Night Train: Central/Campbell (Stop #5)

Where: Maizie's Cafe & Bistro (4750 N. Central Ave., 602-274-2828). It's a 10- to 12-minute walk north of the station, and it's your best bet for drinking in the vicinity.

Drink: De Bortoli Chardonnay (Australia, 2007). A glass will cost you $7.50. There's a nice wine selection, some decent liquors, a handful of beers on draft, and a whole mess of bottled domestic and import beers. 

Scene: On a recent Monday night, this place was packed with an equal mix of yuppies and post-college 20-somethings. It was good to see, given that Maizie's (open only since May 2008) isn't really within walking distance of a significant residential area. I like that this place exudes a vibrant, open, modern feel without trying too hard to be hip. Well done, Maizie's. On Mondays, there are $3 hamburgers. On Tuesday, there's a regional cuisine of the month. A welcome addition to the dining/drinking scene. -- Jay Bennett

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