.
602-795-7480
www.portlandsphoenix.com

Sonora Brewhouse
322 E. Camelback Rd.
602-279-8909
www.sonorabrewhouse.com

Thai Hut
101 E. McDowell Rd.
602-253-8631

Trente-Cinq 35
2333 N. 7th St.
602-254-0244
www.trentecinq.com

Welcome Diner
924 E. Roosevelt St.
602-495-1111

The Wild Thaiger
2631 N. Central Ave.
602-241-8995
www.wildthaiger.com

Zest
4117 N. 16th­­­ St.
602-274-7442
www.zestspiriteddining.com

 
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