Food

 

TAKE IT AWAY

So you're more paper plate than gourmet china? There's a wide variety of places downtown to grab a quick bite to-go. That's a Wrap has some of the best wraps you'll ever get your hands around, including the Prince of Thai and Veggie Jackson. Order online to avoid the wait. For innovative vegan fare, Green has you covered with flatbreads, rice and pasta bowls, and sandwiches. Visit Nami, Green's sister next door, for soy ice cream treats, vegan pastries, and a cup of joe. A popular lunch spot, Blue Fin has Japanese specialties, like panko fish and vegetable yakisoba. You can't go wrong with the teriyaki chicken bowl. Give zPizza a call to order gourmet pizzas for takeout. Try Provence for a rustic Italian classic. If you're with a group, Greek restaurant Crazy Jim's offers something for all tastes. They serve everything from tasty burgers and salads to pitas, pizzas, and pasta. — Dominique Chatterjee

That's a Wrap: 800 E. Camelback Road, 602-252-5051, eatatthewrap.com

Green: 2022 N. 7th St., 602-258-1870, greenvegetarian.com

Blue Fin: 1401 N. Central Ave., 602-254-3171, phxbluefin.com

zPizza Downtown: 111 W. Monroe St., 602-254-4146

Crazy Jim's: 305 W. Washington St., 602-254-6550, crazyjims.com

STREET OF DREAMS

Sixteenth Street is lined with Mexican food joints, ranging from gourmet fusion to authentic neighborhood chow. La Condesa offers the best of both, serving creations like Mayan cochinita pibil in a casual environment. Dine in because you can't take all 12-plus unique varieties of fresh salsa, including pecan and jicama, with you. For upscale Mexican City fare by celebrated chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, head to Barrio Café. There's nothing fancy at La Cocina Economica, but the wallet-friendly food never disappoints. Or, go right to the source at Pro's Ranch Market, a grocery store catering to Hispanic flavors that offers fresh, hot entrees. After your fill of rice and beans, stop by Realeza Michoacana for a treat. Choose from classic pastries and paletas, or try out the Diablito, a spicy-sweet raspado. — Dominique Chatterjee

La Condesa: 1919 N. 16th St., 602-254-6330, lacondesatacoshop.com

Barrio Café: 2814 N. 16th St., 602-636-0240, barriocafe.com

La Cocina Economica: 1550 N. 16th St., 602-817-1111

Pro's: 1602 E. Roosevelt St., 602-254-7201, prosranch.com

Realeza Michoacana: 2520 N. 16th St., 602-271-4527

MEXICO CITY

It wouldn't be Phoenix without a Mexican restaurant on every corner. As many as there are, there are some clear local favorites. Carolina's Mexican Food, a 50-year-old mainstay, is worth a short drive. They're known to make the best tortillas in town. Located in the Clarendon Hotel, Gallo Blanco locally sources ingredients for fresh dishes like the Venduras de Temporada Torta and made-to-order guacamole. For a real cultural immersion, La Tolteca is a Mexican market, pandería, and restaurant in one. The fish tacos are outstanding, and they also have authentic specialties like menudo and gorditas. The number one place to grab a quick bite during First Fridays is Tacos de Juarez, which is easy to spot by the Dia de los Muertos mural on the building. Last but not least, for a greasy, satisfying meal, La Salsita is just the ticket, especially if you're craving tripas, buche, lengua, or cabeza. — Dominique Chatterjee

Carolina's: 1202 E. Mohave Road, 602-252-1503, carolinasmexicanfood.com

Gallo Blanco: 401 W. Clarendon Ave., galloblancocafe.com

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

Tacos de Juarez: 1017 N. 7th St., 602-258-1744, tacosdejarez.com

La Salsita: 2345 E. Van Buren St., 602-275-2729

SCENE AND CAFFEINE

It's easy to avoid corporate coffee downtown. Each local shop has its own vibe. Giant Coffee offers a crisp, modern space in which to enjoy delectable pastries, Four Barrel Coffee, and creamy Strauss dairy. Sip a smooth honey vanilla latte while working at one of the sleek tables. In addition to roasting beans in-house, Lux has a funky atmosphere featuring local artists, handcrafted cocktails, and an artisan menu. Fair Trade Café is a chill spot with space to spread out that serves up a strong cup of Fair Trade and Organic certified coffees. If you're near Phoenix Public Market, stop in to find Royal Coffee Bar & Roastery, a tiny café that serves up coffee with bold flavor. Head to Urban Beans for happy hour; start with a cup of joe, then switch to beer or wine. Or, to satisfy a sweet tooth, try a blended coffee "Smash," available in fun flavors. Serving a nightly dose of caffeine, Jobot doesn't close at all on weekends. Try the sweet or savory crepes, a local favorite, and on Sundays, kick back with a live DJ on the patio for Beats n' Brunch. — Dominique Chatterjee

Giant Coffee: 1437 N. 1st St., 602-396-7215

Lux: 4400 N. Central Ave., luxcoffee.com

Fair Trade Café: 1020 N. 1st Ave., 602-354-8150, azfairtrade.com

Royal Coffee Bar & Roastery: 14 E. Pierce St., 602-254-5465, royalcoffeebar.com

Urban Beans: 3508 N. 7th St., 602-595-2244, urbanbean.com

Jobot: 918 N. 5th St., 602-228-7373, jobot-coffee.com

THAT'S CRAFTY

Think you're an expert on craft beer after losing countless hours downing dozens of pints or watching a Brewmasters marathon? Guess again. Your so-called smarts about artisanal and microbrewed suds likely pales in comparison to the brains behind the brau at a few of downtown's craft beer castles. To wit: Uwe Boer at SunUp spent decades perfecting the art of creating amber ambrosia through a seven-barrel system to create the joint's mellow Light Rail Cream Ale and its other six in-house delights. Restaurateur Matt Pool also is also something of an ale expert, considering he personally selects each of the 45 specialty brews poured at The Roosevelt Tavern, whether it's the fruity Lagunitas Doppelweizen or the honey-flavored Stone Ruination. Much like at the Roosevelt, craft beers are also the main focus at CityScape's Copper Blues. In fact, owners Joel Bachkoff and Matt Komen are a bit flashy about their draught system, which involves each of the 65-plus varieties — including locally made concoctions from SanTan, Sleepy Dog, and Nimbus — flowing through shiny copper tubing that arcs around the drinkery. — Benjamin Leatherman

The Roosevelt Tavern: 816 N. 3rd St., 602-254-2561, sunupbrewing.com

Copper Blues: 50 W. Jefferson St., 480-719-5005, www.copperblueslive.com

SunUp Brewing Co.: 322 E. Camelback Road, 602-279-8909, copperblueslive.com

 
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