Chow Bella

New and upcoming CenPho eateries

Honest -- I really was ready to head out to east Mesa to check out Thai Hut one of these days, but thankfully the owners moved their Thai restaurant right into central Phoenix, to McDowell Road just east of Central Avenue. They opened a few days ago, right across the street from the Phoenix Art Museum, and I can't wait to stop by for some curry.

In a couple of weeks, look for the opening of Mod Moda Market, a new boutique food purveyor right next door to Drip Coffee Lounge at 2325 N. 7th Street. Owner Vine Saccento, who also owns Drip, says Mod Moda Market will stock all organic produce (from Boxed Greens in Tempe), homemade organic soups, basics like milk, butter and eggs, plus coffee, tea, and quirky items like Mona Vie, an acai berry health drink that's packaged in wine bottles. Eventually, the shop will also offer premade foods to go.

Sometime a little further out, Anna Klettke from Sapna Chill Out Cafe (whose crepes are well known to those who frequent the Downtown Phoenix Farmer's Market) will open a new restaurant in the Bragg's Pies Factory Building, a recently renovated 1940s-era streamline moderne building at 1301 W. Grand Avenue.